Recent Updates in Immigration Law

by | May 13, 2015 | Firm News |

While DAPA and expanded DACA are still delayed pending the lawsuit in the Fifth Circuit, there have been other developments in immigration law this month that are worth noting.

Board of Immigration Appeals Resolves Circuit Split on 212(h) Waivers

Last year, the Ninth Circuit joined the ranks of several other circuits in extending the availability of 212(h) waivers to those who became lawful permanent residents after adjusting their status in the United States. Some circuits, however, have continued to interpret the law to mean that even those residents who had adjusted their status while in the United States were precluded from applying for the waiver.

This week, the Board of Immigration Appeals unified the law throughout the country, holding that only noncitizens who came to the United States as lawful permanent residents are precluded from applying for a 212(h) waiver. This is very good news for individuals who adjusted their status while in the United States, and need this waiver after having committed an aggravated felony. For more information on the benefits of the 212(h) waiver, visit our previous blog post on this subject.

Almanza Arena v. Lynch Withdrawn by Ninth Circuit

Last year, the Ninth Circuit held in Almanza-Arena v. Lynch (formerly Almanza-Arena v. Holder) that noncitizens with ambiguous information in their records of conviction could still be eligible for certain immigration benefits, and implemented a new framework for analyzing overbroad criminal statutes that could have been very helpful for noncitizens with criminal histories. For a detailed explanation on this case, visit our previous blog post on this subject.

Unfortunately, the Ninth Circuit has withdrawn this case, and it is no longer good law for the time being.

Latest News on DAPA and Expanded DACA

The lawsuit against President Obama’s November 2014 Executive Order on immigration is still pending in the District Court, and unfortunately the injunction is still in effect. As previously discussed in this blog, the U.S. Government has appealed District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to impose the injunction, and that appeal is pending in the Fifth Circuit. We will have an update on any decision regarding the injunction as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security is still not accepting applications for DAPA or expanded DACA until the issue is resolved.

Please check this site frequently for more updates on changes in the law.

Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor is an immigration law office in Oakland, California emphasizing family-based immigration, citizenship, removal defense and deferred action.

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Big News- Firm Merger and Consolidation to Oakland!

Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor has formed Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

San Francisco Office has Moved to Join Oakland Office

We are thrilled to announce the merger of Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor, two highly respected Bay Area immigration law firms, which took place in April 2021. The new firm, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combines decades of immigration experience in the subfields of family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, humanitarian visas, and criminal immigration.

Additionally, the former Park & Taylor office in San Francisco has moved to join the Oakland office at 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. While the office is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, our staff is still available by phone, email, and text message, and all consultations and client appointments will continue by phone or video. We look forward to physically reopening our expanded and improved Oakland office when it is safe to do so.

Partners Jesse Lloyd and Anita Mukherji, both certified specialists in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar, lead the firm. Karyn Taylor has joined as Of Counsel, and Angela Bean remains as partner and Anna von Herrmann as Of Counsel. The Park & Taylor staff have brought their two decades of experience to the team.

Please contact us at (510) 433-1900 or with any inquiries.

¡Anuncio importante- Unión y Consolidación de Dos Bufetes! Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor han Formado Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

La oficina de Park & Taylor se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland

Estamos emocionados de anunciar la unión entre Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor, dos bufetes de inmigración muy respetados en el Área de la Bahía, lo cual ocurrió en abril del 2021. El bufete nuevo, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combina décadas de experiencia en inmigración familiar, defensa de deportación, asilo, visas humanitarias, e inmigración criminal.

Además, la antigua oficina de Park & Taylor en San Francisco se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland en 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Nuestra oficina está temporalmente cerrada al público debido a COVID-19. Nuestro personal seguirá estando disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y texto. Todas las consultas y citas de clientes, continuarán por teléfono o videollamada. Estamos emocionados para reabrir físicamente nuestra ampliada y mejorada oficina de Oakland cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Los socios Jesse Lloyd y Anita Mukherji, dos especialistas certificados en ley de inmigración y nacionalidad por la Barra del Estado de California, dirigen el bufete. Karyn Taylor es abogada retirada pero se ha unido al bufete, Angela Bean permanece como socia y Anna von Herrmann sigue siendo parte del bufete. El personal de Park & Taylor ha compartido sus dos décadas de experiencia con el equipo.

Por favor contáctenos al (510) 433-1900 o con sus preguntas.

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