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Monthly Archives from November 2010

William M. Corley, an attorney at Marks Gray, P.A. has been elected as an Associate member to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

William M. Corley, an attorney at Marks Gray, P.A. has been elected as an Associate member to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Founded in the late 1950’s, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), was started by a small group of young lawyers whose main goal was to preserve the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People”.  The purpose of this Association is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards in the […]

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BALCA Issues Opinion Regarding Posting Requirements

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) issued a ruling that allows weekend days to be considered business days in the ten-day internal posting requirement for notices of filing. This ruling applies to institutions such as hospitals and restaurants which conduct regular business on weekends. Click Here for Opinion

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Certificates of Naturalization Redesigned for Enhanced Security

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced that a newly redesigned Naturalization Certificate with heightened security features will be distributed to over half of a million new citizens next year. The inclusion of digitalized photos, embedded signatures and new ink patterns on the Certificates will make them difficult to reproduce, thus aiding in the increased integrity of the immigration system. Read More.

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ICE Memo Discourages Actions at Sensitive Locations

A memo from Julie Myers, the Assistant Secretary at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has recently been posted to the USCIS web site. In the memo, dated July 3, 2008, Ms. Myers informs all special agents and field office directors to “refrain from conducting enforcement actions or investigative activities at or near sensitive community locations such as schools, places of worship, and funerals or other religious ceremonies.”  The memo also discusses an exception to this […]

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USCIS Adjusted Immigration Fees Take Effect This Month

Beginning November 23rd, overall fees for USCIS immigration benefits will experience an increase of ten percent, with naturalization applications undergoing no change and the fees for six individual applications experiencing a decrease. The fee adjustment ruling comes after an assessment of USCIS budgets and recovery of costs. This fee review, by law, is required to take place every two years.  Click Here to read full article and see a revised schedule of fees.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Mandate Concerning Immigrant Religious Workers

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned an injunction allowing special immigrant religious workers to file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, concurrently with the Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. See Ruiz-Diaz v. USA, No. 09-35734 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2010) On November 8, 2010, USCIS stopped accepting adjustment of status applications filed concurrently with or based on pending I-360 petitions from persons seeking classification as special immigrant religious […]

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