US Immigration Update for October 2022 – At Richards and Jurusik, we handle a broad scope of US immigration matters. Our monthly updates provide a sampling of cases we have had approved during the month and relevant immigration updates. Come back each month as we keep you up to speed on US Immigration Law.
US Immigration Update for October 2022
We are excited to announce the addition of two members to the Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law team.
- Siana McLean – Siana’s legal experience stems from countless hours spent aggressively and affordably defending clients regarding a range of immigration issues. She has successfully handled numerous immigration court matters in the United States and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals which resulted in asylum, protection under the Convention Against Torture, withholding of removal, and cancellation of removal for clients. Siana is especially adept at resolving matters relating to deportation defense, family-based immigration, and naturalization-focused immigration, among other related matters. Siana has recently begun practicing in Canada and ventures to use the same skills gleaned from her years of practice in the United States to represent her clients in Canada. Siana McLean is Of Counsel.
- Alyssa Schneider – Alyssa Schneider is a paralegal at Richards and Jurusik. With more than 13 years of legal experience, she assists will all US immigration matters. In addition to client contact and various administrative duties, Ms. Schneider concentrates on family-based and marriage-based applications, as well as other non-court immigration matters. Ms. Schneider is a graduate of Buffalo State College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and is the proud mother of two young daughters.
With the addition of Siana and Alyssa, we have added the following immigration services:
- Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Waivers – There are times when persons are found to be inadmissible to the United States for previous criminal arrests, misrepresentation, or fraud (among other reasons). The immigration laws allow for waivers of those inadmissibilities for both immigrant and non-immigrant reasons. For persons that may only be seeking to enter the United States for a temporary non-immigrant purpose such as to visit, study, or work, their prior history may prevent them from being admitted into the United States. If you have been refused entry to the United States and have been found inadmissible, you might need a waiver.
- Deportation and Removal Defense – Removal defense (formerly called “deportation defense”) involves representing and advocating for immigrants facing removal or deportation from the United States. For many immigrants, the process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court. While most immigrants cannot afford to have an attorney represent them in court, legal representation is sadly the single most important factor in determining whether someone will win—or lose—their case.
- Affirmative Asylum – Many people around the world have to flee their countries of birth due to being targeted because of their race, nationality, political opinion, or being a part of a particular group of people. If you are in the United States, you can apply for protection in the form of an application for affirmative asylum.
- Board of Immigration Appeals – The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying United States immigration laws. In general, the BIA reviews appeals from certain decisions that Immigration Judges and district directors of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issue, ensuring that the immigration laws receive a fair and uniform application. Filing an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is a crucial step for many noncitizens facing removal because it is the last opportunity to obtain a favorable decision from the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
USCIS Updates for October 2022
- On October 7, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual as a result of a settlement agreement in Calixto to v. Department of the Army, Civ. A. No. 18-1551 (PLF) (D.D.C.), known as the Calixto Agreement. Read the full update
- October 18, 2022 – USCIS Adjudication of Form I-765 – When you file a USCIS Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status to a US Permanent Resident (Green Card) along with USICS Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and USCIS Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization concurrently (At the same time), USCIS will adjudicate the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization first. If approved, USCIS will issue the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) without joint travel authorization. They will then adjudicate Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization separately. Read the full update.
- October 20, 2022 – Expedited EADs for Healthcare and Childcare Workers – On October 20, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided updated guidance on expedited work authorization (EAD) procedures for qualifying healthcare and childcare workers. The expedited process has been extended to include healthcare workers and childcare workers with valid immigration status and an initial Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization that has been pending for over 90 days. Read the full update.
- On October 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued another extension to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors respond to agency requests through Jan. 24, 2023. With this extension, USCIS has indicated that this will likely be the final extension of these flexibilities. Read more about this USCIS update here. Read the full update.
Case Highlights for October 2022
We have seen a sharp increase in processing times for I-140 Petitions having some cases approved in less than 2 months. Accompanying I-485 adjustment applications are also processing very quickly with employment-based interviews being waived. We received many successful results in the month of October covering immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas, US permanent residence (Green Cards), and US citizenship. The following is a selection of case highlights for October 2022: TN Visa Approval with USCIS for a Management Consultant in Oil and Gas, TN Visa Approval with USCIS for an IT Consultant after two previous border denials, several I-140 EB2 Adjustment Approvals within 3 months, multiple L1A Visa Approvals for new business expansion through US Ports of Entry, multiple E1 and E2 visa approvals through Toronto including some interview waivers, multiple I-130 Adjustment approvals including some interview waivers, H1B approval for remote IT worker, multiple Immigrant Visa approvals through Montreal, asylum granted, expedited N-600K approval, and many other clients successes.
Arrive – US Immigration Law Podcast for Canadians for October 2022
Hosted by US immigration lawyers Jeremy Richards and Christine Jurusik, the Arrive Podcast provides regular updates and perspectives on US immigration law issues for Canadians and the Northern Border. Each episode discusses the current state of a certain aspect of US immigration law, and how it applies to Canadians living and working in the United States today. The following episodes were published in October:
Richards and Jurusik YouTube Videos for October 2022
Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law regularly creates video content about the US immigration matters that matter the most to you. Each video focuses on the current state of a certain aspect of US immigration law, and how it applies to living and working in the United States today. The following videos were published in October:
- How important is your job title for a TN Visa application?
- Can you telework on a TN Visa?
- How do LinkedIn and social media impact your TN Visa application?
- TN Visa refusals under 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(I)
Recent Client Testimonials for October 2022
Excellent service. Delivered what they said they would, on time and even early. Highly recommend – L1A Visa for New Business
My case was so hard to win, but this amazing lawyer who has been an angel send it for the Lord, she made everything fine, we won our asylum case yesterday, finally, thanks to this intelligent woman, God and her made this possible, if you need a good person to represent you, don’t think about contacting this lawyer, you will not regret, there are no words to describe how my family and I are feeling, this was a blessing miracle. God continue to give you wisdom to help so many people who are only looking for a better future for their families. Blessings. We love you lawyer Siana Mclean – Asylum Case Approved
Siana Mclean is top notch! Very detailed and professional attorney, has assisted me in all my immigration affairs and never fell short. Highly recommend. 10/10
Christine and Danielle were very helpful from my first email. They promptly responded to any questions I had and with follow-ups with the US consulate in Montreal. Highly recommended for US immigration. – Consular Intervention
Top-notch expertise and quality counsel. Excellent service. Great customer experience. You feel like you are in great hands with these folks: they ensure you are extremely well prepared for the visa application process and that your application goes smoothly, efficiently and successfully. Impressive. – TN Visa Approval for Management Consulant
We Can Help!
The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 20 years of experience helping people to live and work in the United States. Contact us today for a free assessment of your legal situation.