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National Legal Center for Immigrants

Visa Bulletin

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Upcoming Trainings

  Introduction to Immigration Law Practice:  A Course for New Practitioners October 18- 19, 2011 Louisville, KY 40202     Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization October 19 - 20, 2011 Phoenix, AZ 85013

Automatic Conversion and Retention of Priority Date for Aged-Out Derivatives: Circuit Courts Only Add to the Confusion

By Charles Wheeler The most ambiguous and hotly contested provision in the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) concerns the status of derivative beneficiaries after they age out.  The relevant provision, codified in INA § 203(h)(3), reads as follows:

Federal Courts Block Parts of Georgia’s and Indiana’s Immigration Enforcement Laws

By Karen Siciliano Lucas Part 1: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Part of Georgia’s HB 87 On Monday, June 27, 2011, federal Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. temporarily blocked the implementation of two sections of Georgia’s controversial immigration law, House Bill 87.  He did so by issuing a preliminary injunction, which prevents the state of Georgia from enforcing these sections of the law until a final determination can be made by a federal court as to their constitutionality.

Ninth Circuit Expands the “Categorical Approach” to Evaluating the Immigration Effect of State Court Convictions

By Nadine Wettstein In a deeply split decision, with separate concurring and dissenting opinions, the en banc Ninth Circuit significantly expanded the reach of its “modified categorical approach” for deciding whether a conviction was an aggravated felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.   The court overturned a prior en banc decision, Navarro-Lopez v. Gonzales, 503 F.3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2007), which had governed immigration cases arising in the Ninth Circuit since 2007.

USCIS Issues Proposed Regulations Pertaining to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

By Sarah Bronstein On September 6, 2011, the USCIS issued proposed regulations implementing changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) relating to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) (76 FR 54978) (Sept. 6, 2011).  SIJS is an immigration benefit available to children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.   The proposed regulations incorporate several legislative amendments culminating in the significant changes that were made by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act of 2008 (TVPRA 2008). 

New USCIS Policy Memos Implement VAWA 2005 Self-Petitioning Amendments

By Susan Schreiber VAWA 2005, signed into law in January 2006, extended self-petitioning eligibility to (a) abused parents of adult U.S. citizens, and (b) abused sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents over age 21 and under 25, who may apply as self-petitioning children if the abuse was a central reason for the delay in filing.   Recent policy memoranda issued by USCIS provides new guidance on eligibility to self-petition in each of these categories

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

E-learning Course: Understanding and Preparing Waivers November 9 –December 14, 2011 Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the 5 webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.  

E-learning Course: Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning

E-learning Course:  Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning   Presented by: U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)   November 3-December 8, 2011