Administrative Policy Updates

April 16, 2015 - 10:28am

USCIS has extended of the grace period for using the prior version of form G-28 until May 15, 2015.  Despite this extension, NIJC strongly recommends that pro bono attorneys begin to use the new form now. 

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2015, USCIS will not accept earlier versions of the G-28 form.  For more information about the new...

March 6, 2015 - 9:07pm

Please be aware that USCIS has revised the G-28 appearance form for attorneys representing clients before the Department of Homeland Security.  The new form is available here.  USCIS has extended the grace period for using the prior versions of the G-28 form through May 15.

As of May 18, 2015, if an...

February 27, 2015 - 1:04pm

This week, the Chicago Immigration Court announced significant changes to the judicial structure of the Chicago Immigration Court:

Detained Court

  • Judge Sheila McNulty (previously a non-detained judge) is assuming the full time detained judge position vacated by Judge Eliza Klein, who recently retired.
  • Detained Judge Philip DiMarzio will be on leave for six...
April 3, 2014 - 9:25am

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released a useful fact sheet regarding the asylum backlog currently facing individuals seeking asylum before the USCIS Asylum Office.  The fact sheet is available ...

January 30, 2014 - 5:00pm

Click here to read the January 27, 2014 memorandum regarding the asylum cases that require review by headquarters.

January 29, 2014 - 10:21pm

Per Chicago Immigration Court administrator Christine Epstein:

  1. Judge McNulty shall preside over the Chicago Detained docket on Mondays and Wednesday for the months of February and March during Judge Fujimoto’s absence.  
  2. Judge McNulty shall also preside over her merits detained cases, and these cases shall be...
December 30, 2013 - 12:24pm

The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that

1.  Judge Fujimoto (detained docket) will be out on leave for the month of January 2014.

     -- Judge McNulty will cover master calendar hearings on Judge Fujimoto's docket.

2.  Judge McNulty's docket:

      -- Judge McNulty's master calendar hearings for January 2014 have...

November 19, 2013 - 12:35pm

The Chicago Immigration Court has announced the following schedule for the Christmas and New Years holiday:

Friday, December 20, 2013: No Filings after 12 noon

Tuesday, December 24, 2013: No Filings after 12 noon

Wednesday, December 25, 2013: Closed All Day

Tuesday, December 31, 2013: No...

November 5, 2013 - 11:16am

The Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Chicago is currently working on a plan for rescheduling Judge Zerbe’s merits cases and cancellation of removal cases.  As soon as a plan has been developed and agreed upon, the Court will provide additional information.  If you are an NIJC pro bono attorney with a case before Judge Zerbe and have concerns about how this will impact...