Biden DOJ – No More Yearly Quotas

The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice is walking back a Trump-era rule that required immigration judges to meet yearly quotes. By doing so, the DOJ is giving immigration judges back their discretion in how to effectively run their courts.  With over 1.5 million cases in backlog, the Trump-era rule was not likely to increase the speed that judges heard cases nor is the new Biden DOJ direction going to slow down the speed at which IJ’s hear cases. It will, however, give judges back the authority, which they originally had.  The Biden Administration is looking to implement metrics for the immigration courts, but those will more than likely reflect prior administration’s metrics.

President Biden Moves to Protect Dreamers

President Biden’s administration released proposed measures in an attempt to protect Dreamers from deportation after a federal judge declared the original initiative illegal. This move seeks to fortify and to preserve an Obama initiative to protect people who arrived in the United States when they were minors. Biden’s Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made a statement that this move seeks to “protect Dreamers and recognize their contributions to this country.” Secretary Mayorkas went further and noted that only Congress has the ability to provide permanent protection and that he was urging Congress to act. A measure to protect DACA recipients was foiled earlier this month in the Senate. However, lawmakers are still exploring options to protect Dreamers.

Matter of Arambula-Bravo

The BIA issued a decision in Matter of Arambula-Bravo, 28 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2021) holding two things: (1) a Notice to Appear (more commonly referred to as an “NTA”) does not have to specify the time and place of the removal hearing for the immigration court to have jurisdiction over the case and (2) an NTA constitutes a “charging document” even if it lacks the time and place of the immigrant’s hearing. The Respondent (person appealing) relied on a holding from Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S. Ct. 2105 (2018). The BIA rejected the Respondent’s assertions that the NTA had to follow a specific format for it to be a charging document (because the regulation does not require it to be) and stated that jurisdiction vests when the charging document is filed.


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Matter of N-V-G-, 28 I&N Dec. 380 (BIA 2021)

The BIA issued an opinion in  Matter of N-V-G-, 28 I&N Dec. 380 (BIA 2021).

A person who enters the United States as a refugee and later adjusts in the United States to lawful permanent resident status is not precluded from establishing eligibility for a waiver of inadmissibility under section 212(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 ‍U.S.C. § ‍1182(h) (2018), based on a conviction for an aggravated felony, because he or she has not “previously been admitted to the United States as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence” under that provision.

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To find out if you qualify for a waiver, please contact the Presti law Firm.

USCIS Announces New Vaccine Requirements

Effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693.

USCIS updated its policy guidance in accordance with the CDC’s guidance and requirements. That update requires applicants subject to the immigration medical examination to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completion of the immigration medical examination.

In general, individuals applying to become a lawful permanent resident, and other applicants as deemed necessary, must undergo an immigration medical examination to show they are free from any conditions that would render them inadmissible under the health-related grounds. USCIS designates eligible physicians as civil surgeons to perform this immigration medical examination for applicants within the United States and to document the results of the immigration medical examination on the Form I-693.

USCIS may grant blanket waivers if the COVID-19 vaccine is:

  • Not age-appropriate;
  • Contraindicated due to a medical condition;
  • Not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices; or
  • Limited in supply and would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive the vaccination.