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March 2017: Attorney Brian Doyle speaks with WBUR News about ICE arrests at USCIS Lawrence.

March 2017: Premium Processing Suspended for H-1Bs. Please see our blog for more information.

February 2017: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly releases implementation memorandums to delineate new ICE priorities and instructions to local law enforcement when working with foreign nationals in criminal matters.  Kelly Memo. Memo 2.

January 2017: President Trump issues travel ban for 7 countries. Please see our blog for up to date information on the effects of this ban.

September 2016: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has proposed a new rule that would allow international entrepreneurs to apply for parole for up to 5 years to start and grow innovative startups in the United States.  In order to qualify, applicants would need to demonstrate that they have significant capital financing from U.S. investors or government grants and that their startup would provide a significant public benefit and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation.  Joyce & Associates will keep you updated on the status of this exciting new rule if and when it goes in to effect.

July 2016: Expansion of I-601A Provisional Waivers  –  On July 28, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of the I-601A provisional waiver program, which includes changes in the implementation of the provisional waiver program and increases the number of people eligible to file the waiver in the United States before traveling abroad to obtain an immigrant visa.  The expansion is effective August 29, 2016.  Contact Joyce & Associates to discuss your specific eligibility for the expanded waiver program.

June 2016: On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Texas v. U.S. The Court’s 4-4 tie left in place the 5th Circuit ruling blocking the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, commonly known as “DAPA.” While this is disappointing, we remain hopeful as this does not mean the end of the road for those who may be eligible for DAPA. The Court’s ruling is provisional, and so litigation will continue in the case.  We will continue to keep you updated on the status of DAPA as the case proceeds.

January 2016: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Texas v. United States – the litigation that has temporarily halted implementation of President Obama’s DAPA and expanded DACA programs – announced in November of 2014.  The court will issue a decision on the case in June, which could benefit millions of undocumented immigrants.

December 2015: Congress passed its omnibus appropriations bill for 2016, extending the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program through FY2016 and exempting H2-B seasonal workers from the\

July 2015: Joyce & Associates wins remand at the 1st Circuit on an asylum credibility case, Mboowa v. Lynch: http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/immigration/b/insidenews/archive/2015/07/31/ca1-on-credibility-mboowa-v-lynch.aspx

July 2015: A California District Court Judge found that the government’s family detention policies are a “material breach” of the Court’s settlement agreement, and ordered changes to DHS’s destructive family detention policies: http://www.clearinghouse.net/chDocs/public/IM-CA-0002-0017.pdf

Recent Victories

April 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully vacates five separate criminal court cases, comprising 21 fraud and drug charges, through a consolidated motion to vacate and for new trial for a Brazilian legal permanent resident at the Framingham District Court.

April 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully vacates a 2007 drug possession conviction for a Dominican national on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel and insufficient plea colloquy at the Natick District Court.

April 2017: Attorney Kaitlyn L. Jones assisted a client in obtaining lawful permanent status despite a fraudulent entry using a photo-substituted visa.

April 2017: Attorney William Joyce successfully represented a Chinese client in obtaining asylum and rectify problems caused by a prior counsel who was later reprimanded for suggesting clients file frivolous claims.

March 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secures TPS for an El Salvadoran national who had a 15 year lapse in TPS re-registration due to ineffective assistance of counsel.

February 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secures special findings for special immigrant juvenile status for a Brazilian national at the Worcester Probate and Family Court.

February 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secures a rescission of an in absentia order for a Brazilian foreign national at the Boston Immigration Court.

February 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secures a rescission of an in absentia order for a Jamaican national at the Buffalo Immigration Court.

February 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully secures asylum for a Ugandan national in immigration court, despite allegations of marriage fraud, and despite having filed for asylum beyond the one-year deadline.

January 2017: Attorney  Christina Elder successfully obtained a stay of removal for a client from China.

January 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secured legal permanent residence through advanced parole for an El Salvadoran national with TPS.

January 2017: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully vacated an assault and battery with a deadly weapon conviction against an Algerian national at the Somerville District Court.

December 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully terminated a Ugandan client’s removal proceedings after obtaining a U-Visa from USCIS.

December 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secured a dismissal of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault and Battery charges for a Chinese National after successfully executing a cross-complaint against the alleged victim at Lynn District Court.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder assisted a Ghanaian client to obtain U.S. Citizenship.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a DACA client in obtaining U.S. Residency through marriage after reopening the removability case before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a Brazilian client in obtaining LGBT+ based Asylum before the Boston Immigration Court after obtaining a remand from the Board of Immigration Appeals.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully obtained lawful permanent residence for an attorney on an H1-B and his family despite numerous audits and requests for evidence from the Department of Labor and USCIS.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder represented a Brazilian client in obtaining a green card through Cancellation of Removal before the Boston Immigration Court.

November 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client in removing the conditions on his U.S. Residency after a troubling interview and request for evidence from the Lawrence Field Office.