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911 (VCF) Victims Compensation Fund DEADLINE now July 29, 2021

On July 29, 2019, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (“VCF Permanent Authorization Act”) was signed into law. Now, any claim filed prior to July 29, 2021 will be considered timely. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created to compensate people who suffered as a first responder or who lived, worked, or went to school south of Canal Street in Manhattan New York in the months after the September 11th terrorist attack in 2001, and were affected by the removal of toxic debris. Now it also includes other areas in New York that were in the path of debris...

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Recent decisions in the ever changing terrain of SIJS

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

In Matter of E-A-L-O-, they agreed that a newly enacted law defining juvenile as an unmarried person under 21 applies retroactively and a petitioner over 18 will still qualify for SIJS as long as he or she establishes the other points of eligibility. Here, the appeal was dismissed because although the petitioner was correct in asserting that the new law applied retroactively, the petitioner did not submit any evidence establishing that the order he received from the family court was issued in connection with any type of custody or dependency proceedings. Further, the family court order submitted by the petitioner...

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