*Practice limited to federal immigration law. Licensed in NY, MA, but not in CA.

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How Long Does Administrative Processing Take?

Administrative processing is a period of additional review and screening during which officials will make sure that a visa application meets all of the proper criteria. You likely want to know: How much longer is administrative processing going to take? The unsatisfying answer is “it depends”—in some cases it takes 30 or 60 days, while... READ MORE

Congress Must Act: Two Thirds of USCIS Employees Set to Be Furloughed at the End of the Month

According to a report from CNN, several thousand employees at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are facing furlough at the end of August. Due to the coronavirus, USCIS is dealing with a severe budget crisis. The agency needs immediate, dedicated funding to keep operations at its current levels. As many as two thirds... READ MORE

Emails: ICE Deliberately Limited COVID-19 Testing at a California Facility

Recently, emails were obtained indicating that ICE deliberately limited COVID-19 testing at a Bakersfield, California immigration detention facility in order to avoid releasing immigrants. According to a shocking report from KTLA 5, COVID-19 testing was discouraged at the privately run Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility because they did not want to deal with the fallout... READ MORE

DHS and ICE Tried to Block a New Netflix Documentary—Film Shows the Banal Horror of the Deportation Bureaucracy

On August 3rd, 2020, the documentary ‘Immigration Nation’ premiered on Netflix. From directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, the film is a six-part miniseries that examines our country’s deportation bureaucracy and the terrible and traumatizing effect that it has on vulnerable people and their families. According to a report from The New York Times, the... READ MORE

USCIS Finalizes Changes: Many Immigration Fees are Increasing

Pushed aggressively by the Trump Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing a number of different immigration fees. As reported by CNN, the immigration agency has officially updated its fee structure after a nearly year-long review. Here, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer provides an overview of the immigration fee increases and explains... READ MORE

California Sues Trump Administration Over Attempt to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from 2020 Census Count

The Census matters. It is the government’s official count of the population and it affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding. Further, the Census count even impacts political representation in Washington. That is why it is so alarming that the Trump Administration is trying to change the rules at the last minute in... READ MORE

A Federal Judge Tentatively Upholds California’s Ban on Private Prisons and Private Immigration

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino has tentatively upheld California’s law banning private prisons and private immigration detention centers. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Sammartino suggested that she is likely to dismiss lawsuits filed by a private prison company and the Trump Administration. In doing... READ MORE

The Daily Beast: ICE Dodged Judicial Orders, Triggered COVID-19 Outbreak in Detention Facility

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States, prisoners and detainees are at heightened risk. This is not new information: In the early stages of the outbreak, a California federal judge ordered ICE to release vulnerable detainees. Sadly, unheeded warnings have caused irreparable harm, with many infections and even COVID-19 deaths in... READ MORE

Reversal: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Restrictions on Online-Only Classes for Student Visa Holders

On July 6th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made a surprise announcement that new restrictions were being added to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Without warning, the agency declared that F-1 students and M-1 students would not be allowed to remain in the United States if their school was going to online-only instruction... READ MORE

Telemundo Interview: President Trump Promises New Executive Order on Immigration

On July 10th, President Trump sat down for an exclusive interview with Telemundo—North America’s largest Spanish language television network. In a sharp break from his usual anti-immigrant rhetoric and his poor record on immigrant rights, the president made big promises to help expand legal protections for people.  Among other things, the President stated his intention... READ MORE