Hey, I have immigration court on Tuesday. Will it go forward?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Say the government closes at midnight Monday night. What will happen if you have immigration court on Tuesday? The White House and federal agencies put out guidance. Immigration courts function thanks to two agencies. The immigration court itself is part of a Department of Justice component, the Executive Office for Immigration Review. This is what the Deparment of Justice  has to say about the Executive Office for Immigration Review: Excepted employees are needed to process all immigration cases and appeal…

Another swing and a miss for the USCIS 800-number

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

A month ago I last wrote about  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s customer service system, called in true-blue government fashion a long name and a string of letters – this time the National Customer Service Center or NCSC, or as people actually say, the USCIS “800 Number.” I was very optimistic that a change to take place on August 16, 2013, involving the NCSC would mean better service to attorneys using the system. The change would result in attorneys not…

A big obstacle in the road of voluntary departure.

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Sometimes I am kind of naive. Having just returned from a conference of immigration lawyers, I expected lots of discussion and commentary on some recent 9th Circuit cases. Instead, I heard nothing. I will address them here. Today, Corro-Barragan v. Holder,  decided on June 10, 2013. The case concerns voluntary departure. Voluntary departure is a common relief in removal proceedings. If one is granted voluntary departure, the person is allowed to leave the United States in lieu of being removed….

FedEx, another institution you relied on, that you should not.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

There were once things you could depend on. Your standard of living will be higher than your parents. New TV shows would come out in September. You’ll be taxed. You’ll die. Twinkies. Google will not be evil. FedEx will deliver your package when they say. It turns out, for the premium one pays to FedEx for next day delivery, there is little satisfaction your package will get there when they say. One study puts it at a 88 percent on…