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Green Card Mandamus Victory in Boston

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been ordered by a federal judge in Boston, Massachusetts to adjudicate the I-485, application for permanent residence of Mohamoud Abdi, a Somalian with asylum status. Mr. Abdi's I-485 green card application was pending with USCIS for more than four years because of a delayed security clearance from the FBI. To resolve this frustrating delay, Boston immigration attorney Joshua L. Goldstein filed a writ of mandamus law suit against USCIS, the Director of the FBI, the Attorney General of the United States, and various officials of USCIS asking the court to force the government to process the necessary background checks and adjudicate Mr. Abdi's application for permanent residency. READ MORE

USCIS shifts from Boston to Lawrence in 2009

As a citizenship and deportation attorney based in Boston, I'm sad to report that 2009 could mark the beginning of the end of the JFK Federal Building as the "immigration building." According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the INS) Boston District Director Denis Riordan, USCIS tentatively plans to move the Boston Office from the JFK Building due to space constraints. Director Riordan told the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that new potential sites for the USCIS Boston Office include Quincy, Brockton, and South Boston. However, Director Riordan suggested that the move may not happen if USCIS can arrange more space at the JFK Federal Building. READ MORE