Immigration Law

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SIJS Deferred Action Policy FAQ
Posted on 19 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, May 16, 2022 Frequently Asked Questions About USCIS’s SIJS Deferred Action Policy Publication of the End SIJS Backlog Coalition,, 2022. This FAQ is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International... Read More

Launch Event: "Any Day They Could Deport Me"
Posted on 18 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

End SIJS Backlog Coalition and The Door - "Any Day They Could Deport Me": Over 44,000 Immigrant Children Trapped in the SIJS Backlog "Please join the End SIJS Backlog Coalition and The Door for the launch of our report on the harms of... Read More

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement in A.O. et al. v Jaddou, et al.
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 26, 2021 "This webpage is intended to notify you of the proposed class settlement in A.O. et al. v Jaddou, et al., No. 19-cv-6151 (N.D. Cal) . For more details, you may access the proposed settlement agreement (PDF, 2.03 MB) (PDF, 1... Read More

SIJS Practice Advisory and More
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Legal Aid Society and Latham & Watkins, LLP, June 2019 "Since 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has denied the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions of abused, abandoned, and neglected youth in... Read More

Plaintiffs Laud Court Order That Will Prohibit DHS From Unlawfully Denying Migrant Youth Humanitarian Status
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Legal Aid Society and Latham & Watkins LLP, Apr. 10, 2019 "The Legal Aid Society and Latham & Watkins LLP lauded a Federal Court order in R.F.M. et al. v. Nielsen, et al. , that will ensure that class members’ applications for... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase on R.F.M. v. Nielsen
Posted on 19 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Mar. 19, 2019 "This past Friday, the Department of Homeland Security’s random policy change deeming youths between the ages of 18 and 20 years old ineligible for special immigration protection ran into a brick wall in the... Read More

Surge in SIJS Approvals Creates Backlog at Adjustment Stage
Posted on 15 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support staff has written a short analysis of the potential implications for your clients of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12. - " The State Department’s May Visa Bulletin... Read More

Groundbreaking Unpub. BIA Decision for Juveniles and SIJS in Georgia
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles Kuck writes - "On June 1, 2015, Kuck Immigration Partners, through our amazing associate attorney Anna Erwin , received a groundbreaking (but as of yet unpublished) decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals . The Board reversed the... Read More

Safe Passage SIJS Manual is NOW Available
Posted on 18 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Safe Passage Project, Summer 2017 - "Safe Passage is proud to release the 2017 SIJS Manual co-authored by Alex Rizio and Gui Stampur. This manual is a step-by-step resource guide for representation of a SIJS -eligible clients. If you are a Safe Passage... Read More

Paths to Lawful Immigration Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey
Posted on 5 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants are potentially eligible for some sort of immigration relief, but they either do not know it or are not able to pursue lawful immigration status for other reasons... Read More

California to Provide $3M in Legal Services for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A bill signed on Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to qualifying nonprofits to offer free legal assistance for child migrants . Nonprofit legal service providers handling the cases of recently-arrived child migrants... Read More