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  • Priority Date for India EB2 May Retrogress

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    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    According to DOS's Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charlie Oppenheim, and as articulated in Section D of the Visa Bulletin, retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and could happen in November. The dates may retrogress possibly to a date in early 2005.
  • Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices (Updated)

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    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    According to AILA, attorneys throughout the country have noted that clients have received a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a initial notice and appearing for biometrics capture. AILA has contacted USCIS about this issue and we will provide an update shortly. >> UPDATE from AILA 9/30/2014: The Texas Service Center (TSC) has informed AILA that it is aware that duplicate biometrics notices are being sent to attorneys and/or clients and is working to correct the problem. In the meantime, TSC suggests that clients with apparent duplicate Application Support Center (ASC)…
  • Indian Outsourcing Firm Snags Two Sets of Benefits in a Single Deal

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    David North
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Many exploitative companies take advantage of the federal immigration laws to enhance their profits. Others make use of loose state-level (non-immigration-related) policies to get richer. And a few manage to use both systems at the same time. The media is rarely perceptive enough to notice these "twofer" arrangements, but National Public Radio (of all places) noticed one such deal the other day in North Carolina. read more
  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

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    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

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    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
 
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
 
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
 
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
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  • Foreign National Marriage 30 years ago.. can it be done again?

    Hildurr
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Hi. first time poster. I am a 31 year old illegal alien from Mexico. I have been here since I was 6 years old. Went to school here, graduated HS, no criminal record. My boyfriend, who is 52, is worried that if we were to marry, him having been married to a Korean woman 30 years ago, who he adjusted for would rise a red flag if we apply to get me adjusted after we marry. He was in the Air force when he married her and brought her to the US. they have been divorced for 20 years. He also worries about our age gap. We are in a sincere relationship. We live together, he works, I do not since my…
  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
 
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  • Sheriff Arpaio’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action Faces Uphill Climb

    Wendy Feliz
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the first of two cases being brought against parts of President Obama’s recently announced executive action on immigration. Notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to stop the implementation of the DACA and DAPA programs based on the increased burden on his law enforcement office that would allegedly result from these programs. Specifically, Arpaio’s theory is that the President’s executive actions will cause a “flood” of “millions more illegal aliens,” and in turn a “crime…
  • Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents

    Patrick Taurel
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    The most impactful component of President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action will be the creation of a new program designed to offer deportation reprieves and work authorization to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders who pass a background check and meet other requirements. Here are five things you need to know about this new program, which USCIS calls Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). It’s lawful. The DAPA program was carefully vetted by lawyers with the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal…
  • Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

    Mark Noferi
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Within hours of President Obama’s November announcement of his executive actions on immigration, collectively referred to as the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, lawsuits challenging these new policies began. The lawsuits appear to be politicized attempts to use the courts to challenge President Obama’s authority to defer deportations, even though widespread agreement exists that the president’s actions are well within his legal authority. The reforms center on the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to expand eligibility under the current Deferred Action for Childhood…
  • New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began implementing in June 2014 with the opening of a temporary family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. As DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters at the Dilley detention center’s opening, “[i]t…
  • How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

    Catalina Restrepo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The report was based on a survey of 67 organizations that provide legal services to immigrants across the United States. In short, the findings showed that 14.3 percent of the individuals who were eligible for the Deferred…
 
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  • Congressional Non-Action Is OK when the Administration Likes the Result

    David North
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    One of the key arguments advanced by the Obama administration in support of its massive executive amnesty program is that the White House must take action because Congress has failed to do so. In other words, the lack of congressional action on this front means that there's a big void out there that must be filled by the president's edict, more or less legalizing the immigration status of millions of illegal aliens. This is what happens when the White House does not like congressional inaction. But what happens if Congress does not act in a way that is useful to the administration? Suppose…
  • Another Visa Mill Zapped, but Not by the Feds — Again

    David North
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    It's happened again. Another immigration-related visa mill has been identified, but not by any agency of the Department of Homeland Security. This time it is the local police and a plaintiffs' lawyer that are taking the lead. That's the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department; the lawyer is Richard Samms. read more
  • Indian Outsourcing Firm Snags Two Sets of Benefits in a Single Deal

    David North
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Many exploitative companies take advantage of the federal immigration laws to enhance their profits. Others make use of loose state-level (non-immigration-related) policies to get richer. And a few manage to use both systems at the same time. The media is rarely perceptive enough to notice these "twofer" arrangements, but National Public Radio (of all places) noticed one such deal the other day in North Carolina. read more
  • What Do "Normalized" Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Mean in the Immigration Context?

    Dan Cadman
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    The president has announced that the United States is normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba, our longtime antagonists. Full diplomatic relations means exchange of ambassadors and staff, and a panoply of discussions on any number of issues, including if-and-how sanctions against Cuba will be eased or lifted. In the immigration context, it raises three questions: read more
  • DACA and the Next Amnesty Are Missing Big Public Health Opportunities

    David North
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Suppose your community is taking on millions of new members — wouldn't it be a good idea for their sake, as well as for those of the existing community — if their health were checked on their way through the door? read more
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  • Arizona DACA Recipients are Finally Eligible for Licenses

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Photo by Gage Skidmore/ CCBY   Since August of 2012, DACA recipients in Arizona have been barred from receiving driver’s licenses. This measure has been interpreted as unconstitutional and counterintuitive (since DACA recipients are able to work, but not drive legally) by immigration activist groups such as the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. ADAC filed a lawsuit against Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, asserting that her ban on licenses violates the Supremacy Clause and the Equal Protection Clause in the Constitution. Jan Brewer has argued since 2012 that DACA does not equate to…
  • Green Card Cost and Fees

    Aneesah Ali
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Bringing a loved one to the U.S. to get a Green Card can seem like a confusing process. The Green Card process requires that many different forms and documents be submitted and various government fees will need to be paid. It is important to know the cost of applying for a Green Card from start to finish. These fees are related to a standard Green Card process for a foreign national located outside of the United States. If the foreign national is already located inside of the United States, different fees will apply. Green Card Cost & Government fees There are five separate government…
  • The January 2015 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    The State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for January 2015. Here are the priority dates for family-based visas.   The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Once again we saw advancement in each priority date category. The F1 category saw a three week advancement for China, India and other countries.  There was also a one month advancement…
  • How to Get a Spouse Visa from Outside the U.S.

    Aneesah Ali
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you have a spouse residing outside of the United States and would like that spouse to relocate to the U.S. permanently, you can apply for a U.S. spouse visa. Once your spouse enters the U.S. on his/her spouse visa, he/she will be a lawful permanent resident and receive a Green Card in the mail. Read on to learn more about how to apply for a U.S. spouse visa. Who can apply for a U.S. spouse visa? The spouse of a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder can apply for a spouse visa. What does the spouse visa process involve? Applying for a spouse visa for a spouse located outside of the U.S…
  • Four K-1 Fiance Visa Interview Questions to Expect

    Aneesah Ali
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Part of the fiance visa process is to attend an interview at either a US Embassy or consulate. The purpose of the interview is to both verify the legitimacy of the relationship and that you truly intend to marry your fiance(e) 90 days after your entry to the US. Here are four K-1 Fiance visa interview questions that you should be prepared to answer at your interview. 1) How did you and your fiance meet? Give a detailed description of how you met. Specify if you met online, in person, or through a friend. 2) What do the two of you have in common? How do you maintain a long…
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  • It’s Time to End the Cuban Adjustment Act

    Jason Dzubow
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
                        In a surprise move (at least a surprise to me), President Obama announced that our country would be moving towards normalization of our relationship with Cuba. As part of the deal, the two countries agreed to exchange some political prisoners, and it appears we will be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and opening an Embassy in Havana. Evidence that the embargo is working: A dashing Fidel Castro pre-embargo… During our long Cold War with Cuba, one element of our…
  • The Perils and Promise of Low Bono

    Jason Dzubow
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
                        “Low Bono” refers to providing legal representation for less than market value. The idea is that for certain clients who cannot afford an attorney, the attorney will reduce her price so that the client can hire her. Lobo, No! When lawyers represent asylum applicants (or anyone else) on a low bono basis, there is an obvious benefit to the applicant and to “the system,” but what’s in it for us? Why would an attorney do this? The most obvious reason is…
  • Protecting Refugees Fleeing Ebola; Ignoring Refugees Fleeing Violence

    Jason Dzubow
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
                        Apparently, there was some Big News recently about immigration. I am not sure about that, but there was some other news this week, a bit under the radar, also about immigration: The United States has offered Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) to people from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently present in the United States. The reason: Ebola. “I’m 25% more dangerous than Ebola.” This means that people from those countries will…
  • Palestinian Activist Convicted of Immigration Fraud; Supporters Cry Foul

    Jason Dzubow
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
                        Earlier this week, Rasmea Odeh, the associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, was convicted of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine, and possible deportation from the United States. Convincing Ms. Odeh’s supporters proved easier than convincing a jury. Ms. Odeh is a Palestinian who was convicted in Israel in 1970 for involvement in two bombings, one of which killed two university…
  • Wyoming, the “Equality State,” Is Anything But

    Jason Dzubow
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
                        There is only one state in the Union without a refugee resettlement program–Wyoming. Late last year, the state’s Republican governor, Matt Mead, took some tepid steps toward establishing a public-private partnership to help resettle refugees in the Equality State. Predictably, those efforts were met by fierce resistance, both from inside and outside the state. WyoMing the Merciless. First, a bit of background. The United States accepts more refugees for permanent…
 
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    ImmigrationDirect Blog

  • Mapping the Impact of Colorado Compact

    Romona Paden
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Taking a “reasonable and common-sense approach to immigration policy” in the mountain state, self-described “everyday Colorado citizens” have created the Colorado Compact. The purpose of the compact is to provide “guiding principles and an example for civil discourse” at the federal level. Colorado’s immigrant profile comes forth both on the state’s thriving startup community and within Colorado’s agriculture sector. In Colorado Compact’s recognition that “both industries depend on immigrants to prosper,” the coalition is working to improve the current worker visa…
  • Puerto Rican Immigration Trends Reflect Territory’s Decline

    Romona Paden
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    As poverty on the island of Puerto Rico seems to only intensify with each passing year, the number of immigrants leaving the island to live in the continental U.S. continues to climb. More than 144,000 people left the island for the mainland than the other way around from mid-2010 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. And analysis from the Pew Research Center study reports “economic opportunity” is the most common reason for Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland. Puerto Rico is a part of the United States and therefore its residents are able to freely move from the…
  • Exec Order Success Relies on Institutional Organization

    Romona Paden
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Eager to take advantage of the immigration reform that President Obama announced last month, Chicago area politicians are rallying the city’s business community as a key component in reaching out to undocumented residents who could gain legal status. Focusing efforts to get work authorization for undocumented immigrants is now a top priority they say. Speaking to a group of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the audience that the battles faced by undocumented immigrants are far from over.
  • Unlawful Reentry Drives Federal Immigration Sentencing

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Immigrants charged with illegal entry or attempted illegal entry into the United States has driven the growth rate of federal sentencing. According to Pew Research analysis of data from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC,) almost half of the overall growth of federal convictions over the past two decades— 48 percent from 1992 to 2012—were the result of those convicted of federal reentry charges. This is why making sure of proper immigration to the United States is a very important thing. Unlawful reentry is a charge leveled against immigrants suspected of entry or the…
  • Obama Follows on History of Presidential Immigration Orders

    Romona Paden
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Although President Obama has been hit with plenty of accusations of overreach after announcing his executive actions on immigration in November, other U.S. presidents have likewise used their position to tweak the country’s immigration laws. Democratic and Republican presidents alike have bypassed the legislative branch with executive decisions that influence the nation’s immigration flows. Political publication The Hill reports executive decisions on immigration go back as far as Herbert Hoover, the Republican president in office at the start of the Great Depression. Describing…
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  • 5,000 undocumented immigrants apply for Connecticut’s ‘Drive Only’ program

    Romona Paden
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    On Dec. 1, just days after President Obama made his historic immigration reform announcement that protects about 5 million from deportation, thousands of undocumented immigrants in the state of Connecticut made appointments with the Department of Motor Vehicles. That's because the New England state began the first phase of its "Drive Only" license program at the beginning of December 2014. Last year, a law was passed by the Connecticut legislature and signed by the governor that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. The first phase went into…
  • Tucson police to cut down on immigration status checks

    Romona Paden
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Since President Obama announced his immigration reform action to protect 5 million from deportation, many states have been making changes to the way they deal with undocumented immigrants. Now Arizona, which has some of the strictest laws against immigrants, will stop making some immigration checks. According to The Associated Press, the Tucson Police Department announced that it will no longer fully enforce law SB 1070, which requires officers to question the status of people suspected of living in the U.S. without documentation when investigating unrelated crimes. This Arizona law…
  • Common questions when getting ready to file

    Romona Paden
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Filing an application or petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be a lengthy and complex process. However, people interested in obtaining the right to live and work in the U.S. can make the process less overwhelming by preparing in advance and learning the answers to these common filing questions: How do I obtain a form? USCIS provides all necessary forms for applications and petitions for free on its website. They are also available to order in hard copy via the mail or over the phone by calling 1-800-870-3676. However, you can also fill out a form through Immigration…
  • Los Angeles mayor’s office to hold immigration application workshops

    Romona Paden
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Immigration reform activists and supporters across the nation are still celebrating Obama's historic executive decision to protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. But those interested in taking advantage the president's decision are concerned about the application process, asking questions such as, "What will it require?" and "How long will it take?" To provide these people with the help they need, the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs will begin holding workshops throughout the next six months, according to…
  • Applications for immigration action may be available winter 2015

    Romona Paden
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    President Barack Obama announced less than a month ago his immigration reform action to temporarily protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Some have called into question the reality of the decision as some members of the House threaten to derail the action. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently offered hope to those interested in obtaining safeguard against deportation, suggesting that immigrants may begin applying as early as February 2015. According to NBC News, Leon Rodriguez, director of USCIS, held a conference call with…
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  • Biometrics Verify Immigrant Identity

    Romona Paden
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Immigrants living in the United States are all-too-familiar with filling out paperwork and jumping through plenty of hoops. Designed to keep track of who’s living in the country as well as for benefit disbursement, biometrics—biological measurements that provide personally-identifying information– is a pivotal part of the process. For those facing the immigration bureaucracy, understanding the biometrics portion will only […]
  • Executive Action Moves Presidential Politics

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    When President Obama announced his executive initiatives on immigration around the Thanksgiving holiday, the move joined the company of 39 “executive grants of temporary immigration relief” issued by U.S. presidents since the mid 1950’s, according to the American Immigration Council. While President Obama’s actions are consistent with historic precedent on some levels, the move also is distinct in […]
  • USCIS Prepares to Execute on Immigration Order

    Romona Paden
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    With President Obama’s announcement of immigration initiatives on November 20, 4.9 million people in the undocumented population could become eligible to live and work legally in the United States. Preparing for an onslaught in the application process, USCIS has specified particulars around the initiative and laid out some guidelines to help the process go smoothly. Under President […]
  • Immigrants Integral to Business Startups

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) touts immigrants as a driving force in the creation of small businesses in the country. With higher business-formation rates than that of non-immigrants, foreign-born business owners are critical components to the nation’s entrepreneurial sector. According to a SBA report that examines immigrant’s access to capital, immigrants face particular financing hurdles. The SBA report also examines funding […]
  • New York Municipal ID Gives Perks to Undocumented and Other Residents

    Romona Paden
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As the cornerstone of day-to-day business, personal identity is a particularly sticky issue for undocumented immigrants. What’s more, issues surrounding the lack of a personal ID and the difficulties associated with it reverberate throughout the community where the problem is pervasive. For this reasons, various governmental organizations are stepping in to address the problem by issuing alternative identification […]
 
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  • Visa Bulletin for January 2015

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15DEC03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01FEB10 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01MAR11 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin For December 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 01DEC03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JAN10 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN10 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin For November 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 22NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08DEC09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JAN10 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices (Updated)

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    According to AILA, attorneys throughout the country have noted that clients have received a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a initial notice and appearing for biometrics capture. AILA has contacted USCIS about this issue and we will provide an update shortly. >> UPDATE from AILA 9/30/2014: The Texas Service Center (TSC) has informed AILA that it is aware that duplicate biometrics notices are being sent to attorneys and/or clients and is working to correct the problem. In the meantime, TSC suggests that clients with apparent duplicate Application Support Center (ASC)…
  • Priority Date for India EB2 May Retrogress

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    According to DOS's Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charlie Oppenheim, and as articulated in Section D of the Visa Bulletin, retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and could happen in November. The dates may retrogress possibly to a date in early 2005.
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • UK: 100 illegal attempts a day to enter country

    Alex Braham
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Migrants made an estimated 100 attempts per day to enter Britain illegally during the summer months, according to official figures. From April to July this year, 11,920 migrants were stopped by British and French authorities as they tried to enter the country illegally. The latest figures represent a huge jump from the 11,731 who tried to... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • New Zealand: Annual migration at record high

    Alex Braham
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Annual migration in New Zealand has spiraled to a new high of just under 50,000, well above the number hit during the peak migration period 10 years ago. More New Zealanders are returning from Australia in search of work at home, while a higher number of international students are looking to stay in the country on a more long term basis.... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Cambodian children more likely to emigrate that those in other Southeast Asia nations

    Mathew Walters
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Youngers in Cambodia are more likely to move abroad for work than their counterparts in Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, revealed a report by World Vision. The NGO questioned 869 Cambodians from the ages of 12 to 25 living in border areas and found that 20 per cent of them had travelled for work, in comparison to 19 per cent and Laos, and 11 and... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Lebanon: More people want second nationality

    Alex Braham
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    An increasing number of Lebanese citizens are aiming to acquire a second nationality so emigration can be an option should the war in neighbouring Syria spill over the border. Lebanon has a history of emigration dating back to 1860, when the Ottoman-ruled Mount Lebanon saw an outbreak of sectarian violence that resulted in many fleeing to... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Emigration of Spaniards on the rise

    Helen Young
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of Spaniards quitting the country rocketed by 15.5 per cent in the first six months of 2014 in comparison to the last six months of 2013, reaching its highest level since the start of 2011. Some 42,685 Spaniards headed to pastures new between January and June, 27,026 of whom were born in Spain, according to data from the Iberian... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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  • Glitches in USCIS System

    ashautsova
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Glitches in USCIS System Author: New York Immigration Lawyer USCIS stands for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and is a government body that accepts and processes all petitions and applications related to any and all immigration benefits. The process of communication with USCIS boils down to exchange of papers and on rare occasions, includes phone calls and infopass appointments. That is why it is very important to submit correctly filled out forms; timely respond  to request of more evidence and organize the papers in the most convenient way for the adjudicator. In…
  • Obama’s Immigration Reform Plan Revealed

    ashautsova
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Obama’s Immigration Reform From New York Immigration Lawyer President Obama today announced his plan for the reform of the broken Immigration system in the US.  While the details of the action will be revealed in the months to come, the President stated that he would start a new Deferred Action Plan, now for parents of the US citizens and permanent residents regardless of age.  The plan should,  undoubtedly, affect many, but it should not be the only President’s action. If implemented like DACA, the plan should allow undocumented parents of the US citizens and permanent…
  • COPIES IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR NVC

    ashautsova
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    COPIES IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR NVC Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova Good news can be shares with all immigrant visas applicants: the NVC will no longer require submission of the original documents in support of the immigrant visas.  Usually,  when  a person applies for an immigrant visa (a spousal visa; visa for an immediate relative; work related visa; etc) as a part of the visa process, the applicant must submit certain documents not to the consulate directly, but to the National Visa Center first. NVC often required that original of certain documents be…
  • DMV Denial of License

    ashautsova
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    DMV Denial of License New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Have you recently moved from another state and had difficulties getting NY driver’s license? Were you totally confused? Were you blamed you are not a US citizen? It happened to my client: a born US citizen who has spent several years in a different state, and when she came back to NY and decided to apply for NY driver’s license and report a change of her address, a lady at the DMV Manhattan office told her that …. she needs to present “more proof” that she in fact was a US citizen… hmm My…
  • What Happens if I 751 Petition Filed Late?

    ashautsova
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    What Happens if I 751 Petition Filed Late ? Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova I-751 petition is an Immigration form that is sued to remove the condition from permanent residency for those non-citizens whose marriage with a USC was younger than 2 years old at the time adjudication of adjustment of status application or issuance of an immigrant visa. I-751 must be filed within 90 days prior to the second anniversary of the conditional residency.  Sometimes, the petition is submitted late. A jointly filed I-751 petition filed after the second anniversary of the CPR’s…
 
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  • One Year of Pride in Immigration Equality

    Henry Lim
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    In October 2014, Orlando celebrated another exciting Come Out with Pride week. Downtown Orlando exploded with color and music as thousands enjoyed the events, culminating in Saturday’s Pride Parade. As a member of the Metropolitan Business Association, Orlando’s LGBT chamber of commerce, Lim & Associates celebrated alongside other gay and straight allies. As an Orlando immigration law firm, we particularly take Pride in celebrating 2014 as the first year same-sex couples enjoyed the same federal immigration benefits as heterosexual couples. Since the Supreme Court struck down Section…
  • President Obama’s Immigration Actions: Who Will They Help?

    Henry Lim
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    At the end of November, President Obama finally announced his long-awaited decision to act on some of the core immigration issues faced by millions of people in this country. Thousands of undocumented immigrants in Orlando, Kissimmee, Central Florida, and throughout the United States may be affected by these changes in enforcement policy and new protections for long-time immigrant families. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim answers your questions about the upcoming new immigration policies. As Congress continues to resist meaningful change, President Obama has issued a series of executive…
  • Regional Centers and EB-5 Immigrant Investors

    Henry Lim
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What is a regional center, and how can it help attract foreign investors to your area? Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim discusses the importance of the regional center in driving regional economic growth in Central Florida and across the United States. Immigrant investors form an important part of economic life in the United States. Some seek investment opportunities from a purely business perspective, wanting to start or manage a business here in the United States. These individual investors want control over the company they invest in, maximizing profits and driving employment on…
  • What will President Obama do about the immigration issue?

    Henry Lim
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    With the steady flow of child immigrants continuing across the border and the rising concerns about the humanitarian consequences of our current laws, an increasing number of Americans feel resolving the issues on the border should be a national priority. Congress has already failed to take meaningful action. While the Senate did pass an immigration reform bill, Speaker Boehner has already announced the House will consider no such legislation this year. Given the absence of change in the law, President Obama has vowed to take whatever action he can without the involvement of Congress to…
  • Undocumented Child Immigrants: What Happens When They Cross The Border?

    Henry Lim
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    A humanitarian crisis has sprung up again on our southern border here in the United States. Kissimmee Immigration Lawyer Henry Lim explains the challenge caused by the current rush of unaccompanied minors across the border, and what each child will face once Border Patrol takes them in. Legal options like Special Immigrant Juvenile Status exist so some children can remain here; many others will be deported back to their home countries without being given proper legal support in court. All scenarios are fictional; any resemblance to persons living or dead are unintentional. Since October 2013,…
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  • Looking for INS and INS forms? It doesn’t exist anymore! The USCIS, ICE and CBP have taken over

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAPerhaps you are starting out with your research on immigration and related procedures and you relied on old people for advice, often, they will tell you how their experience was through the INS, which is the Immigration and Naturalization Service department of the US Dept of Justice. Older and less informed individuals might tell you… Continue reading...The post Looking for INS and INS forms? It doesn’t exist anymore! The USCIS, ICE and CBP have taken over appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • J-2 dependent visa for J-1 visa holder spouses and dependents

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAIf you are thinking about coming to the USA on a J-1 visa and you don’t want to leave your family behind, don’t worry, you can take them with you to America! All they have to do is apply for the J-2 visa when you are applying for your J-1 visa. The process is exactly… Continue reading...The post J-2 dependent visa for J-1 visa holder spouses and dependents appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Expanded Deferred Action and what it means to you

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA Obama’s administration may be expanding the deferred action program, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to more individuals and parents of US citizens and permanent residents. This program, however, does not provide a path to citizenship and is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, you might be interested in understanding what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals… Continue reading...The post Expanded Deferred Action and what it means to you appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Travel Rules for Green Card Holders – How Long Can you Stay out of America

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAMaintaining your green card is pretty straight forward if you truly want to live and work in America permanently and have made a choice to become American and not go back to your home country. However, there are people who simply cannot disconnect from their birth country and culture and find themselves thinking immigrating was… Continue reading...The post Travel Rules for Green Card Holders – How Long Can you Stay out of America appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Three

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICADisclaimer: All advice given here are strictly as is without any guarantees and reliability. The advice below is solely from personal experiences in filing such applications and process. The best and most reliable advice is always from a good immigration lawyer. Q: I am a United States Citizen and would like to apply for green card… Continue reading...The post Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Three appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
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  • Visa Refusal Rate Drops But Poland Still Not In VWP List

    Andrew Lowe
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    The US visa refusal rate for the Poles has dropped to 6.4 percent this year, but the European nation is still not qualified to become a member of America’s Visa Waiver Program which includes all he European countries except four. The VWP allows the citizens of the member states to enter the US without obtaining visas. Thus, they can come and go anytime they want. Poland is among the four European countries which are not in the VWP list. The other three states include Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. The trio is deprived of this privilege for being the new members of the EU, but the case of…
  • US Tourism Set To Boom With China-America Visa Deal

    Jessica Scott
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The American tourism sector is all set to rock in the years to come following a groundbreaking deal between the immigrations authorities of China and USA, allowing the Chinese citizens to obtain visas for up to 10-year period with multiple entries. The reciprocal agreement, which was inked between the two bigger economies of the world last month, is expected to bring a large number of the Chinese visitors to different cities of the US and ultimately boost up the super power’s economic turnouts in the coming decade. According to an estimation, the American tourism sector will bag an…
  • Canada Likely to Open Doors for Parents Sponsorship in 2015

    Jessica Scott
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Canadian immigration authorities’ Parents And Grandparents (PGP) sponsorship program is likely to reopen in January 2015, allowing the expats who are permanent residents over here to bring in their parents and grandparents to live in Canada. The program was first reopened in January 2014 after being closed in 2011, but it had to be closed due to the fulfillment of the set applicants’ quota. The program was first put on hold in 2011 in order to clear the huge backlog of visa applications filed under the Parents And Grandparents  sponsorship classification. The authorities resumed it…
  • Canada Set To Replace Immigration Program for Professionals

    Martin Khan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada is all set to launch a new immigration recruitment program called Express Entry in a bid to enable the local industry to hire foreign workers quickly and easily. Once implemented, this program will replace the existing First Come, First Serve system which sometimes prolongs the visa process and, therefore, the Canadian employers cannot be able to get the talent they want in time. The new immigration program is expected to come into force in January 2015. Under the Express Entry system, the employers will be called to the immigration office to identify the…
  • Obama’s Immigration Plan Not Enough for Silicon Valley

    Jessica Scott
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    The executives and technology giants of the Silicon Valley have expressed grave concerns over the US president Barack Obama’s recently disclosed immigration plan, claiming that the plan does not promise much to the information technology industry which is badly starving for foreign programmers and software engineers. The major concern that came from the Silicon Valley after Obama announced its plan last week by using executive prerogative was the absence of any initiative to clear the US visa backlog which contains a lot of petitions from the tech entrepreneurs who wanted to bring in…
 
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  • Legitimate Reasons for a U.S. Business or Tourist Visa

    Robert Virasin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    The B Visa is for visitors to the United States for business or pleasure. The B visa is also known as the tourist visa. The vast majority of foreigners enter the United States on a B visa. Most of these visas are for touring, visiting family members, or to conduct business on behalf of an […]
  • K-2 Visa in Thailand: Minor Child Aging Out

    Robert Virasin
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Under the K-1 Fiancé Visa, the fiancé of a United States Citizen can enter the United States to marry the U.S. citizen within 90 days. K-2 visas can be issued to minor children of the K-1 visa holder within one year of the issuance of the K-1 visa. The minor children of the K-1 visa […]
  • Most Common Pitfalls of K-1 Visa Applications

    Robert Virasin
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The K-1 visa has many pitfalls. It is one of the most common and most rejected visa applications. A K-1 visa is issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen to get married. Strict regulations need to be followed because there are many traps in a petition that could cause a case to […]
  • What is required to file for Naturalization in the U.S.?

    Robert Virasin
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    A U.S. permanent resident may file for naturalization up to ninety days before the end of the five year or three-year residency period depending on the method the permanent resident obtained their status. U.S. permanent residents who are current members of the U.S. armed forces or within six months of separation may file for naturalization […]
  • Reissuance of a K-1 Visa

    Robert Virasin
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    A K-1 Visa is a single entry visa that is usually valid for 6 months from the time of issuance. This requires the K-1 visa holder to travel within 6 months of the issuance of the visa. However many times life interrupts this process. A K-1 visa holder might have planned to leave their home […]
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  • How Executive Action Alters the I-601A Provisional Waiver Program (aka Stateside Waiver)

    Scott McVarish
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    President Obama’s executive action on immigration will have a significant impact on the I-601A provisional waiver program that has been in effect since 2013. Under I-601A, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who otherwise cannot adjust their status because they entered without inspection can file a waiver of the three- or 10-year bars to readmission before they leave for their consular interview. This means that they can apply for a waiver and get an approval before leaving the country for an interview. The program is helpful to many immigrants, but it has a number of flaws. The…
  • Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

    Scott McVarish
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    President Barack Obama announced an exciting immigration reform action on November 20, 2014. He is taking executive action to protect certain undocumented parents from deportation. Starting in 2015, millions of parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents will be able to stay in the country without fear of being deported. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, but they will soon. Now is the perfect time to learn about your legal rights and to prepare…
  • How Asian and African Immigrants Benefit from New Immigration Order

    Scott McVarish
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    The national debate regarding President Obama’s executive order on immigration has been focused on Latinos living in the United States. The order does not, however, only affect immigrants from south of our border. The executive order that temporarily allows certain undocumented immigrants from being deported is for all immigrants including those from Asia and Africa. USA Today reports that the new immigration order won’t just benefit Hispanic immigrants, but also those from countries such as China, India, Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. Therefore, if you are an immigrant living…
  • EB-5 Question and Answer

    Scott McVarish
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    The United States has plenty of opportunities for foreign investors. However, accessing those opportunities can be a complex affair. he Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. has provided the answers below to the most common questions posed by prospective foreign investors. If you have further questions or concerns regarding your specific situation, feel free to call us today at (800) 792-9889 for immediate assistance. Q: How much profit is there in investing in an EB-5 project? A: While many foreign investors do make profit from their EB-5 investments, it is best to set your…
  • Mexican Consulate Using the Presidents Executive Action to Help Immigrants

    Scott McVarish
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Under President Obama’s new deferred deportation program, immigrants can request and receive three years of immunity from deportation for at least three years and possibly longer. They must show proof they have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 and have a fairly clean record with the law. They also must pay a fee of approximately $465. The Mexican Consulate in Sacramento wants all California immigrants to know that it is too early to pay the fee to USCIS. It is advisable to work with an immigration attorney during the application process, but if you have an attorney who is asking…
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  • Obama Announces New Immigration Reform Plan

    Paul
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    President Barack Obama announced a set of executive orders in late November that laid out a set of prosecutorial discretion guidelines for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. These executive orders, which are allowed in U.S. law because they pertain to how laws are enforced instead of creating a new law, follow a similar order from 2012. The newest program is called Deferred Action for Parents, which allows parents of U.S. permanent residents and citizens to get a job legally and avoid deportation for at least three years or more depending on how Congress acts.
  • Under AB 60 Drivers Licenses for California Undocumented Immigrants Starting Jan 2, 2015

    Paul
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The state of California has opened a new Department of Motor Vehicles office to handle the many undocumented immigrants who will be able to get a driver’s license on January 2, 2015. Undocumented immigrants have been, up to this point, not been allowed to drive legally, and California’s move has been part of a great deal of immigration reform moves in the United States during the later part of 2014. 500,000 undocumented immigrants are now eligible to drive legally without having to worry about getting a costly ticket for not having a license. Residents of California can now rest easy that…
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Will Implement Hatian Family Reunification Parole Program

    Paul
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be implementing a new program that will allow relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) currently in Haiti to come to the United States up to two years prior to their priority dates. The program—entitled the Hatian Family Reunification Parole Program—is similar to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program in that it encourages “safe, legal and orderly migration” for the family of Hatian immigrants to the United States. This program does not automatically grant status to Hatian nationals, and is only…
  • Department of Homeland Security Has Extended Temporary Protected Status for Honduran Nationals

    Paul
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Honduran nationals who wish to extend their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States will have to re-register for TPS by December 15, 2014. Work authorization (which is required for non-citizens in the United States to work) will be automatically extended for all previous TPS recipients until July 5, 2015. The new Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals will extend their status and work authorization through July 5, 2016. Temporary Protected Status is granted to foreign nationals of certain countries currently in the United States. Countries selected for TPS are…
  • US Resources are not Unlimited for Illegal Immigrants

    Paul
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Critics of expanded immigration and immigration reform in general like to complain that the resources that are nominally reserved for U.S. citizens are going to waste on illegal immigrants. However, these resources are barely used on illegal immigrants and might actually do better to help more illegal immigrants. Take for example social security. It’s practically impossible for an illegal immigrant to collect social security. However, they often contribute to it because they will sometimes take another person’s social security number to take a job. Many undocumented immigrants are…
 
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