Immigration Law

There’s a new docket in the Houston Immigration Courts— The Status Docket

Recently, we have seen that Judges in the non-detained Houston immigration courts have been offering for some individuals to be placed on the “status docket.”  A status docket allows for an individual case to be placed on hold during the pendency of a process with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Being placed …

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Nielsen v. Preap, Supreme Court Ruling 2019

In a new case earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Nielsen v. Preap that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can detain convicted immigrants after the alien is released from criminal detention. The wording of the ruling has left immigration advocates and civil rights groups alarmed at its vagueness; when does release from criminal …

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Changes to “I-539” Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status-What to Look Out For

On March 08, 2019,  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a “significantly revised” I-539 Application to Extend/Change Non-Immigrant Status. Many people are familiar with the I-539 as it is the application used to extend anything from a tourist visa to an H-1B visa.  Significant changes involved in USCIS’ revision to the I-539 include: (1) …

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Common Mistakes When Filling Out Applications: What to Look Out For

By Attorney Nadia Khalid In 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has continued to see an uptick in the volume of applications submitted and a consequent increase in their backlog and processing times. Part of this increase in the volume of applications comes from applicants who are filling out and filing applications on their …

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