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  • More Countries Added to Visa Program Eligibility List

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    Romona Paden
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Five additional countries have been added to the list of those eligible counties whose nationals can participate in the H-2A and the H-2B Visa programs in 2015. Nationals from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal and Sweden can now apply for the nonimmigrant visas. Both the H-2A and the H-2B Visa program are employer-sponsored programs. Each allows employers in the United States to act as sponsors to foreign nationals, bringing them in to the United States. The H-2A and H-2B Visas let these nationals fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs. The United States…
  • 84% of Aliens Admitted in 1st Year of Senate High-Tech Bill Won't Be High-Tech Workers

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    David North
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Congress is about to pass a high-tech foreign worker bill that will — oddly — in its first year, admit something like 430,000 additional temporary workers, about 84 percent of whom will not have high-tech credentials. That's right — the vast majority of these new nonimmigrant workers will not be admitted because of their technical skills. read more
  • CONDITIONAL RESIDENCE TERMINATION REVERSED AFTER TRIAL

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    11 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Jordan.  He became a conditional permanent resident in 1995.  In 1997 he filed a petition to remove the conditions.  His petition languished without adjudication for 11 years.  In December 2008 his conditional permanent resident status was terminated allegedly due to abandonment, and the following month Immigration Court proceedings were instituted to remove him from the United States.  Thereafter, we were retained.  We denied that he was deportable and renewed his petition before the Immigration Judge, requested cancellation…
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

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    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

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    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
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  • CONDITIONAL RESIDENCE TERMINATION REVERSED AFTER TRIAL

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Jordan.  He became a conditional permanent resident in 1995.  In 1997 he filed a petition to remove the conditions.  His petition languished without adjudication for 11 years.  In December 2008 his conditional permanent resident status was terminated allegedly due to abandonment, and the following month Immigration Court proceedings were instituted to remove him from the United States.  Thereafter, we were retained.  We denied that he was deportable and renewed his petition before the Immigration Judge, requested cancellation…
  • RETIRED MISSIONARIES ADMITTED TO THE U.S.

    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our clients are married Canadian citizens, and are both retired missionaries residing in Canada.  Prior to their retirement, on several occasions they were admitted to the United States in nonimmigrant status to act as missionaries for their church.  Last Easter Sunday they were denied admission when they were coming to the United States for a vacation. At this point we were retained.  We investigated their complete immigration history, and prepared a letter Brief to a U.S. Customs and Border Port-of-Entry (POE), along with substantial supporting documentation, showing why they…
  • GREEN CARD APPROVED IN 9 DAYS

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a naturalized citizen of the United States and a native of Yemen.  She married a Yemeni citizen in the United States.  At the time of the marriage her husband had been inspected and admitted and was in status.  She then filed a Petition for Alien Relative on his behalf and he applied for a green card.  After an examination under oath was held at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Field Office, USCIS issued a Notice Of Intent To Deny (NOID) on the basis that they did not prove her husband’s identity and lack of prior marriages in Yemen,…
  • Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Important notice: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam Please call our office at 716-854-1541 to schedule a conference to speak to a lawyer if you have any questions. On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not…
  • New Policies for the Apprehension and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      Click here to print a .pdf version of the new November 20, 2014, memorandum on the Policies for the Apprehension and Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants. Below are the contents. This memorandum reflects new policies for the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens in this country. This memorandum should be considered Department-wide guidance, applicable to the activities of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This memorandum should inform enforcement and…
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
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    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
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    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
 
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  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Jalil Al-Hanoosh

    federale86
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Muslim immigrant frauster: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/c...b730baa92.html
  • Necesito advices

    NJord
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hello fellow 'Muricans I will travel to the U.S.A the next month, i want some advices, i want to stay and live there, i want to find a good job, etc, i'm tired of living here in my country, what advices could you provide me to be Illegal Alien in the U.S?, quiero saber what should i do and donde empezar to find a good job, need to make lot of dinero, thanks for your time. Adios.
  • USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

    peterl2k2
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    USCIS' View of the Reference Letters for EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition The USCIS adjudicators normally do not understand the alien applicant's work and contributions in the field, and they do not have the alien's expertise. Thus, the only way for them to determine whether a case may qualify the EB2 National Interest Waiver regulation requirements is by reviewing the submitted objective evidence. Based on our experience, people from government agencies, universities, and think tanks are the more prestigious reference letter writers for EB2 National Interest Waiver petition, and the…
  • I-751 Evidence provided is not SUFFICIENT...

    patoon
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hi folks! I recently just received a letter (I-797) in my mail telling me i have not supplied sufficient evidence towards my I-751 to removal of conditions. I have to say I was not at all expecting this to happen, even my wife was clueless to when I got the letter out of the mail and walked up to the apartment with it. Any ways! What I did give: -joint bank account statements -joint tax returns -policy cancelation letter -lease documents -credit card statements -affidavits and photographs -travel information But supposedly i had given in some of the wrong information as the letter then…
  • Lost Money or Not?

    Jb.coco
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Question please! My I-130 is passes, now I file I-485 & I-765 after, (the I-130 has already passed don't forget), is there anyway that I may loose my money? Or, as long as all the documentation & everything that they ask for on the instructions has been submitted, should everything be okay? Thank you.
 
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  • House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

    Mark Noferi
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s proposals calls into question whether congressional leaders will give serious immigration reform a vote in both houses. The Secure Our Borders First Act would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to…
  • When is Possession of a Sock a Deportable Offense?

    Kristin Macleod-Ball
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mellouli v. Holder, No. 13-1034, a case that shows just how out of step immigration enforcement has become. Moones Mellouli, a lawful permanent resident who is engaged to a U.S. citizen, has resided in the U.S. for more than 10 years, but was ordered removed as the result of a Kansas drug paraphernalia conviction. The “paraphernalia” that formed the basis for the order was Mr. Mellouli’s sock –because it allegedly contained four tablets of Adderall (a medication used to treat ADHD). At issue in the case is a statute which makes…
  • Should English-Speaking America Care about Immigration Reform?

    Wendy Feliz
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union speech this week, which was followed up by two GOP rebuttals, one in English, the other in Spanish. Comparing all three speeches is a lesson in the parties’ contrasting views on immigration reform and who they believe truly has a stake in the fight. First, the president cast immigration not as a stand-alone problem, but as part of broader solutions to support American families and the “middle-class economy.” In other words, he framed immigration reform as a problem we all need to fix—and if we do, that we all benefit from. “We…
  • U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack

    Leslie Dellon
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Under the guise of protecting American workers, immigration restrictionists are trying again to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States through a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security filed in March 2014 and brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Currently students who have completed one academic year of full-time study are eligible to receive 12 months of practical training in a job directly related to their major area of study. This “optional practical training” (OPT) may be…
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

    Paul McDaniel
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market illustrates how immigrant and refugee small business owners can make a big impact in a local neighborhood. Similar stories of immigrant entrepreneurship are found in local places across the U.S., as a new study describes. The new report from…
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  • House Border Bill Advances Without Improvement

    Jessica Vaughan
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Scraps Border Fencing, Delays Biometric, Preserves Catch-and-Release, Allows Work Permits for Border-Crossers On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security committee rubber-stamped Rep. Michael McCaul's flawed border security bill (HR399) without meaningful improvements. The barely-tweaked bill reportedly is scheduled to be considered by the full House next Wednesday, January 28. read more
  • 84% of Aliens Admitted in 1st Year of Senate High-Tech Bill Won't Be High-Tech Workers

    David North
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Congress is about to pass a high-tech foreign worker bill that will — oddly — in its first year, admit something like 430,000 additional temporary workers, about 84 percent of whom will not have high-tech credentials. That's right — the vast majority of these new nonimmigrant workers will not be admitted because of their technical skills. read more
  • Boston University Professor Has Facts Wrong on Immigration

    Jon Feere
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    On December 15, Boston University law professor Laila Hlass penned an opinion piece in the Boston Globe titled "Five GOP immigration myths", and unfortunately spread many myths of her own. The immigration issue is undoubtedly complex, but a more accurate picture of President Obama's immigration agenda is important if we are to move toward a better immigration policy. read more
  • Is the Visa Waiver Program the Soft Underbelly of Homeland Security?

    Dan Cadman
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    The world is an unsettled place, and if the spate of terrorist attacks and raids in past months — in Europe most recently, and the United States, Canada, and Australia before that — are any indicator, it's getting worse. read more
  • CBO Report Casts Doubt on Amnesty Benefits

    CIS
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week on the fiscal effects of immigration. Perhaps because it offers a theoretical discussion rather than new numbers, the report has been mostly overlooked in the media. That's a shame, as this report deserves to be read in conjunction with every numerical analysis of immigration policy that the CBO produces. The report emphasizes the uncertainties associated with fiscal estimates and it should help cast doubt on the CBO's famously positive top-line estimate of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill from two summers ago. read more
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  • Employment-Based Green Card Tip: Determining Your Employment-Based Green Card Category

    Aneesah Ali
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    If you are a foreign national working or planning to work in the United States, you may be eligible to apply for or be sponsored by your employer for an employment-based Green Card. Per year, a maximum of 140,000 immigrants are granted employed-based Green Cards. Employment-based Green Cards are divided into a Green Card category, each having its own specific requirements and processing times. Employment-Based Green Card Categories EB-1  EB-1 beneficiaries have the highest preference category, which means they  generally have a “current” priority date and fast processing time. Those…
  • Alternatives to Affidavit of Support Income Requirements

    Aneesah Ali
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    If you are sponsoring a Green Card or fiancé visa, there are income requirements you must meet for the affidavit of support. To determine if your income qualifies, refer to the federal poverty guideline chart. If you do not meet the income requirements for the affidavit of support, you may be able to use assets to meet the income requirements. Requirements for an Eligible Asset The asset must be able to be converted into cash within one year and in doing so, not cause financial hardship to the owner of the asset. The value of the assets is determined by the sale price as opposed to purchased…
  • The February 2015 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    The February 2015 Visa Bulletin continues the advancement trend that we saw both in December and January. Family-Based As a reminder, the categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Each and every category saw an advancement of their priority dates. Employment-Based   The priority dates for employment-based visa are organized into the following categories:…
  • How Long Does it Take to Get a Fiance Visa?

    Aneesah Ali
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    As you start the fiance visa process, you might be wondering how long does it take to get a fiance visa. Generally, it takes 6 to 12 months to complete the two necessary steps to get a fiance visa. Step 1: Filing the K-1 Fiance Visa Form with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) First, you will need to file forms and documents with USCIS. If information/documents are missing or deficient in your application, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence, which will lengthen the processing time. To look up the most recent processing times, please click here. Step 2: Applying…
  • What You Need to Know About Applying for a Visitor Visa Extension

    Aneesah Ali
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    At some point during their stay, some visitors to the U.S. decide they want to stay longer than what was allotted for on their original I-94 arrival-departure document. If you are a visiting the U.S. and want to stay longer, then you will need to apply for a visitor visa extension. Here’s what you should know before applying for a B2 visitor visa extension. B2 Visitor Visa Extension Requirements: You must have entered the U.S. lawfully on a nonimmigrant visa. If you needed a passport when you were admitted into the United States, you need to maintain the validity of your passport while in…
 
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  • Lessons Learned from Cases Lost

    Jason Dzubow
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
                        They say that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In that spirit, I’d like to discuss some asylum cases that I’ve lost (or at least that were referred by the Asylum Office to the Immigration Court) and why the cases were not successful. Remember: You can’t spell “client” without “lie.” I am prompted to write about this topic by a recent, unpleasant experience at the Asylum Office. My client was an Iraqi man…
  • A Well-Founded Fear… of Muslim Asylum Seekers

    Jason Dzubow
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
                        For some time now, the threat of Islamic extremism has been an important factor in our country’s immigration and asylum policies. But two recent–and horrific–events overseas have reminded us about the gravity of that threat. First is the case of Man Haron Monis, an Iranian national who received asylum in Australia. Last month, Mr. Monis took hostages in a café, forced them to display a Jihadi flag, and demanded to speak to the Australian Prime…
  • Ten Reasons for Optimism in ’15

    Jason Dzubow
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
                        To work as an asylum attorney in the era of the backlog, you need to be either an optimist or a masochist. And I’m no optimist. But, as they say, “Fake it until you make it.” In that spirit, and in the hope of better things to come in the Year of Our Lord 2015, I present 10 predictions for the new year that hopefully will make you–and more importantly, me–feel better about the future of asylum: “Sorry kids, you can check in, but you can…
  • It’s Time to End the Cuban Adjustment Act

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

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

    Romona Paden
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Five additional countries have been added to the list of those eligible counties whose nationals can participate in the H-2A and the H-2B Visa programs in 2015. Nationals from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal and Sweden can now apply for the nonimmigrant visas. Both the H-2A and the H-2B Visa program are employer-sponsored programs. Each allows employers in the United States to act as sponsors to foreign nationals, bringing them in to the United States. The H-2A and H-2B Visas let these nationals fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs. The United States…
  • Talk of Reform Brings Spike in Caribbean Crossings

    Romona Paden
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    As domestic and international policies shift, U.S. Coast Guard officials say a noticeable spike in illegal immigration efforts is on the rise. When President Obama announced his executive action on immigration reform in November, some Caribbean nationals took the news as a go signal to make the harrowing boat ride through choppy and shark-filled waters to U.S. soil. The number of Haitian nationals, Dominican Republic nationals and nationals from more than a dozen other Caribbean countries are increasingly being intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. In the case of Cuba—a country where the…
  • Visa Types Serve Different Purposes

    Romona Paden
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    When foreign-born nationals decide to come to the United States, paperwork is an inevitable part of the process. Because the paperwork can be time consuming, the process is expedited when the correct forms are used. At the front end of this is to understand the difference between immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas and knowing which type is appropriate for the purpose of the travel. The immigrant visa category applies to those foreign-born persons who want to live in the United States permanently. The nonimmigrant visa category applies to those foreign-born persons who have no intention…
  • Economists Agree, Immigration Doesn’t Threaten Jobs

    Romona Paden
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    As the economy in the U.S. continues to make its way to solid ground in the wake of the financial meltdown of late 2007, economists from around the country are keeping a close eye on jobs and wage data. One particularly compelling aspect of the economic marker is immigrant influence on the numbers and the ways by which a thriving immigrant population makes the economy grow. Economists agree that immigrants in the U.S.—both documented and undocumented—don’t threaten the jobs of those who are native-born. At the same time, providing legal status to those who are undocumented would…
  • Mayors Summit Focuses on Immigration

    Romona Paden
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Mayor of New York City, Bill deBlasio Mayors leading both big and small cities around the country are joining together in support of President Obama’s November announcement of executive action on immigration. Cities United for Immigration Action is a group of 25 mayors who’ve come together to offer coordinated efforts in working with the new rules. The mayors initially met in early December in New York. Hosted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the meeting also included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Others mayors in attendance were those…
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  • How will US-Cuba diplomacy affect green cards?

    Romona Paden
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 has allowed hundreds of thousands Cubans as well as their spouses and children to obtain permanent residence in America after settling in the country. However, many awaiting their green cards are now in fear that this act will be abolished as the U.S. and Cubans restore diplomatic relations. While these concerns may be justified, experts believe that it's unlikely the Cuban Adjustment Act will go away anytime soon. Mario Urizar, a South Florida attorney, said in a written statement that the process of repeal would be too complicated and requires a…
  • Casarse en Estados Unidos con una visa de turista

    Romona Paden
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    ¿Puedes casarte con una visa de turista? Por lo regular sí pero deberás entrar a Estados Unidos con la visa de turista, casarte con un ciudadano americano y regresar a tu país antes de que tu visa expire. Los problemas aparecen cuando entras con una visa de turista con la intención de casarte y permanecer en Estados Unidos. Todos hemos escuchado historias sobre personas que llegaron a Estados Unidos con una visa de turista, no regresaron a casa y pudieron cambiar su estatus migratorio a residente permanente. Pero no debes cometer el error de pensar que…
  • Ventajas de obtener la ciudadan

    Romona Paden
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense es una de las metas de muchos inmigrantes. Si aún no sabes las razones, aquí las enumeramos. 1. Derecho a voto Los residentes permanentes legales no están exentos de las leyes de Estados Unidos, impuestos y otras medidas políticas. Al convertirte en ciudadano estadounidense podrás votar por representantes políticos y apoyar de forma más directa nuevas leyes locales, estatales y federales. 2. Tienes la posibilidad de ocupar cargos públicos Puedes estar muy interesado en ocupar un cargo…
  • The basics of filing for permanent residence based on employment

    Romona Paden
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    One can take several different paths to obtain permanent residence, which allows people without U.S. citizenship to live and work in the country indefinitely. The most common way to apply for a permanent resident card, also known as a green card, is through family, but one may also apply through asylee or refugee status, by serving in the U.S. military or via the annual diversity immigrant visa program. Another popular way is through a job offer by an American employer. Employment-based immigrant categories When an applicant is being considered for permanent residence based on a job…
  • California awards first driver’s license to undocumented immigrant

    Romona Paden
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    At the start of 2015, the state of California made a major step forward in the realm of immigration reform – it began allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for state driver's licenses. The state even went as far as to ensure that these immigrants were able to afford car insurance by authorizing them to purchase coverage through the government-established California Low Cost Auto Insurance program. The California DMV expected a record number of applicants due to this new legislation, and the massive turnout did not disappoint. When California's Department of Motor…
 
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  • Immigrant Resolve for the New Year

    Romona Paden
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The exit of the year gone by and the entry of the new one is time filled with hope and excitement. No other time, it seems, is more suited to letting go of disappointment or failure and to embracing goals and facing the future with optimism. Where immigrants are concerned, many will likely look back at 2014 as a […]
  • Biometrics Verify Immigrant Identity

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

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

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

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) touts immigrants as a driving force in the creation of small businesses in the country. With higher business-formation rates than that of non-immigrants, foreign-born business owners are critical components to the nation’s entrepreneurial sector. According to a SBA report that examines immigrant’s access to capital, immigrants face particular financing hurdles. The SBA report also examines funding […]
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  • USCIS: DACA Renewals Should Be Filed 150-120 Days Prior to Expiration

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    USCIS reminds applicants to submit DACA renewal requests between 120 and 150 days before the expiration date stated on the Form I-797 DACA approval notice and EAD. USCIS's current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. If your case has been pending for more than 104 days, you may want to inquiry with USCIS.
  • Visa Bulletin For February 2015

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01SEP05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 22DEC03 China   Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 15MAR10 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01SEP11   Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Happy New Year 2015!

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    Happy New Year to our Friends and Family!  2015 looks to be the year of immigration reform; let us all hope that this year brings the much-needed and well-deserved assistance to our diverse population! With Best Wishes, ~ Sachin Raval, Esq. and Sujit Ramchand, Esq.
  • Visa Bulletin for January 2015

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

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

  • Suicide attempts in Australia’s PNG detention centre

    Paul Fenrich
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Papua New Guinea’s detention centre on Manus Island, where Australia sends asylum seekers to be processed, has faced with mass demonstrations for more than a week, with reports stating that there have been a number of suicide attempts. One asylum seeker, who requested anonymity, said that the situation had reached a “critical” stage... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Mancunians among Brits most likely to emigrate to New Zealand

    Helen Young
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Manchester is among the top cities in the UK from which people are enquiring about moving to New Zealand, revealed consultancy company The Emigration Group. The firm, which advises UK citizens on emigrating down under and the visas needed, has taken more than 3,000 enquires over the past six months, and more than 300 of them had been from... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Benefit-claiming Brits in EU countries outnumber immigrants on welfare in the UK

    Alex Braham
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The number of British expats claiming benefits in European Union countries is larger than the number of immigrants from EU states on welfare in the UK, according to a new survey, which contradicts government figures. The research, conducted by the Guardian, showed that a total at least 30,000 Brits are claiming unemployment benefits in 23... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Cambodia-Australia refugee deal gets international backing

    Alex Braham
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Asylum-seekers sent by Australia to be processed on the Pacific island of Nauru could get the opportunity to relocate to Cambodia. If the Cambodian government fulfils a number of requirements, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said it is prepared to back the move and help facilitate the transfer to the Southeast Asian... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • UK: Home Secretary insists work must be done to prevent Jewish emigration

    Helen Young
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Home Secretary Theresa May has said it is time to “redouble efforts” to ensure there is no escalation in anti-Semitism in Britain and that the Jewish community feels safe. May admitted that she never thought the day would come when Jews in the country said they were scared to stay, but acknowledged that the attacks in a Jewish... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
 
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  • Mexican Consulate to Issue Copies of Birth Certificates

    ashautsova
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
      Mexican Consulate to Issue Copies of Birth Certificates Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova   The Mexican government announced that starting today, Mexican consulates in the U.S. will issue copies of birth certificates registered in Mexico. To obtain certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate, present an official proof of identity, fill out an application and pay a fee of $13 per certified copy, and, if they have it, provide their Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP). This new initiative should be very helpful to thousands…
  • New York City Municipal Identification Card

    ashautsova
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    New York City Municipal Identification Card Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova New York City is ready to issue municipal Ids to all its residents, regardless of Immigration status. While the NYC ID card will unlikely to pass the test for Real ID act, its benefits include access to NYC social programs and services. In addition, the card can be used for identification purposes in order to gain access to the City   buildings. The NYC Id comes with one year free membership at selected museums. One may read about it at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/index.page.   The post…
  • TPS FOR SYRIANS

    ashautsova
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    TPS FOR SYRIANS Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova The US government announced re-registration of the Temporary Protected Status for the nationals of Syria. In addition, the previously designated TPS has been extended for another 18 months. It means that newly arrived Syrians can now apply for TPS for the first time, and those who already hold the status, need to apply to renew it. Please visit official Immigration website for details:…
  • I- 9 and E Verify : What Employer Needs to Know

    ashautsova
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I- 9  and E Verify : What Employer Needs to Know Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova I-9 form is one of the form used by the US government to verify employment eligibility of a worker. An employer regardless of size must have I-9 forms for each employee. The form has been in use since 1986. For many, an I -9 audit comes as a surprise: employers  claim they have never heard of such a form at all! However, this is a perfect example of ignorance not serving as an excuse.. I-9 form must be filled out for every worker: part I must be filled out no later than the first day of…
  • Glitches in USCIS System

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

    Henry Lim
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    In November 2014, President Obama announced his new plan to address the US immigration crisis. In his remarks, the president directed federal agencies to adjust their enforcement priorities by better defining the people pursued for illegal immigration activities. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim discusses these new enforcement policies and how they will affect undocumented residents of Central Florida. Approximately 11.3 million immigrants live in the United States without legal documentation (Pew, March 2013). More than 60% of them have lived here for years, even decades. US…
  • Targeted Employment Areas

    Henry Lim
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    How can immigrant investors help our Central Florida community grow? Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim answers your questions about Targeted Employment Areas, regional centers, and immigrant investor programs. International investors can revitalize a region by creating new enterprises and new jobs. However, because immigration law requires certain specific job creation benchmarks for individual investors, many investors choose to pursue opportunities through regional centers instead. Regional centers exist to strategically pool investments for large-scale development projects. They have…
  • One Year of Pride in Immigration Equality

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

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

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

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAFor those F-1 students who graduated and were able to find an employer to file a H-1B visa for them, sometimes there is a need to invoke the Cap-Gap extension to continue working in America legally. The unique situation arises on the fact that H-1B visa can not be filed any earlier than April 1st… Continue reading...The post The OPT Cap-Gap extension appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Same Sex Marriage Green Card Application Tips

    admin
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAEver since the overturn of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the USCIS has been granting green cards to spouses of same sex marriages. Before when DOMA was in effect, these green card applications were simply put on hold without anyone looking at it, since it was not possible to issue green cards based on same… Continue reading...The post Same Sex Marriage Green Card Application Tips appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Dual Intent Visas for Immigration

    admin
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAOften, when coming to America, all visitor visas are labeled as Non-immigrant visas. This means that the person applying for the visa must demonstrate that they have no intentions on becoming a US citizen or permanent resident; basically no intentions on immigrating to America permanently. With that, the applicant almost always must demonstrate strong ties… Continue reading...The post Dual Intent Visas for Immigration appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Looking for INS and INS forms? It doesn’t exist anymore! The USCIS, ICE and CBP have taken over

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

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

    Robert Virasin
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    In 2006, the President signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law. Within VAWA contained the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) which sought to protect foreign nationals from U.S. citizen petitioners who have a criminal history or who have filed petitions for multiple fiancés in the past. IMBRA forces a petitioner for any […]
  • United States Employment Based Preference Immigration Categories

    Robert Virasin
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The United States’ Employment-based immigration is based on a quota and preference system. Annually, there are 140,000 available employment immigrant visa available per year. These immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. These preference categories are Priority Workers (28.6%), Advance Degree Professionals and Exceptionally Ability Aliens (28.6%), Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (28.6%), […]
  • Legitimate Reasons for a U.S. Business or Tourist Visa

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

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

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

    Scott McVarish
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    In the wake of Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform announced in 2014, many undocumented and illegal immigrants have been scrambling to immigration agencies to find out what the reform means for them and how they can secure their stay in the United States. Unfortunately, un-accredited immigration representatives and pseudo-attorneys have been coming out of the woodwork to exploit people seeking information and guidance. If the immigration reform applies to you or a loved one, and you are currently seeking legal advice, please cautious. Beware of any agency or self-proclaimed…
  • Our Client Prevailed on a Direct-Investment I-829 RFE Received after the Client’s Employment Fell to 5 Employees

    Scott McVarish
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Our client’s direct-investment company operated like every other business in the U.S. – it had its ups and downs. The Company had a great product, but like the majority of new businesses, it struggled to establish a loyal customer base. It also dealt with the usual challenges employers face with their employees – employees who change their mind, find better paying jobs, perform poorly or violate the terms of employment.           While none of this is unusual for a U.S. business, this Company had to live up to a higher standard, as one of its principal investors was an EB-5…
  • Democrats Announce Plans on Immigration Reform Education Campaign

    Scott McVarish
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    According to a report by NBC News, Democrats announced that they plan to engage in an immigration reform education campaign, which will involve forums and workshops that inform affected immigrants on the effects of Obama’s executive action and how to prepare and sign up for the benefits. Several key figures behind the campaign, including members of Congress and immigration groups, attended a Capitol news conference on January 13 about the workshops. They stated that events will be held in Providence, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Charleston, and states including New Jersey, Wisconsin,…
  • Notarios – How To Protect Yourself Against Immigration Fraud

    Scott McVarish
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Just a few months ago, President Obama took executive action that protects millions of undocumented immigrants from immediate deportation in the United States. This comes as a huge relief to countless individuals and families living throughout Southern California who wish to establish themselves legally within the country. Unfortunately, just as the rules have made it easier for many to secure their status as United States citizens, it has become just as easy for con-men and criminals of every shade to prey on this desire for a new life. While such crooks take on a variety of names and…
  • What Executive Action Means For You

    Scott McVarish
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    President Obama’s executive action on immigration will have a significant impact on the lives of millions of families. For example, the action defers deportations for three years for immigrants who have lived here for over five years as long as they are parents of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. It also streamlines the visa application process and redefines how customs enforcement will be handled. While it is not possible to take advantage of the executive action just yet, there are steps you can take now. If you are an immigrant without legal residency status, you should:…
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  • Has Obama Done Enough for Immigration Issues?

    Paul
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    A recent Politico article quoted Representative Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) as rating Barack Obama with a B+ for his efforts on immigration in his two terms as president so far. Rep. Sanchez is the newest chairwoman for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, so her statement is on good authority, but what are the elements that make up Obama’s impact on immigration reform? Where could the president have improved? First of all, it should be mentioned that it’s pretty commendable that he did anything at all. Many Republicans are completely resistant to any sort of legislation or action on the issue…
  • Immigration Reform Advocates Rush to Generate Support

    Paul
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Immigration advocates are encouraging undocumented immigrants in the United States to prepare for applying for Barack Obama’s newest immigration reform executive action. This movement of support for the so-called DACA and DAPA programs is a reaction to Republicans’ expression of opposition in November. Advocates believe that if a large number of undocumented immigrants apply for these relief programs, it will be much harder for Republicans to get rid of them. Hopefully, if there is enough of a turn-out for these executive action programs, Republicans may be forced to create immigration…
  • U.S. and China Announce Reciprocal Extension of Temporary Visas for Business people and Tourists

    Paul
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The United States Government and China announced in November of 2014 that they would extend the validity of some visas reciprocally, meaning that they will be making the extensions at the same time and equally. This is good news for professionals, students and visitors looking to travel to the United States or China. Previously, people had to apply for visas every year in order to travel to or from the United States. The newly modified visas will be multiple entry visas, so visitors can enter either China or the U.S. multiple times over a ten-year period (as per the November agreement).
  • Training in the U.S. on a Visa

    Paul
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Foreign residents who wish to train in the United States need to obtain a visa specifically for that purpose in most cases. The following are three visa designations used for professional training in the United States. B-1 Business Visa B-1 visas are for short term, business related trips to the United States. People with this visa designation can only participate in short periods of training. Longer programs may require applying for a H-3 visa. F-1 Optional Practical Training Academic students going to school in the United States with an F-1 visa can apply for Optional Practical Training…
  • Obama Announces New Immigration Reform Plan

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