NTA Memo Postponed Indefinitely

NTA Memo Postponed Indefinitely By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Monday July 30th, 2018, the USCIS issued an announcement on the implementation of the Notice to Appear (“NTA”) Policy Memorandum (Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1), confirming that it is postponing the implementation of this memorandum until further notice. As we reported last month, on June 28, 2018, the USCIS issued a…

On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement

On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr On August 17, 2018, the USCIS issued an announcement clarifying and revising two points with regard to reporting responsibilities and worksite locations for Optional Practical Training for STEM Students (STEM OPT). Reporting obligations: Employers are now required to…

Program that offered a quick path to Citizenship to foreign nationals through Military Service may not be delivering on that promise

Program that offered a quick path to Citizenship to foreign nationals through Military Service may not be delivering on that promise MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest), is a program that was created in 2009 by the Defense Department in order recruit foreign nationals that possess specific skills that are considered valuable to the…

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday, July 13, 2018, the USCIS announced its rescission of the long-standing policy memorandum (PM), “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny” (2013 PM) which detailed the parameters surrounding an officer’s discretion to…

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday, July 13, 2018, the USCIS announced its rescission of the long-standing policy memorandum (PM), “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny” (2013 PM) which detailed the parameters surrounding an officer’s discretion to…

USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials

USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials By Roujin Mozaffarimehr Although the immigration court backlog has exceeded 700,000 cases as of May 2018[1], on June 28, 2018, the USCIS issued a guidance regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs), the charging document issued by DHS that schedules a foreign national…

Memo Evaluating Sessions Position on Gender Based Asylum Claims and Impact on Particular Social Group

Memo Evaluating Sessions Position on Gender Based Asylum Claims and Impact on Particular Social Group By Chloe Thomlinson and Kalpana Peddibhotla Introduction On June 11, 2018 the Attorney General issued a disheartening decision over-ruling the Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 338 (BIA 2014) stating that, “generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence  perpetrated by non-governmental…

Trump Administration Places Increased Pressure on Immigration Courts

Trump Administration Places Increased Pressure on Immigration Courts By: Maleeha Haq Policies adopted by the Trump administration have put the already beleaguered immigration court system under increased pressure. The immigration court system operates within the Department of Justice. Its judges are not members of an independent judiciary, but rather are bound by the rules and…