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Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

By Admin | Jul 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

ASISTA has prepared a brief advisory to address the recent trends regarding adjudication of I-539 extensions for U nonimmigrants. Practitioners report that USCIS is issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs asking for proof that the applicant had a valid passport at the time of filing. This advisory contains practice…

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Serving Survivors Who May be At Risk of Immigration Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jul 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

ASISTA condemns the Administration’s plans for mass raids, now slated to start this Sunday. These mass immigration enforcement actions create immense fear in communities nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, these raids exacerbate the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they have experienced. Advocates can help address this fear by providing…

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Resources for those Serving Survivors at Risk of Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jun 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Administration announced that they would delay the mass raids scheduled for last week. Even though these actions have been briefly delayed, the announcement of these mass immigration enforcement actions created immense fear nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, this news exacerbates the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they…

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Order your ASISTA T-shirt Today!

By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

By Admin | Jun 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

On June 5, 2019, USCIS published another notice and opportunity for comment on their proposed fee waiver changes. These changes were initially proposed in September 2018, and later addressed in a second opportunity for comment in April 2019. This third notice provides additional details regarding USCIS’ rationale for adjusting the fee waiver form and practices. …

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Practice Alert: Extension of I-918 Forms

By Admin | Jun 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Alert: Extension of I-918 Forms

On May 29, 2019, ASISTA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sent a letter to USCIS leadership expressing concern that the two-month grace period to transition to the new Form I-918 would cause hardship to survivors, advocates, and law enforcement agencies.  On Friday, June 21, 2019, USCIS updated the I-918 Form website, so that information regarding the edition…

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Practice Update: Implementation of NTA memo on survivor-based cases

By Admin | Jun 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Update: Implementation of NTA memo on survivor-based cases

In May and June of 2019, some practitioners have reported that USCIS issued a number of NTAs in connection with denied U and T visa applications. Given these reports, ASISTA in conjunction with CAST, Freedom Network USA, American Association of Immigration Lawyers (AILA), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles created…

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Letter to USCIS: Extend grace period for new I-918 Forms

By Admin | May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Letter to USCIS: Extend grace period for new I-918 Forms

On May 29, 2019 AILA and ASISTA sent a letter to USCIS leadership as well as the CIS Ombudsman expressing concern that the two-month grace period to transition to the new Form I-918 is insufficient as it will cause hardship to survivors, advocates, as well as law enforcement agencies. Read the letter here.

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Supporting Immigrants and ASISTA – Get your t-shirt or sweatshirt today!

By Ahlam Moussa | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Help Support ASISTA by wearing this INCREDIBLE t-shirt or sweatshirt that shows our solidarity and your support of immigrants! Buy one for yourself, your family, friends, and colleagues. Campaign ends May 31st so make sure to order one here as soon as you can.

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ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

By Admin | Apr 18, 2019 | Comments Off on ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

On April 16, 2019, ASISTA and the National Organization for Women (NOW) submitted a comment in opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form, as the form would be a tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to weaponize the immigration system against survivors, with impunity. Read our comment here.

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