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Immigration Archives

Chicago Immigration Judges Offer Valuable Bond Hearing Advice

On November 14, 2016 Immigration Judge Vinikoor and the new Chicago Immigration Judges joined the Chicago AILA chapter for our monthly meeting. Judge Rosche, Judge Cole, Judge Peyton and Judge DeAngelis were formally introduced and gave us some valuable insight regarding bond motions.

Challenge US Citizenship And Immigration Services Findings Prior To Removal Proceedings

In 2007, a native of the Philippines sought to adjust his status by having his U.S. Citizen wife file an I-130 immigrant visa petition. In correlation to her filing, he also submitted an I-485 application to adjust his status to lawful permanent resident. Part of this process consists of being interviewed by immigration authorities to show that your marriage is bona fide. In 2009, during her interview, his wife admitted that he had promised to pay her to marry him for immigration purposes. She subsequently withdrew her I-130 immigrant visa petition and his I-485 application to adjust status were denied. He was also notified that any future petitions on his behalf could not be approved based on his deception for the purpose of evading immigration laws.

Untruthfulness Doesn't Show Good Moral Character

In a recent case brought before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), a native and citizen of Mexico seeking cancellation of removal was denied benefits for not proving his good moral character before the courts by being untruthful about his criminal history. He later appealed this outcome and claimed that he did answer truthfully when asked about specific dates and incidents. He further indicated that he was only inconsistent when asked unclear questions which lead him being viewed as less than honest.

Arrest vs Conviction: How this can affect your Visa Application

In a recent meeting between American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the question was asked as to why the Department of State was revoking more non immigrant visas based on an arrest and not a conviction. While this question is more directed at the Department of State, there are some USCIS policy's that needed some clarification. Here is what is important for visa applicants to be aware of.

Immigration Court and Asylum System Backlog Calls for Change!

Have you ever wondered "Why does it take so long for immigration cases to be processed?" You wouldn't be the first or the last to ask for an explanation. In a recent public event, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) as well as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Division recognized the need for continued efforts to resolve the issue of backlogged cases. Both offices acknowledged key areas of focus to help resolve this issue.

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