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Public Charge and Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits

  • By: New York Immigration Coalition
  • Date: 05/14/20

Public Charge and Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits is a chart that maps out noncitizen eligibility for a number of federal and New York State benefits, and which of those could potentially have public charge implications.

OLAP Policies During COVID

  • By: EOIR Office of Policy
  • Date: 05/13/20

The EOIR Office of Policy has adopted two temporary measures to assist organizations that are applying to renew recognition or the accreditation of the organization’s representatives; responding to certain notices; or submitting certain requests.

Representing Noncitizens with Mental Illness

  • By: CLINIC
  • Date: 05/12/20

This practice advisory provides an overview of legal protections for mentally ill noncitizens in removal proceedings under section 240 of the INA, expedited removal, reinstatement and administrative removal proceedings. It addresses practical challenges to working with mentally ill clients and offers sample materials.

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 05/01/20

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

De Pena-Paniagua v. Barr: Victory for Domestic Violence Survivors

  • By: Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
  • Date: 05/01/20

The First Circuit issued a positive decision in De Pena-Paniagua v. Barr, an asylum case involving a domestic violence survivor from the Dominican Republic. CGRS breaks down the De Pena ruling and its significance for asylum seekers around the country in the first video (6 minutes) of CGRS's “Asylum in the 21st Century: What’s New?” series. 

Practice Advisory: Rights and Obligations of Noncitizens During an ICE Car Stop

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 05/01/20

The practice advisory "Rights and Obligations of Noncitizens During an ICE Car Stop" is intended for practitioners to advise clients who are at risk of arrest by ICE during a car stop. It discusses the scope of Fourth Amendment protections for drivers and passengers, focusing on New York law and Second Circuit precedent. The advisory also identifies potential arguments to raise in a motion to suppress or terminate or in litigation based on an illegal car stop.

ICE pulled over my car! What are my rights?

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 05/01/20

The KYR flyer, "ICE pulled over my car! What are my rights?" addresses the rights of drivers and passengers in cars that are stopped by ICE in New York State. The flyer covers whether to show ID, consent to a search, or agree to fingerprinting. The resource includes a page that can be kept in the car to remind individuals of their rights if their car is stopped by ICE. It is currently available in English, and a Spanish translation is forthcoming.

Justice-Free Zones: U.S. Immigration Detention Under the Trump Administration

  • By: The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Date: 05/01/20

A report on immigration detention under the Trump administration looks at how the immigrant detention system has grown since 2017, the poor conditions and inadequate medical care — even before the COVID-19 outbreak — and the due process hurdles faced by immigrants held in remote locations.

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Travel Ban

  • By: The Legal Aid Society
  • Date: 05/01/20

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation suspending the entry into the U.S. of certain people seeking to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs, meaning green card holders). The Proclamation is effective as of 11:59pm on April 23, 2020, and is set to expire 60 days later, though it might be extended.

USCIS Response to COVID-19

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 04/24/20

USCIS updates on closings, appointments, naturalization oath ceremonies, reschedulings, notices, extensions, special situations, and more. 

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