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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: August 2014

portrait Gail McCarthy named "Lawyer of the Year" in Milwaukee

We are very proud to announce that Gail McCarthy has just been named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Milwaukee. Ms. McCarthy also won this peer-reviewed award in 2013. [read more]

Hispanic child with baseball hatUnaccompanied Minors from Central America: What’s Happening on the Ground and Why This is Not a Border Security Crisis But a Crisis Demanding Humanitarian Relief

For much of the summer, the immigration news has been dominated by the recent surge of some 60,000 unaccompanied minors and young children with their mothers... [read more]

Hispanic mother and child frowingAsylum Claim Denials on the Rise

In its newest report, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) finds that the odds of an asylum claim being denied in immigration court has risen to 50.2 percent during the first nine months of 2014. [read more]




Ebola Virus budding from a VELO cellEbola Outbreak: Immigration Relief Measures Available for Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States

USCIS reports that it is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and is offering relief measures to nationals of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone who are currently in the United States.  [read more]

CBP Officer at aDepartment of the State SealirportDOS Practice Alert: Technical Problems with Passport/Visa System Resolved

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs reported in late July that it was experiencing technical problems with its passport/visa system and that visa and other applicants would experience delays and in some instances would be unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa. [read more]

US VisaForeign Nationals Adjusting Status Based on Employment are Reminded that USCIS Reviews All Status Documentation

During a recent meeting with USCIS, immigration lawyers questioned why the agency requests all status documents ever issued to an applicant for adjustment of status if the case is based on employment... [read more]

Customs Document SnippetCBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form which Features Expanded Definition of Family Members

CBP issued a new customs declaration form that expands the definition of family members for arriving travelers as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.” [read more]


DACA renewal formDHS Statistics on Who Has Become a Lawful Permanent Resident in FY 2013

The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics recently issued data on the number and characteristics of persons who became lawful permanent residents (LPRs) during fiscal year 2013.A total of 990,553 people became LPRs in 2013, a decrease of about 4 percent from 2012. [read more]

Images/USCIS_Director_L_Rodriguez_thumb.jpgNews in Brief

The following additional items may be of interest to our readers.