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April 2018 Archives

Court Orders USCIS To Reinstate DACA and Accept New Applications

In more DACA news, a District of Columbia federal district court ruled last week that the Department of Homeland Security's rescission of the DACA program was arbitrary and capricious. As a consequence, the rescission has been set aside and the government has been ordered not only to accept renewal applications (which it is currently doing as a result of previous litigation) but also new applications for DACA. However, the court stayed the order for a period of 90 days to allow DHS an opportunity to better justify why its decision to end the program was lawful. So while this is a momentous development for Dreamers, any excitement over DACA's resurrection should be tinged with a healthy dose of reality and a soupcon of skepticism. The door is still open for DHS to now legally insulate its reasoning and, in effect, close it for people who may have missed out on the chance to file initial applications. So, for the time being, no new DACA applications-applications being filed for the first time-- will be accepted unless and until the stay is over and the Court has made a final determination as to the government's reasoning. Additionally, while applicants who have previously held DACA status may currently submit renewal applications, this is only provisional relief in connection with pending litigation. If the courts ultimately rule in favor of the government, USCIS may stop accepting DACA applications altogether.

2018 Asylum Update | One-Year Filing Deadline

On March 29, 2018, a federal district court judge granted Summary Judgement on behalf of plaintiffs who were blocked from filing their asylum claims. In the ruling, Judge Ricardo S. Martinez held that the government's failure to furnish sufficient notice of the general one-year filing deadline violated portions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the 5th Amendment Due Process clause. The upshot is that the Department of Homeland Security must now adopt and provide notice of the one-year filing deadline to all current and future class members who have been affected by the government's dereliction. Additionally, the government has been ordered to adopt and publicize "uniform procedural mechanisms" that enable all class members to file their asylum cases in a timely manner.

Problems for Citizenship | Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer in NJ

In an earlier post, we previously discussed some permanent bars to citizenship, the most prominent of which were murder (which should be no surprise) and aggravated felonies, arguably the most virulent type of crime for immigration. But these are not the only kind of issues that can imperil a naturalization application or worse, jeopardize an individual's status. There are other factors outside of the permanent bars to good moral character that, if present, warrant thorough consultation with an immigration attorney. Three worth mentioning are false claims to US citizenship; unlawful voting; and acquisition of permanent residence through fraud, mistake, or error.

Can A Dependent Family Member Immigrate If The Main Beneficiary Dies? | 204l

One of the most frequently asked questions we run into concerns the legal ability of derivative family-based beneficiaries to immigrate if the principal beneficiary is not able to. The common context in which this occurs is when a principal beneficiary dies before his/her case becomes ripe and a visa granted. What happens to the principal beneficiary's family members? Can they still immigrate to the United States even though the principal beneficiary is deceased? The short answer, unfortunately, is no. Derivative beneficiaries are literally that: derivatives, and their status derives or depends on the status of the main beneficiary. If the principal beneficiary is unable to qualify for a visa, then family members under him/her will also not be accorded visas. In the case of either the petitioner's or beneficiary's death, in fact, the I-130 petition for alien relative is automatically revoked.

Closing My Immigration Court Case | Administrative Closure vs. Termination

While immigration court hearings are commonly regarded as relatively informal civil proceedings, nothing could be further from the truth. Removal defense practice and effective lawyering, especially in this climate, can be daunting. Even the terminology can be deceptive. "Administrative closure," for instance, is one term that has caused a lot of confusion and for some, maddening frustration.

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