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September 2015 Archives

Some People May Be Able To File I-485 Sooner Under New Visa Charts

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced the implementation of new procedures that will decrease waiting periods for eligible adjustment of status applicants. Furthermore, the new procedure will allow the Department of State (DOS) to better predict and determine general immigration visa demand. This will subsequently provide more accurate information for determining monthly application cut-off dates in the DOS monthly Visa Bulletin. The USCIS's and DOS's goal is to maximize annually issued immigrant visas while minimizing monthly fluctuations in Visa Bulletin cut-off dates that unnecessarily slow the process. These new procedures are a direct result of President Obama's November 2014 Executive Action.

What is a Priority Date?

To understand application eligibility based on the DOS monthly Visa Bulletin, applicants must be aware of the significance of their priority date. This date governs when an applicant is able to pursue the last steps towards permanent residency (commonly known as 'obtaining a green card') by filing an adjustment of status application (if the applicant is currently in the United States) or pursuing an immigrant visa abroad. In a family-sponsored case, the priority date is determined when a relative officially files a family sponsored visa petition. For employment-based cases, the priority date is when an employer officially files a labor certification or PERM with the U.S. Department of Labor on the applicant's behalf. When a foreign national's priority date, also known as the cut-off date, becomes listed on the Visa Bulletin, he or she is eligible to file either for adjustment of status or in the case of consular cases, be scheduled for an interview abroad at the US consulate.

New Jersey Governor Christie Wants To Track Immigrants Like Fed-ex Packages

It may not have garnered that much attention nationally, but in New Jersey, Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie stirred some new waves and deepened anxiety amongst the immigrant community in the Garden State with his recent remarks. In the last week of August, he announced his plan to devise a tracking system that would follow foreign nationals around in a manner similar to the way FedEx tracks its packages. He furthered the FedEx comparison by stating his desire to actually consult with FedEx chief executive Frederick W. Smith to create a system prototype.

Who Can Serve As A Substitute Sponsor if the I-130 Petitioner Dies?

In the case where a petitioner passes away before a beneficiary is able to immigrate, the I-130 is normally cancelled. Under certain circumstances, the case may still continue through approval of a humanitarian reinstatement request. These requests, unfortunately, are not automatically granted. There must be a strong demonstration of humanitarian factors that would warrant USCIS reinstating the cancelled petition with the original priority date. Furthermore, even if those grounds can be shown, there must also be a Substitute Sponsor waiting in the wings who is ready, willing, and financially able to incur the obligations involved with the I-864, Affidavit of Support.

Anchor Babies and Hard-Line Immigration Policies

Is Donald Trump Forcing Jeb Bush to the Right on Immigration?

Although Jeb Bush continues to claim he supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, recent comments have had some people scratching their heads. In the book "Immigration Wars," which Bush co-wrote, he outlines a plan for immigration reform. However, in the proposal he released in early August, Bush's tune on immigration seems to have changed. The six-point proposal includes plans to punish cities that don't cooperate with immigration law enforcement. Additionally, Bush's recent use of the phrase "anchor babies", to reference infants born of foreign women who come to the US illegally, has been considered deeply offensive to many in the Latino community. His perceived shift in stance raises the question - Is Jeb Bush vying for the support of anti-immigrant voters who are becoming more and more enamored of Donald Trump and his restrictionist rhetoric?

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    • 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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