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Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

Federal Laws

Federal Regulations

Court and Rules

Selected Massachusetts Cases

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS)
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Massachusetts Laws

St.2016, c.172 , 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. 

Massachusetts Regulations

121 CMR Office for Refugees and Immigrations Regulations

Federal Laws

8 USC: US Immigration and Nationality Act

The REAL ID Act of 2005, PL 109-13, Division B, Title II , 2005

Federal Regulations

8 CFR Immigration Regulations

Court and Rules

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."

Selected Massachusetts Cases

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."

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."

Organizations

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."

Web Sources


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