Come see us speak at one of the following upcoming presentations:
1. April 19, 2011, International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City. "Legal Hazards and Compliance" at the Kauffman Foundation Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
2. May 13, 2011, Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings. "Ethical Dilemmas of Immigration Law Issues Surrounding Family Law and Adoption Issues." Jefferson City, Missouri.
3. June 17, 2011, AILA Annual Conference. "Issues in Abandonment of LPR Status," San Diego, California.
We recently received a decision from the Kansas City Immigration Court granting our clients request for asylum in a hard-fought case. The clients are from Zimbabwe and are white. They and their family have suffered a great deal of discrimination and abuse in Zimbabwe because of their race and political opinion. Whatever one may think of the colonization and eventual independence of that area, this case was not about the government of Zimbabwe seeking justice for perpetrators of violence against the majority blacks in the country during the Rhodesian era. Instead, it was about former Rhodesians facing death threats, physical violence, and discrimination on account of their race, and membership in a dissident political party (comprised of both blacks and whites).
Recently, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a decision, Matter of Alla Adel Alyazji, 25 I&N Dec. 397 (BIA 2011), which overturns in part the precedent decision concerning whether and when an adjustment of status is an "admission" to the United States, at least for certain purposes.
Late last year, I posted this entry on the issue of same-sex marriage in the immigration context. Recently, there have been a few updates that I think warrants a new look at the issue.
First, the Obama administration has indicated that they will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court. However, Speak of the House Boehner has said that where the administration will not act, the House will.
In response to a recent Ninth Circuit case, Kazarian v. USCIS, 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2010) , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is adjusting its procedures with regard to processing I-140 petitions for aliens applying under the following categories: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1); Outstanding Professors or Researchers (EB-1); and Aliens of Exceptional Ability (EB-2). You can find the memo here. An alien applying for an immigrant visa under one of these three categories is required to submit evidence establishing that the applicant has sufficient renown to be eligible for the visa. There are several categories of evidence, and each visa classification has a different minimum number of categories that must be met. For more details or questions on these requirements, please contact us at: 816-753-7382.