Month: August 2012

Jon E. Jessen Immigration Attorney Stamford CT

Landmark Case Represented By Law Offices Jon Jessen Confirmed by BIA

The case of Matter of Arrabally and Yerrabelly has been finalized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Law Offices Jon E. Jessen LLC represented Arrabally and Yerrabelly in this case. The BIA originally issued a decision on this case on April 17, 2012 overturning the removal (deportation) orders issued by the Immigration Court against Arrabally and Yerrabelly. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) subsequently filed a motion to reconsider the decision of the BIA. The motion filed by DHS did not challenge the decision of the BIA but requested clarification concerning the parole of an immigrant into the United States.

The case is signficant and will likely affect thousands of immigrants in the United States. Prior to Arrabally/Yerrabelly United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), BIA and the Immigration Courts held that an immigrant who was living in the United States illegally for more that one year, and left the United States with the permission of USCIS (known as advance parole), while their green card application was pending, would be subject to deportation and no longer eligible for the green card upon their return to the U.S.

The BIA has now held, based on Arrabally/Yerrabelly, that an immigrant can no longer be subject to deportation, and continues to be eligible for the green card, as long as he or she traveled outside of the U.S. with the permission of USCIS. Matter of Arrabally and Yerrabelly

Did You Know? A Sponsor For An Affidavit of Support Must File A Change Of Address Within 30 Days Or Risk A Penalty

A person (sponsor) who signs a financial affidavit of support on behalf of an immigrant is required, by federal law, to notify the U.S. Attorney General, as well as the State in which the sponsored immigrant is currently living, within 30 days of the sponsor’s change of address.

Failure of the sponsor to notify the government of a change of address can result in a civil penalty of not less than $250 and not more than $2,500. In addition, if the sponsor is aware that the sponsored immigrant is receiving public benefits and fails to notify the government of a change of address the fine is not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000.