Author: Asylum Attorney Alena Shautsova
Asylum Officers will have to share their notes they take at the time of the interview pursuant to valid FOIA requests.
The first step in asylum process in the US, is an interview with an asylum officer. During the interview, the officer decides if the applicant is credible, and if his/her story is consistent and truthful. The officer takes notes at the time of the interview and often those notes determine the future of the applicant’s case.
The issue is that up until Martins v. USCIS lawsuit, the officers refused to share the notes with the applicant, and as such, the applicant had no opportunity to challenge officer’s determinations and conclusions.
Under the settlement agreement reached in Martins, USCIS must instruct all officers, employees, and agents involved in the processing of FOIA requests that asylum officer interview notes – the records reflecting information, instructions, and questions asked by officers and responses given by applicants in asylum interviews – are not by their nature and status protected by the deliberative process privilege as a general matter and thus are to be produced under FOIA. This training must be completed within three months of the settlement agreement. USCIS must demonstrate its compliance to the court with the settlement after 3 months.
It should add transparency to the asylum interview process and strengthen the due process rights of the applicants.
If you believe you need assistance with the asylum process, call law office of Alena Shautsova, US Asylum attorney 917-885-2261.
PAROLE IN PLACE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
Who is eligible?
Spouses, Children and Parents of
- Active duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Individuals in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
- Individuals previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
The eligible individuals should not have criminal convictions and should submit the following documents:
- Application for Parole on USCIS form I 131
- Evidence of the family relationship
- Evidence of the family member belongs to the eligible group of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Evidence of the additional favorable factors
Call Alena Shautsova, New York Immigration lawyer to get FREE PHONE CONSULTATION REGARDING PAROLE IN PLACE RELIEF: 917-885-2261
US Green Card Through Marriage
Author: Green Card lawyer Alena Shautsova
One of the ways of obtaining a US permanent resident status, or green card is through marriage to a US citizen or a US permanent resident. There are significant differences in process and eligibility for the person seeking the status depending on the status of the spouse.
1. A potential immigrant is marrying a US citizen
In this case scenario, most of the times, to obtain a green card, the immigrant has to
a. Enter the country (US) legally (pursuant to a visa or advance parole)
Author: I-601A Provisional Waiver attorney
According to the recent I601A provisional waiver statistics by the National Benefit Center From March 4 – September 14, 2013:
- 23,949 applications received by Lockbox
- 75% accepted for adjudication
- 25% rejected
- 5,892 applications adjudicated by NBC
- 59% approved
- 39% denied
- 2% administratively closed
- 2,292 applications denied by NBC
- 48% denied due to “reason to believe” inadmissible on other ground
- 41% denied due to failure to establish extreme hardship
When ICE Agents’ Actions Can Cause Dismissal Of Immigration Charges?
Author: Deportation attorney Alena Shautsova
How many of you think that ICE agents (Immigration and Custom Enforcement Agency) have power to do whatever they want? How many of you have heard stories that they come to a home at 5 am and search the premises and “pick up” illegal immigrants? How many of you think it is legal?
Well, the ICE officers can come to non-citizen’s home, but they still have to confirm their actions to the Constitutional norms and do not have a carte blanche to do whatever they want even if the non-citizen is an undocumented worker. This principal was one more time confirmed by the recent BIA decision in Matter of Ixpec-Chitay, 9/16/13.
Possession of Controlled Substance: DHS Burden In Removal Proceeding
Author: Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova
Removal proceeding is a government initiated procedure to “send” somebody who is not a citizen to their home country or the country designated by the government. The other name for these proceedings is exclusion or deportation proceedings (the name actually depends on the time when the proceedings were initiated, as the name has changed as the laws changed).
Наиболее часто задаваемые вопросы по поводу убежища:
Автор Иммиграционный адвокат США Елена Шевцова
Что такое убежище?
Убежище – это статус, который, если он предоставлен, поможет получившему его обратиться за гринкартой в течение одного года пребывания в этом статусе. Убежище – это разрешение поменять страну вашей национальности и остаться в США, так как заявитель смог убедить американское правительство и судью, что в его родной стране ему будет плохо. Статус убежища позволит получившему его жить, работать в США, путешествовать за границу и возвращаться в США. Он также позволит вам обращаться за определёнными типами государственной поддержки (Medicaid, Food Stamps ит.д.)
Как привезти супруга или супругу в США
Автор: Иммиграционный адвокат США Елена Шевцова
Американские Иммиграционные службы позволяют американскому гражданину подавать прошение относительно их супруга негражданина, на постоянное место жительство, и в конечном счете стать гражданином. Нужно отметить, что время ожидания для супруга американского гражданина, чтобы приобрести американское гражданство является одним из самых коротких в мире: три года с даты приобретения вида на жительство.
Author: New York Immigration attorney ALENA SHAUTSOVA
What to do if employer hides your passport?
Many undocumented workers have to be very careful and live in the constant fear of being ”picked up” by the ICE. That is why they are trying to stay “under the radar,” never complain to anyone about anything, and tolerate all sorts of abuse and crimes committed against them.
Unfortunately, some “employers” who would like to control an undocumented nanny or a domestic worker, scare her with “Immigration” and sometimes even take her identification documents, like a passport, and hide it. What shall a nanny do in such a situation?
Claiming Us Citizenship: Consequences
Author: New York Deportation Attorney Alena Shautsova
Claiming US citizenship is one of the Immigration law offences which will make a non -citizen permanently inadmissible and on top of that may also cause criminal charges be filed against the person.
Immigration law waivers may waive a variety of immigration law violations, including waiving consequences of certain criminal offences. However, there is a provision in Immigration and Nationality Act, that makes a claim of US citizenship to be a permanent and inexcusable immigration law offense which caused inadmissibility and/or deportation.