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  • February 21, 2018
    Today, February 21, 2018, NIJC learned that beginning Monday, February 26, 2018 and continuing through the end of May 2018, Immigration Judge Kathryn DeAngelis will hear detained cases.  The non-detained individual hearings on Immigration Judge DeAngelis’ docket during the affected time period will…
  • February 1, 2018
    On January 31, 2018, USCIS announced a change in the way the USCIS asylum office schedules asylum interviews.  Specifically, starting January 29, 2018, the asylum office will now schedule their interviews based on a last-in-first-out system, focusing on those asylum seekers who filed for asylum…
  • January 22, 2018
    NIJC has received the following updates regarding immigration operations during the shutdown: Immigration Court: during the shutdown, only detained hearings will occur.  Non-detained hearings will be rescheduled.  The court will still accept filings for both detained and non-detained cases.  …
  • November 28, 2017
    Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as October 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant…
  • October 25, 2017
    Chicago Immigration Judge Virginia Perez-Guzman is transferring from Chicago to the Dallas Immigration Court. Her last hearing day at the Chicago Immigration Court is Wednesday, October 25, 2017.   IJ Eva Saltzman will take over IJ Perez-Guzman's non-detained docket in full on November 1, 2017 and…
  • October 25, 2017
      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently published a new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for individuals seeking an employment authorization document (EAD).  The old form, dated 01/17/17, can only be used until 12/03/2017.  Starting 12/04/17, USCIS will only…
  • October 23, 2017
    Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as August-September 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied…
  • September 11, 2017
    On September 11, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) began using a new e-service filing system.  As of September 12, 2017, the previously used opla-chi-eservice@ice.dhs.gov and the chicagooccfilings@ice.dhs.gov email addresses will be discontinued.  Any…
  • July 28, 2017
    Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as March-April 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant children have been receiving interview…
  • July 11, 2017
    Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as March 2015 and unaccompanied child applicants who filed as recently as April 2017.  Please see NIJC's previous…