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  • November 2014 Visa Bulletin: India EB2 Retrogresses

    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma
    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for November 2014 which notes a slight forward movement in most categories, except the employment-based, second preference (EB2) India category, which retrogressed from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005. The Visa Bulletin, see below, also included notes on potential visa availability in the coming months. ========================================= Visa […]
  • Immigration and DACA a Contentious Topic in Midterms

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    Romona Paden
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With just a few weeks left in the run up to Election Day 2014, Washington politicians are bobbing and weaving their way around the issue of immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as elected officials are mostly opting out of taking a position on one side or the other. Rather than offering leadership, senators and […]
  • Fifth Consecutive Nonimmigrant Waiver Granted

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    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen and well-respected member of his community.  Many years ago, he was expeditiously removed from the United States as a result of committing a fraud when attempting to enter the U.S.  Thirteen years ago, he retained our firm to solve his immigration issues so he could enter the United States as a visitor for pleasure to visit his elderly United States citizen parents, and the rest of his family. After we were first retained, we filed a nonimmigrant waiver application and our client was granted his first waiver.  Since that time, we have had…
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    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • ** interview reschedule notice**

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    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
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  • Fifth Consecutive Nonimmigrant Waiver Granted

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen and well-respected member of his community.  Many years ago, he was expeditiously removed from the United States as a result of committing a fraud when attempting to enter the U.S.  Thirteen years ago, he retained our firm to solve his immigration issues so he could enter the United States as a visitor for pleasure to visit his elderly United States citizen parents, and the rest of his family. After we were first retained, we filed a nonimmigrant waiver application and our client was granted his first waiver.  Since that time, we have had…
  • TN Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience in Less than One Hour

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with over 22 years of experience in the administrative and operation of gaming establishments.  She previously worked in the United States in L-1A status on behalf of a United States company as Administrator of the company’s U.S. gaming facility. The same company wished to contract our client’s services to provide management consulting advice concerning state gaming regulations, the preparation of yearly audits, and submission of documentation to the company’s accountants and attorneys.  Although our client does not hold a…
  • Trade NAFTA Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with a long and successful career in the field of customer service.  She has over 40 years of experience as customer service representative, but does not hold a university degree. A small health care company in the United States desires our client’s services as a management consultant.  The company wishes to improve its customer service practices, and contracted with our client to provide advice to its managers and employees on how to provide better customer service to its patients. Based on our client’s extensive career in the customer…
  • IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEEDINGS DISMISSED  

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our clients are natives and citizens of Nigeria.  They came to the United States as visitors almost 25 years ago as young girls, along with their parents.  The family was encountered by the old Immigration and Naturalization Service in the mid 1990’s, and Immigration Court proceedings were instituted.  Their father’s deportation was suspended, and he then became a lawful permanent resident and then a United States citizen. Unfortunately, his two daughters had been ordered to depart the United States voluntarily by the Immigration Judge who handled the Court…
  • GREEN CARD GRANTED AFTER TRIAL

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Pakistan.  She entered the United States as a Visa Waiver Visitor using someone else’s passport.  She is married to a United States citizen and has three United States citizen children.  Her husband filed a Petition on her behalf to enable her to become a lawful permanent resident.  That Petition alleged that she had entered without inspection, which would have precluded her from obtaining a green card inside the United States, and if she departed to apply in Pakistan, she would have been inadmissible to the United States for 10…
 
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
 
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
 
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
 
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  • ** interview reschedule notice**

    Lilias
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Greetings, I had done my asylum interview on the 14th of October then 11 days later I have received a notice from uscis for interview reschedule notice ! What does that mean and is it good or bad ?
  • The Religion Of Body Parts Strikes Again

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More victims of Islam.
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Immigration Marriage Fraud - National Security If you are a United States citizen who is married Immigrant spouse (within your spouses initial 2 year Permanent Resident Card) and you have been Falsely Accused of State charges: If you have a gut feeling that you might be Falsely Accused in the future by your Immigrant spouse: Go to www csiinvestigations com and read Marriage Fraud 101 Go to www immigrationfraudvictins com Go to: www immigrationfraud com If you do not understand my message above; let me attempt another avenue to explain my thoughts. All Nationalities Male or Female!!! All…
  • Freedom1, are you still out there?

    Shourn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    I was just wondering... Have you already applied for naturalization? I'm getting ready to apply myself and would like to know how you dealt with the missprinted date on your green card. Please share your experience. Cheers
  • i-485 query

    cinsat
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Hello, My wife and I had our interview this morning at Chicago. Our apt was at 9:30 am, the IO was pleasant but we were questioned for about 45 minutes. a little back ground about us, we got married in January 2014, but have been dating since 2011. We also live in different states for now due to work/education. We had plenty of evidence such as: joint bank accounts 401k beneficiary info stock options together phone bills internet bills photos I was involved in an motorcycle accident in India in 2001 and I was never arrested , the case went thru the court due to the fact that a person was…
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  • Immigration Article of the Day: Effective Plea Bargains for Noncitizens by Craig Estlinbaum

    Immigration Prof
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Effective Plea Bargains for Noncitizens by Craig Estlinbaum 130th Judicial District Court; South Texas College of Law September 2, 2014 The Scholar Vol. 16, pp. 607-629 (2014) Abstract: In Padilla v. Kentucky, the United States Supreme Court held that the...
  • Immigrant of the Day: Gregor Blanco (Venezuela), San Francisco Giants

    Immigration Prof
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Born in Venezuela, Gregor Blanco is the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the San Francisco Giants and played in the team's Game 3 of the World Series last night. He also has played with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas...
  • The Facts on Immigration Today

    Immigration Prof
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here is a handy dandy fact sheet on immigration from the Center for American Progess. The facts are broken down into the following sections: • Today’s immigrant population • Demographics and political power of new Americans • Immigrants and the...
  • Who is the man behind the deadly Ottawa attack?

    Immigration Prof
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    One can only wonder what might cause someone to walk up to a war memorial, shoot a soldier, and then open fire in Canada's Parliament. The attacker, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was shot and killed before he could seriously hurt...
  • Ebola Hits NYC

    Immigration Prof
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    While the U.S. government takes steps to protect the nation and President Obama tries to calm fears, the spread of Ebola again is in the news. CNN reports that a doctor who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for...
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    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma

  • November 2014 Visa Bulletin: India EB2 Retrogresses

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for November 2014 which notes a slight forward movement in most categories, except the employment-based, second preference (EB2) India category, which retrogressed from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005. The Visa Bulletin, see below, also included notes on potential visa availability in the coming months. ========================================= Visa […]
  • Florida Immigrant Coalition’s “Drive for Common Sense” seeks Drivers Licenses for all Floridians Regardless of Immigration Status

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 30 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004. The FLIC has organized “The drive for common sense” which would allow Florida drivers to hold a driver’s license regardless of immigration status.  A petition endorsing this position […]
  • Major Retrogression Imminent for EB-2 India

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Via aila.org Per the AILA DOS Liaison Committee’s followup with Mr. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, “retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and could happen as early as November. The October 2014 priority date for EB-2 India is May 1, 2009. Given current demand, the […]
  • DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from FY2014 Fourth Quarter (8/31/14)

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 8/31/14, including number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed. Interestingly, of the top ten (10) H-1B Occupations: The top three (3) H-1B […]
  • Customs and Border Protection has Designated (optional) Ports of Entry for First Time Canadian TN (NAFTA) and L Visa Applicants

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Beginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under NAFTA. CBP has designated ports of entry that will ensure a more efficient approach to processing the high volume of TN and L applicants.
 
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  • After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

    Mark Noferi
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have been approved for visas to join family members, according to the New York Times, but, most are still in Haiti waiting up to a dozen years, because of tight numerical quotas for visa issuances. The U.S. only issued about 10,000…
  • Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

    Walter Ewing
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is true of the larger Latino and Asian communities to which most New Americans belong. Given that the predominantly white, native-born Americans who make up the massive “baby boom” generation are already starting to reach the age of 65, this…
  • How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

    Legal Action Center
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members feared for his life in El Salvador. Although he is only a toddler, the government has put him (named in our lawsuit as “A.E.G.E.”) into deportation proceedings on his own. He has no attorney to help him explain to the court why he should not be deported.
  • Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

    Beth Werlin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Human Right Watch (HRW) issued a report last week documenting serious flaws in the procedures used to deport noncitizens apprehended at or near the border—flaws that are resulting in the deportation of Central Americans who face serious harm in their home countries. The report is based on interviews of 35 noncitizens detained in the United States or recently deported to Honduras, as well as government data regarding apprehensions and asylum claims obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. One of HRW’s primary findings is that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
  • Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

    Guillermo Cantor
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    As the Ebola outbreak continues to take lives in West Africa, restrictionists have predictably started their  “crusade” to ban travel from West African countries. Specifically, over the past few weeks, nativist groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as well as some lawmakers started criticizing the U.S. government for not adopting tough travel restrictions. While the solutions proposed are indeed simplistic and not adequately justified, the motivation behind them is clearly opportunistic. Specifically, these…
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  • Billion-Dollar Firm Pays Illegal Alien Workers $1.21 an Hour

    David North
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Here are the facts: A large computer peripheral manufacturer, with sales of $727 million last year and a profit of $107 million, paid some of its workers in the United States $1.21 an hour. At least one of the workers was said to have worked 122 hours in a week. That would mean, for seven days straight, starting work at an average of 5:00 in the morning and ending at 10:25 at night, day after day; that's either cruelty or a seriously flawed time sheet. read more
  • The EB-5 Program — A Nightmare for Publicists

    David North
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    You have to feel sorry for the people at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who manage the EB-5 program, especially the publicists, as the immigrant investor program takes multiple blows, day after day, week after week. My favorite story, not yet in the mainstream media, would have had this headline 40 years ago: "ChiComs Take Over Multi-Million Dollar Capitalist Tool in Brooklyn". read more
  • Former Congressman Misrepresents His Own Statute on Immigration Quotas

    John Miano
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    President Obama has been threatening to take unilateral action on immigration through executive action after the election. One of the threatened actions is to change the method of determining the annual level of legal immigration. In almost all cases, immigrant visas (green cards) are subject to quotas. Rather than count all of the visas granted, such a change would count only the principal applicants against the numerical caps, and not include any dependents (spouses and minor children), thus increasing immigration significantly without authorization from Congress. Former Rep. Bruce Morrison…
  • Oregon Voters Oppose Driver's Licenses for Illegals

    David Seminara
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    According to a recent survey, voters in Oregon appear poised to roll back legislation that would have given the state's illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain "driver cards" (a form driver's license permitted by federal law but not acceptable for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane). Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D), signed the bill into law in May 2013, but a group called Oregonians for Immigration Reform of McMinnville (a town in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country) gathered more than 70,000 signatures in just a few months to freeze the law pending a…
  • BBC Shows the Way with Undercover Program on Foreign Student Cheating

    David North
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Recently a BBC Panorama program called "Student Visa Scandal", which exposed cheating in the UK's foreign student system, was called to my attention. It has two strong messages for this side of the water: U.S. broadcasters: Do some investigative reporting on immigration cheating; and U.S. policymakers: do more to keep foreign "students" from abusing our system! read more
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • Green Card Recruitment: Job Postings

    Jake VanKersen
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    ***   Part of the Green Card recruitment process is proving to the USCIS that the candidate that you are petitioning is not only the best person for the job, but that it can’t be filled by a U.S. worker. In order to prove that you did your due diligence in trying to find a U.S. citizen to fill the position you will need to file a recruitment report of the job postings you made of that position. You will want to include a report of the various places that you have posted the job including newspapers, LinkedIn, internal postings and anywhere else. Watch out latest video to find out more…
  • When to Open a Green Card for an Employee

    Jenny Terlinden
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
      In order to ensure continued work authorization for your foreign national employees, it’s important to consider sponsoring them for Green Cards with plenty of time before their max-out date. As a general guide, we suggest starting the process at least 2 years before the max-out date. For those who don’t know, a max-out date is the date by which an employee must leave the U.S. In general, work visas are temporary in nature and can be renewed, but many are not designed to be used indefinitely. H-1B employees are allowed 6 years in H-1B status. L-1A employees get 7 years; L-1B…
  • How to Bring your Fiance to the U.S.

    Aneesah Ali
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Are you wondering how to bring your fiance to the U.S. to get married? Here’s what you need to know about the K-1 fiance visa process: Before you can bring a fiance to the U.S., you need to determine if you qualify: The petitioner (person bringing the fiancé to the U.S.) must be a U.S. citizen. You and your fiance must have met in person within the last 2 years. (One of the ways that you can prove this is by providing pictures of the two of you.) You must intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé arriving in the U.S. You must be legally free to marry. You must be able to prove…
  • Video: Green Card Overview

    Jake VanKersen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    If you are a U.S. employer you have the opportunity to sponsor a foreign national for permanent residence through the Green Card process. An employer can obtain a Green Card for employees or candidates in the following employment-based categories. EB-1: Individuals with extraordinary abilites EB-2: Individuals with advance degrees EB-3: Professional/Skilled workers EB-4: “Special Immigrants” EB-5: Investors The process for filing a Green Card petition will depend on the category the employee fits in. For the EB-2 and EB-3 categories you will first need to file a labor…
  • VISANOW Green Card Recruitment Services

    Molly Susman
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    At the risk of making an understatement, there is a lot work that goes into getting a Green Card for an employee, and as an HR manager you already have a lot on your plate. Which is why VISANOW offers our clients a Green Card recruitment service that makes it faster and easier for HR managers to get the talent their company needs. Before approving a Green Card labor certification, the U.S. Department of Labor requires an employer to actively seek to hire a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Recruitment Activities In order to demonstrate that you did your due diligence, you will need…
 
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  • I Was Interviewed for Asylum, But I Never Received a Decision

    Jason Dzubow
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
                        Some asylum seekers file their applications and never receive an interview. Others are interviewed for asylum and never receive a decision. I’ve discussed the first problem–called the backlog–several times, but today I want to discuss the second problem. What happens to people who are interviewed for asylum, but then wait forever for a decision? Better late than never. I’ve had a number of clients with this problem. They fall into a few broad…
  • The Obscure Swedish Diplomat Who Gave Us “Particular Social Group”

    Jason Dzubow
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
                        Odds are, you’ve never heard of Sture Petrén. But if you are a refugee who has escaped persecution on account of female genital mutilation, domestic violence or sexual orientation, you may owe him your life. If you’ve received asylum based on PSG, you should send your thank yous to Sture Petrén. Sture Petrén—full name: Bror Arvid Sture Petrén—was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 3, 1908. He studied law and philosophy at Lund University, and then served…
  • Back(log) to the Future: 60,000+ People Stuck in the Asylum Backlog

    Jason Dzubow
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
                        I recently participated in a panel discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. The panel was hosted by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and featured speakers from academia, non-profits, government, and the private bar. The introductory speaker was the Ambassador of Jamaica, who (to my surprise) knew more about asylum law than most immigration attorneys. The focus of the panel was on asylum seekers of African decent (so, generally, people from…
  • “Miranda Rights” for Asylum Seekers

    Jason Dzubow
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
                        It’s a common scenario in my office: A person who entered the U.S. unlawfully at the Mexican border, and who was detained and released by U.S. immigration authorities, wants to seek asylum, but has missed the one-year deadline to apply. Dupe process of law at the border: Don’t tell people about their rights, and they won’t exercise them. Just the other day, a young man from El Salvador came to me for a consultation. In his country, gang members threatened to kill him.
  • Sixteen Years and 20 Minutes to “Other Serious Harm” Asylum

    Jason Dzubow
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
                        Our guest blogger today is Jonathan Bialosky, an attorney at the George Washington University Law School Immigration Clinic. He recently had an important win in an “other serious harm” asylum case. It also happens that he was a student in Todd Pilcher and my Asylum Law class at GW last semester. Congratulations on the win (and on passing our class – which you could have taught). Enjoy–  On September 3rd, 16 years after filing his application, and…
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  • Chinese Wealth Taps Out Investor Visas

    Romona Paden
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Wealthy Chinese looking to buy into a better lifestyle are moving outside their country’s border to do so. As the last five years has seen explosive growth in the request for EB-5 visas from Chinese investors, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced nationals had reached their limit, a first in the visa program’s 20-plus year history. EB-5 visas require an investment of between $500,000 and $1 million in US business—often local development projects. Applicants who can demonstrate their funds created at least 10 jobs are eligible to receive…
  • Undocumented Education

    Romona Paden
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    While living in fear of deportation to a foreign land has subsided for undocumented immigrants who have applied for and received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), fulfilling the American dream can still be a daunting and elusive task for these young people. It’s this predicament that’s outlined in the documentary film “A Dream Deferred,” which tells the story of three undocumented students at Harvard University. “A Dream Deferred” is a 40-minute film collaboration of two Harvard students who came together as dormitory roommates in their freshman year at the Ivy…
  • Columbus Day Celebrates Nation’s Immigrants

    Romona Paden
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Although the honorable aspects surrounding Columbus Day are often viewed with skepticism, a more generous take on the October holiday– named after Italian explorer Christopher Columbus— tends to come forth when considered within the wider context of immigration to the New World. And while Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day each fall short in terms of modern political correctness, the idea of honoring those with the courage and fortitude to build a new life in a foreign land is one that strikes the common chord of liberty among people around the world. More than remembering a single…
  • USCIS Offers Relief to Nationals of Ebola-Outbreak Countries

    Romona Paden
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    As the pandemic threat of Ebola becomes more widespread, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking steps to offer relief to West African nationals from the countries at the center of the deadly virus.  Specifically, USCIS is offering special permissions to nationals who are currently in the United States from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Relief measures available to the West African country nationals on request include: A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for individuals currently in the United States—even if the request is filed after…
  • Mexican-American Beauty Crowned Miss USA

    Romona Paden
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Crowned Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez’s Mexican-American heritage is just one aspect that made the 24-year-old beauty queen a winner in the eyes of pageant judges. Now preparing to compete in the Miss Universe contest, Sanchez’s international flair could prove to be a real advantage as she goes head to head with some of the most beautiful women in the world. Making it a point to travel to Mexico during mission trips as she was growing up, Sanchez has always emphasized her heritage. Although not the first Latina to hold the Miss USA title, Sanchez acknowledges her Mexican background as a…
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    Immigration News | Get the latest immigration news and headlines

  • How to apply for a green card through a job offer

    Romona Paden
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awards an immigrant a green card, it gives that person permanent residence in the U.S. This comes with the right to secure employment within the country. The application process can take a long time to be complete and is very complex and strict. However, USCIS offers several avenues through which you can apply, such as by meeting one of the categories outlined by the Immigration and Nationality Act. These include being an immediate relative of someone who holds U.S. citizenship, being a priority professional or holding refugee status. One of…
  • DHS implements Haitian Family Reunification Parole program

    Romona Paden
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    When it comes to receiving a green card or visa, those who are family members of people with American citizenship often have their applications expedited. That's because the U.S. government puts particular emphasis on family reunification. The Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it will put the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program into place. This program will award eligible Haitians with the opportunity to come to the U.S. two years before the priority dates for their immigrant visas become current. To qualify, an applicant must reside in Haiti and be a…
  • Federal government calls for millions of blank green cards

    Romona Paden
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    With immigration reform on hold for the time being, many are worried about whether they'll be eligible to apply for a green card in the near future. The world is waiting for President Barack Obama to make a decision regarding reform after the midterm elections come to a close. And while he has yet to make any official decisions, a recent executive action hints at what his next move might be – the federal government is accepting bids for a vendor to print up to 34 million blank green cards. On Oct. 3, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted a draft solicitation…
  • Eligibility requirements to apply for a green card

    Romona Paden
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    A green card gives the holder permanent residence in the U.S. – the ability to live and work in the country for the foreseeable future. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has implemented a lengthy and strict process for applying for permanent residence, but first you must qualify for a green card by meeting certain requirements. These generally include: Being admissible to the U.S. Having an immigrant visa immediately available Having an immigrant petition filed and approved for you Being eligible for an immigrant category established by the Immigration and Nationality Act INA…
  • Silicon Valley pushes to digitize immigration forms

    Romona Paden
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Immigration reform has largely come to a standstill on Capitol Hill, much to the distress of those seeking American citizenship. But leaders in Silicon Valley are finding new ways to stimulate debate surrounding the subject and revolutionize the process for applying for a green card or visa. According to The Hill, San Francisco-based FileRight has been meeting with officials from the Obama administration about ways to make immigration forms easier to fill out. This would involve developing a new online system and moving away from paper-based application processes. The new applications…
 
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  • Immigration and DACA a Contentious Topic in Midterms

    Romona Paden
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With just a few weeks left in the run up to Election Day 2014, Washington politicians are bobbing and weaving their way around the issue of immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as elected officials are mostly opting out of taking a position on one side or the other. Rather than offering leadership, senators and […]
  • Immigration and Labor Create Solid Unions

    Romona Paden
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Immigration activists are finding a new ally in an old detractor with the ranks of labor unions increasingly made up of foreign-born workers. As union membership has steadily declined over the past few decades, immigrants are replenishing union membership numbers. The scenario means labor unions are emerging as a key ally in immigration reform efforts. […]
  • 2016 Green Card Lottery is Underway

    Romona Paden
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to the United States and becoming permanent residents in the country have a potential route with the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 program, which opened for registration at the beginning of October and runs through November 3. As a hopeful avenue to immigrate to the United States for those who have […]
  • 移民フォームI130、外国人の親戚嘆願書

    Romona Paden
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    よくある質問 1. 誰が I130フォームを提出できるのですか。 米国市民または永住権保持者が、U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-米国市民権および移民サービス (USCIS) に、米国に移民を希望する親戚との関係を証明するために提出することができます。 2. 米国市民として、このフォームを誰のために使用できますか。 資格のある親戚1人1人に別々のI130フォームを提出してください。次に当てはまる関係の人のために提出することができます: A.
  • DV Program to Begin October Registration

    Romona Paden
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    With the entry of autumn onto the calendar, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world could be closer to fulfilling their dream of living and working in the United States. Beginning at the start of October and running for about one month, the Department of State (DOS) opens registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) Program. The month […]
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  • 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.
  • Visa Bulletin For October 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01MAY09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 15NOV09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01APR09 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin for September 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01MAY09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 08NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08OCT09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01NOV08 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
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    Canada Immigration Lawyers and Information

  • Overview of the new study permit rules

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Thousands of foreign students enter Canada every year to study at one of hundreds of colleges or universities. It’s a smart move.  Not only do you get to experience Canadian culture, but it can set you up for a post-graduation work visa, and eventually permanent residence in Canada. Even if permanent residence is not your current goal, after studying here, you may wish to stay indefinitely. However, the student permit rules have changed recently and I’ve summarized the key aspects below. Note that a study permit is only required for a program over 6 months in length.  However,…
  • Labour Market Opinion is now a Labour Market Impact Assessment

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If you are planning to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker, you typically need an employer who is willing to hire you.  That employer must also be willing to apply to the government to show that it is difficult (or impossible) to find a Canadian who is able to do the job you wish to do. In the past the employer would apply for a “labour market opinion” (LMO) to confirm that it would be difficult to find a Canadian.  An LMO would be issued and you would use that LMO to apply for your work permit. However, the labour market opinion is now known as a labour market impact…
  • Renewing a supervisa at Vegreville

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    For those of you who have been issued a supervisa, you quickly realized that the promise of a 10 year entry visa was in fact a one or two year entry visa, that must be renewed. Why is this the case? CIC wants to ensure that after one or two years, the conditions under which the supervisa were issued have not changed.  For example, do your parents still have adequate medical coverage?  Are they still residing with you?  Can you meet their food and lodging needs? If your parents are currently residing in Canada with you, then the renewal application is sent to CPC Vegreville.  Currently,…
  • Did you know you can apply for citizenship with less than 1095 days physical presence?

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    As a permanent resident, the general rule to apply for Canadian citizenship is to have 1,095 days of physical presence in Canada in the previous 4 years. If you meet that test, great. But what if you were out of the country for a few days per month?  What if you have to be out of the country a few days per month (like one of my clients who has business in the USA)?  Can you apply with anything less than 1,095 days? Yes you can. To say that the law on physical presence is currently in a state of confusion would be an understatement.  There are several cases at the Federal Court that all say…
  • Eligible occupations announced for the federal skilled worker program

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    If you missed out applying under the federal skilled worker program last year because your occupation reached its cap, there’s good news. CIC just announced a new list of occupations for applicants beginning May 1, 2014.  The overall cap is set at 25,000 applications for the next 12 months.  There are sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations (I’ve listed them below, along with links to the NOC descriptions). So if you are interested in applying under this program, do it quickly.  Last year, some of the occupation sub-caps were reached by the end of June.  If…
 
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    Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer

  • 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…
  • Solutions For Unaccompanied Minors

    ashautsova
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Asylum For Unaccompanied Minors Author: New York Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova Recent influx of children from South America posted serious questions in  front of the US government.  While the Obama administration promised an Immigration reform, it also decided to handle the cases of these children rather harshly: new immigration detention facility in Texas and surge dockets in Immigration courts do not look like measures that should address this crisis in a humane way. Nevertheless, most of the children are eligible for some sort of relief. For example: asylum, Special immigrant…
  • Travel to Belarus for Children with Dual Citizenship

    ashautsova
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Travel to Belarus for Children with Dual Citizenship Author: Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova The laws of the Belarus allow children under 16 years old to have a dual citizenship. When a child of a Belarusian citizen is born abroad, he or she automatically becomes a Belarusian citizen as well. When traveling to Belarus the first time after the child’s birth, parents should know certain requirements and particularities that would help to avoid issues at the Belarusian/Russian border. To wit, a Belarusian citizen child may return to Belarus using a document called “Permission to…
  • RELIEF FOR CITIZENS OF EBOLA AFFECTED COUNTRIES

    ashautsova
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    RELIEF FOR CITIZENS OF EBOLA AFFECTED COUNTRIES Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States Release Date: August 15, 2014 by USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States. Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include: Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States,…
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    Orlando Immigration Attorney, Central Florida Immigration Lawyer

  • 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,…
  • The L-1 Visa: Grow Your Business in the US

    Henry Lim
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    The United States has long attracted foreign companies who want to do business here in our vast consumer markets. As a company looks for growth opportunities in the US, they often need to bring over key staff members from overseas to spearhead the expansion and educate new employees about products and services. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim helps you understand how the L-1 visa can be a useful way to help your company build its US base of operations. Though we hear more often about American jobs being sentoverseas, international companies often bring jobs TO the United States as well.
  • How Provisional Waivers Help Keep Families Together

    Henry Lim
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Our immigration laws impact the everyday lives of families in this country. Kissimmee Immigration Attorney Henry Lim explains how the new provisional waiver system makes it possible to limit the separation of spouses when one of them attempts to obtain legal residency in the United States. All scenarios are fictional; any resemblance to persons living or dead are unintentional. Julia crossed the border from Mexico at age 18 with her older brother, seeking new opportunity in the United States. They made their way to Florida, where she fell in love with her new home. Julia learned English…
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  • Visa Reciprocity for Thailand

    Robert Virasin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Visa Reciprocity is an agreement between two countries on the terms and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of the reciprocal country. Generally, there is an agreement to treat the other countries nationals with the same conditions and limitations that they treat their nationals. However sometimes a visa reciprocity is a retaliatory action as in […]
  • Differences between Visa Processing and Adjustment of Status

    Robert Virasin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    There are two methods for a foreign national to become a U.S. Permanent Resident. The foreign national can go through Visa Processing through a U.S. consulate abroad or through Adjustment of Status in the United States. This article will go through some of main differences between Visa Processing and Adjustment of Status. Maintenance of Lawful […]
  • How does someone become a U.S. citizen?

    Robert Virasin
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There are four basic ways to become a U.S. citizen. The most common way is to be born in the United States. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that all persons born in the United States or United States territories are citizens of the United States. The second method of becoming a U.S. […]
  • Adjustment of Status: Its Requirements and Processes

    Robert Virasin
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Adjustment of Status is the process of converting your K-1 or K-3 spouse to a U.S. permanent resident. The process begins with organizing your supporting documents. They can be placed into these categories.
  • E-2 Investor Visa: Treaty Investor Countries and their Nationals

    Robert Virasin
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    The E-2 Investor Visa is an attractive visa for foreign nationals who do not have family in the United States or an Employer who is willing to sponsor them to come live and work in the United States. With the right financial resources, an E-2 visa allows foreign nationals to self-sponsor themselves to start a […]
 
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  • The Process of Getting a Fiancé Visa

    Scott McVarish
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to marry someone who is not a citizen and not in the United States, you can obtain a fiancé visa for him or her. The K-1 fiancé nonimmigrant visa allows the applicant to enter the United States, marry an American citizen and live here permanently. Applicants can even bring their unmarried children under the age of 21 by filing for K-2 nonimmigrant visa status. First, the U.S. citizen will have to file a fiancé visa petition with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the alien fiancé. Then the USCIS will have to approve…
  • I-130 with Provisional Waivers

    Scott McVarish
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Before applying for a green card or adjustment of status, it is important to learn about Form I-130 and recent changes to the law. There are opportunities for family members to live and work in the United States even if they entered the states illegally. There are different opportunities available depending upon the circumstances of the case, but the law now allows certain foreign nationals to stay within the country while they apply for their green card. U.S. citizens may file a Form I-130 for their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or married son or daughter of any age. Citizens…
  • Who is Eligible to Apply for a U-Visa?

    Scott McVarish
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    U-visas were created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. They allow foreign victims of crimes in the United States to remain in the country while assisting law enforcement officials to apprehend and prosecute criminals. Individuals who are the victims of serious crimes in the United States may pursue a U-visa to remain here for up to four years, after which they may apply for permanent residence. However, simply stating that you are the victim of a crime is not enough to secure a U-visa. Applicants must obtain a “certificate of helpfulness”…
  • E-1/E-2 Visas

    Scott McVarish
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The United States has treaties of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation with most of the other countries in the world. These treaties are designed to promote investment and trade between countries. Individuals and companies located in countries that have a treaty with the United States can apply for and obtain visas that allow them to work and live in the U.S. There are two types of E-visas that are available for individuals and companies located in a country with a friendship treaty with the United States: E-1 Treaty Trader: This visa is available for companies that have trade relations with…
  • New Laws Fail to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

    Scott McVarish
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Approximately 10 percent of California’s workforce is composed of undocumented immigrants. Many worry that these workers are vulnerable to employer mistreatment, including wage theft. A number of California laws were recently implemented to combat and deter wrongdoing against undocumented immigrants, and the Supreme Court has even ruled that undocumented workers have the right to sue their employers. However, these protections are not keeping all workers from harm. A reporter with KQED recently interviewed an undocumented worker who suffered physical abuse at the hands of one employer…
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  • Is Illegal Immigrant Voting Fraud a Real Problem?

    Paul
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Voting fraud is a topic that is often discussed immediately after an election when one side or another happens to lose a major part of the ballot. Its clock-like regularity nearly disqualifies it as a complaint in some ways, but voter fraud is still a threat to a properly functioning democracy and should be taken seriously. The problem with voter fraud is that it disenfranchises people by making their vote not mean as much as another’s. In a proper democracy, the people who are designated to vote are given one vote each and if someone takes two, well, that’s not fair and not how the U.S.
  • Immigration Issues and Unaccompanied Minors

    Paul
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    The recent influx of immigrant unaccompanied minors into the United States is only the most recent of a long list of immigration concerns and issues. Perhaps what makes the plight of these young people so resonant in popular news media is the fact that even the most vocal detractors of immigration reform cannot find it within themselves to blame the problem on the immigrants themselves. Reportedly, tens of thousands of immigrant children turned themselves over to the U.S. border patrol in the summer of 2014 ending their journeys that may have taken many months or even years. These children…
  • Will I Lose My Green Card if I Get a Divorce?

    Paul
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    The short answer to this question is no. Once someone has obtained a Green Card (permanent residency) their status cannot be taken away just because they have gotten a divorce. There are a couple of situations where a Green Card holder’s status as a permanent resident might be at risk if they get a divorce, but the U.S. does consider the rights of the people involved and does not summarily deport immigrants who have gotten divorced. Divorce During the Conditional Green Card Period  Immigrants who receive a green card through marriage are initially given a conditional Green Card. This…
  • What is the Importance of Deferred Action

    Paul
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Since its creation in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has made quite a stir. Its impact is far reaching and variously affects immigration policy throughout the U.S. It’s possible to simplify the importance of Deferred Action to its impact on individuals and on society as a whole, though this assessment is by no means exhaustive or complete. Individual Importance of Deferred Action  Deferred Action is important to many individuals throughout the United States because it grants a certain amount of relief to people who already live in the United States without immigration…
  • Who are the relatives I can Sponsor?

    Paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Many people immigrate to the United States by having a relative who already lives in the United States sponsor their immigration. The relatives that a resident of the U.S. can sponsor depends on the U.S. resident’s status in the United States. Citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) can help different family members immigrate. Which Relatives Can Citizens Help Immigrate? The following relatives can be sponsored for immigration to the U.S by a citizen of the U.S. as an immediate relative: Husband Wife Mother (if the petitioner is over 21 years of age) Father (if the petitioner…
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