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    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Patty Johnson
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    As the federal government works toward a bipartisan solution to immigration reform, we’re left to wonder if a comprehensive change will happen. However, there is some movement on the local level as 12 states have passed their own version of the DREAM Act. The legislation would have given young immigrants a path to citizenship and was rejected by the senate in 2010. To help give young undocumented immigrants an option to pursue their studies, the following states have passed their own version of education reform for DREAMers: California The California DREAM Act allows students, who meet…
  • When Will Courts Lift the Deferred Action Injunction?

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Patty Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    President Obama’s latest deferred action executive order is on hold due to a federal injunction granted in February. If you qualify for expanded DACA or DAPA, don’t worry, immigration advocates believe the injunction won’t last long and the USCIS may begin accepting applications soon. Here’s an overview of the deferred action injunction timeline detailing when it may be lifted:   Want to get a head start on expanded DACA or DAPA? Learn if you qualify for deferred action and begin preparing your documents! The post When Will Courts Lift the Deferred Action…
  • New H-1B Visa Policy Wins Praise

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    Romona Paden
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    With damaging consequences to the U.S. economy, changes in outdated visa rules will bring a much-needed boost to the nation’s immigration scene. Focusing on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says the change is good news not only for the nation’s economy, but for immigrants themselves. Beginning later this spring—May 26— the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin granting employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 dependent spouses. The policy shift is part of the executive action plan on immigration that President Obama announced…
  • H1B FY2016 Cap Update: Premium Processing begins April 27

    Ramchand & Raval, P.C.
    Sachin Raval
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for both Masters and Bachelor's cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on April 27, 2015. USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

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    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
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    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati

    federale86
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1.../p2p-83371456/
  • Federale's Immigrant of the Day: Mohamed S. Abdullahi

    federale86
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Rapist: http://www.kpho.com/story/28871491/p...ssaulting-wife
  • green card

    valentino collins
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    been married to a us citizen for 3 years now,do i file for a green card or permanent residence permit ?
  • HOW CAN I CHANGE CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO TEN-YEAR GREEN CARD AFTER DIVORCE?

    may2046
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    My name is A. I Came from China . . I got married with the U.S. citizen, B, in 2013. In the beginning, our marriage was not too bad. I was pretty sure about how much he loved me. I was happy and interested in everything here in the America. He always took me out driving around the city in the weekend. At week days, he came back home from work to be with me at lunch time every day at that time. We have been talked to each other when we started dreaming our future. Things like opening a coffee shop, we would have nice services and nice customers. We would feel happy for our job and should make…
  • Marriage Document Translation Question

    rman920
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hi, I am an American citizen and have married a Chinese national in China. I have applied for an I-130 petition for Spousal Citizenship, and have received a request for additional evidence of marriage. One of the requirements is that I have a complete translation of the marriage document. I noticed on the letter they sent me complete was bolded and underlined. So far I have translated by rev.com just the "meat and potatoes" page of the Chinese marriage document I received from the Chinese marriage office in Guangzhou. I say meat and potatoes, because it's got the marriage document…
 
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    Immigration Impact

  • Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

    Beth Werlin
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her suffer and is desperate to get her out of detention. The quickest way out is for Melida to accept deportation to their home country of Guatemala. The problem is this: they are terrified of returning home, where they fear retaliation because…
  • Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

    Mark Noferi
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske answered questions from the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee regarding CBP’s budget, and more generally his first year on the job. Kerlikowske’s seeming rationality, and openness to administrative changes, provided an alternative to the enforcement-first strategy that has marked Congress’ approach to border security. First, in response to questions about CBP’s failure to meet Congressional hiring quotas, Kerlikowske refreshingly cited oversight concerns at CBP. Committee…
  • Without Legalization, State Policies Remain Crucial to Healthy Communities

    Guillermo Cantor
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    In the absence of meaningful immigration reform to address the situation of the millions of undocumented individuals living in the United States, state policies have become more and more important. One of the areas in which that is especially true is public health. It is unquestionable that healthy communities require broad access to health care. However, for undocumented immigrants, access to quality health care is hindered by a number of barriers (including low health insurance coverage, difficulty negotiating time off of work, and lack of transportation, among others). And even though…
  • Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

    Amy Grenier
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Since 2009, Congress has instructed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities across the country, a policy known as “the bed mandate.” This mandate costs the American taxpayer $5.05 million per day–or $159 a day per immigrant detainee. A new report released this week by Grassroots Leadership found that the private prison industry contributed significant sums towards lobbying Congress for increasingly aggressive immigration detention policies. The report also found that 67 percent of all ICE immigration detention beds are…
  • How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

    Walter Ewing
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have the danger of deportation constantly hanging over their heads. With legal status, they’d be able to change jobs more easily and—as they found better jobs and their wages increased—their economic clout as consumers and taxpayers would rise as well. This is a…
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  • More Abuse of Discretion, Coming Right at Ya

    Dan Cadman
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    What do you do when the benefits giveaway part of your big plans for unilateral and unconstitutional immigration "executive actions" are stymied by the courts; when you can't stop a months-long surge at the "more-secure-than-ever border"; and you're caught two years in a row releasing tens of thousands of criminal aliens into communities throughout the United States? Why, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face! You double down, by off-shoring your benefits program to Central America (where you hope it is safely outside the scrutiny of American courts and the 26 states suing you for…
  • Squabbling Among the Open Borders Types and Other Migration Miscellany

    David North
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    A fierce battle between two open borders groups is among the little-noted bits of recent immigration news covered in this posting. Now, we are aware that in Iraq (Tikrit, for example) the U.S. is fighting alongside Iran-backed Shia militias, while we and our allies (the Saudis) are bombing and droning other Iran-supported Shia militias in Yemen. Similarly, in the U.S. immigration field two quite disparate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Roman Catholic Church, routinely work side by side to open our borders and to discourage enforcement of our immigration laws. Recently,…
  • Three More Candidates for the Naturalization Hall of Shame

    Dan Cadman
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Over the course of months, I've been blogging about for candidates to the naturalization "hall of shame", consisting of individuals who should never have been granted American citizenship and make it abundantly, painfully, and embarrassingly clear that is the case by perpetrating heinous acts. These acts have consisted of war crimes, murder, terrorism, espionage, and sundry other offenses. read more
  • Mass Migration in the Med: A Clear Case of Cause and Effect

    Dan Cadman
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Recently I wrote a blog about an alien smuggling incident in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in the charge of murder being levied against some of the participants after they threw other participants off the boat to drown. Since then, another massive tragedy unfolded in those waters when a vessel holding hundreds of migrants being smuggled capsized in international waters off Libya while en route to Europe. Only a few survived. The figures of the dead have ranged from 700 to 900; no one is certain how many were aboard to begin with. The Tunisian boat captain and his Syrian mate have been…
  • Employers Outraged at DoL's Demand for Pay of $2/hr for Shepherds

    David North
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Do you suppose that a group of reasonably well-heeled U.S. employers would object if the government made them pay their foreign workers $2.00 an hour plus room and board (with "room" sometimes being a tent)? The answer is "Yes." read more
 
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  • DACA Real-life Story: A DREAMer’s Struggle and Success After DACA

    Patty Johnson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Christian A young, DACA-approved DREAMer shares a personal story of how she worked hard against all odds to go to college and achieve her dreams. “As a child, I was told education is the path to a successful life where you are not living day-by-day and paycheck to paycheck. In school, I was always told I could become anybody I wanted when I grew up. I was told that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.  I can’t recall the first time I was told I was undocumented. It’s like I always knew, although I do recall the feeling that this status brought to me. As a young girl, I…
  • Understanding DACA’s 4 Criminal History Restrictions

    Patty Johnson
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants young undocumented immigrants a chance to legally work in the U.S while being protected from deportation. In order to qualify, applicants must meet a variety of criteria, which includes strict criminal history restrictions that aim to disqualify any applicants that may pose a threat to national security. DACA Criminal History Guidelines The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) outlines requirements for DACA applicants. It’s often unclear to those who have a criminal record if they qualify for deferred action. Here…
  • Top 3 Immigration Scam Red Flags

    Patty Johnson
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The immigration process unites families with loved ones while offering life-changing opportunities to students and professionals. Unfortunately, there are individuals and companies that exploit people’s situations to reap monetary gains. Look out for these common immigration scam red flags while applying for a visa. 1. Asking for Money Don’t get caught by immigration scams that ask for money. Image credit: Barb Leung via Flickr Scammers often request money from people with a variety of statuses from undocumented immigrants to U.S. citizens. While it’s not a definitive sign of an online…
  • When Will Courts Lift the Deferred Action Injunction?

    Patty Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    President Obama’s latest deferred action executive order is on hold due to a federal injunction granted in February. If you qualify for expanded DACA or DAPA, don’t worry, immigration advocates believe the injunction won’t last long and the USCIS may begin accepting applications soon. Here’s an overview of the deferred action injunction timeline detailing when it may be lifted:   Want to get a head start on expanded DACA or DAPA? Learn if you qualify for deferred action and begin preparing your documents! The post When Will Courts Lift the Deferred Action…
  • DREAM Act State Tuition Benefits

    Patty Johnson
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    As the federal government works toward a bipartisan solution to immigration reform, we’re left to wonder if a comprehensive change will happen. However, there is some movement on the local level as 12 states have passed their own version of the DREAM Act. The legislation would have given young immigrants a path to citizenship and was rejected by the senate in 2010. To help give young undocumented immigrants an option to pursue their studies, the following states have passed their own version of education reform for DREAMers: California The California DREAM Act allows students, who meet…
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    The Asylumist

  • Refugees Come to America–To Sing!

    Jason Dzubow
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
                        One of my more memorable cases involved testimony from my client’s uncle, a well-known singer from Ethiopia who had been living in exile in Sweden and the U.S. since 1974. He was testifying about conditions in Ethiopia and whether it was safe for his nephew (my client) to return home. He mentioned that even after 40 years away, many of his songs were about Ethiopia. I asked him about his feeling towards his homeland. “I love my country,” he responded. Did…
  • Asylum for the Jews of France?

    Jason Dzubow
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
                        Over the past few years, there have been a number of deadly and horrific attacks against Jewish people in Europe. Targeted by radical Muslims, Jews have been murdered in a Kosher market, outside a synagogue, and at a Jewish daycare facility. They have been targeted for attack at a Jewish Community Center, and there have been hundreds of lesser (but still frightening) instances of anti-Semitism. The Jews of France are not alone. But is that enough? In response, some…
  • Syria of Blessed Memory

    Jason Dzubow
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
                        The Greek philosopher Heraclitus tells us that you can never step into the same river twice. We often find ourselves returning to places we visited long ago, though of course those places have changed and so have we. At least that’s how it is for me with Syria. A dashing young traveler visits the Old City of Damascus. I visited Syria with two friends way back in April 1990, when I was a student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. We left Israel during our Passover…
  • Where the [Expletive Deleted] Is My Work Permit?

    Jason Dzubow
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
                        If you look at the processing times on the USCIS Texas Service Center website, you will see something interesting. The website indicates that USCIS will complete an asylum seeker’s I-765 form–the application for an Employment Authorization Document or “EAD”–in three weeks. Perhaps USCIS views this time frame as aspirational. I view it as metaphorical. Or maybe delusional. EAD ETA? WTF. The reality is that EADs are not processed in three weeks.
  • In Defense of the Homeschoolers’ Asylum Bill

    Jason Dzubow
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
                        Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would grant asylum to families of homeschoolers who are persecuted by their governments. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, would also make it more difficult for others fleeing violence to obtain asylum in the U.S. by (among other things) raising the bar for credible fear interviews and blocking all government funding for child refugees who need lawyers. Congressman Louis Gutiérrez criticized…
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  • South Dakota Dairy Farmers Join Ag Call for Immigration Reform

    Romona Paden
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    The 34 employees of Turner Country Dairy, a 1,600-cow dairy farm in South Dakota, milk the cows three times a day, six days a week. It’s heavy, repetitive, arduous work of the kind on which many job seekers pass. Not surprisingly, a majority of Turner Country Dairy workers are immigrants. Farmer reliance on immigrant labor is a familiar story. The backbone of agricultural labor in Arizona and California is made up of undocumented workers. Likewise, immigrants power the labor on farms in the state of New York. With each, farmers working with immigrants say an overwhelming need to overhaul…
  • Reform Injunction Likely Headed to Supreme Court

    Romona Paden
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    As federal judges in the Fifth Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans might likely maintain the injunction on the implementation of President Obama’s expanded reform efforts, Texas v. United States could be headed toward the Supreme Court. With the injunction still in place, expanded outreach through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs can’t move forward—leaving some immigrant families living in fear of separation through deportation. While the current impasse in the court of appeals is discouraging to immigration…
  • New H-1B Visa Policy Wins Praise

    Romona Paden
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    With damaging consequences to the U.S. economy, changes in outdated visa rules will bring a much-needed boost to the nation’s immigration scene. Focusing on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says the change is good news not only for the nation’s economy, but for immigrants themselves. Beginning later this spring—May 26— the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin granting employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 dependent spouses. The policy shift is part of the executive action plan on immigration that President Obama announced…
  • USCIS Accepting Grant Program Applications

    Romona Paden
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    United States Citizenship and Immigration has earmarked $10 million to help immigrants move toward citizenship. With this, immigrant-support organizations have an opportunity to firm up resources as the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program application process is underway. Organizations receiving the grants can be awarded as much as $250,000 over a two-year period.   The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, administered by USCIS, is designed to assist those organizations that “prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased…
  • USCIS Recognizes U.S. Soldiers and Their Families

    Romona Paden
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Personal sacrifice is often thought of as routine for soldiers serving in the military. In reality, though, the sacrifice made by members of the military is one that reaches across to include soldiers’ families. In light of this, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) implements policies designed to recognize these important sacrifices made by members of the nation’s armed forces and their families. Foreign-born soldiers who serve in one of the branches of the United States military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard— receive expedited processing of…
 
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  • Jeb Bush makes bold claims on immigration

    Romona Paden
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Undocumented immigrants currently living within the U.S. and hoping to gain American citizenship are likely paying close attention to the upcoming presidential race. Whoever takes the Oval Office in 2012 will have a great deal of influence over which direction the nation ultimately turns on the hot button issue of comprehensive immigration reform. As it stands now, President Barack Obama has made considerable efforts to use his executive power to pave a clearer, more navigable path for undocumented immigrants to gain protection from deportation and an eventual path to citizenship. While he…
  • Concerns rising over medical care for youth immigrants

    Romona Paden
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Undocumented immigrants currently seeking American citizenship face a number of challenges throughout the naturalization process. In addition to navigating the lengthy process involved with receiving their citizenship, they often find themselves having to do without many basic benefits of citizenship for long periods of time. While some level of this is to be expected, some of these concerns seem to be more pressing than others. According to several recent studies and reports, an absence of access to quality medical care is one of the most frequently experienced difficulties for undocumented…
  • Requisitos b

    Romona Paden
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Si planeas aplicar para obtener la naturalización americana debes prepararte para un proceso largo y riguroso. Muchas personas se quejan de que es un proceso muy demandante pero debes tomar en cuenta que cada año miles de personas aplican para lo mismo. Para garantizar que lograrás tu objetivo debes tener claros los requisitos y seguir el procedimiento al pie de la letra. Para facilitarte el trabajo hemos preparado la siguiente guía. Requisitos básicos Antes de iniciar el proceso, asegúrate de contar con todos los requisitos listos. Estos son: Debes…
  • Cu

    Romona Paden
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Estados Unidos ofrece grandes posibilidades a cualquiera que tenga los conocimientos y las habilidades necesarias. Por ello, miles de extranjeros apuestan por viajar a este país para buscar un empleo que les permita vivir dignamente. Si eres una de estas personas debes saber que antes de hacer las maletas tendrás que obtener la autorización para el empleo en EUA. Requisitos básicos para trabajar en Estados Unidos Las leyes estadounidenses obligan a los empleadores a revisar el estatus migratorio de sus posibles empleados. Esto se hace con la finalidad de asegurarse…
  • Los inversionistas pueden obtener una visa estadounidense

    Romona Paden
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Estados Unidos te permite trabajar y residir con tu familia si te conviertes en un inversionista. Existen dos tipos de visa otorgada para los inversionistas: la visa conocida como EB5 y la E2. La diferencia mayor es el capital requerido para la inversión y si puedes o no, luego podrás tramitar la ciudadanía americana. Ambas solicitudes de visa se llevan un tiempo muy largo. Toma en cuenta que debes presentar formularios, proyectos y demás temas relacionados a tus inversiones. Procura tener toda la información perfectamente detallada desde antes de iniciar tu…
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    Ramchand & Raval, P.C.

  • USCIS Implements New Find Doctor Tool

    Sachin Raval
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    USCIS has implemented a new tool to help you find local doctors authorized to perform medical examinations for green card applicants based on distance. Click here
  • H1B FY2016 Cap Update: Premium Processing begins April 27

    Sachin Raval
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for both Masters and Bachelor's cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on April 27, 2015. USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.
  • Visa Bulletin For May 2015 (Moving Forward Feels Good!)

    Sachin Raval
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be:15APR08Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be:15JAN04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN12Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be:01MAY11Click here for the visa bulletin
  • USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery-233000 Petitions Received!

    Sachin Raval
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Wow....USCIS announced that it finished the computer-generated random selection process to select petitions to meet the FY2016 cap. USCIS noted that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period. That's a slim percentage of being selected. USCIS stated it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.Let's pray for the best!
  • Visa Bulletin For April 2015

    Sachin Raval
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01SEP07Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 08JAN04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01APR11Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JAN11Click here for the visa bulletin
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    Canada Immigration Lawyers and Information

  • Emailing with CIC: Who is responsible for lost or failed email messages?

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    If you provide an email address in your application form, you are allowing CIC to communicate with you by email. Generally speaking email is a great thing for any immigration application.  Email is instant, and letters from CIC can take days to weeks depending on which country you are in. However, what happens if an email message gets lost in the web?  What if it fails to deliver? There have been some devastating cases of this happening.  An applicant is patiently waiting for CIC to respond to an application.  One day they receive an email (or a letter) saying the application was rejected…
  • Facing removal from Canada? Here are some options

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    If you are facing removal from Canada, all is not lost.  CIC will likely notify you about a process where you can remain in Canada. PRRA (or Pre-Removal Risk Assessment) is a process available to those facing removal from Canada.  Don’t know if you qualify?  If you do qualify you’ll receive a notification letter – but be ready to act quickly when you receive notice from CIC. PRRA is designed for those facing removal from Canada, but who do not pose a risk to the Canadian public. You’ll need to prove that if you are sent back to your country of origin, you will be…
  • 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,…
 
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    My Access Australia

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) – Subclass 186 Visa

    Peng Cheng
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
      The Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer. There are two separate pathways or streams for the 186 visa. You can satisfy the requirements of either stream before applying for the 186 visa. The streams are called the Direct Entry stream, and the Temporary […]
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa

    Peng Cheng
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:32 pm
      The Subclass 187 RSMS visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer for a role that is located in ‘regional Australia’. The main difference between a 187 RSMS visa and a 186 Employer Nominated Scheme visa is that for a 187 visa, you need to be nominated by your […]
  • Market Salary – 457 Visa Holders & Applicants

    Peng Cheng
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:24 pm
      One very common question that we get from 457 visa holders is – what should I be paid? I can’t tell you the exact amount that you should be paid. However, I can outline how you can determine the salary amount that you should be paid under migration legislation. This article outlines the obligations […]
  • Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Peng Cheng
    2 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
      We are looking for applicants who may be eligible for Australia’s investment or business development based Subclass 188 visa. If you fit any of the following profiles, then we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can help you obtain Australian permanent residency.   The investor   You (and your partner if […]
  • Victoria (VIC) State Sponsorship – 489 & 190 Visas

    Peng Cheng
    4 Nov 2013 | 4:42 pm
      The Subclass 190 State Sponsored visa is a permanent residency visa which can be sponsored by the Victorian state government. The 489 visa temporary visa that is valid for 4 years and can provide a pathway to permanent residence through the 887 visa.   Outline of eligibility requirements – 489 & 190 visas   In order to obtain a 190 or 489 […]
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • Spain down to third most popular emigration destination among brits

    Helen Young
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spain is no longer the most popular destination among emigrating Brits, with both Australia and the US leapfrogging the Iberian country in the latest statistics on UK citizens relocating. The Mediterranean nation has long since been the most common place for Brits to emigrate to, with its climate being a major pull factor. Also a key... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Cat opts to emigrate from Spain

    Andy Scott
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A stowaway cat has arrived in the US after boarding a vessel in the Spanish port town of Algeciras. The ginger moggie, Frederica, managed to get on board Houston-bound boat on 13 March undetected. Furthermore, she gave birth to four kittens during the journey. A crew member told his bosses that he had spotted the feline two days after... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Employment report shows more Irish emigrants seeking to return for work

    Kate Welch
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Irish employers have revealed that there has been a recent increase in the number of job applicants looking to return to their homeland from overseas. Between January and March, CPL’s Employment Market Monitor learnt that the UK, Canada and Australia are the three countries from which Irish citizens are looking to return from, while 63... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Millions to renounce UK residence if labour win election

    Mathew Walters
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In excess of seven million UK expats potentially could renounce their British residence if the Labour Party is victorious in May’s general election, claimed an international advisory. Nigel Green, the chief executive of De Vere Group, said should Labour win next month then many expats will require advice on whether changing their... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Northern Europe luring young South Koreans

    Paul Fenrich
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    A rising number of South Koreans are emigrating to Northern Europe rather than following in the footsteps of previous generations and moving to the US. In years gone by, the US, along with Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe, Japan and China were the preferred choices of destination among emigrating Koreans, while the majority of those... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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    Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer

  • Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and Answers

    ashautsova
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and there Answers Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and there Answers Q: There is no one single waiver that will solve my inadmissibility’s, can I “stack” waivers as a solution to my inadmissibility?   A: That is a great question, in most cases, yes you will be able to stack your waivers. The waivers can and should be granted simultaneously. There are however a few exceptions to the stacking of waivers. When you are not “otherwise…
  • H1B 2016 Cap is Reached

    ashautsova
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    H1B 2016 Cap is Reached Author: New York Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova On April 7, 2015 USCIS announced that the H1B Cap, or amount of visas that are allocated to foreign workers in specialty occupations has been reached for the 2016 fiscal year. The government has received more than allocated 20,000 petitions for the advanced degrees and more than 65,000 petitions for the general category. Now, government’s computer will randomly select the “winners” and after that, their applications will go through consideration process. If the petition is granted an the…
  • Immigration Fraud Waiver 237(a)(1)(H)

    ashautsova
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Immigration Fraud Waiver 237(a)(1)(H) Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Immigration laws are unforgiving to those who the government determined used fraud or misrepresentation to acquire an immigrant visa or adjustment of status. The Immigration Fraud waiver under 237(a)(1)(H) is one of the rare exceptions.  Immigration fraud occurs when a person makes an intentional misrepresentation of material fact with intent to deceit the person to whom the message is addressed. A misrepresentation occurs when a person presents facts that are not true. In the content of the discussed…
  • USCIS UPDATES G 28 form and I 864P poverty guidelines

    ashautsova
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    USCIS UPDATES G 28 form and I 864P poverty guidelines Author New York  immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova USCIS updated its G 28 attorney or representative notice of appearance form. The main new change is that now, the applicant or petitioner can choose who should receive notices regarding immigration filings and documents: the applicant or petitioner or just his/her representative. The change should affect those applying for employment authorization and who would like their attorneys to receive the EAD card. Previously, it was impossible for an attorney to receive an EAD card at…
  • Мой работодатель плохо относиться ко мне, a у меня нет легального статуса. Что я могу сделать?

    ashautsova
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Мой работодатель плохо относиться ко мне, a у меня нет легального статуса. Что я могу сделать? Задавайте свои вопросы по телефону 917-885-2261. The post Мой работодатель плохо относиться ко мне, a у меня нет легального статуса. Что я могу сделать? appeared first on Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer.
 
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  • South American Protests and the E-1 and E-2 Investor Visas

    Henry Lim
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The political and economic situation in South America has been gradually deteriorating over the past several years. In the wake of corruption scandals, food shortages, declining currency values, and protests, many would-be investors are looking toward the United States for viable investment options. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim explains the circumstances behind these national uprisings, and explains how investors can take advantage of immigration opportunities available to them in the US. For nearly three decades, South America has operated under the rule of left-leaning political…
  • New USCIS rule to provide work permits for eligible H-4 visa holders

    Henry Lim
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    On February 24, 2015, USCIS announced an important change to the H-4 visa program. This visa type, available to spouses of some H-1B visa holders, has prevented qualified spouses from contributing to our economy as workers. The rules change will allow many of them to return to work. Today Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim answers your most frequently asked H-4 work permit questions when it comes to the USCIS rules change. (Please note this article includes a fictional example based on real-life immigration scenarios. No resemblance is intended to persons living or dead.) Amrita came to…
  • Temporary Protected Status, DACA, and Immigration Opportunities

    Henry Lim
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    In January 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced another extension of Temporary Protected Status for the citizens of El Salvador who reside in the United States. The same month, USCIS announced the opening date of submissions for the expanded DACA program. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim explains the significance of these two programs for Central Florida immigrants who seek legal resident status here. The news photos from El Salvador in late February 2001 speak loudly of heartbreak and destruction. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck first on…
  • H-1B Visa Season 2015 Arrives

    Henry Lim
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Every fiscal year, the government makes 65,000 visas available for employers to temporarily bring qualified workers to the United States on the H-1B visa. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim explains what you can do to be prepared for the H-1B applications race this year. Baseball season starts early in Florida, with Spring Training preparations drawing the teams (and their diehard fans) to baseball diamonds all around the state in February and March. Immigration attorneys and business clients go through a season of preparation in February and March, too.  April 1 serves as ‘Opening…
  • How to Avoid Notario Fraud in Immigration Law

    Henry Lim
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The complexities of US immigration law can be challenging, especially for immigrants who may not fully understand English. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of this complex system by convincing immigrants to pay for legal services which later turn out to be a scam. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim explains notario fraud and how you can protect against immigration scams. The following scenarios are fictional and not intended to resemble any specific individuals or circumstances. Diego and Maria Arriola entered the United States without documentation seven years ago. They have…
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    US Immigration Reform

  • GOP needs a dictionary

    mikequinn
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Ever get tired of hearing anything you want to do to help those less fortunate is a form of socialism? Let’s take a look at what the dictionary says about  socialism: 1- any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2- a […]
  • H1b visa caps hinder our economy

    mikequinn
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Borui applied for an H-1B visa this year after creating his own company Polarr and hiring 3 Americans. Last week, he brought his story to Capitol Hill to advocate directly for immigration reform. Posted by FWD.us on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Is Obama like Lincoln?

    Mike Quinn
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Is Obama similar to Abe Lincoln? If Obama comes out with an executive order to help a marginalized and highly oppressed portion of our society gain legal status to live in the US, then, yes, he will be. On January 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order to free Slaves in Confederate held lands. It did […]
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez- the Children’s Champion

    Mike Quinn
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thank God for Senators like Luis Gutierrez. Not many people have come to champion the needs of children, as they do not vote, so the political capital one would spend on such an endeavor could be seen to weaken their standing among peers. But that matters not for people like Rep. Gutierrez. He came to the […]
  • No Illeagles

    Mike Quinn
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Anderson Cooper says it all in this very short video about how highly uneducated people probably shouldn’t weigh in on important topics, especially ones they can’t even spell correctly.
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  • Passport Changes: Elimination of Additional Page Inserts

    Robert Virasin
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    In October 2014, the Department of State announced that they would no longer issue additional page inserts for U.S. passports starting in January 1, 2016. From now until that date, it is still possible to contact the local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to obtain an additional 24 blank visa pages attached to the existing passport. […]
  • Can I bring my personal servant to the United States?

    Robert Virasin
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    An employer can bring their personal/domestic employees into the United States as long as the employer entered the U.S. as a non-immigrant visa holder or the employer is a United States Citizen who lives abroad but will be in the United States for a temporary period. The domestic employee can be a cooks, nannies, personal […]
  • Returning U.S. Permanent Residents

    Robert Virasin
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    There are many situations where Lawful permanent resident aliens are unable to return to the United States within the travel validity of their Permanent Resident Card or their Reentry Permit. This may be the result of a natural catastrophe, medical condition, or bureaucratic issues. Lawful permanent residents may apply at a U.S. Embassy or a […]
  • What Causes U. S. Visa Application Refused?

    Cassie Polo
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    Generally, all visa applicants are subject to go through an interview with U.S. consulate officer and be informed with the final verdict of its visa application, whether it’s approved or denied. The decision given by the U.S. immigration officer after evaluating the relevant information submitted by the applicant to any visa category is based on […]
  • U.S. Immigrant Cases: Death of the Petitioner

    Robert Virasin
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    In this age of long processing times, there have been multiple instances where the petitioner has passed away prior to the completion of the case. It is a common occurrence among the hundred of thousand cases that the United States processes every year. For many years, the US Immigration office has ruled that the law […]
 
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    Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer

  • 5 Signs of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

    Scott McVarish
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Although great strides have been made in the United States to rid the nation of injustices based on the color of one’s skin, racial discrimination still exists in a variety of forms. Perhaps one of the most damaging forms of racial discrimination is that which occurs at the workplace. Unfortunately, some employers discriminate against people of a certain race or ethnicity. They may not do so in an overt or obvious manner, but the effects of their behavior are harmful all the same. Have you faced or are you currently facing any of the following common discriminatory tactics? If so, you may…
  • U-Visa Eligibility

    Scott McVarish
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Every year, thousands of foreign individuals living in the United States suffer substantial mental and physical abuse at the hands of a U.S. perpetrator, oftentimes the victim’s own spouse or family member. At the turn of the 21st century, Congress, recognizing the scope and depth of the problem, implemented The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. Signed into law by President Clinton, the act was design to ensure “just and effective punishment of traffickers, and to protect their victims.” One key provision in the act concerns the U-Visa and how it works to provide…
  • Millions of LGBT Workers Now Protected Against Workplace Discrimination

    Scott McVarish
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    Up until April 8, 2015, it was legal for federal contractors and subcontractors to make hiring decisions based on an applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama’s recent Executive Order against such discrimination has finally gone into effect – protecting millions of employees working those who do business with the government. According to the Center for American Progress, the number of people affected by Obama’s latest order could be as high as 28 million.  Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of workplaces across the country do not have explicit…
  • How to Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Scott McVarish
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Every day, you dread going to work. It’s not that you have a bad job; in fact, you enjoy your duties and find them fulfilling. Rather, there is a co-worker or a manager who makes inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature whenever s/he is around you. You’ve tried brushing his/her “jokes” off at first, but s/he won’t stop. It’s gotten so bad that you feel anxiety at work, even when s/he is not around. Read the guidelines below on how to put a stop to sexual harassment and restore a more comfortable working environment: Do not quit. Don’t let the harasser force you out of the job.
  • Young vs. UPS – Victory by Split Decision

    Scott McVarish
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the hotly contested Young vs. UPS pregnancy discrimination case. For those unfamiliar with the proceedings, the case revolved around Peggy Young and her employer UPS. In 2006, Young became pregnant and requested a light-duty job within the company to avoid hurting herself when lifting heavy objects. UPS denied her request stating that those positions were designated for individuals who were hurt while on-the-job and other specific instances. When Young was unable to continue lifting heavy objects, as her job dictated, she was forced to leave the…
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    Immigration Forms and Services Blog

  • Self-employment an Option for Undocumented Immigrants

    Paul
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Undocumented immigrants in the United States take advantage of laws that allow them to work legally as their own employers, which in turn helps them support themselves and improves the country’s economy. Companies that hire independent contractors do not have to check the immigration status of their hires, which allows undocumented immigrants the ability to work with a certain amount of legality in some cases. The undocumented immigrants who are most likely to do this are the younger, more technologically aware sort who are able to maintain their own tools cheaply on the Internet and…
  • Health Insurance Issues for Illegal Immigrants

    Paul
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The poor options for insurance for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. make it only more imperative that comprehensive immigration reform be passed for the sake of the states’ residents. Health insurance can be difficult for people in the United States and that only goes double for people who have questionable immigration status. Even with the creation of the Affordable Care Act – commonly referred to by its nickname, Obamacare – undocumented immigrants in the United States are often excluded from the health insurance market. Government aid exists to insure people who need it,…
  • Unexpected Benefits of Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions

    Paul
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    A central criticism of Barack Obama’s November executive orders for immigration reform is that they were not well thought-out and leave room for possibly detrimental interpretations. That certainly seems true in terms of how taxes are being applied to deferred action recipients. The IRS announced in March that illegal immigrants with deferred action will be able to claim tax breaks retroactively for three years. This means that deferred action recipients could, potentially, receive three years of tax returns in one fell swoop. This would, of course, lay an unreasonable burden on the U.S.
  • How Hard is it to Pass the Citizenship Test?

    Paul
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    The U.S. citizenship test is much easier to pass than many people expect. It’s tempting for many people to assume that the citizenship test might be some sort of trick to exclude people, that it’s full of difficult questions, trick questions designed to reduce the number of citizens admitted to the U.S. every year. But, in actuality, with the proper preparation and study, the test is not that difficult and does not set out to fail people. It’s a relatively common joke in the United States that citizens in high school would mostly be unable to pass the U.S. citizenship test, but this is…
  • Tax Season for Green Card Holders

    Paul
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Tax season in the United States is the period of time between the first of the year and April 15 and is dreaded by residents for a variety of reasons. Some fear it because they know that they will have to pay the government, some because they have a hard time filling out the occasionally difficult forms, others simply balk at the inconvenience. However, for the majority of people, tax season is routine and simple. Tax returns are due from citizens, Green Card holders and some temporary residents on April 15 every year. You can find the appropriate forms that you will need to fill out and…
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