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  • May 22, 2017
    Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office In recent months, interview scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office has slightly sped up.  At present, the Chicago Asylum Office is scheduling interviews for unaccompanied immigrant children approximately five months after their asylum application…
  • January 7, 2017
    All NIJC pro bono attorneys should be aware that USCIS recently published new versions of most immigration forms.  Starting February 21, 2017, USCIS will only accept the new versions of these forms.  In addition, USCIS has raised many of its fees, effective December 23, 2016.  Most significant for…
  • July 8, 2016
    The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that effective August 15, 2016, the hours for the filing window at the Chicago Immigration Court will change from 8:30 - 4:30 to 8:30 - 4:00. 
  • The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently changed the fingerprint procedure for non-citizens in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.  Please click here for more information about this new policy.  If you are a pro bono attorney representing an asylum seeker before…
  • The zip code for the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) clerk's office has returned to 22041.  The current address for the BIA clerk's office is below.  If attorneys encounter filing delays due to problems related to the zip code changes, they should contact the clerk's office and file a…
  • On October 1, 2015, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) published a Final Rule, Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings, effective December 7, 2015. Under this final rule, EOIR amended the Form EOIR-28 to require a representative to indicate if he or she is entering…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • This week, the Chicago Immigration Court announced significant changes to the judicial structure of the Chicago Immigration Court:Detained CourtJudge Sheila McNulty (previously a non-detained judge) is assuming the full time detained judge position vacated by Judge Eliza Klein, who recently retired…
  • 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 here.Like other Asylum Offices, the Chicago Asylum Office also has a…