Monthly Archives: June 2013

UAFA, Gay Rights, Human Rights, LGBT, Same-Sex, Marriage Act, Immigration Reform

Defense of Marriage Act Dead!

Historic victories have been made today in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and rejecting the California marriage ban Proposition 8, allowing same-sex couples to resume marriage in the State of California. With the repeal of DOMA, this means that same-sex couples who marry in states […]

H1B Visa, H1-b Visa, H1b Approval, H1-B Approval, Immigration Service, Immigration News


Recently you obtained a tourist visa in order to visit the state of California. Two months into your visit, you were convicted of child molestation under PC 288. Will you be required to register as a sex offender under PC 290 in California? The Sex Offender Registration Act (PC 290) California’s Sex Offender Registration Act […]

United States Citizenship, American Flag, Citizenship, Immigration, US Visa, Visas

Head of ICE Leaving Agency End of July

The head of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement agency, ICE, is leaving his job after more than four years. The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, says in a note sent to Ice employees on Monday that he is leaving his job at the end of July and is taking a position at […]

Deportation Defense, Detention, Family, Immigration Services, Immigration News

Question: Can I petition my stepfather if I have proof the relationship with my mother initiated before I was 18?

Question Detail: My mom and step dad started their relationship in 1985. In 1992 they got married while in vacation in the US, I was 19 and I was the legal witness to their marriage. Now I want to petition for him and my mother. If I have proof to their relationship prior to 1992, […]

U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China Moving to Zhujiang New Town on July 15, 2013

The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou will soon move to a new and spacious facility in the Zhujiang New Torn neighborhood. During the Consulate’s move, it will be necessary to temporarily suspend the usual passport, extra pages, consular report of birth and notary services. From July 15 until July 22, appointments and passport pick up […]

Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) Policy Manual

Under 8 C.F.R. 103.2(b)(8) USCIS has the discretion to issue Request for Evidence (RFEs) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) in appropriate circumstances. USCIS also has the discretion in some instances to issue a denial without first issuing an RFE or NOID. This policy manual offers guidance to the exercise of that discretion and […]

Discuss Senator Grassley’s Amendment 1195 to Senate Bill S.744

A recurring theme in the debate of Senate Bill 744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, will be the question of whether the legalization provisions should be linked to border security provisions. The first test of this question will come today on the Senate debate floor, when the Senate will consider Grassley’s amendment no. 1195 to […]

Senator Schumer’s Prediction: Senate Immigration bill will pass by July 4th

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) predicted on Sunday that the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill would pass by July 4 and went on to say that a strong vote for the bill could result in forcing the Republican congressman in the House to embrace the Gang of Eight’s bill, despite House speaker john Boehner’s (R-Ohio) […]

Fee’ing Motions for the Immigration Court: Room 1001

Memo from Mary Mucha, Directing Attorney Los Angeles County Bar Association Today I spoke to Dianne Armenteros (USCIS supervisor room 1001) regarding this problem about fee’ing Immigration Court Motions for the Los Angeles Immigration Court. Here is what she said. USCIS needs to “count” all cases that are processed in room 1001. They need to […]