Massachusetts Law About Immigration
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS). Great site includes links to laws, regulations, forms and much more.
Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process, USCIS, August 2012. Explains in great detail the process and the documents required. Includes links to forms.
Note: Student Immigrant Movement is offering assistance and information to applicants. See their frequently asked questions, facebook page, and form to sign up for a "Deferred Action Application Centers. The Centers will be organized with the support of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts Communities Action Network."
121 CMR Office for Refugees and Immigrations Regulations
Commonwealth v. Gautreaux, 458 Mass. 741 (2011). Notification to consulate of arrest. " We conclude that the notifications required by art. 36 [of the Vienna Convention] must be provided to foreign nationals on their arrest; and, if not provided, a challenge to the soundness of any conviction resulting therefrom may be made in a motion for a new trial. The standard to be applied in such circumstances is the substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice standard, one that the defendant has not met in this case. "
Finch v. Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, 461 Mass. 232 (2012). Commonwealth Care health coverage for legal immigrants. "Section 31(a) [of St.2009, c.65] cannot pass strict scrutiny. The discrimination against legal immigrants that its limiting language embodies violates their rights to equal protection under the Massachusetts Constitution."
8 CFR Immigration Regulations
Immigration Court: Boston, Executive Office for Immigration Review
The Immigration Court Practice Manual. "The Practice Manual is a comprehensive guide that sets forth uniform procedures, recommendations, and requirements for practice before the Immigration Courts. The requirements set forth in this manual are binding on the parties who appear before the Immigration Courts, unless the Immigration Judge directs otherwise in a particular case."
Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Your Guide to the law, Exam & Interview, Nolo, 2012. Includes information on how to apply, preparing your application, taking the exam, and more. Requires Library Card for access.
Citizenship Works. "CitizenshipWorks provides easy-to-use online tools to help low and moderate-income individuals to answer important questions about their eligibility for naturalization, to better understand the naturalization process, and to prepare for the naturalization tests. The CitizenshipWorks toolkit includes:
- 1) An interactive online interview to help individuals to understand their eligibility for naturalization;
- 2) A self-paced interactive tutorial that explains the naturalization process step-by-step;
- 3) An online tutorial to help applicants prepare for the naturalization tests; and
- 4) Links to other resources and information about citizenship and naturalization available online."
Despite Opposition, Immigration Agency to Expand Fingerprint Program, New York Times, May 11, 2012. Secure Communities, "a contentious fingerprinting program to identify illegal immigrants will be extended across Massachusetts and New York," beginning May 15, 2012. Mass. had declined to participate, but "Last year, officials at the agency said they had determined that they did not require consent from states to start the program."
Fact Sheet: In-State Tuition for DACA Beneficiaries, Mass. Dept. of Higher Education, November 2012. "the Administration has determined that under the existing Board of Higher Education policy, DACA beneficiaries are eligible for instate tuition at our 29 public campuses as long as they meet the Board's other residency requirements for those institutions."
Fiance & Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration, Nolo, 2012. Includes information on visas, green cards, income requirements, preparing the paperwork and more. Requires Library Card for access.
Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing the Form I-9, US Dept. of Homeland Security. Extensive document provides answers to key questions such as "What Happens if I Hire an Illegal Alien?"
How to Get a Green Card, Nolo, 2012. Includes information on time frames, getting a greed card through marriage, child immigrants, visa lottery, consular processing and more. Requires Library Card for access.
How REAL ID will Affect You, CNET News. "The Real ID Act would establish what amounts to a national identity card. State drivers' licenses and other such documents would have to meet federal ID standards established by the Department of Homeland Security."
Warning for Same-Sex Binational Couples: Marriage Will Not Fix Immigration Problems; May Cause New Ones, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Immigration Law Help: Massachusetts. "ImmigrationLawHelp.org is an online directory of nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal help. Users can search for organizations by state, county, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by areas and types of legal assistance provided, populations served, and languages spoken."