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  • August 20, 2018
    New Judges for Chicago EOIR Chicago announced that two new immigration judges have joined the Chicago Immigration Court. Immigration Judge Patrick McKenna and Immigration Judge Kaarina Salovaara were sworn in Aug. 10, 2018, at an investiture ceremony in Washington, D.C. They are currently…
  • June 21, 2018
    On June 11, 2018, Attorney General Sessions issued a precedential decision in Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018).  The decision overrules a prior decision, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 338 (BIA 2014), which held that in some circumstances, domestic violence survivors could…
  • June 11, 2018
    Today, June 11, 2018, the Attorney General issued a decision in Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018), overruling a precedent decision regarding the manner in which private violence (particularly, domestic violence) can give rise to a viable asylum claim.  NIJC and our partners across the…
  • June 8, 2018
    NIJC has received the following update regarding hearings at the Chicago Immigration Court: From May 28 through June 8, 2018, Kansas City Immigration Judge Justin Howard will be temporarily detailed to the Chicago Immigration Court. From June 18 through June 22, 2018, Atlanta Immigration Judge…
  • May 22, 2018
    On May 17, 2018, the Attorney General issued a decision in Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018), finding that immigration judges do not have the authority to administratively close immigration proceedings except in limited circumstances authorized by regulation or judicially…
  • April 27, 2018
    Please review NIJC’s 2/2/18 Asylum Office Schedule Procedures Notice for background on current scheduling procedures at the Chicago Asylum Office.   Based on recent conversations with the Chicago Asylum Office, NIJC has learned that currently, the Chicago Asylum Office is prioritizing credible…
  • April 19, 2018
    On March 29, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a decision regarding the one-year filing deadline for asylum that has nationwide implications.  In the decision, Mendez Rojas v. Johnson, 2018 WL 1532715 (W.D. Wash. Mar. 29, 2018), the Court held that the…
  • 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.  …