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Public Law No: 113-42 - Iraqi Special Immigrant Visas

To extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas. Signed by President on October 4, 2013, Public Law No: 113-042...

Afghan SIV Program Update

"The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. We expect that these visas will all...

How Refugee Kids Are Turning to State Courts for Protection

"Walding and other pro bono attorneys in Texas have found a more hospitable venue that considers children to be, well, children: family court. It’s a venue that puts the welfare of the child front and center more than any other in the U.S. justice system, at least theoretically. In the current...

Special Immigrant Religious Worker Regs Ultra Vires: Passionists & Ocampo v. Johnson

"The precise question presented in this case is whether the statute that Congress enacted, which defines the class of immigrants who are eligible for a special immigrant religious worker visa, excludes individuals seeking to qualify based on work performed when they were not authorized to work in...