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Minutes of February 12, 2015 NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues

Document Production Q.  Can you please clarify whether refugees, because they are statutorily exempt from having to pay the I-485 filing fees, are eligible to file an I-131 and/or I-765 at no additional charge when filed concurrently with an I-485 application to adjust status? Please also clarify whether a refugee may file an I-131 or I-765 at no additional charge after the I-485 initial filing, but while the I-485 remains pending.

Frequently Asked Questions: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) had planned to begin accepting applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on February 18, 2015. Unfortunately, DHS has temporarily delayed the launch of expanded DACA due to a federal court decision halting its implementation. The court’s injunction also temporarily blocked implementation of the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program that was slated to begin this May.

CLINIC and TODEC Double BIA Legal Capacity in Inland Empire

By Martin Gauto One of CLINIC’s core functions is to boost legal capacity in underserved areas in the United States. An area experiencing a severe shortage in low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers is the Inland Empire (or the “IE” as it is known) region of Southern California.  It is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Fortunately, Training Occupational Development Education Communicates (TODEC) is a service provider assisting newcomers with quality, charitable legal help in the IE.

BIA Concludes “Deadly Conduct” is a CIMT

By Sarah Bronstein On January 8, 2015, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision in Matter of O.A. Hernandez, 26 I&N Dec. 464 (BIA 2015), finding that the offense of “deadly conduct” under the Texas Penal Code is a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT).  The analysis of CIMTs is an area of the law that has evolved significantly in the last few years.  This decision gives us one more indication of how the Board of Immigration Appeals is viewing CIMTs.

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