Immigration Law

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I-9 News
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The OSC has been busy , settling two cases, one in Puerto Rico and one in California . And USCIS is floating a new draft I-9 revision for comment. Stay tuned! Read More

New Colorado Affirmation of Legal Status Form Must be Used Starting October 1, 2014
Posted on 18 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Fay writes : "Do you hire employees in Colorado (either now or in the foreseeable future)? Are you concerned about random government audits, especially those that can lead to costly penalties? If so, then take note that the Colorado Department... Read More

ICE Issues New Detainer Policy, Form (effective Apr. 2, 2017)
Posted on 24 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Mar. 24, 2017 - "ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when... Read More

Tags: policy , detainer , form , ICE

New USCIS Form I-290B
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS e-mail to stakeholders, Feb. 12, 2014: " We would like to inform you that a revised Form I-290B , Notice of Appeal or Motion< >, is now available for use. The form was revised to make the form clearer, more... Read More

Tags: revised , 290b , USCIS , form

New I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Updates: CDC has published new Technical Instructions for Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse for Civil Surgeons. These Technical Instructions are effective as of June 1, 2010. CDC has updated their website. The Technical Instructions... Read More

Tags: Medical , i-693 , USCIS , form

Hake & Schmitt Challenge New Form I-612: Letter to USCIS
Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 21-page letter dated Sept. 29, 2015, J-1 visa experts Bruce Hake and Brian Schmitt state: "Our law firm has concentrated on Form 1-612 hardship and persecution waiver applications for more than 20 years. We believe we have filed more I-612s... Read More

Tags: j-1 , i-612 , schmitt , hake , form

DRAFT I-601A and Instructions
Posted on 1 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

According to the proposed unlawful presence waiver rule , applicants will use Form I-601A. Here are links to the draft form and the draft instructions . [Tip of the hat to Eugene J. Flynn of Dallas.] Read More

New (-ish) DACA Application Form and Instructions
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This may have slipped under the radar... [ ] On Aug. 30, 2013 CLINIC wrote : "A new edition of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application (Form I-821D) and instructions, dated June 25, 2013, is... Read More

Tags: daca , 821d , revised , USCIS , form

USCIS Will Accept Only the New Version of Form I-129 Beginning May 1st, 2015
Posted on 27 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015 USCIS will accept only the new version (edition date: 10/23/14) of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker . The edition date is printed at the bottom of every page. We will reject previous editions of this form... Read More

Tags: uscisi-129 , new , form

BALCA on PERM Formatting Deficiencies: Matter of DNP America
Posted on 8 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of DNP America, BALCA, Oct. 6, 2015 - "Employer correctly answered the question in Section H6 because it was not requiring experience in the job offered. Instead, Employer accurately listed the primary experiential requirement in Section H10... Read More

Tags: format , notkin , balca , perm , form

ICE's New Immigration Detainer Policy Remains Legally Flawed
Posted on 26 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Mar. 24, 2017 - "Today, ICE issued a new policy regarding use of immigration detainers. Sometimes called immigration holds, detainers are requests by ICE that a local law enforcement... Read More

Revised I-693 to be Introduced Nov. 1
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Nov. 1, 2011, USCIS will introduce a new, more user-friendly version of the form used to report results of medical examinations for those seeking certain immigration benefits, Report of a Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form... Read More

Tags: Medical , i-693 , USCIS , form

USCIS Revises Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
Posted on 4 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, February 04, 2014 : "As part of its form improvements initiative, USCIS is today releasing a revised Form N-400 , Application for Naturalization. Through the Federal Register , USCIS received numerous comments from the public that helped inform... Read More