USCIS to ameliorate situation for some impacted by the 3 and 10 year bars.

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

In the jargon-rich world of immigration law, an important new phrase came out of amendments to the immigration law in 1996, the 3 and 10 year bars. What these bars say is that if a person accrues more than180 days of unlawful presence in the United States and departs he or she cannot return to the United States for 3 years. If the person accrues a year or more of unlawful presence, this person cannot return for 10 years. A…

Dear ICE, at least play fair.

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

A few times I have written about what appeared to me to be an Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy of taking aliens out of the United States without the aliens availing themselves of their right to see an immigration judge by providing false information about the consequences staying and fighting a case as opposed to leaving. I learned of this through speaking to many aliens and family members of aliens who experienced this. This modus operandi was confirmed by a…

Beware of secondary source errors when conducting legal research.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Something very big is happening in May at a U.S. Consulate abroad. More details later, but rest assured, if all goes well, it could be a highlight of my career. To prepare, I had to do some research today. What I learned is that sometimes writers can be very careless. They write things that just are not so, or at least appear not to be so. The issue I was researching is the effect of the 10-year bar at INA…