Immigration Law

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CA9 on SIJ Delays: Moreno Galvez v. Jaddou
Posted on 3 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Moreno Galvez v. Jaddou "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) administers the Special Immigrant Juveniles (“SIJ”) program, which provides certain immigrant juveniles a pathway to lawful permanent... Read More

District Court Grants in Part and Denies in Part Motion to Dismiss in SIJ Class Action
Posted on 31 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, Oct. 31, 2022 - " U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ISSUES ORDER IN CASA LIBRE V. MAYORKAS (NO. 22-01510) RE CLAIMS FOR TIMELY ADJUDICATION OF SIJ PETITIONS AND PROMPT ISSUANCE OF WORK PERMITS On March 7, 2022, on behalf... Read More

Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions: Final Rule (Mar. 8, 2022)
Posted on 8 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing the requirements and procedures for juveniles seeking classification as a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ... Read More

SIJ News from USCIS (Mar. 7, 2022)
Posted on 7 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Announces Policies to Better Protect Immigrant Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned : "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced new policies that will provide better protection to immigrant... Read More

Notice of Proposed Settlement: W.A.O. v. Jaddou (SIJ Classification)
Posted on 25 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS: Notice of Proposed Settlement W.A.O. v. Jaddou, No. 2:19-cv-11696 (D.N.J.) "W.A.O. v. Jaddou is a class action that was filed in federal court in New Jersey in 2019. A class action is a lawsuit filed on behalf of a large group of people... Read More

SIJ Retrogression
Posted on 17 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

An email message dated Feb. 17, 2022 from The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) : "PLEASE READ for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases - Visa Bulletin Retrogression Good morning Pro Bono Attorneys, The March 2022 Visa Bulletin... Read More

Notice of Final Settlement for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitioners with California Juvenile Court Dependency Orders
Posted on 1 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 30, 2021 "Notice of Final Class Action Settlement in A.O. et al. v Jaddou, et al., No. 19-cv-6151 (N.D. Cal) This webpage is intended to notify you of the final class settlement in A.O. et al. v Jaddou, et al., No. 19-cv-6151... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: SIJ Classification and Saravia v. Barr Settlement (Mar. 18, 2021)
Posted on 18 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 18, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification to incorporate changes agreed to in the settlement agreement resulting from... Read More

SIJ Victory in Washington State: Moreno Galvez v. Cuccinelli
Posted on 6 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Moreno Galvez v. Cuccinelli, Oct. 5, 2020 "[P]laintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and request for permanent injunctive relief (Dkt. #. 64) is GRANTED. Defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment (Dkt. #66) is DENIED. The Court... Read More

USCIS SIJ Policy Clarification Q&A (Dec. 10, 2019)
Posted on 3 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Question & Answer Session Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Policy Clarifications Engagement Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 Read More

USCIS Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification Policy Alert
Posted on 20 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 19, 2019 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification." [Ed. Note: See especially the "Additional Considerations"... Read More

Preliminary Injunction Granted in SIJ Lawsuit: J.L. v. Cissna
Posted on 25 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

J.L. v. Cissna, Oct. 24, 2018 - "Plaintiffs are young immigrants who were abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents. They seek classification as Special Immigrant Juveniles (“SIJ”) as a pathway to lawful permanent residency in... Read More

SIJ Victories in Nebraska
Posted on 30 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles "Shane" Ellison writes: "I wanted to pass along two Nebraska Supreme Court victories our office received today related to SIJ: In re Carlos D. In re Luis J. In one, we authored an amicus brief ; and in the other, the Immigrant... Read More

CISOMB Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudications
Posted on 14 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 11, 2015 - Ombudsman Recommendations to Ensuring Process Efficiency and Legal Sufficiency in Special Immigrant Juvenile Adjudications Stakeholders report and the Ombudsman has observed that the Special Immigrant Juvenile... Read More

Special Immigrant Juvenile Teleconference Recap
Posted on 22 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 21, 2016 - "On June 16, 2016, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman hosted a public teleconference on issues related to the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. Participants who joined the CIS Ombudsman... Read More