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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 66,000 annual cap, among other changes.

Sept. 2015: USCIS and the Department of State have announced revised procedures for determining visa availability for some adjustment of status applicants.  Read more about this change in our recent blog post, and read what USCIS has to say about these changes here: http://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-announces-revised-procedures-determining-visa-availability-applicants-waiting-file-adjustment-status.

Sept. 2015: The Department of Homeland Security announced that Yemen has been designated for Temporary Protected Status.  http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-announces-temporary-protected-status-designation-yemen

Sept. 2015: The Department of State released the October Visa Bulletin, showing progress in many visa categories: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-october-2015.html

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

The Asylum Office published processing times for affirmative asylum applications filed with USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-scheduling-bulletin

June 2015: USCIS designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status after the devastating April earthquake: http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-announces-temporary-protected-status-designation-nepal

Recent Victories

August 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully obtained a marriage based green card for a Guatemalan client through consular processing despite questions about additional inadmissibility issues.

August 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo secures a BIA reversal of an immigration judge’s decision denying a Brazilian national 42B Cancellation of Removal. The BIA remanded the case to the immigration judge and ORDERED a grant of 42B Cancellation of Removal upon remand.

August 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully secures bond for a detained Brazilian national in Atlanta, Georgia who was previously denied bond.

August 2016: Attorney Christina Elder secured permanent residence for a client who had a previously denied marriage petition while in immigration court proceedings.

August 2016: Attorney William Joyce won an asylum case in Immigration Court involving an Iranian convert to Christianity.   The case was very difficult to prove.  Joyce and Associates specializes in complex asylum matters.

August 2016: Attorney William Joyce, after a six year process was able to obtain an approval of I-130,I-485, and I-601 waiver petitions which were denied the first time over proof of entry. Waivers are a specialty of our firm.

July 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented an L1-A intracompany transferee from China in obtaining a two-year extension of her nonimmigrant employment visa.

July 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Nigeria in obtaining lawful permanent resident status through cancellation of removal in Boston Immigration Court.

July 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Kenya in obtaining U.S. citizenship.

July 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully secures an I-601A Provisional Waiver grant for a Brazilian foreign national that had been previously denied a I-601A Provisional Waiver.

July 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully secures a dismissal of fraud charges against an El Salvadoran foreign national in Clinton District Court.

July 2016: Attorney Epstein-Santoyo successfully vacated a domestic violence conviction and restraining order violation for Colombian lawful permanent resident in Lowell District Court.

July 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Morocco in obtaining U.S. citizenship.

June 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Brazil in obtaining U.S. citizenship despite her having a previously denied naturalization application.

June 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from China in obtaining political asylum in Boston Immigration Court.

June 2016: Attorney Christina Elder represented a DACA recipient from the Dominican Republic to obtain a green card through a family petition.

June 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a client from China in obtaining U.S. citizenship.

June 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented a K-1 visa beneficiary and her child in obtaining lawful permanent residence despite the breakdown of her marriage to the K-1 petitioner.

May 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully obtained lawful permanent residence for a Brazilian EB-3, Skilled Worker working in construction and his spouse.

May 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo successfully secured a dismissal of serious drug distribution charges for a legal permanent resident from the United Kingdom in district court.

May 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully assisted an H1-B visa beneficiary port and extend her status with a new employer.

May 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully represented an Algerian client in becoming a United States Citizen.

May 2016: Attorney Christina Elder successfully obtained a one year stay of removal extension for a Zimbabwean client ordered deportable in 2014.

April 2016: Christina Elder secured two L1-A Intracompany Transfer Visas for Chinese employees working at a subsidiary of a larger international company.

April 2016:  Christina Elder successfully extended the R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker status of an imam

April 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a Costa Rican national in becoming a United States Citizen.

April 2016:  Alejandro Heredia-Santoyo successfully secures expedited processing for an I-601 waiver for a Brazilian national previously deemed ineligible for an I-601A Provisional Waiver

April 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from China in obtaining a green card through a family petition.

April 2016: Christina Elder obtained a 601 Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility and subsequently a Green Card for a client that had a previously denied immigration application containing some fraudulent information.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client with a removal order in reopening his case with the  immigration court.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client from China in his asylum case based on religious persecution.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client in a complicated marriage based case in spite of USCIS’ intent to deny.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a minor from Ecuador in a Special Immigrant Juvenile Petition.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented two minors from Central America in obtaining permanent resident status based on  SIJS petitions.

March 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented two clients in obtaining stays of removal.

March 2016: Christina Elder successfully obtained temporary protected status for a client from Haiti.

March 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented two Ugandan siblings in obtaining lawful permanent resident status through a stepparent via consular processing.

March 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a same-sex couple in a concurrently filed marriage petition and green card application.

March 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo successfully vacated a Harassment Prevention Order against a Brazilian National at the Malden District Court.

March 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo successfully obtained asylum for a Lebanese national and her family.

March 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo’s successful post-conviction case for a British national previously convicted of drug distribution resulted in the grant of 42A Cancellation of Removal.

February 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo secured a dismissal of several serious RMV fraud charges for a Chinese national before a Massachusetts District Court.

February 2016: Christina Elder successfully obtained a stay of removal for a client from China.

February 2016: William Joyce successfully represented a Chinese client in obtaining asylum status through an affirmative asylum application with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS

February 2016: William P. Joyce successfully represented multiple clients in reversing USCIS’ denial of their I-539 applications to extend F-1 student status after an erroneous determination that their school was not accredited in English language training.

February 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from China in obtaining a green card through a family petition.

February 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Brazil in obtaining a green card through a family petition.

January 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a Haitian client in removing the conditions on her green card based on the domestic violence she suffered from her former spouse.

January 2016: Christina Elder successfully obtained a stay of removal for a client from China.

January 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Morocco in obtaining a green card through a family petition.

January 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client in reopening and terminating his removal case despite some criminal history.

January 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client in obtaining asylum in immigration court despite filing after the one year filing deadline for a Guatemalan national.

January 2016: Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client in obtaining asylum in immigration court for a Salvadoran national.

January 2016:  Anielka Sanchez Godinez successfully represented a client in obtaining Legal Permanent Resident despite immigration services’ intent to deny the marriage petition filed by the spouse.

January 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo successfully represented a client in all aspects of a restaurant asset purchase and sale transaction, and in the successful transfer and approval of an All Liquor License.

January 2016: Attorney Heredia-Santoyo successfully secured a non-conviction disposition for a client in Quincy District Criminal Court charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon against a Police Officer.

January 2016: Amanda Ekey represented a client from Ghana in obtaining his lawful permanent residence despite challenging complications with the underlying petition.

January 2016: Amanda Ekey represented two Brazilian nationals in obtaining their lawful permanent residence through consular processing after their I-601A provisional waivers were approved.

January 2016: Amanda Ekey represented a Brazilian national in obtaining her lawful permanent residence through parole in place for military family members.  The client was able to avoid consular processing and obtaining a waiver based on obtaining this special PIP status.

January 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from China in obtaining asylum, as well as refund of his $45,000 immigration bond.

January 2016: Christina Elder secured lawful permanent residence for a Colombian client who had more than 30 years of unlawful presence in the United States.

January 2016: Christina Elder successfully represented an Indian National in Naturalization despite a complication due to a failure to register with the U.S. Selective Services.

December 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a Salvadoran national in obtaining his lawful permanent residence.

December 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a Brazilian national in removing the conditions on his permanent residence after arguing a unique legal issue regarding his eligibility.

December 2015: Alejandro Heredia-Santoyo successfully waived a Brazilian national’s presence in criminal district court, and concurrently removed his warrant and dismissed his case on restitution so that he could reenter the United States.

December 2015: Brian Doyle successfully represented a Pakistani client in obtaining asylum through an affirmative asylum application.

December 2015: Amanda Ekey represented a Brazilian national in obtaining a 601A provisional waiver and his green card after a consulate interview in Brazil.

December 2015: Amanda Ekey represented a Chinese national in obtaining her “ten year greencard” after representing her in a good faith marriage waiver.

December 2015: William Joyce successfully represented an employment-based greencard applicant whose application had been pending for years before he hired Joyce & Associates due to a minor criminal matter and a change in ownership of the petitioning company.  We were able to obtain an interview and approval after only six weeks.

December 2015: Christina Elder successfully represented a family of three from China to enter the United States as derivative asylees.

November 2015:  Hannah Kubica successfully represented a client from China in obtaining a green card through affirmative asylum despite filing after the one year deadline for the application.

November 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a client from China in obtaining a green card through affirmative asylum application.

November 2015: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from Brazil in obtaining a green card through marriage despite a complicated criminal history.

November 2015: Christina Elder successfully obtained a green card for a Brazilian client who had a previous asylum denial before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

November 2015: Christina Elder successfully represented a client from the Czech Republic in obtaining a green card through marriage despite 14 years of unlawful presence in the United States.

October 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a Chinese national in obtaining an EB-5 investor visa approval.  The firm had four other EB-5 approvals in October.

September 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a Chinese national in a complicated and long-pending application for asylum before the Boston Immigration Court.

September 2015: Christina Elder successfully obtained an O-1 Visa, designated for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement, for a local baker.

August 2015: Hannah Kubica successfully represented a Brazilian client in obtaining his U.S. citizenship despite a complicated criminal history and prior naturalization denial.

August 2015: Amanda Ekey successfully represented a Brazilian national in his I-601A provisional waiver case with a unique hardship strategy.

July 2015: Alejandro Heredia-Santoyo secured 212c Suspension of Deportation before the Boston Immigration Court for a Cuban national with serious convictions from the 1980’s.

July 2015: Brian Doyle succeeded in terminating removal proceedings before the Boston Immigration Court for a national of the Dominican Republic who was in removal proceedings for 14 years and went through two appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals.

July 2015: Amanda Ekey secured an inadmissibility waiver and lawful permanent residence before USCIS for a Brazilian national with multiple inadmissibility issues.