Archive for February, 2008

National Customer Service Center – still useless after all these years

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

When you have a question about your case, USCIS wants you to call their National Customer Service Center. USCIS is trending away from other sources of information for its customers, convincing itself that the NCSC is maturing into a fine, centralized source of customer service. Clients report to me all kinds of ridiculous information and advice [one hapless client, a Marine with three tours in Iraq, so conscientious about his case that, before he retained me, he called the NCSC…

What if he was a foreigner?

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I. Lewis “Scooter”Libby I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted on June 14, 2007, of obstruction of justice, making false statements, and perjury. Mr. Libby is a former Assistant to the President of the United States, George W. Bush, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. For the obstruction of justice charge he was sentenced to 30 months incarceration and for the perjury charge he…

What if he was a foreigner?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Marv Albert Marv Albert, the prominent play-by-play sports broadcaster, was convicted on October 25, 1997, of assault and battery and received a twelve month suspended sentence. He plea bargained from more serious sexual assault charges. Despite his plea to lesser offenses and lesser punishments, he would still be deportable pursuant to INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i), crime of domestic violence, and INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(iii), aggravated felony. The fact that the victim was a girlfriend and not his wife would not protect him…

Name checks in adjustments

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

USCIS recently announced that it will approve adjustment of status cases that have been pending more than six months if the delay in adjudication is because of name checks. Adjustment applicants with expired fingerprints (quite a concept, expired fingerprints) will need to be re-fingerprinted and then their cases approved. In a memo dated February 4, 2008, USCIS warns that the name check will still be completed, and if it turns out the new permanent resident is actually a bad guy,…