Tag Archives: asylum

Some Central Americans Can Now Seek U.S. Refugee Status from Home

President Obama announced today, in an effort to discourage thousands of unaccompanied children from trying to enter the U.S. illegally, an instruction to immigration officials and the U.S. Department of State, to allows nationals of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to apply for refugee status in their home nation for the first time ever. The […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

How To Get a U.S. Work Permit?

In order for an individual to work in the United States, you must be legally authorized to do so. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident (Green Card holders) may work legally in the United States without a work permit. Other individuals must first obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work in the U.S. With […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

Form I-765 Processing Times for Asylum Applicants

Recently, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have received reports from other U.S. immigration lawyers of Form I-765, Employment Authorization applicants for asylum applicants falling outside of the processing times posted online for the National Benefits Center (NBC). We reached out to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and asked about the adjudication time frame […]

Revisions to Categories of Asylum Cases that Require USCIS Headquarters Review

A memo from the Chief of the Asylum Division of USCIS was released on January 27, 2014 outlining and explaining changes to the list of revised categories of asylum cases that require a review by USCIS Headquarters prior to approval. These revisions are effectively immediately and can be seen below. JCS Immigration and Visa, U.S. […]

Los Angeles Asylum Office During Government Shutdown

The Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Asylum Office has reported that despite the government shutdown, the office does not anticipate for anything to be running differently at this time. It is expected to be business as usual. At JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, located in Los Angeles, we have noticed that USCIS is […]

Deportation, Asylum, Withholding of Removal

Oshodi V. Holder, Nigerian Asylum Respondent in Removal Proceedings

Oshodi v. Holder, Filed August 27, 2013. The Los Angeles based US Immigration lawyers at JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office read this unique case in which a respondent in removal proceedings petitioning for asylum from his home country of Nigeria argues that the Immigration Judge (IJ) violated his right to due process by limiting […]