Administrative Policy Updates

April 3, 2014 - 8:25am

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 - 4:00pm

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

January 29, 2014 - 9:21pm

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 - 11:24am

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 - 11:35am

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 - 10:16am

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...

October 29, 2013 - 2:51pm

The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that Judge Zerbe’s docket has been cancelled through Friday, November 29, 2013.  Master calendar hearings set for this time period will be rescheduled, but merits hearings will not be rescheduled until his return.  If you are an NIJC pro bono attorney with a case before Judge Zerbe and have concerns...

October 2, 2013 - 8:56pm

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2013, all mail addressed to the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) Headquarters in Falls Church, VA, including the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will be processed through a different mail processing facility that requires a new zip code.  The street address of 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, will remain the same, but the zip code will change...

May 15, 2013 - 10:27am

On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in the asylum clock class action lawsuit (A.B.T. et al v. USCIS, et al.), represented by the American Immigration Council, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed settlement agreement with the court.  The asylum clock determines whether an asylum...