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Visa Bulletin

Click here for the May 2012 Visa Bulletin.

CLINIC and LawLogix Reach Exclusive Agreement

CLINIC and LawLogix (LLX) have entered into an exclusive agreement whereby CLINIC will singularly promote LLX’s web-based, immigration case management system EDGEtm and LLX will provide its system to CLINIC affiliates (members and subscribers) at a reduced price.  This price would include special training opportunities.  CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Services Section uses EDGEtm successfully to manage its caseload of over 1,000 cases.  Over 45 CLINIC affiliates, almost 25 percent of the network, uses EDGEtm and the number grows each month.  LawLogix is the only immigration case management

BIA Holds Refugees in Removal Subject to Deportation Grounds

By Jennie Guilfoyle On April 12, 2012 the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision, Matter of D-K- (25 I&N Dec. 761 (BIA 2012)) holding that unadjusted refugees who are put into removal proceedings should be charged under the grounds of deportability at INA § 237, not under the grounds of inadmissibility at INA § 212. The Board also held that refugees may be put into proceedings without a prior finding of inadmissibility by USCIS.

DOS Lowers IV Fees.

On April 13, the Department of State’s proposed fee adjustments took effect.  While the agency increased the fees for many nonimmigrant visa applications, it reduced the fee it charges for some significant nonimmigrant visas, as well as for immigrant visas.  For example, the cost to apply for a tourist visa or a border crossing card rose from $140 to $160.  But the fee for a fiancé(e) visa dropped from $350 to $240.  Most significantly, the fee for a family-based immigrant visa dropped from $330 to $230.  More information about the new fees can be found on the DOS website a

Secretary Napolitano Designates Syria for TPS

On March 23, DHS announced that it would designate Syria for TPS.  Secretary Napolitano justified the decision in her announcement, saying, "[c]onditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return to their home country."  See USCIS’s website for more de

Supreme Court Says Fleuti's Back! (Who's Fleuti?)

By Susan Schreiber On March 28, 2012, the Supreme Court decided Vartelas v Holder, affirming the ongoing validity of the Fleuti doctrine for certain lawful permanent residents returning from brief trips abroad. So why is this good  news?  Who is Fleuti?  What is the "Fleuti doctrine"?  And, finally, what does this have to do with the clients you represent?

USCIS Proposes Stateside Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers for Immediate Relatives

The USCIS published its much-anticipated proposed regulations on March 30 that provide for the stateside filing of a waiver of inadmissibility for some who will trigger the unlawful presence bar upon leaving for their consular interview.  The agency has provided 60 days, or until June 1, to submit comments.  CLINIC will be preparing and circulating model comments should affiliates elect to submit a response.

Updates and Tips on Asylee and Refugee Cases from the Fifth Conference on Effective Representation of Asylees and Refugees

By Jennie Guilfoyle On March 6-7, 2012 CLINIC, along with nine other co-sponsoring organizations, hosted the Fifth Conference on Effective Representation of Asylees and Refugees in Omaha, Nebraska at the Creighton University School of Law.  The conference culminated on March 8th with a tour of the Nebraska Service Center.  Numerous government speakers attended, from USCIS Headquarters, the Department of State, and the Nebraska and Texas Service Centers.

Bill Introduced in Alabama to Strengthen Controversial State Immigration Law HB 56

On April 5, the Republican leadership of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a new bill HB 658 to tweak Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law (HB 56) in ways that they believe with strengthen it.  The new bill proposes a whole host of changes that the House Speaker Mike Hubbard says are designed to make the law easier to enforce and more likely to withstand constitutional challenge. 

Fifth Circuit Upholds Block on Ordinance Restricting Housing Based on Immigration Status

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a Farmer’s Branch, Texas municipal housing ordinance was actually an attempt by the city to regulate immigration and therefore is unconstitutional.  The ordinance required all tenants in the city to obtain licenses demonstrating their citizenship or immigration status.