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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 ClosuresUSCIS 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 and Immigration…

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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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Immigration Attorney & ASISTA Board Member Leta Sanchez: The importance of the work we do together.

By Ahlam Moussa | Dec 21, 2020 |

(Please know the video does discuss an episode of violence.)

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Policy Update: Two New Final Rules Weaken Access to Immigration Relief

By Admin | Dec 11, 2020 |

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule that makes sweeping and devastating changes to asylum. This rule would deny the vast majority of asylum-seekers – including survivors of gender-based violence – the chance to make their case for protection, let alone to have a fair day…

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New Practice Advisory: Insight into USCIS’s Application of the “No-Blanks” Policy to U-Visa Petitions

By Admin | Nov 23, 2020 |

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ASISTA and the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) of the Urban Justice Center have published a new practice advisory based on new USCIS documentation obtained by FOIA litigation brought by Cleary Gottlieb on behalf of DVP.   This advisory contains a summary of the records USCIS released through the FOIA litigation , as…

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Look what you helped us do!

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Look what you helped us do!

Look what you helped us do!

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Legal Remedies for Immigrant Survivors: Introductory Seminar Series – Dec 2 & 3, 2020

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 16, 2020 |
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Post-Election Greetings from our New Executive Director

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 12, 2020 |

Greetings from ASISTA’s new Executive Director Kirsten Rambo!

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In Harm’s Way

By Admin | Oct 20, 2020 |

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are re-releasing our report, co-authored by Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) “In Harm’s Way,” that details how current federal policies are not protecting immigrants suffering from domestic violence. We can, and must, do better to give immigrants full protection from domestic violence. Read our report here ->…

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