US Citizenship and Immigration Services
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, amending MGL c.90, s.8
An Act Relative to the Federal REAL ID Law
The state will offer two types of licenses, one of which complies with the REAL ID law for those who can provide proof of lawful presence.
121 CMR Office for Refugees and Immigrations Regulations
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."
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."
Lunn v. Commonwealth, 477 Mass. 517 (2017)
Police officers and court officers in Massachusetts lack the authority to hold a person under a civil immigration detainer, when that person would otherwise be released from custody.
Recinos v. Escobar
, 473 Mass. 734 (2016)
Jurisdiction. The "Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction, under its broad equity power, over youth between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one for the specific purpose of making the special findings necessary to apply for special immigrant juvenile status pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act."
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."
- Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Your Guide to the law, Exam & Interview
, Nolo, 2016
Includes information on how to apply, preparing your application, taking the exam, and more. Requires Library Card for access.
- Birthright Citizenship Under the 14th Amendment of Persons Born in the United States to Alien Parents
, Congressional Research Service, 2010.
Explains the history and reasoning for why "U.S.-born children of aliens [are] U.S. citizens regardless of the alienage and national origin of their parents, with narrow exceptions for the children of foreign diplomats and hostile invasion and occupation forces of a foreign nation."
- 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:
- An interactive online interview to help individuals to understand their eligibility for naturalization;
- A self-paced interactive tutorial that explains the naturalization process step-by-step;
- An online tutorial to help applicants prepare for the naturalization tests; and
- Links to other resources and information about citizenship and naturalization available online."
- Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process (DACA)
, USCIS, August 2012
Explains in great detail the process and the documents required. Includes links to forms
- Eligibility of Non-Citizens for MassHealth & other subsidized coverage
, Mass. Legal Services, 2014
"Summarizes the current immigrant eligibility rules applicable to pregnant women, children, young adults, and other adults for MassHealth and other subsidized health coverage and includes tables listing different categories of immigrants eligible for different kinds of benefits under health program rules."
- Equal Access to Public Education for All Students Irrespective of Immigration Status : Attorney General Advisory, March 2, 2017.
"State and federal law require state educational agencies and local school districts to provide all elementary and secondary students with equal access to public education—irrespective of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status."
- Fiance & Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration
, Nolo, 2016
Includes information on visas, green cards, income requirements, preparing the paperwork and more. Requires Library Card for access.
- Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Through Executive Action - Key Facts
, Department of Homeland Security, November 2014.
Explains the programs affected by President Obama's immigration initiative, with links to the relevant memos. Implementation stayed February 16, 2015 by Texas v. United States.
- A Guide for Immigrant Youths with Green Cards
, Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, 2014
Outlines rights and responsibilities for children with green cards.
- 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, 2016
Includes information on time frames, getting a green card through marriage, child immigrants, visa lottery, consular processing and more. Requires Library Card for access.
- Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
- Same Sex Marriage and Immigration
, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Explains how to sponsor a same-sex spouse in immigration.
- U.S. Immigration Made Easy
, Nolo, 2015
Includes information on green card, eligibility, temporary visas and more. Requires Library Card for access.
Last update: August 7, 2017