|Live Event Date: 12/12/2023
There have been significant developments related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applicants during the Biden Administration in light of the massive backlog in visa availability for eligible children from certain countries. In the past two years, SIJS applicants with previously approved I-360s have received letters from USCIS granting them deferred action for a period of four years, effectively allowing them the ability to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD). Likewise, newly approved SIJS I-360 applicants have been granted deferred action. The panelists will examine these changes, including the benefits of deferred action for SIJS applicants and the effects it may have on removal proceedings.
- EAD considerations
- Administrative closure/termination of removal proceedings
- Approved SIJS applicants in removal proceedings with I-485s filed and fees to the USCIS Service Center already paid: What if they do not receive deferred action?
- Approved SIJS I-360 applicants and marriage
- Class action litigation seeking parole in place (PIP) for children affected by “family separation” and family members both inside and outside the United States
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Ral E.N. Obioha (DL), Houston, TX
Ral Obioha is the Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Ral Obioha, PLLC. She received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from American University (WCL). She serves on the Texas State Bar’s Immigration and Nationality Law Section Council. She has been interviewed and quoted by various media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, ABC and Fox News.
Kira Gagarin, Framingham, MA
Kira Gagarin is the owner of Gagarin Law, in Framingham, MA. She received her JD from Suffolk University Law School and her LL.M in International Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia, in Madrid, Spain. Originally from Russia and having lived in Spain, Kira is fluent in Russian and Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. She opened her practice in January of 2011 and focuses on family immigration and deportation defense, specializing in defending children in removal proceedings. She is currently one of the AILA NE Liaisons to ICE ERO. She also volunteers with several local organizations to provide immigrants with pro bono representation.
Rocio La Rosa, Los Angeles, CA
Rocio La Rosa is an Associate Attorney at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, where she handles removal defense, special immigrant & family-based immigration law matters, including U visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions and waivers. She is a Peruvian native, who immigrated to the United States with her mother in 2000. She received her JD from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law (2016) and graduated from the University of California Irvine.
Veronica T. Thronson, East Lansing, MI
Veronica T. Thronson is a Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the MSU Immigration Law Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, MI where she also teaches Domestic Violence Law, Family Law: Marriage & Divorce, and Immigration and Nationality Law. Thronson is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Nevada, and Michigan.