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July 2020 Archives

Can A USCIS Officer Deny A Case Because He/She Feels Like It? Maybe

Last week, USCIS amended its Policy Manual to incorporate some very importance guidance on the exercise of discretion. While discretion has always implicitly factored into an officer's adjudication, the new amendments, announced by way of a Policy Alert, formalize and flesh out what officers should be looking for specifically and herald a more pronounced emphasis on a discretionary approach. In practical terms, officers will be afforded and equipped with more tools to deny cases, even if eligibility for a benefit has been demonstrated. While there are a few categories of cases in which discretion is not involved, the vast majority of cases do allow and expect adjudicators to go through this analysis. Some examples include K-1 Fiancé petitions; Asylum; Adjustment of Status; and of course, Waivers of Inadmissibility. Discretion is defined as "the ability or power to exercise sound judgment in decision-making." Realistically speaking, discretion is essentially an officer's subjective evaluation-does he/she feel comfortable with the case/applicant? Does the applicant warrant an approval?

Not Carrying Your Green Card Is A Criminal Offense

A very disturbing article came out last Thursday that perhaps accounts for the interminable delay some individuals are experiencing in waiting for their green cards. According to the article which appeared in The Washington Post, USCIS has apparently cut back on the physical production of green cards due to budgetary strain. In June, the agency's contract with the company that was producing the cards supposedly lapsed, and operations have since slowed down to a crawl in the wake of news that nearly three quarters of its workforce stand to be furloughed next month.

2020 DACA Program Update | Supreme Court Issues Ruling

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Fortunately, the ruling does not terminate DACA, as many had feared it would. While not delving into the politics behind the policy, the High Court held that the Administration's rescission was "arbitrary and capricious" and that the agency failed to reasonable explanations for its actions. The upshot is that the case essentially reinstates the 2012 DACA program, allowing individuals who have DACA to continue filing for renewals. Furthermore, those whose DACA has expired may also file deferred status, though for some it will be a renewal application, and for others, an initial application (depending on how long the lapse is). What is very interesting, though, and perhaps the best aspect of the decision, is that those who have never been granted DACA appear to be eligible to file initial applications. Additionally, since DHS is required to maintain the original DACA program, it also appears that DACA recipients should, in theory, be able to file for advance parole-special permission to leave and re-enter the US.

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    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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