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Notes and Practice Pointers from USCIS VAWA, U and T Visa Stakeholder Events, 2016.  AUTHORED BY: Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Immigration Assistance; Jessica Farb, Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC); Alison Kamhi, Immigration Legal Resource Center; Sarah Selim Milad, Just Neighbors Ministry, Inc; Carmen Maria Rey, Sanctuary for Families; Laura Lynch and Mary Beth Kaufman, AILA VAWA, U and T Visa National Committee; Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA Immigration Assistance /AILA VAWA, U and T Visa National Committee 

Attached is a Q&A for attorneys and advocates working with immigrant domestic violence/sexual assault survivors to explain what the anticipated changes in immigration policy might mean for the individuals and families they serve.  This is very much a working document that will be updated if/when we learn more about specific policy proposals.  This document was prepared in collaboration with Americans for Immigrant Justice; Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; ASISTA Immigration Assistance; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Center for Gender & Refugee Studies; Freedom Network USA; Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC); Julie Marzouk Assistant Clinical Professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University; Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women; National Immigrant Justice Center; Tahirih Justice Center; We Belong Together.

Adjunto encuentre preguntas y respuestas para abogados y defensores que trabajan con sobrevivientes inmigrantes de violencia doméstica/agresión sexual. Este documento fue creado para explicar lo que podrían significar los cambios anticipados en la política de inmigración para los individuos y las familias a quienes sirven. Este es un documento de trabajo que se actualizará cuando aprendamos más sobre las propuestas de políticas específicas.  Este documento fue preparado en colaboración con las siguientes organizaciones: Americans for Immigrant Justice; Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; ASISTA Immigration Assistance; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Center for Gender & Refugee Studies; Freedom Network USA; Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC); Julie Marzouk Assistant Clinical Professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University; Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women; National Immigrant Justice Center; Tahirih Justice Center; We Belong Together.

Letter to USCIS with Proposal for U Conditional Grantee Parole System

Practice Advisory for U Visa Conditional Approvals - This practice advisory contains tips to help conditionally approved U visa holders who are waitlisted due to the U visa cap restrictions. We will be covering issues concerning employment authorization as well as tips for requesting humanitarian parole for derivatives where the principal U visa applicant has been awarded a conditional U visa grant. 

VSC Stakeholder Updates & Practice Pointers - This is a summary, compiled by ASISTA Immigration Assistance and the AILA VAWA, Us &Ts Committee (AILA), of the information shared during the Vermont Service Center (VSC) Stakeholder’s meeting in Essex, Vermont on October 24, 2014.

 Practice Pointers on Credibility

 U Cap Updates from USCIS -  This is just an initial advisory. Please keep your eyes open for updates, which we will send out on the VAWA Update list serve and will be available at www.asistahelp.org

Stakeholder Notes & Practice Pointers - This is a summary, compiled by ASISTA Immigration Assistance and the AILA VAWA-U-T Committee (AILA), of the information shared during the Vermont Service Center (VSC) Stakeholder’s meeting in St. Albans, VT on October 18, 2013

VAWA Adjustment Advisory - Recently, many advocates have reported significant delays in the adjudication of the adjustment of status applications for approved VAWA self-petitioners. ASISTA reported these issues directly to Office of the CIS Ombudsman (“Ombudsman’s Office”) and has received information we hope will be useful to avoid processing delays and how to follow up with USCIS if you suspect there is a problem.

VAWA 2013 and TVPRA: What Practitioners Need to Know - The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), combined with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), was signed into law on March 7, 2013. Below is an overview of substantive changes and technical fixes both in VAWA and the TVPRA as well as practice pointers for attorneys and advocates on how to work with these new changes‚Äč

Here is ASISTA's first bulletin written by staff attorney Hisham Leil. This bulletin has brief updates on developments in immigration law, not specific to survivors of violence, but that may affect them. We hope to provide these bulletins on a regular basis.

Updates & Practice Pointers on Age out for Derivatives

Advisory and Practice Pointers - U Update, Cap Queue and DACA Derivatives Practice Pointers

DACA, VAWa, & U Visa Applications: This practice advisory discusses  the intersection of the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA  program with applications! for! U! visa! and  VAWA self petitions,!including!the!availability!of!DACA!relief!for!derivative!U!applicants.

VSC Teleconference Notes & Practice Pointers We have organized the questions and answers into categories and added practice pointers and clarifying information where relevant. The stakeholder call began with a “webex” which is the training webinar VSC uses for law enforcement. We have included useful information from that webex, though it was not necessarily presented as 

 Introduction and U Visa Basics

In this Issue: A Practice Guide for Representing Self -Petitioning Applicants with Criminal Convictions (Part 3 of 3)

In this Issue: A Practice Guide for Representing Self -Petitioning Applicants with Criminal Convictions (Part 2 of 3)

In this Issue: A Practice Guide for Representing Self -Petitioning Applicants with Criminal Convictions (Part 1 of 3)

Protecting The Rights of Immigration Survivors (English) This document provides a background of selected Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programs and how they impact survivors’ safety. This document also provides additional considerations for working with survivors against the backdrop of these policies. Finally, the outline provides some advocacy strategies when working with systems to help ensure safety for our communities.

 Protecting The Rights of Immigration Survivors Spanish) Las actuales políticas y programas que entrelazan el control de la inmigración con la policía local u otras agencias encargadas de hacer cumplir las leyes, comprometen la oportunidad de sobrevivientes de crímenes de violencia a vivir una vida libre de violencia. Este documento provee un historial de programas seleccionados de “Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE)” y como impactan en la seguridad de los sobrevivientes. Este documento provee también consideraciones adicionales para trabajar con sobrevivientes contra el fondo de estas políticas. Finalmente brinda, en términos generales algunas estrategias de conserjería cuando se trabaja con sistemas para garantizar la seguridad de nuestras comunidades.

Focusing on final removal orders for U visa holders, this newsletter also describes several amicus briefs filed by the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women which may be helpful in arguments for individual cases and appeals.

The second of a two-part article on U visa applications with criminal histories, this newsletter also contains two USCIS memos on the implementation of the Trafficking Victim Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members (through Form I-539).

This edition of the ASISTA Newsletter includes the first of a two-part article on U Visa applicants with criminal histories by ASISTA consultants Annie Benson and Jonathan Moore of the Washington Defender’s Immigration Project.  This guide includes helpful practice pointers as well as an in-depth analysis of immigration law as it relates to potential criminal challenges to relief.  In addition, we have included an annotated sample I-192 waiver of inadmissibility for a U Visa applicant, and a brief advisory on expert affidavits. 

This newsletter shares an innovative approach to encouraging law enforcement certifications in your state. Our new FAQ column extracts and shares answers to interesting or persistent questions from our technical assistance archive. The new Update column features news on system memoranda, regulations and decisions that may affect immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

With a focus on U Visa applications and interim relief applications, this newsletter offers practice pointers from experienced agencies as well as sample forms and questionnaires.

Fall 2008 Asista newsletter which includes an article by Sally Kinoshita entitled: Analyzing Good Moral Character and Inadmissibility Issues in VAWA cases. 

Asista's fall 2006 newsletter, including an article by Sally Kinoshita on recognizing and proving Extreme Cruelty. 

 

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