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Matter of Sanchez Sosa, ID 3753, 25 I&N Dec. 807 (BIA 2012)

Matter of Sanchez Sosa, ID 3753, 25 I&N Dec. 807 (BIA 2012) - (1) In determining whether good cause exists to continue removal proceedings to await the adjudication of an alien’s pending U nonimmigrant visa petition, an Immigration Judge should consider (1) the response of the Department of...

AAO U Visa Victory

"Upon reconsideration, the AAO concludes that the petitioner has met her burden of demonstrating that she was the victim of substantial abuse. Specifically, our prior decision failed to acknowledge that although the individual acts to which the petitioner was subjected might not constitute substantial...

Nashville Federal Judge Certifies U-Visa for Immigrant Mother Shackled During Labor, Awards $1.18M Attorney Fees & Costs

Here's the U-Visa Certification memo , 9-20-12. Here's the fee & cost memo , 9-20-12. Here's the news article in The Tennessean , 9-20-12. Hats off to Elliott Ozment and the firm of Sherrard & Roe !

U Visa Consular Processing Webinar

Monday, November 19, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST "ASISTA Co-Director, Sonia Parras Konrad, and ASISTA Staff Attorney, Hisham Leil will provide information and share strategies for how to address issues when presenting U visas for processing abroad. ASISTA Co-Director Gail Pendleton will serve...

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance relating to certain U-3 derivative nonimmigrant petitions that are being held for final adjudication or have had their prior approvals limited in time due to the derivative aging-out. This PM also authorizes the approval of U-3 derivative nonimmigrant...

DOS Cable: T and U Visa Changes

"1. Summary: In March 2013 Congress enacted several changes to the William Wilberforce Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) & Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008(TVPRA) that affect T and U visa eligibility. T visas are designed for victims of trafficking in persons, which...

USCIS Webinar, Feb. 19, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested members of the law enforcement community to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the various relief options available to victims of human trafficking...

CA7: IJs Have U Visa Waiver Authority - L.D.G. v. Holder

"In the absence of a clear indication by Congress to the contrary, we find that section 1182(d)(14) and section 1182(d)(3)(A) waivers can and do coexist, and that the IJ has jurisdiction to grant a waiver of inadmissibility to a U Visa applicant under section 1182(d)(3)(A)." - L.D.G. v. Holder...

Free U Visa Practice Manual: NELP

U Visas for Victims of Workplace Crime: A Practice Manual " The National Employment Law Project is pleased to announce the release of U Visas for Victims of Workplace Crime: A Practice Manual. The practice manual is free, and available for download here: http://nelp.3cdn.net/310537e0a2042271a9_mlbrjkjfx...

U-Visa Holder Sues Pinal County (AZ) Sheriffs For Unlawful Arrest

"An Arizona woman spent five days in a Border Patrol jail after a traffic stop, when a sheriff's deputy told her he "was not interested" in her visa status, the ACLU claims in court. Maria del Rosario Cortes Camacho sued Pinal County sheriff's Officers Chad Lakosky and Kristina...

DOL to Expand Support for Trafficking Victims Seeking T, U Visas

"In early 2015, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor will begin exercising its authority to certify applications for trafficking victims seeking T visas. In addition, WHD will expand its existing U visa program by certifying such requests when it detects three additional qualifying...

Paths to Lawful Immigration Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey

"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. However, no published study that we are aware...

Immigration Voices: Coming out of the Shadows with the U Visa

"Probably the most gratifying element of practicing immigration law is watching clients flourish. Obtaining immigration benefits, especially lawful permanent residency, often unleashes a wave of innovation and creativity . Less often, it produces a humanitarian "pay it forward" moment...

ACLU Obtains Judgment Against Sheriff Babeu, Pinal County Based on Officers’ Use of SB 1070 “Show Me Your Papers” Law

"The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a judgment Wednesday against Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu and two Pinal County sheriff’s deputies on behalf of an Arizona woman who spent five days in the custody of immigration authorities after a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy “cited...

AAO U Visa Victory: Texas Robbery a Qualifying Crime

"The evidence in the record establishes that the nature and elements of the criminal offense of which the petitioner was a victim, robbery, are substantially similar to felonious assault under section 101(a)(15)(U)(iii) of the Act. Accordingly, the petitioner has established the requisite victimization...

DOL Expands Visa Protection for Trafficking Victims

"U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced that the labor department's Wage and Hour Division will begin to exercise its authority to certify applications for trafficking victims seeking "T" visas. The division will also certify "U" visa requests when it detects...

Free USCIS Webinar Today, July 16, 2015, on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

"USCIS invites you to a webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) . This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies and advocates. Representatives from our Office of Policy...

CA9 on Due Process, U Visas, Crimmigration - USA v. Cisneros-Rodriguez

USA v. Cisneros-Rodriguez, Dec. 23, 2015 - "Xochitl Cisneros-Rodriguez (“Cisneros”), an undocumented alien, was convicted in 2009 of violating California narcotics laws and was subsequently placed in administrative removal proceedings. She was told by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

U Visa Applicants Face Backlogs, State Variations

Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, Jan. 20, 2016 - "Only federal immigration officials can grant a U visa after a background check. Still, other police departments may be reluctant to certify applications because of politics, according to Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police...

NYC to Provide U and T Visa Certifications

Office of the Mayor, NYC, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Today Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis announced that CCHR is now accepting requests for U and T visa certifications, making it the first and only anti-discrimination agency...

NIJC Practice Advisory: The U Visa Inadmissibility Waiver After L.D.G. v. Holder

NIJC, Jan. 2016 - "Until recently, U visa applicants in removal proceedings who were subject to one or more grounds of inadmissibility relied on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alone to determine whether those inadmissibility grounds would be waived. When USCIS denied a waiver...

BIA Amicus Invitation; U Nonimmigrant Status - Due April 18, 2016

Amicus Invitation No. 16-03-1, posted Mar. 17, 2016 - "The Board of Immigration Appeals welcomes interested members of the public to file amicus curiae briefs discussing the below issue: ISSUES PRESENTED: 1) Does the present respondent remain in valid U nonimmigrant status at this time? ...

Groups Protest U Visa Backlog, Delays

May 16, 2016 letter to León Rodríguez Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - "We, the 307 undersigned organizations that work with or otherwise support immigrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, respectfully wish to bring to your attention the increasing...

Federal Witness Promised U Visa; Did DHS Reneg on Deal?

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, June 18, 2016 - "Wendy Sarai Palacios thought she'd struck a deal with someone she could trust — the U.S. government. She'd fearfully testify against the predatory smuggler who brought her into the country illegally in 2014 then attempted...

CISOMB U Visa Parole Recommendation

USCIS Ombudsman, June 16, 2016 - "Ombudsman Recommendation on Parole for Eligible U Visa Principal and Derivative Petitioners Residing Abroad The Ombudsman recommends that USCIS develop a parole policy to benefit eligible U principals and beneficiaries. Since U visas were first established...