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AAO I-601 Victory: China

Alan Lee writes: " Attached is another recent I-601 win at the AAO . In this case, the qualifying relatives were the applicant's U. S. citizen wife and permanent resident parents. The portion of the field office denial relating to the case was a peremptory paragraph of 13 lines focusing mainly...

TRIG Exemptions for DMLEK and ELF

"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 U.S.C. 1182(d)(3)(B)(i), as amended, as well as the...

9 FAM 41.102 Notes Amended Regarding NIV Interview Waiver

"... Generally, all applicants must be interviewed in person. There are certain circumstances in which you, the chief of mission (COM), or the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Visa Services may waive the personal interview for a visa applicant. ..." - 9 FAM 41.102 NOTES (CT:VISA-2061; 01...

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...

Unpub. BIA Refugee Waiver Victory: Bosnia

"As noted by the Immigration Judge the respondent's omissions are particularly concerning where, as here, the respondent failed to disclose his VRS service, as the organization, and specifically the Zvornik Infantry Brigade's 4th Infantry Battalion where the respondent served, was responsible...

NBC I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Slides

NBC I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Slides - 58 pages, from Jan. 2013 . [Hats off to AILA for obtaining these through FOIA!]

CA11 on 212(h): Rivas v. U.S. Attorney General

"This petition for review requires us to decide whether a deportable alien who has left and reentered the United States may obtain nunc pro tunc a waiver of inadmissibility. See Immigration and Nationality Act § 212(h), 8 U.S.C. § 1182(h). The State of Florida twice convicted petitioner...

CA6 on 212(h): Stanovsek v. Holder

"This case raises the issue of whether an alien who has adjusted his status to that of a lawful permanent resident after being admitted to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, and who is later subject to removal for committing an aggravated felony, may seek a hardship waiver. A provision of...

AAO I-212 Waiver Victory - Houston

"The record ... reflects that the applicant has expressed remorse for her actions and that she has paid taxes on her earnings as a nanny while in the United States. In addition, the applicant submits statements from friends and family describing her good character. The unfavorable factors in this...

CA10 on Choice of Law, 212(h): Medina-Rosales v. Holder

"Mr. Medina-Rosales was issued a Notice of Hearing stating that a master hearing would be held before an IJ in Tulsa. The Dallas-based IJ indeed held video conference hearings with Mr. Medina-Rosales and his counsel, who were in Tulsa. ... The IJ’s presence in Dallas and the fact that proceedings...

Pro Bono AAO Hardship 212(i) Waiver Victory; FGM; Cote d'Ivoire

Hats off to Cyrus D. Mehta for this pro bono publico victory: "Here we find that the record establishes that the applicant's spouse will suffer extreme hardship as a consequence of being separated from the applicant. The record shows that the spouse works extensive hours and would likely...

Federal Court Litigation Triggers I-612 Hardship Waiver Victory: Fabry v. Kerry

Filing of lawsuit by Hake & Schmitt induces State Department Waiver Review Division to issue favorable recommendation in de novo filing in an I-612 hardship waiver case "The State Department Waiver Review Division (WRD) issued a not favorable recommendation on an I-612 hardship waiver application...

BIA on Admission, Adjustment of Status, 237(a)(1)(H) - Matter of Agour

Official Headnote : Adjustment of status constitutes an “admission” for purposes of determining an alien’s eligibility to apply for a waiver under section 237(a)(1)(H) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(H) (2012). Matter of Connelly , 19 I&N Dec....

DHS Proposed Rule: Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

The following is the text of the proposed rule that the Secretary signed on July 14, 2015, and that the Department has sent to the Federal Register for publication. The Federal Register will publish the official version of this document. - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to expand...

AAO I-601 Extreme Hardship Victory (Mexico; Detroit)

Hats off to Michael Carlin for this Aug. 24, 2015 AAO victory!

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

Parallel Proposed Rules from DOS, CBP re Waiver of Passport, Visa Requirments

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - "This rule proposes to reinstate a 1996 amendment to a regulation in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations regarding a discretionary waiver of certain documentary requirements for nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States...

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...

Matter of H-V-P-, Adopted Decision 2016-01 (AAO Feb. 9, 2016)

USCIS, Mar. 9, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) designates the attached decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of H-V-P- as an Adopted Decision. Accordingly, this adopted decision establishes policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees. USCIS personnel...

DHS Final Rule: Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 - "This final rule, consistent with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), expands the class of individuals who may be eligible for a provisional waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence...

USCIS Stakeholder Teleconference: Expanded Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process, Sept. 20, 2016

"Dear Stakeholder, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the final rule expanding eligibility for the provisional unlawful presence waiver process. The...

Matter of Khan, 26 I&N Dec. 797 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Khan, 26 I&N Dec. 797 (BIA 2016) - Immigration Judges do not have authority to adjudicate a request for a waiver of inadmissibility under section 212(d)(3)(A)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(3)(A)(ii) (2012), by a petitioner for U nonimmigrant status...

California Democratic Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of State Waiver to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Into Obamacare

California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Sept. 14, 2016 - "The California Congressional Delegation released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to approve a waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California...

Lawsuit Filed Against CSC to Halt RFE Crisis in I-612 Hardship, Persecution Waivers - Schmitt v. Johnson

Brian Schmitt, Oct. 18, 2016 - "From April 29, 2016 to present, Hake & Schmitt has received 10 hostile and abusive Requests for Evidence (RFEs) in I-612 hardship and persecution waiver applications. All 10 of the RFEs violated USCIS policy on the issuance of RFEs. The RFEs asked irrelevant and...

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016) - A fraud waiver under section 237(a)(1)(H) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(H) (2012), cannot waive an alien’s removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) for having been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude...