Alfredo Estrada was successful in obtaining approval from USCIS regarding an I-601A Provisional Waiver Application on behalf of his undocumented client. The I-601A Waiver (Perdon) allows individuals to seek a waiver for the 3 and 10 year inadmissibility bars which attach upon departure of the U.S. because of the immigrants entering without inspection or overstaying their visa. Within his brief in support of the I-601A Application, Estrada was able to demonstrate that the denial of his client’s I-601A Application and subsequent removal would result in extreme hardship to a U.S. Citizen relative. Estrada focused his brief in support of the I-601A Application on the factors detailed in the December 2016 USCIS policy guidance memorandum which clarifies the adjudication of I-601A Applications.
Estrada attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2017 Spring Conference in Washington D.C. The AILA 2017 Spring Conference focused on the practice of immigration law under the newly elected administration, a legislative update, and speakers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and EOIR. One topic of particular concern is OCC’s memo detailing OCC’s non-cooperation in administratively closing removal proceedings despite a potential I-601A Provisional Waiver Application. This will result in the petitioner having to motion the court to administratively close proceedings without the support of OCC. Estrada was the sole Indiana attorney to attend the AILA 2017 Spring Conference in Washington D.C.