Immigration Law

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Class Notice – R.F.M. v Nielsen
Posted on 17 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Class Notice – R.F.M. v Nielsen, 118-CV-5068 (SDNY) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK NOTICE TO THE CLASS IN R.F.M., et al., v. Nielsen, et al., 18-cv-5068 If you received a Special Findings Order from a New... Read More

CA9 on SIJ Relief: C.J.L.G. v. Barr (En Banc)
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

C.J.L.G. v. Barr "A gang held 14-year-old C.J.L.G. (“CJ”) at gunpoint in his native Honduras and threatened to kill his family after he rejected recruitment attempts. CJ and his mother Maria then fled their homeland and sought asylum... 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

SIJ Victory in California: Bianka M. v. Superior Court
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bianka M. v. Superior Court - "We granted review to determine whether the superior court properly required the child’s nonresident, noncustodial parent to be joined as a party in her parentage action seeking special immigrant juvenile findings... 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

A judge said these kids get a green card. ICE says they get deported
Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bernice Yeung, July 6, 2017 - "For the first time, U.S. immigration officials are seeking to deport children who have received a special status for vulnerable migrants and are in the final stages of getting their green cards. State judges and... Read More

John Wheat Gibson - Immigrant Juveniles in Texas Face Special Problems
Posted on 6 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Wheat Gibson, Texas Bar Journal, May 2016 - "Unaccompanied children who have entered the United States and who face harm in their home countries from which their parents cannot or will not protect them may apply under the William Wilberforce... Read More

New Jersey Supreme Court on SIJ: H.S.P. v. J.K.
Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this appeal, we examine the role of our state courts in making the predicate findings necessary for a non-citizen child to apply for “special immigrant juvenile” (SIJ) status under the Immigration Act of 1990, as amended by the William... Read More

USCIS to Centralize Processing of Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 1, 2016 - "Starting on November 1, 2016, USCIS will centralize the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program . This means SIJ-based Form I-360 petitions and Form I-485 applications will primarily be adjudicated at one location, the National... Read More

Ninth Circuit on SIJ, "admitted in any status"
Posted on 4 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jorge Raul Garcia (“Garcia”) petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’s (“BIA”) dismissal of his appeal of an Immigration Judge’s (“IJ”) decision denying his application for cancellation... 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

SIJ Victory in New York: Matter of Marcelina M.-G.
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 1990, Congress enacted the special immigrant juvenile provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (see 8 USC § 1101[a][27][J]; Pub L 101-649, § 153, 104 US Stat 4978 [101st Cong, 2d Sess, Nov 29, 1990]), which provide a gateway... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status (Oct. 26, 2016)
Posted on 26 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

POLICY ALERT – Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status, October 26, 2016 - "​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the special immigrant juvenile... Read More