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Alternatives to Detention: The Pros and Cons

There is a popular belief that when non-citizens and undocumented workers are detained for violating immigration laws, they remain in jail until an immigration judge allows them to stay or…

USCIS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

Once again, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is looking to raise filing fees for immigration and naturalization applications and petitions.…

110th Congress set to take on comprehensive immigration reform

When the House and Senate (110th Congress) convene on January 4, 2007, comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) will be a priority on their legislative agenda.…

Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal year 2007

On October 16, 2006, the proposed refugee admissions report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 was submitted to Congress on behalf of President George W. Bush.

Priority Dates: What They Are and How They Determine When You can Get Your Green Card

 
Becoming a permanent resident of the United States (getting a “green card”) can be a time-consuming, drawn-out process. One reason is that Congress limits the number of immigrant visas that…

New Procedure for Those Granted Asylum

Beginning October 1, 2006, USCIS will implement a new process nationwide for issuing EADs to applicant granted asylum by an Asylum Office. Instead of issuing asylees a provisional one-year Form…

Backlogs in Immigration Security Checks Causing Delays

Failures of immigration security checks were blamed for allowing some of the September 11 airplane hijackers to remain undetected in the United States to plot out their 2001 attack.…

Supreme Court Clarifies Application of 1996 Deportation Law

On June 22, 2006 the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales in which the Court held that a 1996 provision of the Immigration and Naturalization…

Mandingo From Liberia Gets Another Chance To Seek Asylum

 On May 15, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed the Immigration Judge’s denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against…

New Naturalization Forms

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a revised version of Form N400, Application for Naturalization. The revised form is dated December 16, 2005 and the revised instructions are…

Family Based Immigration

A regular column by the immigration team at the Blackwell Igbanugo law firm of Minneapolis, exclusive to Mshale.

 

There are generally four ways to obtain permanent residence in the .