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EOIR Reminder for Attorneys and Fully Accredited Representatives to Complete eRegistry Process
(928 KB - 11/22/2013)
EOIR notice reminding attorneys and fully accredited representatives who practice before the immigration courts and the BIA to complete steps one and two of the eRegistry process by 12/10/13. On that date, registration becomes a requirement to appear before EOIR.
AILA Doc. No. 13112242.
EOIR/USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on ABT "Asylum Clock" Settlement Agreement
(773 KB - 11/13/2013)
EOIR/USCIS invitation to an 11/21/13 teleconference on the implementation of the ABT "asylum clock" settlement agreement. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 13111352.
EOIR OCAHO Fact Sheet
(509 KB - 11/5/2013)
EOIR provides a 10/1/13 fact sheet on OCAHO, including information on types of cases before OCAHO, how OCAHO receives cases related to employer sanctions and document fraud and unfair immigration-related employment practices, who reviews OCAHO decisions, and where to find OCAHO decisions.
AILA Doc. No. 13110541.
DOJ Press Release on Infosys Settlement Agreement
(605 KB - 10/30/2013)
DOJ press release on the settlement agreement with Infosys, an Indian corporation involved in consulting, technology, and outsourcing and alleged to have committed H-1B and B-1 visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes. $34 million settlement is the largest payment ever in an immigration case.
AILA Doc. No. 13103050.
EOIR Alert of Immigration Court Practice Manual Updates
(548 KB - 10/28/2013)
EOIR alert that the Immigration Court Practice Manual has been updated to reflect the new zip code for all EOIR components located in Falls Church, VA, as well as a new address for the Portland Oregon Immigration Court.
AILA Doc. No. 13102840.
EOIR Update on Filing Deadlines For Cases Due During Government Shutdown
(484 KB - 10/25/2013)
EOIR alert that non-detained case filings that were due during the shutdown will be considered timely filed if received by the appropriate court by 11/8/13. BIA will consider any filing as timely filed any filing due during October 2013 as long as the BIA receives the filing on or before 11/1/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13102547.
EOIR Resumes Operations After Government Reopens
(504 KB - 10/17/2013)
EOIR alert that detained cases will be heard as scheduled. However non-detained cases scheduled for 10/17/13 will be rescheduled for a future date. Effective 10/18/13, all non-detained case dockets will proceed with all scheduled cases. BIA and OCAHO have also returned to normal operations.
AILA Doc. No. 13101763.
EOIR Notice on eRegistration Security Standards
(471 KB - 9/18/2013)
EOIR notice on eRegistration security standards and reminder that attorneys and fully-accredited representatives who complete step one of the two-step registration process have 90 calendar days to complete step two. Individuals who practice before EOIR must complete both steps by 12/10/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13091844.
DOJ’s OSC Newsletter, September 2013
(522 KB - 9/13/2013)
OSC’s September 2013 newsletter, covering its recent MOU with the National Labor Relations Board, recent OSC enforcement activity, hotline interventions, the new charge form, and upcoming webinars. Newsletter is also available in Spanish.
AILA Doc. No. 13091344.
EOIR Headquarters Announces New Zip Code
(466 KB - 9/11/2013)
EOIR alert that its headquarters in Falls Church, VA will begin processing mail through a new mail processing facility on 10/1/13. The street address will stay the same, but the zip code will change from 22041 to 20530. Mail addressed to the old zip code after 10/1/13 may be delayed.
AILA Doc. No. 13091146.
DOJ Prison Sentence for Falsely Representing Affiliation with USCIS
(85 KB - 8/27/2013)
DOJ press release that three former employees of Immigration Forms and Publications were sentenced to prison for falsely representing an affiliation with USCIS, charging for free immigration forms, and for telling immigrants that it could process cases more quickly than dealing directly with USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 13082749.
Immigration Court & EOIR Closings for 2013 (Updated 8/15/13)
EOIR alert that the Portland Immigration Court will close on 8/22/13 to prepare for relocation and reopen at its new location on 8/26/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13030700.
EOIR Relocating Denver Immigration Court
(471 KB - 7/25/2013)
EOIR notice that the Denver Immigration Court will close on 8/1/13 to prepare for relocation. The Denver Immigration Court will recommence hearings at its new location on 8/6/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13072540.
DOJ Releases New Educational Video About Discrimination in the Employment Eligibility Verification Process
(469 KB - 7/19/2013)
DOJ press release launched an educational video, developed to address issues that arose from calls to its hotline and from charges that have been filed, to assist employers in avoiding charges of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification Form I-9 process and in the use of E-Verify.
AILA Doc. No. 13071951.
DOJ Releases New OSC Charge Form
Individuals, or the authorized person on behalf of the victim, who alleged he or she is a victim of discrimination on the basis of citizenship status or national origin, or if he or she experienced document abuse, should use the new OSC form to file a charge.
AILA Doc. No. 13071751.
EOIR eRegistry Has 5,000 Registered Users in First Month
(474 KB - 7/10/2013)
EOIR launched eRegistry on 6/10/13, and approximately 5,000 practitioners have completed both steps of the two-step registration process as of 7/10/13. EOIR has received approximately 200 electronically filed forms as of 7/10/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13071059.
DOJ Announces MOU with National Labor Relations Board
(513 KB - 7/9/2013)
DOJ press release on MOU with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which allows the sharing of information, referral of matters, and coordinating of investigations between OSC and NLRB.
AILA Doc. No. 13070944.
EOIR Reissues Immigration Court Practice Manual
(534 KB - 6/6/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the entire Immigration Court Practice Manual has been reissued due to updates in software and implementation of EOIR eRegistry, which goes into effect on 6/10/13. Page numbers throughout the manual have changed as well.
AILA Doc. No. 13060640.
DOJ Reaches Settlement with Texas Facility Services Company
(1039 KB - 5/28/2013)
OSC settlement with Texas facility services company resolving allegations that they violated anti-discrimination INA provision by requiring non-citizens to present specific DHS-issued documents to establish identity and work-authorization while not making similar request of U.S. citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 13052848.
Attorney General Eric Holder Speech at Special Naturalization Ceremony
(531 KB - 5/28/2013)
DOJ transcript of Attorney General Eric Holder speech at a special naturalization ceremony in Washington DC where he talked about the need for commonsense immigration reform and the need to allow an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows.
AILA Doc. No. 13052844.
EOIR Fact Sheet on Attorney eRegistry Program
(476 KB - 5/23/2013)
EOIR fact sheet on new mandatory electronic registry, known as eRegistry, for attorneys and fully accredited representatives which will be used to collect information to maintain a centralized information repository of registrants for both the immigration court & Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
AILA Doc. No. 13052346.
EOIR Online Resource on eRegistry Program for Every Immigration Court
EOIR online resource page providing links to each immigration court around the country which provides detailed information on the eRegistry validation process for that specific court in question.
AILA Doc. No. 13052343.
DOJ Indicts Members of International Sex Trafficking Ring
(536 KB - 5/22/2013)
DOJ press release announcing indictment of several Mexican nationals on charges of sex trafficking and alien harboring for using force, fraud and coercion to compel several women to engage in prostitution in Georgia at various times after bringing their victims from Mexico and Guatemala.
AILA Doc. No. 13052240.
DOJ OSC May 2013 Newsletter
(1136 KB - 5/20/2013)
DOJ Office of Special Counsel (OSC) newsletter for May 2013 covering issues related to recent enforcement activities, new Form I-9, webinar schedule for May-July 2013, and more. AILA Doc. No. 13052053.
AILA Doc. No. 13052053.
Florida Woman Indicted for Bringing Haitian Nationals to U.S. on Fraudulent H-2B Visas
(527 KB - 5/20/2013)
DOJ press release on indictment against a Florida woman for her role in bringing 143 Haitian nationals to the U.S. on fraudulently obtained H-2B guest worker visas that she & her co-conspirator secured based on false representations that there were jobs waiting for them. AILA Doc. No. 13052060.
AILA Doc. No. 13052060.
EOIR Announces Opening of Adelanto Immigration Court in California
(795 KB - 5/16/2013)
Executive Office for Immigration Review press release announcing the full-time presence and opening of an immigration court in the Department of Homeland Security contract detention facility in Adelanto, California on May 20, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13051643.
AILA Doc. No. 13051643.
EOIR Stakeholder Meeting on New eRegistry System for Immigration Practitioners
(729 KB - 5/15/2013)
EOIR invitation for 6/7/13 stakeholder meeting regarding EOIR’s new electronic registration initiative, eRegistry, for attorneys and fully accredited representatives. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 13051543.
AILA Doc. No. 13051543.
EOIR Launches Online Registration for Immigration Practitioners
(472 KB - 5/15/2013)
EOIR press release announcing that effective June 10, 2013, it will rollout electronic registration for attorneys and fully accredited representatives who represent aliens in proceedings before EOIR’s immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. AILA Doc. No. 13051542.
AILA Doc. No. 13051542.
EOIR Swears in Five New Immigration Judges
(802 KB - 5/6/2013)
EOIR press release announcing swearing-in of Timothy Everett (Los Angeles Immigration Court), J. Traci Hong (Los Angeles Immigration Court), Amy Lee (Los Angeles Immigration Court), Elizabeth McGrail (Los Angeles Immigration Court) and John Odell (Tacoma Immigration Court). AILA Doc. No. 13050650.
AILA Doc. No. 13050650.
OSC Webinar Schedule for May-July 2013
(747 KB - 5/1/2013)
DOJ Office of Special Counsel schedule of May 2013, June 2013 and July 2013 dates for their free live webinar series on avoiding workplace discrimination for employers and workers around the country. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 13050157.
AILA Doc. No. 13050157.
EOIR Invitation for Stakeholder Meeting on Recognition & Accreditation Program
(474 KB - 4/29/2013)
EOIR invitation for 5/10/13 stakeholder meeting for interested parties to participate in a meeting regarding EOIR’s recognition and accreditation program. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 13042941.
AILA Doc. No. 13042941.
Attorney General Holder Speech at 2013 MALDEF Gala Dinner
(542 KB - 4/25/2013)
DOJ press release on Attorney General Eric Holder’s 4/24/13 speech at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) 2013 gala dinner where he discussed the importance of immigration reform, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and more. AILA Doc. No. 13042546.
AILA Doc. No. 13042546.
DOJ/DHS Announce Safeguards for Immigration Detainees with Serious Mental Conditions
(709 KB - 4/22/2013)
DOJ press release announcing the issuance of a new nationwide policy for unrepresented immigration detainees with serious mental disorders or conditions that may render them mentally incompetent to represent themselves in immigration proceedings. AILA Doc. No. 13042253.
AILA Doc. No. 13042253.
DOJ Reaches Settlement on Discrimination Claim Against Texas Company
(526 KB - 4/12/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with Texas property management company who improperly demanded that employee produce an unexpired lawful permanent resident card, despite the fact that he had presented proper work authorization documentation at the time of hire. AILA Doc. No. 13041261.
AILA Doc. No. 13041261.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for April 11, 2011 (Updated 4/11/13))
(902 KB - 4/11/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Bloomington, Minnesota Immigration Court will open at 10:30am instead of 8:30am on Thursday, April 11, 2013 due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 13030662.
AILA Doc. No. 13030662.
DOJ OIL February 2013 Litigation Bulletin
(755 KB - 4/9/2013)
The DOJ Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) January 2013 Litigation Bulletin where the Sixth Circuit ruled that conspiracy to traffic in identification documents constitutes a crime involving moral turpitude. AILA Doc. No. 13040957.
AILA Doc. No. 13040957.
DOJ OIL December 2012 Litigation Bulletin
(300 KB - 4/8/2013)
The DOJ Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) December 2012 Litigation Bulletin where the Eight Circuit ruled that an asylum applicant’s eight-hour detention and unattributed deaths of his children do not constitute past persecution of a particular social group. AILA Doc No. 13040800.
AILA Doc. No. 13040800.
DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim Against Georgia Company
(523 KB - 3/25/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with Georgia pecan supplier for discriminating against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens by requiring specific & more documents than necessary when completing Form I-9, while not imposing similar requirements of U.S. citizens. AILA Doc. No. 13032548.
AILA Doc. No. 13032548.
Brazilian Husband and Wife Sentenced in Florida Human Smuggling Scheme
(521 KB - 3/21/2013)
DOJ press release about two Brazilian nationals sentenced to over 100 months combined for smuggling undocumented migrants to U.S. for profit, where they instructed clients to act like tourists and explained that an itinerary through Europe would support their cover story. AILA Doc. No. 13032154.
AILA Doc. No. 13032154.
EOIR Invitation to Stakeholder Meeting on Attorney Discipline Program (Updated 3/15/13)
(873 KB - 3/15/2013)
EOIR revised invitation for a 3/22/13 stakeholder meeting regarding its attorney discipline program and professional conduct rules for immigration attorneys and representatives. RSVP information is included. AILA Doc. No. 13022146.
AILA Doc. No. 13022146.
DOJ Publishes First Chapter of 2013 FOIA Guide
DOJ online resource featuring the 2013 United States Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act which is transitioning from a paper publication to an online resource, with the first chapter being published on Exemption 2. AILA Doc. No. 13031146.
AILA Doc. No. 13031146.
EOIR Announces New Senior Executive Service Member
(743 KB - 3/8/2013)
EOIR press release announcing that effective March 10, 2013, Deputy Chief Immigration Judge (DCIJ) Michael C. McGoings will become a member of the Senior Executive Service, continuing to directly supervise the assistant chief immigration judges and the 58 field courts. AILA Doc. No. 13030850.
AILA Doc. No. 13030850.
EOIR Announces New Second Deputy Chief Immigration Judge
(675 KB - 3/8/2013)
EOIR press release announcing the appointment of Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Edward F. Kelly as a second deputy chief immigration judge (DCIJ), effective March 10, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13030849.
AILA Doc. No. 13030849.
Deputy Attorney General Speech at UN Commission on Status of Women Event
(479 KB - 3/7/2013)
DOJ release on Deputy Attorney General James Cole’s speech at a UN Commission on Status of Women event where he discussed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and grant programs to help communities respond to the needs of women who are victims of intimate partner violence. AILA Doc. No. 13030744.
AILA Doc. No. 13030744.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for March 5, 2013
(1086 KB - 3/5/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Bloomington, Minnesota immigration court will be closed on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions. AILA Doc. No. 13030561.
AILA Doc. No. 13030561.
EOIR Swears in Two New Immigration Judges
(424 KB - 3/4/2013)
EOIR press release announcing the swearing-in of Craig A.Harlow and Sunita B. Mahtabfar as immigration judges at the Pearsall, TX Immigration Court and El Paso Service Processing Center, respectively. AILA Doc. No. 13030446.
AILA Doc. No. 13030446.
Attorney General Statement on House Passage of VAWA Reauthorization
(469 KB - 2/28/2013)
DOJ release on Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement on House passing reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which includes new provisions to expand access to justice & strengthen prosecutorial & enforcement tools available to hold perpetrators accountable. AILA Doc. No. 13022852.
AILA Doc. No. 13022852.
DOJ Blog on FOIA Sunshine Week 2013 Program
DOJ blog post on FOIA Sunshine Week 2013 program in Washington DC where they will highlight examples of success achieved by a cross-section of agencies in 5 key areas addressed by the FOIA guidelines, with agency representatives sharing accomplishments. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 13022851.
AILA Doc. No. 13022851.
DOJ Settles Immigration Discrimination Claim Against Illinois Staffing Agency
(470 KB - 2/28/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with Illinois staffing agency who applied enhanced employment eligibility procedures to work-authorized non-U.S. citizens that were run through E-Verify, but did not utilize these same procedures when it ran U.S. citizens through E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 13022845.
AILA Doc. No. 13022845.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for February 26, 2013
(1333 KB - 2/25/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Kansas City, Missouri immigration court will be closed on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions. AILA Doc. No. 13022556.
AILA Doc. No. 13022556.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for February 25, 2013
(1369 KB - 2/25/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Denver, Colorado immigration court will open at 10am on Monday, February 25, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions. AILA Doc. No. 13022562.
AILA Doc. No. 13022562.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for February 22, 2013
(1303 KB - 2/22/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Kansas City, Missouri immigration court will be closed on Friday, February 22, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions. AILA Doc. No. 13022243.
AILA Doc. No. 13022243.
DOJ Reaches Settlement with FTD to Resolve Immigration-Related Retaliation Claim
(470 KB - 2/21/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with FTD to resolve allegations that company retaliated against a man for asserting rights under the INA anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act after he provided documents showing his work authorization status. AILA Doc. No. 13022140.
AILA Doc. No. 13022140.
OSC Webinar Schedule for February/March 2013
(702 KB - 2/20/2013)
DOJ Office of Special Counsel schedule of February 2013 and March 2013 dates for their free live webinar series on avoiding workplace discrimination for employers and workers around the country. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 13022050.
AILA Doc. No. 13022050.
DOJ OSC February 2013 Newsletter
(1216 KB - 2/20/2013)
DOJ Office of Special Counsel (OSC) newsletter for February 2013 covering issues related to Haiti temporary protected status (TPS), refugee/asylee service providers, and other issues. AILA Doc. No. 13022049.
AILA Doc. No. 13022049.
DOJ OSC Releases New Educational Video on Employment Authorization
(738 KB - 2/14/2013)
DOJ Office of Special Counsel (OSC) public statement announcing a new educational video to remind employers that they should not reverify the employment authorization of lawful permanent resident workers when their Permanent Resident Cards expire. AILA Doc. No. 13021461.
AILA Doc. No. 13021461.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for February 11, 2013
(1305 KB - 2/11/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Hartford, Connecticut immigration court will be closed on Monday, February 11, 2013 due to inclement weather conditions. AILA Doc. No. 13021142.
AILA Doc. No. 13021142.
DOJ Settles with Healthcare Staffing Company for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
(471 KB - 2/8/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with Florida healthcare staffing company for internet-based job postings which contained discriminatory language impermissibly preferring foreign-trained individuals seeking permanent residence or H-1B visa sponsorship over U.S. workers. AILA Doc. No. 13020842.
AILA Doc. No. 13020842.
EOIR Swears in New Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
(425 KB - 2/4/2013)
EOIR press release announcing the swearing-in ceremony of Abigail M. Price as the newest assistant chief immigration judge which took place at the headquarters of Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). AILA Doc. No. 13020442.
AILA Doc. No. 13020442.
DOJ Settles Immigration Discrimination Claim Against Houston Community College
(558 KB - 1/31/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with Houston Community College in Texas for engaging in a pattern of discrimination by requiring non-U.S. citizens to provide specific documentation establishing their work authority, while not making similar demands from U.S. citizens. AILA Doc. No. 13013141.
AILA Doc. No. 13013141.
DOJ OIL January 2013 Litigation Bulletin
(704 KB - 1/31/2013)
The DOJ Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) January 2013 Litigation Bulletin where the Seventh Circuit ruled that pending adjustment application did not toll accrual of days without “lawful status” for adjustment of status purposes. AILA Doc. No. 13013159.
AILA Doc. No. 13013159.
Associate Attorney General Speech at Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium
(683 KB - 1/30/2013)
DOJ transcript of Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West 1/30/13 speech at the Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium where he highlighted that DOJ brought over 200 human trafficking cases from 2009 to 2012, which is an increase of over 39% from the prior four-year period. AILA Doc. No. 13013047.
AILA Doc. No. 13013047.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for January 28, 2013
(1322 KB - 1/28/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the Ulster, New York and Hartford, Connecticut immigration courts will be closed at 1pm and 3pm respectively on Monday, January 28, 2013 due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 13012859.
AILA Doc. No. 13012859.
Brazilian Husband and Wife Plead Guilty in Florida to Human Smuggling
(523 KB - 1/17/2013)
DOJ press release about two Brazilian nationals pleading guilty in Miami to smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for profit, where they instructed clients to act like tourists & explained that the itinerary through Europe would support a tourist cover story. AILA Doc. No. 13011760.
AILA Doc. No. 13011760.
DOJ Announces New Guidance for Quarterly FOIA Reporting
(528 KB - 1/15/2013)
DOJ public statement announcing new guidance to agencies on meeting the new quarterly reporting requirement announced in December 2012. Agencies will be required to report to the Department of Justice four key FOIA statistics that OIP will then make available on FOIA.gov. AILA Doc. No. 13011552.
AILA Doc. No. 13011552.
Two Women in Florida Plead Guilty to Human Smuggling Charges
(470 KB - 1/15/2013)
DOJ press release about a Peruvian national and Bahamian national who pled guilty in Florida to bringing and attempting to bring undocumented Brazilian nationals to the United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain. AILA Doc. No. 13011551.
AILA Doc. No. 13011551.
Attorney General Holder Appoints Chuck Adkins-Blanch as BIA Vice Chairman
(422 KB - 1/14/2013)
EOIR press release announcing that Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed Chuck Adkins-Blanch as the new Vice Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals, effective January 13, 2012. AILA Doc. No. 13011446.
AILA Doc. No. 13011446.
DOJ Settles Immigration Discrimination Claim Against South Carolina Food Service Provider
(525 KB - 1/7/2013)
DOJ press release on settlement with South Carolina food service provider for treating work-eligible non-citizens differently from citizens during INA employment eligibility verification processes, including E-Verify, by requiring specific documents from non-citizens only. AILA Doc. No. 13010751.
AILA Doc. No. 13010751.
Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Charges
(526 KB - 1/7/2013)
DOJ press release about a Brazilian national in Texas who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to bring undocumented immigrants into the United States for profit and to one count of unlawfully bringing two undocumented immigrants into the United States for profit. AILA Doc. No. 13010740.
AILA Doc. No. 13010740.
Immigration Court and EOIR Office Closings for January 4, 2013
(1455 KB - 1/4/2013)
EOIR public statement announcing that the El Paso and El Paso Detained Immigration Courts will open at 10 am MST on Friday, January 4, 2013, due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 13010441.
AILA Doc. No. 13010441.
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