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News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Ombudsman Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudication Process| On December 11, 2015, the Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a 12-page report containing recommendations for improving the process for adjudicating applications for Special Immigration Juvenile (SIJ) status...

EOIR Swears In Nine Immigration Judges

EOIR, Feb. 1, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of nine immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Jan. 29, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...

Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in court. Joined by three other legal groups, the AILA...

EOIR Revises Docketing Practices for Certain Priority Cases

EOIR, Feb. 4, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released a memorandum , titled Revised Docketing Practices Relating to Certain EOIR Priority Cases , to provide guidance to its immigration judges regarding changes to the agency docketing priorities. These are the first formal...

In FOIA Litigation, DOJ Calls Immigration Judges "Low-Level Employees"

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 18, 2016 - "A federal appeals court is wrestling with the question of whether the government should be forced to make public the names of immigration judges accused of misconduct either on or off the job. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit heard arguments for nearly...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Revises Docket Priorities | On February 3, 2016, Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard issued a memorandum revising certain docket priorities for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. In cases involving unaccompanied minors, immigration courts will schedule an initial master calendar...

EOIR Hiring New BIA Member(s)

USAJOBS - Job Title: Board Member SALARY RANGE: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Friday, February 19, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016

U.S. Attorney General Lynch Appoints Three New BIA Members

EOIR, Feb. 26, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has appointed Molly Kendall Clark, Ellen Liebowitz, and Blair T. O’Connor as board members to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The BIA is responsible for...

EOIR Swears in Eight Immigration Judges

EOIR, Mar. 14, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of eight immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held March 11, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...

EOIR Swears in Eight Immigration Judges

EOIR, Mar. 14, 2015 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of eight immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard presided over the investiture during a ceremony held March 11, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Begins April 1 | USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap on April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree...

EOIR Releases FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook

EOIR, Apr. 8, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that it has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Statistics Yearbook. The FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook is a compilation of data that examines respondents’ cases by nationality, language, and disposition,...

EOIR Swears in Two Immigration Judges

EOIR, Apr. 22, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of two immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held April 21, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Preference Cases...

EOIR to Open Aurora, Colorado Detained Immigration Court on May 31, 2016

EOIR, May 17, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced it will be establishing a full-time presence and opening an immigration court in the Department of Homeland Security contract detention facility in Aurora, Colo., on May 31, 2016."

USCIS, ICE Fingerprint Check Refresh Agreement (May 19, 2016)

ICE, May 19, 2016 - "The agreement establishes a process between ICE ERO and USCIS for the refresh (update) of fingerprint checks of non-detained respondents with cases pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) whose fingerprints have been taken, but the fingerprint checks...

Eloy Immigration Court Temporary Closure

EOIR, June 23, 2016 - "On May 31, 2016, the Eloy Immigration Court temporarily suspended hearings following confirmation by the Arizona Department of Health Services of a measles outbreak in certain areas within the Eloy Detention Center, and based upon the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration...

EOIR Swears In 15 Immigration Judges

EOIR, June 27, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 15 immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held June 17, 2016, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces...

Immigration Court Docket Backlog Cracks 500,000 Mark

Adolfo Flores, Buzzfeed News, July 20, 2016 - "The backlog of immigration court cases has ballooned to an all-time high of more than 500,000, a number fueled by unaccompanied minors and families from Central America, officials said Wednesday. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) said...

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule: Motions to Reopen Removal, Deportation, or Exclusion Proceedings Based Upon a Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/28/2016 - "The Department of Justice (Department) is proposing to amend the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by establishing procedures for the filing and adjudication of motions to reopen removal...

EOIR Proposed Rule: Motions To Reopen Removal, Deportation, or Exclusion Proceedings Based Upon a Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2016 - "The Department of Justice (Department) is proposing to amend the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by establishing procedures for the filing and adjudication of motions to reopen removal, deportation...

FOIA Victory Against EOIR: AILA v. EOIR

AILA v. EOIR, July 29, 2016 - "Immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice. The American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking disclosure of records related to complaints about the conduct of immigration...

EOIR Swears in Five Immigration Judges (Aug. 2, 2016)

EOIR, Aug. 2, 2016 - "Elisa Castrolugo, Immigration Judge, Houston Immigration Court Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch appointed Elisa Castrolugo to begin hearing cases in August 2016. Judge Castrolugo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris...

EOIR OPPM: I-589s Can Be Filed at Window or By Mail

EOIR, Sept. 14, 2016 - "Effective immediately, applications for asylum (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form 1-589) may be filed at the window or by mail. They are no longer required to be filed at a master calendar hearing. This applies to all Form 1-589s, regardless of whether...

EOIR Adds 15 New Immigration Judges

EOIR, Sept. 26, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the investiture of 15 new immigration judges. Acting Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings presided over the investiture during a ceremony held Sept. 23, 2016, in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett...