Garfinkel Immigration Law, LLC

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Court: Son born abroad to gay couple is a U.S. citizen
10/12/2020
Court: Son born abroad to gay couple is a U.S. citizen

Court: Son born abroad to gay couple is a U.S. citizen

A federal appeals court has ruled against the U.S. State Department in its quest to deny the citizenship of one of two twins born abroad to a gay married couple.

"But a lineup of immigration attorneys made the case that the two pandemic-era proclamations do not supersede the thousa...
08/29/2020
Immigration Advocates Challenge Visa Ban, Urge Judge to Curb Trump’s Power

"But a lineup of immigration attorneys made the case that the two pandemic-era proclamations do not supersede the thousands of pages of regulatory requirements on visas outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act." http://ow.ly/kfq550BbGsL

Immigration attorneys argued for nearly four hours in Washington on Thursday in a case that could decide the fate of thousands of immigrants shut out of the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

While USCIS has said it will not layoff regular workers during the current fiscal year, the spending cuts may not bode w...
08/25/2020
USCIS cancels furloughs

While USCIS has said it will not layoff regular workers during the current fiscal year, the spending cuts may not bode well for the 400 locals who work at the agency as contractors setting up files.

ST. ALBANS — This morning U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cancelled the planned furloughs of more than 13,000 employees nationwide, including more than 1,000 Vermonters.

Appointments of Homeland Security leaders Wolf and Cuccinelli are 'invalid,' report says
08/15/2020
Appointments of Homeland Security leaders Wolf and Cuccinelli are 'invalid,' report says

Appointments of Homeland Security leaders Wolf and Cuccinelli are 'invalid,' report says

The appointments of Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli to the top two leadership roles at the Department of Homeland Security are invalid, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report, delivering a major rebuke to the Trump administration, which has repeatedly tried to skirt the confirmation...

Injunction of the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final RuleOn July 29, 2020,  the U.S. District Court for the ...
08/01/2020
Injunction of the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule

Injunction of the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule

On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (84 FR 41292, Aug. 14, 2019, final rule; as amended by 84 FR 52357, Oct. 2, 2019, final rule correction)

On Jan. 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency, effective Jan. 27, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to COVID-19. On Feb. 24, 2020, DHS implemented the Public Charge Rule to be applied prospectively to any application or petition postmarked, or if applicable, submitted electronically on or after that date. On March 13, 2020, the President issued Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. On the same day, USCIS issued an alert addressing COVID-19 and public charge determinations under the Public Charge Rule.

As long as the July 29, 2020, SDNY decision is in effect, USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented on Feb. 24, 2020 to the adjudication of any application for adjustment of status on or after July 29, 2020. In addition, USCIS will adjudicate any application or petition for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status on or after July 29, 2020, consistent with regulations in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented; in other words, we will not apply the public benefit condition.

For applications and petitions that USCIS adjudicates on or after July 29, 2020, pursuant to the SDNY injunction, USCIS will not consider any information provided by an applicant or petitioner that relates to the Public Charge Rule, including information provided on the Form I-944, or information on the receipt of public benefits in Part 5 on Form I-539, Part 3 on Form I-539A or Part 6 on Form I-129. Applicants and petitioners whose applications or petitions are postmarked on or after July 29, 2020, should not include the Form I-944 or provide information about the receipt of public benefits on Form I-485, Form I-129, or Form I-539/I-539A.

USCIS will issue guidance regarding the use of affected forms. In the interim, USCIS will not reject any Form I-485 on the basis of the inclusion or exclusion of Form I-944, nor Forms I-129 and I-539 based on whether Part 6, or Part 5, respectively, has been completed or left blank.

In any public charge inadmissibility determination, USCIS will consider the receipt of public benefits consistently with prior public charge guidance – the 1999 Interim Field Guidance (PDF) and AFM Ch. 61.1. (PDF, 77.92 KB)

On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the...

07/31/2020
American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association

From AILA's Executive Director Ben Johnson: "The decision blocking DHS and DOS from implementing the public charge 'wealth test' is welcome news. Once again we see how important the judiciary is as a check on the administration's efforts to undermine our nation's historic commitment to reuniting families and welcoming immigrants. We applaud the courage of the NY team who continued the fight for justice, standing against this affront to our nation’s long-standing belief in the value of immigrants." http://ow.ly/qHax50AMg4K

Exciting news! A federal judge in New York on Wednesday has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its “public ...
07/30/2020
NY Judge Blocks 'Public Charge' Rule During Pandemic - Law360

Exciting news! A federal judge in New York on Wednesday has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its “public charge” immigration rule until the pandemic-related national emergency is over.

A New York federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from implementing its controversial wealth test for immigrants during the national health emergency stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

American Immigration Lawyers Association
07/29/2020

American Immigration Lawyers Association

AILA: Trump’s Wind-Down of DACA Once Again Throws Dreamers’ Lives into Turmoil http://ow.ly/C78K50AKK8m

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
07/25/2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

#DYK that changing your address with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't change your address with USCIS? We want you to receive the notices we send you, so update your address with us today to avoid possible delays or denials related to your immigration case. https://www.uscis.gov/addresschange

TASSC Objects to Proposed Rules on Asylum — Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition International
07/25/2020
TASSC Objects to Proposed Rules on Asylum — Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition International

TASSC Objects to Proposed Rules on Asylum — Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition International

The Torture Abolition and Survivors’ Support Coalition (TASSC) International submits this comment urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw these proposed rules in their entirety. TASSC is gravely concerned that the proposed rules would result in ...

Leahy: USCIS furloughs postponed another month
07/24/2020
Leahy: USCIS furloughs postponed another month

Leahy: USCIS furloughs postponed another month

ST. ALBANS – Scheduled furloughs for 13,000 members of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) staff have been delayed another two pay periods, according to the office of Sen. Patrick

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
07/21/2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Today, we launched an updated USCIS website designed with input from applicants, petitioners and the public. In addition to a new look and feel, we’ve improved the website to help visitors better navigate our existing online tools and resources, as well as to file and manage applications online. Read more: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-launches-updated-website

Revamped Suit Challenges Presidential Power to Bar Entry to U.S.
07/18/2020
Revamped Suit Challenges Presidential Power to Bar Entry to U.S.

Revamped Suit Challenges Presidential Power to Bar Entry to U.S.

A new class of plaintiffs claim President Donald Trump’s June 22 proclamation suspending U.S. entry by certain classes of visa holders is an attempt to “unilaterally rewrite the federal immigration laws” and exceeds the scope of his statutory authority.

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
07/14/2020
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

A federal judge is expected to hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging a new Trump administration policy requiring international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall amid the pandemic.

The Arlington Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 20, 2020. Please monitor the ...
06/30/2020
Arlington Immigration Court

The Arlington Immigration Court will resume hearings in non-detained cases on Monday, July 20, 2020. Please monitor the court’s web page and public messaging in coming days for additional important information.

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