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  • Article: Niz-Chavez and Jurisdiction? by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

    Article: Niz-Chavez and Jurisdiction? by Geoffrey A. Hoffman

    Niz-Chavez and Jurisdiction? by Geoffrey A. Hoffman The Supreme Court's decision earlier this week in  Niz-Chavez v. Garland is potentially revolutionary. First, it rejected the impoverished and incorrect interpretation by circuit courts and the BIA of Pereira v. Sessions (20-18) about the alleged "curing" of a defective Notice to Appear (NTA) by a subsequent notice of hearing. Such an interpretation was not at all supported by Pereira and indeed foreclosed by that decision. Furthermore, more importantly, if interpreted correctly, it may upend the jurisdiction in many cases of the immigration court. I want...
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  • Article: The First Step for Reforming the Immigration Courts is to Allow Immigration Judges to Administratively Close Cases By Cyrus D. Mehta

    The First Step for Reforming the Immigration Courts is to Allow Immigration Judges to Administratively Close Cases by Cyrus D. Mehta On May 5, 2021, the majority opinion in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sanchez v. Attorney General followed two other circuit courts in holding that an Immigration Judge (IJ) has the authority to administratively close cases. If there is a case that is deserving for an IJ to administratively close a case, this is it. Former Att...
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  • Article: It's Time for Real Alternatives to Immigration Detention by Kate Goettel for Immigration Impact

    It's Time for Real Alternatives to Immigration Detention by Kate Goettel for Immigration Impact Every year the U.S. government locks up thousands of non-citizens in a prison system few Americans know about—the immigration detention system. Though immigration detention is termed “civil” rather than criminal, in practice it is no different from criminal detention and is rife with abuse and neglect. The pandemic has made it more dangerous than ever to be locked in a U.S. Immigr...
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  • Article: Biden Administration Begins Reuniting the First of Thousands of Migrant Families Still Separated by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact

    Biden Administration Begins Reuniting the First of Thousands of Migrant Families Still Separated by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact Four families separated under the Trump administration will be reunited this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced. They will be the first families to be reunited thanks to the efforts of the Family Reunification Task Force, launched by the Biden administration in February. It’s estimated that over 1,...
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  • Article: Congress Should Offer Permanent Residency to Noncitizen Scientists & Technical Experts Safeguarding National Security by Matthew La Corte

    Congress Should Offer Permanent Residency to Noncitizen Scientists & Technical Experts Safeguarding National Security by Matthew La Corte A bipartisan group of senators is assembling a legislative package that seeks to counter China by enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness, bolstering global leadership, safeguarding national security, and dramatically expanding investments in 21st-century technologies.  Two bipartisan bills — the Endless Frontier Act and the Strat...
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  • Article: US Imposes Covid Travel Ban on India: How Effective Are Such Travel Bans? by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box

    US Imposes Covid Travel Ban on India: How Effective Are Such Travel Bans? by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box In previous blogs we have discussed the Trump administration’s numerous COVID travel bans that were extended by President Biden, and provided suggestions for overcoming them. On Friday, April 30, 2021, a new COVID-related travel ban was implemented, this time by the Biden Administration. President Biden ...
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  • Article: Supreme Court Decision Regarding Notices to Appear (NTA) for Immigration Court by David H. Nachman, Esq., Ludka Zimovcak, Esq., Snehal Batra, Esq. and Samantha Chasworth, Esq.

    Supreme Court Decision Regarding Notices to Appear (NTA) for Immigration Court by David H. Nachman, Esq., Ludka Zimovcak, Esq., Snehal Batra, Esq. and Samantha Chasworth, Esq. On April 28, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Niz-Chavez v. Garland that may have a groundbreaking impact on many who are currently facing, or who have previously been involved in immigration court proceedings. Specifically, the decision changed how the immigration courts should view Notices to ...
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  • Article - Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

    Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days by ...
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  • Article - Could EB-5 Green Cards Be Processed in 2 Years Without Expedites? Will I-526 EB-5 Petition Processing Dramatically Improve In Near Future? by Bernard Wolfsdorf

    Could EB-5 Green Cards Be Processed in 2 Years Without Expedites? Will I-526 EB-5 Petition Processing Dramatically Improve In Near Future? by Bernard Wolfsdorf When I first started filing EB-5 petitions many years ago, my clients were frustrated if their EB-5 petitions took 6 months to process. Today, USCIS’ published processing time for an I-526 petition is between 30 and 48.5 months, and if from China, which is quota backlogged, it is between 63.5 and 80.5 months. USCIS’ recently released performance data prov...
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  • Article: Supreme Court decision opens doors for immigrants to possibly cancel their deportation by Scott A. Girard

    Supreme Court decision opens doors for immigrants to possibly cancel their deportation by Scott A. Girard Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision, Niz-Chavez v. Garland, that will allow many individuals in immigration court to apply to cancel their deportation. The case was about a form of relief called Cancellation of Removal, which allows individuals in immigration court an opportunity to cancel their deportation and get a green card if they meet certain requirements. These include hav...
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