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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Ysidro, California Facility Facts

One of the ways that our Los Angeles immigration attorneys stay on top of important immigration matters is by attending events held by the U.S. Government. Last week one of our immigration lawyers attended a tour of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at San Ysidro, California, which borders Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. […]

Update on Immigration Court’s System Outage

People familiar with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and immigration court may have experienced a delay in deportation, removal or other delay due to a hardware failure in the beginning of April. The EOIR’s system was down for just over 1 month, unable to locate records, and delaying deportation and other proceedings. The […]

Customer Identity Verification (CIV) Questions and Answers

The following article is an excerpt from a question and answer meeting between United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The questions (Q) are asked by AILA and the answers (A) are provided by USCIS On September 9, 2013, USCIS began implementing a new system called Customer Identity […]

California Design of Driver’s License for Immigrants Rejected

Federal Authorities have rejected the newly proposed design for California’s driver’s license for undocumented immigrants, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned. According to a report released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Federal government says it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens and lawful permanent […]

2015 Diversity Visa Winners Must Submit DS-260 After May 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of State announced to our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles earlier this month, that beginning on May 19, 2014 all 2015 Diversity Visa (DV-2015) Program applicants must submit the electronic form DS-260. The electronic immigration form is accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). The results of the DV-2015 program were […]

June 2014 Visa Bulletin is Here!

The Department of State has just released the Visa Bulletin for June 2014 to our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles. We are unhappy to see that unfortunately the F2A category (for family-sponsored preference, spouses and children of Permanent Residents) has retrogressed due to the heavy demand. The previous Priority Date for the F2A visa category […]

Proposed Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in the U.S.

Our lawyers in Los Angeles have just learned of a newly proposed rule change by the Department of Homeland Security. Part of the proposed new plan would allow for certain H-1B dependents (H-4 visa holders) to receive employment authorization in the United States. Under the current regulations, spouses and dependent children of H-1B workers may […]

60-Day Grace Period for F-1 International Students

Our attorneys in Los Angeles deal with a range of different immigration services. As a reminder, F-1 students are allowed a 60-day grace period after completion of a course of study, or other authorized period of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), to allow them to prepare to depart the United States, apply for a transfer […]

ICE Will Reopen Removal Proceedings for Same-Sex Marriage Cases

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has just announced their plans to agree to joint motions to reopen where the respondent entered into a lawful, bona fide, same-sex marriage after being ordered removed and there is newly-available relief. If you have a removal order but are now eligible for relief based on your same-sex marriage […]

Washington and Colorado Latest States to Join Oregon in Not Complying with ICE Detainers

Since our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles made the announcement that several county law enforcement agencies in Oregon had stopped complying with ICE immigration detainers, Washington and Colorado are the latest to also express their non-compliance with the requests. There have been at least 4 reported counties in Washington State and four in Colorado that have […]