Legal Articles, Immigration

EOIR Selects Four New Assistant Chief Immigration Judges

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) selected four new assistant chief immigration judges on August 23, 2019. Assistant chief immigration judges oversee the operations of the immigration courts to which they are assigned.

Uptick in Visa Denials on Public Charge Grounds in FY-2019

Although the Trump Administration’s expansive new public charge rule does not take effect until October, Politico reported on August 6, 2019, that visa denials on public charge grounds have increased dramatically in fiscal year 2019.

Affirmative Asylum Delays at the Newark Asylum Office and Boston Sub Office

On August 16, 2019, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) forwarded an email alert from the Newark Asylum Office to immigration attorneys across the country.

EOIR Swears in Six New Members of the Board of Immigration Appeals

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) held an investiture ceremony on August 23, 2019, to swear in six new members of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). All six new Board members were appointed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

USCIS Returns All Unselected FY 2020 H1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had returned all unselected FY 2020 H1B cap-subject petitions.

Kazakhstan Maintains Suspension on Adoptions by Americans

On July 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced that it had confirmed with the Government of Kazakhstan that intercountry adoptions between the United States and Kazakhstan remains suspended.

Sierra Leone Lifts Suspension of Intercountry Adoptions

The Department of State (DOS) noted that the Government of Sierra Leone did not extend its suspension of processing new intercountry adoptions beyond June 3, 2019.

Troubling Move By Trump Administration to Decertify Immigration Judge Union

In what I find to be troubling news, Fox News reports that the Trump Administration is moving to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ).

USCIS Will Maintain Only Seven International Field Offices

On August 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will only maintain international field offices at seven locations going forward.

DHS Publishes Comprehensive New Public Charge Rule (Effective October 15, 2019)

On August 14, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

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