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Roanoke lawyer, firm sued by country music band (access required)

The Roanoke-based Woods Rogers law firm and an associate at the firm have been sued by a fledgling country music band claiming the firm’s “catastrophic errors” in visa applications has forced the band to start its career over in Europe. ...

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Temporary ex parte order does not satisfy SIJ requirements (access required)

A temporary ex parte custody order did not qualify as a state court custody order sufficient to meet the requirements necessary for plaintiff to obtain special immigrant juvenile status. Background Under 8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(27)(J), immigrant children may become lawful permanent ...

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Challenge to family reunification policy goes forward (access required)

Claims by an unaccompanied minor and his relative that the Office of Refugee Resettlement policy violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the plaintiffs’ procedural due process rights, proceed to discovery. Background Plaintiffs/petitioners in this putative class action are four minors ...

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Gang recruitment efforts insufficient for asylum (access required)

Although the petitioner asserted a gang was threatening him if he returned to El Salvador, evidence supported the immigration judge’s conclusion that the gang’s recruitment efforts were aimed at providing “more opportunities to increase membership,” rather than at persecuting him ...

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Petitioner get presumption of ‘fear of future persecution’ (access required)

The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by finding that petitioner from Benin had not established past persecution, despite credible testimony of death threats due to his bisexuality and homosexual relationship. In remanding, the court noted the petitioner is entitled to ...

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Important Opinions January – December 2018 (access required)

The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Virginia Tech student’s due process rights not violated (access required)

Virginia Tech’s ministerial acts in reporting the academic status of a student on an F-1 visa who was arrested for weapons possession did not violate the student’s due process rights. Background Yunsong Zhao came to the United States on an ...

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