Have you had trouble with USCIS accepting your DACA renewal application? Many people reported mail delays prevented their renewal applications from arriving at USCIS by the October 5th deadline. Until now, USCIS has refused to accept them, even though USPS has identified delays. Others got their applications to USCIS by the deadline but found they were not “processed” until October 6th. Repeated re-filings with proof of delivery by the deadline have proven fruitless. However, USCIS announced on November 15th they will accept renewal applications which are resubmitted with proof the application was “mailed in a timely manner” and the cause for receipt after the deadline was the USPS’ mail service delay. They also announced they would process applications that were received at the correct filing location by the deadline and were erroneously rejected. You can read their full press release here. If you feel you may have been affected by one of these issues, we recommend you seek legal counsel to get it resolved.
Check out the Post Independent’s interactive map for the bridge detour. It will show parking, road closures and bus routes. Be prepared and plan ahead. It WILL take longer to get anywhere in town. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to appointments, meetings and school. Be patient, it’s going to be a trying 95 days for everyone.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the city counsel are battling regarding executive orders and city ordinances, all in an effort to protect the rights of immigrants living in the country illegally. The Mayor’s stance is a little weaker than the city counsel’s proposed ordinance. You can read more about this in the Denver Post.
A Massachusetts high court ruled recently that local authorities have no legal standing to honor ICE detainers. This is a win for the immigrant community in that state. We hope other states follow suit soon. You can read more here.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a new order which as district judges to issue judicial orders of removal when we an inmate has completed their sentence. This measure speeds up the deportation process by taking the immigration court out of the equation. You can read more in the Miami Herald.
AILA has launched a new initiative to prepare more lawyers to defend immigrants facing deportation. You can read their press release regarding it here.
Did you see the article in the Denver Post about the ski industry supporting an increase in H-2B visas? With record low unemployment numbers in Colorado they are scrambling to find workers. Check out the article here.
Our attorney, Jennifer Smith, wrote a letter to the editor of the Post Independent recently. In it, she thanked local law enforcement for refusing to do the work of the federal government relating to immigration and she encouraged legislative action to reform our immigration policies. Remember, separated families are not limited to a particular religion, culture or political party.
You can read the LTE in full here.
Check out the article in today’s Aspen Daily News regarding fear in the immigrant community. Jennifer was a big contributor to the story. You can find the full article here.
Here are a few tips for dealing with the National Visa Center:
* NEVER send original documents to the NVC, only send copies.
* Make sure to submit all documents in one package.
* Pick one method for submitting you packet- either email or mail. Never do both and stick with your chosen method throughout the process.
* Submit all pages of any required forms, even if they are blank.