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New Advisory: Overview of U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Immigrant Survivors

By Admin | Mar 1, 2021 |

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Survivors: On Thursday, February 18, 2021 theU.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced in the House by Representative Linda Sánchez and in the Senate by Senator Bob Menendez. ASISTA and our partners with the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors have prepared an overview of the bill with a discussion…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 27, 2021 |

As usual, there have been several policy updates over the last few weeks, from the rescission of the immigrant travel ban impacting family, employment and diversity visas to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the public charge rule.  Here are some other important policy updates and news from ASISTA.  U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on…

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Philadelphia Inquirer Article on the U Visa Backlog

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 17, 2021 |

ASISTA’s own Amy Cheung weighing in on the heavy backlog with the U Visa program which Congress created to strengthen the ability of police agencies to investigate and prosecute violent crimes like domestic & sexual assault.   “Biden’s plan to raise the cap to 30,000 is a promising start but given the immense backlog, there is still more…

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ASISTA Practice Alert Regarding Certain U Visa ‘After-Acquired Spouse’ Cases (Feb. 11, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Feb 12, 2021 |

In December, the 9th Circuit held in Medina Tovar v. Zuchowski that certain after-acquired spouses of U visa petitioners are eligible to “accompany or follow to join” the U-1 through the I-918A petitioning process. The Court recently issued its mandate on 1/25/2021. The judgment in Medina Tovar is therefore in effect as of 1/25/2021.  We’ve prepared this Practice Alert to help you…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 3, 2021 |

As usual, there have been many immigration policy updates this past week. Please see below for a brief summary of a few of those updates, as well as some upcoming ASISTA events.  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Challenges to Enforcement Executive Order New Circuit Decisions ASISTA joins Important Amicus Efforts New ASISTA Training!  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Last…

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Granados-Benitez v. Wilkinson (1st Cir) (unpublished- Jan. 28, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jan 29, 2021 |

The 1st Circuit found that the BIA had abused its discretion in failing to follow Matter of Sanchez-Sosa in adjudicating the U visa petitioner’s Motion to Reopen and ordered remand. Click on the links to access the Amicus Brief and the Decision.

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ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

By Admin | Jan 25, 2021 | Comments Off on ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

Dear partners,  The Biden-Harris Administration has already introduced important immigration policy reforms, including efforts that enhance protections for immigrant survivors. ASISTA welcomes these efforts, and we will be there each step of the way to help ensure a safer and more just America for survivors and for all immigrants. We are committed, as always, to keeping you informed…

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Important Policy & Practice Updates

By Admin | Jan 16, 2021 |

There have been many policy and practice updates over the last few weeks. We’ve compiled a short list of a few important updates to help you keep track.   Upcoming Closures USCIS temporarily suspends in-person services. USCIS announced Friday afternoon that it will temporarily suspend in-person services next Tuesday and Wednesday. USCIS issued the following notice: “U.S. Citizenship…

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ASISTA opposes harmful proposed DOJ rules

By Admin | Jan 4, 2021 |

On December 28, 2020, ASISTA submitted two comments in response to two proposed Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR rules) which would limit access to relief for immigrants with matters in Immigration Court, including survivors. Defining “Good cause” for continuances: This new proposed rule severely limits motions to continue, which given the…

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Sharing Important Policy Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Dec 24, 2020 |

A lot has happened in the past week! We’ve compiled a short list of important updates to help you keep track.  Expansion of Filing Flexibility Important Update on Blank Space Policy Litigation Policy Manual Changes EOIR Comment Opportunities-deadlines December 28th Issuance of Final Regulations on Asylum, Admin Closure, and more 1. Expansion of Filing Flexibility: On December 18, USCIS…

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