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ASISTA Opposes Harmful Asylum Bars

By Admin | Jan 23, 2020 |

On January 21, 2020, ASISTA submitted comments in response to a proposed rule issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security establishing several new bars to asylum, including creating barriers for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Read ASISTA’s comment here.

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Practice Update: USCIS Form Alert: Blank Spaces on Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

By Admin | Jan 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Practice Update: USCIS Form Alert: Blank Spaces on Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

On December 30, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) placed an alert on their website for Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, stating: Alert: We may reject your Form I-918 or your Form I-918 Supplement A if you leave a field blank, unless the field is optional. Optional fields include the safe mailing address as well…

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Amicus Brief VAWA Joint Residence (December 27, 2019)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jan 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Amicus Brief VAWA Joint Residence (December 27, 2019)

This amicus brief, submitted to the Southern District of Florida, addresses USCIS’s requirement that self-petitioners show shared residence with their abuser during the marriage. With deep gratitude to Prof. Rebecca Sharpless and law students Meredith Hoffman and Olivia Parise from the University of Miami School of Law’s Immigration Clinic for their hard work on this…

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ASISTA Comment on USCIS’ Harmful Proposed Rule on Fees

By Admin | Jan 6, 2020 |

On December 30, 2019, ASISTA submitted its organizational comment in response to USCIS’ new proposed rule which increases immigration fees, further limits the criteria and availability of fee waivers, and includes a transfer of millions of dollars from USCIS to ICE. You can read ASISTA’s comprehensive comment here.

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2019 in Review

By Admin | Dec 28, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 in Review

As 2019 comes to close, we’ve taken a look back at the work we’ve done this year, and all we can do with your support in 2020. Learn more about our work this year here.

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Good News from the 9th Circuit on the reviewability of U visa denials!

By Maria Lazzarino | Dec 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Good News from the 9th Circuit on the reviewability of U visa denials!

On Friday November 22, 2019, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals published a decision reversing the district court’s dismissal of a suit challenging a U visa petition denial for lack of jurisdiction. The panel held that § 701(a)(2) of the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) and 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii) do not bar judicial review of…

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Fee Waivers: Updates in Practice and Advocacy

By Admin | Dec 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Fee Waivers: Updates in Practice and Advocacy

December 13, 2019: Over the last week, there have been several policy updates that impact fee waiver practice and advocacy. ASISTA has compiled a brief summary to provide additional background information, practice tips, and advocacy tools for agencies.

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Practice Pointer: What to Do If CBP Fails to Issue I-94 or Stamp Passport for U Nonimmigrant (December 2019)

By Maria Lazzarino | Dec 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Pointer: What to Do If CBP Fails to Issue I-94 or Stamp Passport for U Nonimmigrant (December 2019)

This practice pointer provides tips to ensure that your U nonimmigrant clients who are seeking admission at a port-of-entry receive an I-94 and passport stamp and to remedy situations in which CBP has failed to issue the I-94 or passport stamp.

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Immigrant Survivors are being scared into silence

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Immigrant Survivors are being scared into silence

“I’ve been working in immigration rights since the 1980s and I’ve never seen this level of antagonism toward immigrants and women.” In this article, ASISTA Executive Director, Gail Pendleton talks about how immigrant survivors are being scared into silence, and how to find help before you need it. https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/in-the-news/when-fighting-abuse-could-lead-to-deportation

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Fighting Back USCIS Harmful New Proposed Fee Rule

By Admin | Nov 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Fighting Back USCIS Harmful New Proposed Fee Rule

ASISTA stridently opposes the proposed fee rule published in the Federal Register yesterday as it further advances the Administration’s callous agenda to create significant barriers to equal access to immigration relief. The new proposed rule makes sweeping changes, including but not limited to: I. Fee Increases An increase in fees for N-400 naturalization application, from $640 to…

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