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2010 News
 
December 2010
12/17/10 According to a Boston Globe article, Massachusetts law enforcement will now check the immigration status of all those who are arrested.
   
12/15/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of October 31, 2010.
   
12/10/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for January 2011 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
 
November 2010
11/18/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of November 18, 2010.
   
11/15/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for December 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
11/10/10 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of November 1, 2010.
   
11/02/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of Somalia under the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for an additional 18 months, from the current expiration of March 17, 2011, through the new expiration date of September 17, 2012. The re-registration period runs from November 2, 2010, until January 3, 2011. A "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet about TPS for Somalis is posted on the USCIS website.
   
October 2010
10/20/10 Dyson Law, P.C. is proud to announce the selection of Attorney Stephanie Dyson as a 2010 Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in the field of immigration law. Attorney Dyson was previously selected as a "Rising Star" for immigration law in 2008 and 2009 as well. Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars are selected as the up-and-coming attorneys in their respective practice areas by their peers and verified by the attorney-led research staff at Law & Politics magazine.
   
10/15/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of October 14, 2010.
   
10/08/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for November 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
September 2010
9/24/10 Puerto Rico Governor Luis G. Fortuño has extended the validity of Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 to American citizens born in Puerto Rico for 30 additional days, until October 30, according to Secretary of State, Kenneth D. McClintock.
   
9/24/10 The Final Rule changing the filing fees for certain application filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been published in the Federal Register.
   
9/24/10 The U.S. Department of State has announced that no additional visa numbers will be available until October 1, 2010.
   
9/23/10 The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery will begin at noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and will end at noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
   
9/23/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published an advance copy of the Final Rule which will be published in the Federal Register Notice on 9/24/10. This Final Rule will change the filing fees for certain applications. USCIS has published a News Release, Fact Sheet and a "Questions and Answers" sheet on the change in filing fees. The new fees will go into effect on November 23, 2010.
   
9/22/10 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of September 1, 2010.
   
9/21/10 The Executive Office for Immigration Review has released a memorandum in which it has agreed not to implement any changes to the 1-800 number at this time. Further, it has implemented other steps for Court personnel to follow to ensure privacy in removal proceedings.
   
9/10/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for October 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
9/2/10 According to recent statistics from The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), denial rates for asylum cases in Immigration Court have reached the lowest level in the last quarter of a century - from an 89% denial rate in 1986, to a 50% denial rate in 2010. The decreased denial rate is attributed to a rise in the level of individuals who now have an attorney to represent them. During fiscal year 2010, only 11% of those without legal representation were granted asylum, while 54% of those with legal representation were granted asylum. Individual judge statistics on asylum decisions are also available.
   
August 2010
8/28/10 The Department of Homeland Security has released the 2009 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.
   
8/26/10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that certain Haitian nationals in F-1 status who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake may be eligible for work authorization.
   
8/20/10 According to a Boston Globe article, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to remove all immigration detainees from the Suffolk County House of Corrections by October 12.
   
8/19/10 USCIS has announced that President Obama has recently signed into law Public Law 111-230 which increases certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees - specifically, fees for petitioners who employ 50 or more employees in the United States with 50 percent of its employees in the United States in H-1B or L nonimmigrant status.
   
8/16/10 The Executive Office for Immigration Review has announced a change to its toll-free hotline (1-800-898-7180) for Immigration Court case information. Effective August 23, 2010, individuals will need their alien number and charging document date to access case information.
   
8/12/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for September 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
8/10/10 The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has published revised Poverty Guidelines for the remainder of 2010.
   
8/3/10 The U.S. Department of State has announced that it will be migrating to an electronic filing system for the Form DS-230, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration application. During the transition period, the Department of State will continue to accept paper copies of the application.
   
July 2010
7/26/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that beginning October 1, 2010, domestic offices and U.S. territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, will no longer accept cash payments.  Instead, customers must pay by check (including personal checks), money order, and/or credit card.  
   
7/23/10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced a new Online Detainee System Locator for family members to locate their loved ones over the age of 18 in DHS custody, or those who have been released from custody within the last 60 days.
   
7/13/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued a new fee schedule for certain consular fees.
   
7/13/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for August 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
7/12/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the registration period for Haitians applying for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS"). The registration deadline has been extended from July 20, 2010 to January 18, 2011.
   
7/9/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the extension of the designation of El Salvador under the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for another 18 months, from its current expiration on September 9, 2010 to March 9, 2012.
   
7/6/10 The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against the state of Arizona in federal court to challenge Arizona's new immigration law, S.B. 1070.
   
7/2/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a change in the requirements relating to birth certificates issued in Puerto Rico due to a change in Puerto Rican law on birth certificates. After September 30, 2010, all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 will become invalid.
   
7/1/10 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of July 1, 2010.
   
7/1/10 In a speech given at American University School of International Service in Washington D.C., President Obama promised to continue working towards comprehensive immigration reform.
   
June 2010
6/16/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of April 30, 2010.
   
5/11/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
6/9/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is considering raising immigration fees. It is currently seeking comments on the proposal from the public through July 26, 2010.
   
6/8/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that its office in Manchester, New Hampshire will close for good as of July 1, 2010. As of July 6, 2010, the new office will be located at 9 Ridgewood Road, Bedford NH, 03110.
   
6/8/10 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of May 1, 2010.
   
May 2010
5/12/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for June 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
5/5/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua from the current expiration of July 2, 2010 to the new expiration date of January 5, 2012. TPS beneficiaries must re-register for TPS benefits during the re-registration period from May 5, 2010 to July 6, 2010.
   
April 2010
4/21/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued special guidance concerning U.S. immigration matters to foreign nationals who are stranded in the United States due to the recent volcano in Iceland.
   
4/19/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of April 15, 2010.
   
4/15/10 The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of April 1, 2010.
   
4/10/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for May 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
 
March 2010
3/19/10

President Obama has announced an extension of Deferred Enforced Departure ("DED") for all eligible Liberians for an additional 18 months until September 30, 2011. Prior to the President's announcement, DED for Liberians was set to expire on March 31, 2010. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has automatically extended employment authorization for all covered Liberians through September 30, 2010, and has issued guidance concerning the extension.

 
3/19/10

The USCIS Asylum Office has released its statistics for January 2010 reflecting a 35% approval rating for affirmative asylum filings.

 
3/15/10 The U.S. Department of State has issued its Visa Bulletin for April 2010 which reflects visa availability for certain family-based and employment-based immigrant petitions.
   
3/12/10
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as ofJanuary 31, 2010.
 
3/10/10 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has indicated that Chileans will be eligible for certain processing benefits as a result of the recent earthquake in Chile.
 
3/9/10 The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States as visitors for up to 90 days without a visa.
 
3/8/10
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2011 cap on April 1, 2010.
 
February 2010
2/17/10
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of December 31, 2009.
 
2/17/10
The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of February 1, 2010.
 
2/9/10
The U.S. Department of State has issued the latest Visa Bulletin reflecting visa availability for March 2010.
 
January 2010
1/28/10
The Administrative Appeals Office has released its latest processing time report as of January 4, 2010.
 
1/21/10
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that the TPS designation for Haiti is effective today and will remain in effect through July 22, 2011. The 180-day registration period begins today and ends on July 20, 2010.
 
1/21/10
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its latest processing time reports as of November 30, 2009.
 
1/19/10
The Department of Homeland Security has issued an advance copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the designation of Haiti for temporary protected status, which will be published in the Federal Register on 1/21/10.
 
1/18/10 The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the U.S. Department of State will be issuing humanitarian parole or immigrant visas to allow orphaned children from Haiti, who were in the process of being adopted by U.S. citizens, to enter the United States.
 
1/15/10

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be offering Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the United States as of January 12, 2010 for a period of 18 months. An individual with TPS may remain in the United States lawfully during the designated period, and is eligible for work authorization. Please refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" publication on Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, and "Tips for Filing Form I-821" publication for further details.

The Department of Homeland Security has also issued a Questions and Answers publication on Haitian Relief Measures to answer general questions for affected Haitian citizens.

 
1/15/10

The USCIS Asylum Office has released its statistics for August 2009 reflecting a 37% approval rating for affirmative asylum filings.

 
1/14/10

According to an article in the Florida Sun Sentinel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has indicated that Haitians in the United States might be granted Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") due to current country conditions in Haiti.

 
1/14/10

Effective immediately, due to the recent earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will not issue a Request for Evidence, Denial Notice, Notice of Intent to Deny, or Notice to Appear, on any case involving a Haitian national. This policy applies to all USCIS offices and will remain in effect until further notice.

 
1/13/10 The Department of Homeland Security has issued an announcement that all removals to Haiti are temporarily halted due to the devastation caused by yesterday’s earthquake.
 
1/1/10 Happy New Year from Dyson Law, P.C.!
 
 
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