July 11 – ID for Immigrants, Visa Bulletin and New USCIS Director

NYC to Issue Municipal ID Cards in 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill this week launching NYC’s municipal ID program in 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal. De Blasio said lack of ID has made life difficult for the city’s estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants. City officials are pushing banks to accept the cards as a form of ID to open an account.

Department of State Releases August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the August 2014 Visa Bulletin. Foreign nationals having a priority date before the established cut-off date are eligible to file adjustment of status or immigrant visa applications for permanent residence.

For employment based visas, the second-preference (EB-2) category will remain current worldwide, with the exception of China and India. The EB-2 priority date for Chinese nationals has moved to October 8, 2009, while the priority date for Indian nationals has advanced to January 22, 2009. In the third-preference category (EB-3) the priority date for India has advanced to November 8, 2003. The cut-off for the Philippines has progressed to June 1, 2010. The date for China has moved to November 1, 2008. The priority date for the rest of the world remains April 1, 2011. First-preference (EB-1) and fifth-preference (EB-5) both remain current worldwide.

For family-based categories, unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (F1) advanced for the Philippines to June 1, 2004, for Mexico to April 8, 1994, and for everyone else to April 22, 2007. The category for unmarried sons and daughters (21 or older) of permanent residents (F2B) advanced for Mexico to April 1, 1994; for the Philippines to May 1, 2012; and for the rest of the world to July 1, 2007. The category for married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (F3) advanced for Mexico to September 15, 1993, for the Philippines to April 15, 1993 and for everyone else to November 15, 2003. Lastly, for brothers and citizens of adult U.S. citizens (F4) the dates advanced for Mexico to January 1, 1997, for the Philippines to January 22, 1991, and for everyone else to January 1, 2002.

Obama Requests $3.7 Billion for Child Migrants

President Barack Obama recently asked Congress Tuesday for $3.73 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of 52,000 child migrants crossing the southwest border, reports the New York Times. An estimated $1.8 billion of the requested funds would go towards the Department of Health and Human Services for the children’s care.

EOIR Issues a Rule on Designation of Temporary Immigration Judges

EOIR issued a rule this Friday to allow the EOIR Director to select or designate new temporary immigration judges. EOIR, which administrates the nation’s immigration court system and conducts immigration-related adjudications, including deportations, currently has 250 immigration judges in 59 immigration courts nationwide. These immigration judges are responsible for approximately 350,000 currently pending cases, averaging 1,400 per judge. EOIR anticipates that the caseload will continue to increase and cites a particular need to assist larger immigration courts in New York, California and Texas. EOIR believes that designation of temporary immigration judges will provide an appropriate means of responding to the increasing pending caseload in immigration courts.

Appellate Court Rules Dreamers Can Drive in Arizona

According to the New York Times, recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to young unauthorized immigrants who have been given protection from deportation and permission to work by the federal government. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) of Arizona, a state that has been a stronghold of anti-immigration extremism, issued an executive order prohibiting driver’s licenses for Dreamers following Obama’s decision to temporarily halt the deportation of young undocumented immigrants.

New USCIS Director Sworn In

Brooklyn native Leon Rodriguez was recently sworn in as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency.