Immigration Law

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Court Slaps USCIS in MAVNI Natz Lawsuit: Nio v. DHS
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nio v. DHS, May 22, 2019 "The question before the Court is whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and its sub-agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) acted lawfully when they instituted... Read More

Tags: nio , mavni , bia , APA , Naturalization , USCIS

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI
Posted on 3 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some... Read More

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

DHS Weighing Program to Streamline Employment-Based Immigration Requests | On January 15, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced the potential launch of a pilot program later this year to streamline adjudications of employment-based immigration... Read More

Excerpts from the Dec. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

F and M Students: MAVNI Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest allows certain noncitizens who are legally present in the United States to join the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship using Form N-400 without first obtaining... Read More

212(e) Guidance for J-2 spouse of J-1 MAVNI - USCIS
Posted on 9 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS HQ Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:36 AM Subject: Guidance for J2 spouse of J1 MAVNI Good Morning, USCIS Field Office Directorate (FOD), Citizenship Branch, has shared the following guidance with its field offices. Please disseminate... Read More

USCIS MAVNI Update (Aug. 3, 2016)
Posted on 3 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 3, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide information about the existing Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI... Read More

Tags: updates , mavni , policy , USCIS

CISOMB Acknowledges MAVNI Crisis, Gives Weak Response
Posted on 8 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Annual Report 2017, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ombudsman, June 29, 2017 See pp. 14-18, Key Facts and Findings: „ Pursuant to a combination of laws and programs, foreign nationals who serve in the military are eligible for special immigration... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Discretionary Options for Designated Spouses, Parents, and Sons and Daughters of Certain Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees (Nov. 23, 2016)
Posted on 23 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 23, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies and supplements guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2013 (“the 2013 PM”)1 with respect to designated family members of certain military... Read More

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program
Posted on 18 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries... Read More