This month, the International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation (IBJJF) announced that it will now be awarding cash prizes to winners at the World Championships. Prizes will reportedly range from $4000 to $7000 for regular divisions, depending on the number of competitors, and $10,000 for Black Belt Absolute Champions. While this is welcome news, foreign national athletes intending on visiting the US to compete at the Mundials should bear this development in mind when applying for their visas. It may be a technical point, but like jiujitsu, being technical can go a long way. Conversely, ignoring the finer points can be detrimental and hurt your game in the long term.
Late last week, news broke that USCIS plans on closing its international field office division by the end of the year. The rationale behind this decision is purportedly to reallocate resources and manpower to handle the growing surge of asylum applications, but many are understandably skeptical that this is another effort to fortify a virtual invisible wall. In practical terms, the phasing out of these offices will likely increase processing delays and contribute to a growing backlog that has already pushed cases significantly back.
The vast majority of lawful permanent residents aspiring to become United States Citizens will need to undergo the naturalization process. But in some cases, an individual may already be a citizen through application of the law pertaining to either automatic acquisition or derivation. In those instances, a person will need to apply for proof of citizenship by either applying for a US Passport or a Certificate of Citizenship via Form N-600. Unfortunately, the law regarding acquisition of citizenship can be incredibly complex. Depending on when certain conditions are/were fulfilled will determine which set of rules apply. A recent Third Circuit case, Dessouki v. Attorney General, illustrates just how fact-sensitive some of these determinations can be.
For a lawful permanent resident, denial of a green card renewal application can be extremely stressful. Depending on the nature of the denial, there can be severe consequences, both direct and collateral, ranging from bearing an expired identity document to being placed into removal proceedings. At the outset, it is crucial to distinguish exactly what is being "renewed" because the nomenclature is used so loosely. A green card renewal comes up in two different contexts.