Immigration Clinic – Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 28, 2013:  Free immigration clinic on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Catholic Charities, C.Y.O.,  527 N. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY. If you have been struggling with an immigration issue come to the immigration clinic this Saturday to meet with a lawyer.  Contact scurran@onbar or Felicia Castricone at for an appointment or with questions.

New Naturalization Form Required

May 21, 2014: Information and video  from USCIS on the new Naturalization Application form.  A new form for a Naturalization Application is now required.  USCIS recently released information on the new form.  Below is information from USCIS on the new naturalization form, N-400, from Straight from the Source,Immigration News from USCIS,April/May 2014

New N-400 Form Now Mandatory—As part of our

form improvements initiative, we have released a revised

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This form,

which has a revision date of 9/13/13, is now the ONLY

version we accept. Although the form changed, eligibility

requirements and the fee stayed the same. Changes include:

  • New questions to conform with the Intelligence Reform

and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004, and the Child

Soldier Prevention Act of 2008. These questions relate to

good moral character and national security and will help us determine an applicant’s eligibility.

  • A 2D barcode at the bottom of every page. When you complete this form using a computer, the data you enter is captured in the bar code.  We scan the bar code and all the data is automatically uploaded to our systems, improving efficiency and accuracy of processing. We also have a Web page for vendors so that third-party software products can incorporate this technology.
  • Our instructions are more comprehensive and highlight general eligibility requirements and provide specific instructions on how to complete each part of the application.

The revised form is available at and we have a helpful video here. We also encourage customers and stakeholders to read our N-400 filing tips which will help ensure that people submit complete and accurate applications.

Here is a link to a short video on the naturalization process from USCIS.

Fiance(e) Visa Update

May 20, 2014: If you entered the US on a K-1, fiance(e) Visa, and have not yet married your US citizen sponsor, read this update. When you enter the US on a fiance(e) visa, you have 90 days to marry the finance(e) who sponsored you.  If you do marry your sponsoring fiance(e) more than 90 days after you enter the US, you may have other options to proceed with filing your green card.  If you delay too long however, the Immigration Service may begin deportation proceedings and require you to appear in immigration court.  If you do not marry the fiance who sponsored you, but you do marry another US citizen or permanent residence, you should consult an immigration lawyer about how best to proceed.

Diane Chappell-Daly Selected to Receive Maggio Pro Bono Award

May 13, 2014: I am happy to share the exciting news that I have been selected to receive this year’s Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award! This award is presented annually by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to one attorney, law firm, or non-profit entity nationally in recognition of their outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation to deserving aliens in the immigration field.

I was nominated for this award based on my work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)  in helping to start  an Immigration Clinic in Onondaga County.  Thank you  to the VLP Program, the Upstate AILA Chapter, and our local immigration attorneys in central NY for helping to make this clinic a success. The Immigration Clinic provides free consultations with an immigration lawyer to those who have immigration questions.

It has been a pleasure to work with the VLP to start the Immigration Clinic. I hope that it will serve as a much needed immigration legal resource to those in our community who are struggling with immigration issues. The next clinic will take place on May 31, 2014 from 10AM – 1PM in the Catholic Charities C.Y.O. Building ( at 529 N. Salina Street, Syracuse NY 13208). If you would like to make an appointment to attend the clinic or if you have further questions about this program, please call the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project at 315-579-2576.

Some H-1B Spouses may be able Work in the US

May 8, 2014:  A new proposed rule for H-1B workers may allow some spouses to apply for permission to work.  This rule is scheduled to go into effect in 60 days.  If it is adopted it would allow some spouses of H-1B workers, who have applications for employment-based immigrant visas pending, to apply for permission to work while waiting for a decision on the immigration application.  Use the link below for more information on this proposed rule.

I-94 arrival/departure history online

May 1, 2014: Arrival and departure records are now available online.  Travelers may now access records of their arrivals and departures from the US for the past five years.  This information is often required on immigration applications. Records that are accessible online can save  immigration applicants time.  In the past, if immigration applicants did not have this information, they had to file a request for records with CBP. It could take weeks or even months to receive the records. For more information go to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) website at: