Beneficiaries of approved I-130 petitions who are from Iraq or Syria are now able to qualify to apply for refugee resettlement. The new program is called Priority-2 (P-2) Direct Access Program for Iraqi and Syrian beneficiaries of an approved Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a policy memo March 8 that revised Chapter 30.13 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual relating to employment authorization eligibility for the abused spouses of certain nonimmigrants.

A lot of practitioners have difficulty counseling their clients about how turning 21 may affect family-based immigrant visa processing. A lot can happen after filing the I-130 petition. Some actions could result in the client’s converting to a new category.

This month we introduce you to Claudia Perez, the fellow with Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida.


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BIA R&A Updates:

On March 7, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments in response to proposed changes to USCIS Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The proposals were published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2016. CLINIC’s  substantive comments focused on the proposed changes to the form instructions. CLINIC also requested that USCIS review its policies and procedures for DACA applicants seeking Advance Parole.