The Immigration Advocates Network posts alerts regularly. For a monthly archive, go to the practice alerts section of the library.

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Asylum Interview Interpreter Requirement Modification Due to COVID-19

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 09/23/20

This temporary final rule changes for the next 180 days the requirement that asylum applicants who do not speak English must bring an interpreter to their affirmative asylum interview. Under the modified regulation, USCIS will temporarily require applicants to proceed with a USCIS contract interpreter, provided the applicant is fluent in one of the 47 different languages available.

DOJ OIG Releases Report on the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Recognition and Accreditation Program

  • By: Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General
  • Date: 09/22/20

Announcement that the OIG report makes six recommendations to assist EOIR in improving its oversight and administration of the Program; and that EOIR agreed with the recommendations.

For the full report, go to https://oig.justice.gov/sites/default/files/2020-09/09-22-2020.pdf

USCIS Implements New Law Related to Citizenship for Children of Military Members and U.S. Government Employees Stationed Overseas

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 09/18/20

Under the new law, a child born outside of the United States acquires automatic citizenship under INA 320, even if the child is residing outside the United States, in cases where the child is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) and is in the legal and physical custody of his or her U.S. citizen parent who is:
• Stationed and residing outside of the United States as a member of the U.S. armed forces; 
• Stationed and residing outside of the United States as an employee of the U.S. government; or
• The spouse residing outside the United States in marital union with a U.S. armed forces member or U.S. government employee who is stationed outside of the United States.

The policy manual update is here

Webinar Handout: The New Asylum EAD Rules: Practice Tips & Litigation Update

  • By: Immigration Advocates Network.
  • Date: 09/17/20

A note-taking PDF of the PowerPoint for our September 17, 2020 webinar with The Advocates for Human Rights, Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project, International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. 

Become an IAN member to view the recorded webinar

CLINIC chart on forms, fees, and form fee waiver eligibility as of October 2

  • By: CLINIC
  • Date: 09/15/20

The changes that are scheduled to start on October 2, 2020. 

Absences and Continuous Residence - Practice Advisory

  • By: ILRC
  • Date: 09/03/20

Absences from the United States can affect an applicant’s eligibility for naturalization in numerous ways. This practice advisory focuses on how absences of varying duration affect the continuous residence requirement.

ASISTA Online Store

  • By: ASISTA
  • Date: 08/25/20

ASISTA works to advance the dignity, rights, and liberty of immigrant survivors of violence. Their updated website includes access to recorded webinar trainings.

Complaint for Injunctive Relief (fee increases)

  • By: (see description)
  • Date: 08/20/20

Complaint challenging the USCIS fee rule, filed by Sidley Austin and AILA on behalf of various organizations, including IRLC, CLINIC, East Bay Sanctuary, CHIRLA, IRC, OneAmerica, ACRS and ICIRR . This case challenges the final rule that drastically increases the cost of applying for immigration benefits, including naturalization and asylum. 85 Fed. Reg. 46,788 (Aug. 3, 2020) (“Final Rule”).

Matter of Z-R-Z-C-, Adopted Decision 2020-02 (AAO Aug. 20, 2020)

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 08/20/20

USCIS Policy Memo based on Matter of Z-R-Z-C - which holds in part: TPS-authorized travel will not satisfy the requirements of “inspected and admitted or paroled” into the United States for purposes of adjustment of status under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Economic Support Resource Page

  • By: National Immigration Law Center
  • Date: 08/18/20

Information and links for public benefits, disaster assistance, food, and more.

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