The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the premiere provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. In FY 2013, PAIR pro bono attorney representation exceeded $6.5 million, and overall PAIR has a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees through your help.
The President's New Immigration Relief. Keep up with the latest here. No application exists yet, but here is USCIS' plan.
Temporary Protected Status for Liberia, Guinea, & Sierra Leone. The registration period period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015. For more info, see here.
Parents lawfully present in the U.S. with children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras: you can seek refugee admission and parole for your children, starting in December.
US citizens and lawful permanent residents can seek parole of family members in Haiti with approved family-based visa petitions, starting in 2015.
Boston Immigration Court Filings: Window closes at 2 pm (starting 10/27/14)! Be sure to get there on time. Window hours through 11/30/14 are M – F, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
First Circuit reverses denial of asylum for Indonesian Christian and remands to BIA due to lack of substantial evidence that applicant failed to show past persecution. Panoto v. Holder.
First Circuit Recognizes Past Persecution Based on Mayan Quiche Race and Ethnicity: Ordonez-Quino v. Holder.
BIA Recognizes Married Women in Guatemala Unable to Leave Their Relationship As Particular Social Group: in A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014).
Redesignation and Temporary Protected Status for South Sudanese: Redesignation and TPS extended for South Sudanese.
Temporary Protected Status for Sudanese: TPS for Sudanese has been extended through May 2, 2016.
Temporary Protected Status for Haitians: TPS for Haitians has been extended through January 22, 2016.
Phone Number for the Newark Asylum Office: 201-508-6100. Address and fax number remain the same.
Asylum Clock Ticking. New rules are in effect in Immigration Court to start and stop the work authorization clock, as explained here.
New Zip Code for the BIA. Please be sure use it to avoid processing delays.
eRegister. All attorneys practicing before the Immigration Court or Board of Immigration Appeal must eRegister before appearing.
Counsel Ordered for Unrepresented Detainees with Mental Disorders. A federal court in the 9th circuit ordered legal representation for detainees, and issued this injunction.