Monthly Archives: January 2013

US Customs and Border Protection Entry Questions & Answers

Warrantless Searches What circumstances justify a warrantless search by CBP of a passenger’s cell phone or computer? CBP Response: Please refer to the discussion of CBP search authority at; click on the “Travel” link on the homepage and then on the “CBP Search Authority” link which contains several documents addressing this issue including the […]

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Obama to announce his immigration reform plan!

The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday […]

Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

From Senators Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, Michael Bennet, and Jeff Flake Introduction: We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up […]

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Denial of Adjustment of Status due to Removal Orders

Denial of Adjustment of Status due to erroneous allegations of outstanding Removal Orders Members have reported that Adjustment of Status applications have been denied where an individual’s removal proceedings have been terminated by an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals. For example, one member reports a denied Form I-485 even though the attorney […]

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Impact of CBP Annotations and Documentation of Arrivals

Impact of CBP Annotations (or lack thereof) and Documentation of Arrivals On August 12, 2012, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that it no longer places admission stamps on Form I-20 and Form DS-2019. What training has the NBC received on this issue in particular when looking for documentation that an applicant for Adjustment […]

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Waiver of Adjustment interview in certain Immediate Relative one-stop Applications

What is the procedure for determining whether to waive an adjustment interview where the family relationship is parent-child? Although some cases are forwarded to the CSC for processing without interview, other cases do undergo interview at the local office. As of August 1, 2012, NBC stopped shipping I-485 cases that met the interview waiver criteria […]

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Reasons for Cautious Optimism on Immigration Reform

There is considerable debate at the moment over the prospects for immigration reform this year. On the one hand, an electorally chastened Republican Party seems to be reevaluating its long-standing support for deportation-only immigration policies. On the other hand, it looks as though the White House and Congress are embarking upon lengthy debates over gun […]

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False Information Will Result in Visa Rejection

The United States, which is a land of immigrants, is culturally amalgamated with people from all over the world. A lot of people from various countries wish to immigrate to the United States for various reasons. While applying for visas to immigrate to the United States, many people tend to provide false information forgetting the […]

Liaison Assistance for VAWA Visa, U Visas, T Visas and I-751 Petition Based on Abuse

If you need liaison assistance for a case handled by the VAWA Unit (VAWA, U, T, or I-751 petition based on abuse), first contact the VAWA, U & T Unit at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) via phone, e-mail, or fax. 1. VAWA Unit Hotline: (802) 527-4888 (Leave a message, and the VAWA, U & […]

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USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual

Resource designed to enhance consistency and efficiency of immigration adjudications WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual– the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. Today’s release follows an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies […]