Monthly Archives: July 2013

Green Card Lottery, Diversity Visa Program, 2014 DV, VISA lottery, DV-2014

USCIS Waiving Certain I-485 Adjustment Interviews for Qualifying Family Members

In an effort to eliminate some of the family-based petition backlog and processing time, USCIS is waiving some I-485 interviews for certain family-relatives. Please see the types that are considered to be waived below: Unmarried minor children and stepchildren of U.S. citizens (IR7 and CR7) that are accompanied by original or certified copies of supporting […]

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

USCIS Revises Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

USCIS would like to inform applicants that newly revised Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is now available for use. Applicants can continue to use the old form until September 16, 2013, at which point no previous versions will be accepted. The form can be found at http://www.USCIS.gov/I-129F

Same Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, Gay Marriage, Discrimination, Immigration Services

USCIS Approves First Green Card for Same-Sex Married Couple

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, in which it struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for all federal laws.  This law meant that the immigration agencies would not recognize […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, US Immigrants, Legal Permanent Resident, LPR, Illegal Immigrants

Bipartisan Group in House closes in on Immigration Reform Compromise

The bipartisan “gang of seven” group of House members negotiating over immigration is closing in on a plan that would include a path to citizenship, but would impose new triggers on citizenship — and new conditions on the initial legal status the undocumented would enjoy — that would put the bill significantly to the right […]

Immigration Services, Immigration Law, Los Angeles, Immigration Attorney, Immigration Lawyer

Court Rules ICE Failed to Satisfy FOIA Requirements in Council’s Suit to Compel Disclosure of Records

A federal district court recently issued an opinion addressing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failure to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  According to the court, ICE did not show that it had conducted an adequate search for records in response to the American Immigration Council’s (Council) FOIA request regarding noncitizens’ […]

DHS Secretary Napolitano to Head University of California School System

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, will step down from her post later this summer in order to head the University of California school system. The transition is expected to happen in about six weeks, when the University’s fall semester begins. First reported by The Los Angeles Times, which comes after […]

Temporary Protected Status, TPS, Haitians, Nonimmigrant, F-1, F-1 Visa, US Visa, Immigration Services

Frequently Asked Questions about the Asylum Clock Class Action Settlement

The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), along with its co-counsel, recently announced a settlement of A.B.T., et al. v. USCIS, et al., a nationwide class action challenging the manner in which the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) determine an asylum applicant’s eligibility for an […]

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

Department of State Consular Services and the Supreme Court’s Ruling on DOMA

On June 26, 2013, Secretary of State, John Kerry released a memo stating “to fully implement the requirements and implications of the Court’s decision, we will work with the Department of Justice and other agencies to review all relevant statutes as well as the benefits administered by this agency”. After the Supreme Court’s ruling to […]

Post-DOMA, Same-Sex Couples Gain Immigration Benefits

After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, U.S. Citizens can now sponsor their same-sex spouses for federal immigration benefits including obtaining Lawful Permanent Residence or a “Green Card”. In a statement on the DOMA decision Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano said that the […]