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May 2012 Archives

USCIS launches ELIS program

A couple of months ago, we wrote about USCIS slowly making the transition to electronic based filings. On May 22, 2012, USCIS launched the ELIS program. As of now, individuals who establish an ELIS account may file Form I-539, Application to Change/Extend Status online. There hasn't been much feedback yet, since the program just started. However, electronic filing will presumably eliminate delays caused by mail and expedite processing. Whether people like it or not, the government is slowly integrating more technology into the filing process. Individuals must make an effort to become familiar with the technology or at least entrust their cases to those who are.

Attorney Angie Garasia elected to NJ Chapter Secretary of American Immigration Lawyers Association

Congratulations to partner Attorney Angie Garasia on being elected to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Chapter of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is a national association of attorneys and law professors dedicated to the practice and policy of immigration law. Ms. Garasia was elected by her peers to the position of Secretary for the 2012-2013 term. Attorney Garasia concentrates her practice in the areas of Naturalization, Citizenship, and Family-Based Immigration.

Dharun Ravi sentenced in NJ today. Will he be deported?

Dharun Ravi's sentencing hearing is being held today in New Brunswick. Mr. Ravi is the ex-Rutgers student who was convicted of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, as well as hindering charges after his roommate Tyler Clementi committed suicide after learning that he had been spied upon kissing another man. The case has garnered national attention and sparked debate on hate crimes, "cyber-bullying," and suicide. Besides raising a number of interesting legal issues on whether the sentence will be proportionate, there are also questions regarding whether Mr. Ravi will be deported since he is not a US citizen.

VAWA threatened by HR 4970

Just yesterday, the House of Representatives moved in an ultra reactionary and restrictionist fashion to pass HR 4970 by a vote of 222 to 205. HR 4970 is a bill that undermines and practically eviscerates the protections of the Violence Against Women Act as we know it today. Among its many proposed changes, the bill seeks to eliminate the confidentiality provisions that encourage victims of domestic violence to speak out in the first place. The language of the new version seems to allow adjudicators to reach out to the abuser(s) to confirm or corroborate information, which practically speaking, endangers the safety of the reporting victim and leaves the door open for further abuse and manipulation. Additionally, the standard of proof governing VAWA applications would change from preponderance of the evidence to "clear and convincing" and potentially involve personal interviews by officers not necessarily trained in VAWA cases (the Vermont Service Center which has been handling these cases would no longer have jurisdiction.) The stability provided by the U visa would also be undercut through provisions narrowing circumstances under which law enforcement certifications necessary for U visas would be given. It will be a sad day indeed if this extremist bill becomes a reality. Let's hope that President Obama has the resolve to veto this legislation if it makes it way to his desk.

VAWA endangered by HR 4970

Just yesterday, the House of Representatives moved in an ultra reactionary and restrictionist fashion to pass HR 4970 by a vote of 222 to 205. HR 4970 is a bill that undermines and practically eviscerates the protections of the Violence Against Women Act as we know it today. Among its many proposed changes, the bill seeks to eliminate the confidentiality provisions that encourage victims of domestic violence to speak out in the first place. The language of the new version seems to allow adjudicators to reach out to the abuser(s) to confirm or corroborate information, which practically speaking, endangers the safety of the reporting victim and leaves the door open for further abuse and manipulation. Additionally, the standard of proof governing VAWA applications would change from preponderance of the evidence to "clear and convincing" and potentially involve personal interviews by officers not necessarily trained in VAWA cases (the Vermont Service Center which has been handling these cases would no longer have jurisdiction.) The stability provided by the U visa would also be undercut through provisions narrowing circumstances under which law enforcement certifications necessary for U visas would be given. It will be a sad day indeed if this extremist bill becomes a reality. Let's hope that President Obama has the resolve to veto this legislation if it makes it way to his desk.

TPS Extended for Somalians

USCIS recently announced that Somalia has been re-designated for TPS or Temporary Protected Status. TPS for nationals of Somalia will be extended from September 18, 2012 through March 17, 2014. For those who already have TPS status, the re-registration period runs from May 1, 2012 to July 2, 2012. For those Somalis who do not have TPS status currently, individuals may submit applications during the re-designation period which runs from May 1, 2012 through October 29, 2012. More information can be found on the USCIS website. The link is http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=928f3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=928f3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD.

Supreme Court will hear case on retroactivity of Padilla PCR claims

In an interesting development, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear arguments and issue the final word on whether the decision in Padilla vs. Kentucky applies retroactively. As we have blogged about earlier, Padilla vs. Kentucky is the 2010 landmark case that holds a criminal defense attorney's failure to advise a defendant of the adverse immigration consequences of a guilty plea can be ineffective assistance of counsel. In New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that Padilla does not have retroactive effect. The Supreme Court will now hear arguments in the fall in the case of Chaidez v. United States.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

    • The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers
    • Rated by Super Lawyers | Angie Garasia | 5 Years
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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