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USCIS Posts TRIG Exemptions (Aug. 29, 2022)
Posted on 30 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 29, 2022 "Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) - Situational Exemptions The secretaries of the departments of state and homeland security, in consultation with the attorney general, may authorize exemptions from the... Read More

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One Pager on New TRIG Exemptions for Afghans: Prof. Lindsay M. Harris
Posted on 22 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Lindsay M. Harris, June 21, 2022 "On June 14, 2022, the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State announced broad-based exemptions to the Terrorist Related Inadmissibility Grounds for certain Afghans. On June 23, 2022, the Departments of... Read More

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3 TRIG Waivers: Advance Copies
Posted on 21 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Advance copies of three TRIG waivers to be published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2022, here , here and here . Read More

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TRIG Exemptions for Eligible Afghans (June 14, 2022)
Posted on 14 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 14, 2022 "Today, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State took steps to ensure that vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan, and who have undergone rigorous screening and... Read More

USCIS Issues Revised TRIG Hold Guidance (Oct. 19, 2017)
Posted on 1 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 19, 2017 - "Revised Guidance for Processing Cases Subject to Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds and Rescission of the Prior Hold Policy for Such Cases" Read More

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Jurisdictional Mandamus Victory, TRIG AOS Delay: Assadi v. Beers
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this action, plaintiff Mortezza Assadi ("plaintiff or "Assadi") seeks an order mandating that the defendants finally adjudicate his application for permanent resident status, which has been pending for over 14 years. Now before... Read More

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Terrorist-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) Stakeholder Engagement
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The USCIS Terrorist-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) Working Group will host their quarterly stakeholder meeting on December 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm (EST) in the RAIO Training Room at 20 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The purpose of this... Read More

TRIG Exemptions for ARENA, FMLN: DHS Exercises of Authority under the INA
Posted on 24 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Following consultations with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, I hereby conclude, as a matter of discretion in accordance with the authority granted to me by section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8... Read More

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USCIS TRIG Exemption Memo for KDP, PUK
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On December 19,2014, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY 2015), Public Law (P.L.) 113-291, 128 Stat. 3292 (2014). Section 1264(a)(I) of the NDAA FY 2015 provides that the Kurdistan Democratic... Read More

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Recently Posted USCIS TRIG Memos
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

- Implementation of New “Limited General” Discretionary Exemption Under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) for Qualified Applicants with Specified Associations and Activities with Qualified Undesignated, or “Tier... Read More

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USCIS Policy Memo re TRIG, hold policy
Posted on 25 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM-602-0051 - Revised Guidance on the Adjudication of Cases Involving Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) and Further Amendment to the Hold Policy for Such Cases - "This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides updated instruction to all U.S... Read More

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Advance Copy of New TRIG Exemptions
Posted on 12 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/13/2016 - "Following consultations with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, I have determined that the grounds of inadmissibility at sec. 212(a)(3)(B) of the... Read More

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DOS/DHS Add Two New TRIG Material Support Exemptions
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"... paragraphs 212(a)(3)(B)(iv)(VI)(bb) and (dd) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(B)(iv)(VI)(bb) and (dd), shall not apply with respect to an alien who provided limited material support to an organization described in section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III... Read More

USCIS Posts TRIG Hold Memo (Oct. 5, 2016)
Posted on 11 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 5, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG)." Read More

Federal Register: TRIG Memo for KLA
Posted on 18 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This determination is based on an assessment related to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States as they apply to the particular persons described herein and shall not have any application with respect to other persons... Read More

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