Monthly Archives: April 2014

Board of Immigration Appeals Finds Asylee Cannot Readjustment Status to LPR

Matter of C-J-H, Respondent Decided March 27, 2014 An alien whose status has been adjusted from Asylee to lawful permanent resident cannot subsequently readjust status under INA Section 209(b), 8 USC Section 1159(b)(2012). Factual Background of Decision In a decision dated May 8, 2013, an Immigration Judge (IJ) found the respondent removable on his own […]

USCIS Changes International District Names

Effective today, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned that all USCIS offices will start using new district names in all references to the international districts. The new names for these USCIS international districts are as follows: Asia/Pacific (APAC) District, formerly the Bangkok District Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) District, formerly the Rome District […]

H-1B Cap for FY 2015 Has Been Reached!

Our Los Angeles U.S. Immigration lawyers have just learned that USCIS has reached the H-1B statutory cap. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions for the fiscal year of 2015. The limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption has […]

U.S. Embassy in Caracas Unable to Schedule First Time Visitor Visa Interviews

JCS Immigration and Visa, Los Angeles immigration attorney’s office, monitors news relating to immigration across the country and around the world. We have learned that the United States Embassy located in Caracas, Venezuela is currently unable to issue B-1/B-2 visitor visas to first time applicants at this time. The U.S. Embassy Caracas issued a notice […]

CBP’s Exercise of Discretion v. Prosecutorial Discretion

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a policy to use discretion where appropriate and in keeping the CBP strategy of risk management and focusing CBP’s resources on those cases that pose the greatest risk. Each applicant for admission to the United States is evaluated on a case by case basis and the decision is […]

Affirmative Asylum Backlog Explained

What is the affirmative aslyum backlog? USCIS currently has a backlog of affirmative asylum applications that have been filed and are awaiting interviews with USCIS asylum offices nationwide. Currently, there are around 40,000 cases in this backlog and that number continues to increase. 28,000 of those cases were filed in 2013 and USCIS Asylum Headquarters […]

Update for Processing of Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles continually receive updates from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the latest immigration news and changes in practices of USCIS. Beginning today, in a phased approach to enhance customer service, USCIS is improving the way it processes Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions. USCIS will begin transferring […]