By David A. Isaacson In both February and May of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit did something that it appears not to have done in an immigration case in more than fifteen years, and that is rare for other courts to do in such cases as well. In Nguyen v. Holder, […]
About David Isaacson
David A. Isaacson is a Partner at Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC where he works on immigration and nationality law matters. David's practice includes a variety of family-based and employment-based applications for both permanent residence and nonimmigrant visas, as well as waivers, naturalization and citizenship matters, asylum cases, other removal proceedings such as those stemming from criminal convictions or denied applications for adjustment of status, and federal appellate litigation.
David received his J.D. in 2004 from Yale Law School. Following law school, David clerked for the Honorable Leonard B. Sand of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. David is a graduate of Princeton University, where he earned an A.B. in Economics, summa cum laude, and also received certificates in Finance, German Language and Culture, and Political Economy. He is the author of Correcting Anomalies in the United States Law of Citizenship by Descent, 47 Ariz. L. Rev. 313 (2005), reprinted in 26 Immigr. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 515 (2006), and Waiving Goodbye to Unappealable Decisions: Indirect AAO Jurisdiction, or Why Having Your Appeal Dismissed Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing, 20 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 831 (Aug. 1, 2015).
David is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, in the Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is a co-chair of the Federal Practice Committee and the CBP Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and has spoken on panels at the AILA Annual Conferences in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010, as well as other AILA events, regarding family-based immigration, citizenship issues, ethics, criminal immigration issues, removal proceedings and federal court review. He is included in Chambers USA, New York Super Lawyers (Rising Stars), and the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. (These listings are not approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.) He was counsel for the petitioner in Pareja v. Att’y Gen., 615 F. 3d 180 (3d Cir. 2010).
Entries by David Isaacson
Imagine for a moment that, since you were nine, your parents had told you that you were a U.S. citizen. And not just told you: your father filed papers with the U.S. government, and obtained official proof of your citizenship. You grew up in the United States from age nine onward as a U.S. citizen, […]
By David A. Isaacson Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), there are three ways that adopted children can qualify as the children of a U.S. citizen parent for purposes of acquiring lawful permanent resident status, and generally derivative U.S. citizen status, through that adoptive parent. Section 101(b)(1)(E) of the INA, perhaps the most familiar, […]
On October 17, 2013, its first day back to normal operations after the end of the recent federal government shutdown, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a precedential opinion, Matter of Douglas, 26 I&N Dec. 197 (BIA 2013). At first glance, Matter of Douglas is about an interesting but obscure aspect of a section […]
The USCIS Administrative Appeals Office, or AAO, has administrative appellate jurisdiction over a wide variety of USCIS decisions that are not appealable to the Board of Immigration Appeals. This jurisdiction is primarily set forth in a regulatory list that has been absent from the Code of Federal Regulations since 2003, but was incorporated by reference […]
By David A. Isaacson On April 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released an amended opinion in Shabaj v. Holder, docket number 12-703. The prior opinion in Shabaj was the subject of a previous post on this blog. To summarize, Shabaj held that a claimed error by the USCIS Administrative Appeals […]
As most readers of this blog are likely aware, earlier this week the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of 8” – that is, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – introduced a proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill. […]
On January 15, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a precedential decision in the case of Shabaj v. Holder, No. 12-703. Paulin Shabaj, the plaintiff in the case, had come to the United States in November 2000 with a false Italian passport and sought asylum. His asylum application was ultimately denied, […]
One year ago, a previous post on this blog by Cyrus Mehta and this author discussed the issuance by USCIS of a proposed rule allowing certain applicants for a waiver of the 3- or 10-year bars to obtain such a waiver on a provisional basis before departing from the United States. It has been a […]
By David A. Isaacson On September 7, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a precedential opinion in Ruqiang Yu v. Holder, No. 11-2546-ag, reaffirming that opposition to corruption may under some circumstances qualify as a political opinion upon which a grant of asylum can be based under U.S. immigration law. According […]