Despite the government shutdown, USCIS has announced that all field offices are open. If you are scheduled for an interview during the shutdown you should show up as planned. I have heard no guidance on Application Support Centers where biometrics are taken, but if you are scheduled for a biometrics appointment I would arrive as scheduled.
I’ve purposely been avoiding commenting on the immigration bill making its way through Congress. I did this because regardless of what the Senate did (which was wonderful), it’s the House that holds all the cards with this bill. And yesterday they should their hand. You can read John Boehner and his GOP leadership team’s statement here. This comes as a huge disappointment, not just to the immigrant community but to the majority of Americans who support this bill. The country’s immigration policy woes require a comprehensive fix, not the piecemeal approach advocated by House GOPers.
The Japan Times reports here that Japan has ratified the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. I’ve personally been involved in a case that touched on parental abduction of a child to Japan. Once implemented, the Hague Convention should make returning children a more streamlined process.
One of the often vexing problems I face when preparing client’s green card applications is proving lawful entry. That’s traditionally been done by supplying a copy of form I-94 – the little white card stapled into your passport when you’re admitted to the United States (I always keep the original and present it at the interview). Those cards are perforated and prone to falling out and getting lost. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to file for a replacement I-94 (using form I-102 for a fee, of course), all the while the green card application remains dormant, just waiting to be filed.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently implemented the new electronic, paperless I-94 system. As wonderful and efficient as that may be, it leaves everyone applying for a green card without the traditional document used to establish lawful entry. USCIS has announced how they will proceed now that CBP has implemented the new system. See the guidance below for details.
The American Immigration Lawyers Assocation (AILA), to which I belong, has compiled this helpful list of requirements to obtain drivers licenses in each state. This includes documents for those applying for or granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The link is below.
A broad group of bi-partisan Senators have released a document detailing their “pillars” of reform. See document below. This does not spell out specific legislation – only the foundation upon which future legislation will be based.
A group of Senators have introduced bill S. 169 – Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013 – affecting and modernizing H-1B, employment-based immigration visas and student visas. Below is a link to Senator Hatch’s summary of the bills key points.
A bi-partisan group of senators have reached a deal on their vision on comprehensive immigration reform. The plan, to be outlined this afternoon, is apparently a high-level overview lacking in specifics. News reports suggest it overlaps the President’s own plan in important ways. Stay tuned as details emerge.
Here’s a link to USCIS’s updated Frequently Asked Questions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The Christian Science Monitor offers an article here reviewing the current state of affairs regarding comprehensive immigration reform in the new post-election political landscape. It’s encouraging. Let’s hope our elected representatives find a way of resolving this, unlike their ongoing failure to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.
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- Hot on the heals of the Senate announcement we have our first bill
- Senate’s Immigration Reform Plan Due This Afternoon
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- 2013 The Year for Immigration Reform? Some say yes.
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