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On The Wings of Sham Marriages   On The Wings of Sham Marriages
Posted: 08/27/2015

By Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza

When people are desperate, they are tempted to take dangerous routes to get what they want even if the chances of success are small and the risk is high.  That is why those in positions of power have a great responsibility to promote wise decisions.  At t ...

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Work Authorization Now!   Work Authorization Now!
Posted: 08/25/2015

By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Robert L. Reeves

Current immigration laws are not perfect but creative and strategic use of the provisions of the laws as they exist can offer pathways to residency or long-term employment authorization. The last two years have been difficult for immigration reform ef ...

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USCIS NEW POLICY MEMO EXPANDS CSPA   USCIS NEW POLICY MEMO EXPANDS CSPA
Posted: 08/18/2015

By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

On July 29, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a new policy memorandum on its website providing guidance to its officers and to the public regarding the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).  The policy memorandum was p ...

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Permanent Resident Status Despite A Prior Misrepresentation   Permanent Resident Status Despite A Prior Misrepresentation
Posted: 08/11/2015

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

A person born outside of the United States will only be granted permanent resident status (“green card”) if they are able to show that they are admissible to the U.S.  If the applicant is found to be inadmissible for any reason, ...

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HOW WILL YOUR GUILTY PLEA AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO STAY IN THE U.S.?   HOW WILL YOUR GUILTY PLEA AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO STAY IN THE U.S.?
Posted: 08/04/2015

By Nancy E. Miller, Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza

Committing a crime can get you into a lot of trouble.  But entering a plea in criminal court may get you into even more trouble.  If you don’t know the immigration consequences of the plea you enter, your troubles may just be beginn ...

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LIVING LEGALLY IN THE U.S. AFTER A MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION   LIVING LEGALLY IN THE U.S. AFTER A MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION
Posted: 07/28/2015

By: Nancy E. Miller of Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza

Is it still possible to live and work legally in the U.S. after lying to get here?  The answer is maybe.  Waivers (forgiveness) for the misrepresentation are possible but they are not easy to get.

Willfully misrepresenting a material ...

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CIS EXPANDS THE PROVISIONAL UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVER PROGRAM:  ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?   CIS EXPANDS THE PROVISIONAL UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVER PROGRAM: ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Posted: 07/27/2015

By Attorneys Gregory J.  Boult & Nancy E. Miller

In a move that will greatly increase the number of individuals who are eligible to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is finally taking steps to expand this very popular program which ...

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H-1B AMENDMENT OBLIGATIONS AFTER MATTER OF SIMEIO   H-1B AMENDMENT OBLIGATIONS AFTER MATTER OF SIMEIO
Posted: 07/21/2015

By Attorneys Nancy E. Miller and Michael Bhotiwihok

In April of 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) issued a decision called Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC which profoundly changed long-standing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) policy and caus ...

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Permanent Residence Still Possible After Petitioner’s Death   Permanent Residence Still Possible After Petitioner’s Death
Posted: 07/14/2015

By Attorneys  Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

The death of a close family member is obviously a very difficult time in a person’s life. This is even more true when the death results in both the loss of a beloved family member and the loss of the potential to become a permanent re ...

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Timely Retraction: Getting a Second Chance   Timely Retraction: Getting a Second Chance
Posted: 07/07/2015

By Attorney Nancy E. Miller

Everyone knows what it is like to speak first and think later.  Many people have also  experienced writing first and thinking later.  When the written or spoken statement is motivated by a desire for an immigration benefit and the statement contains untrut ...

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Immigration Is Possible Without Immigration Reform   Immigration Is Possible Without Immigration Reform
Posted: 06/30/2015

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

Countless numbers of people are waiting for immigration reform to happen after the 2016 election.  They hope that a new president can work with a new Congress and pass legislation that will allow those in the shadows to come out into the sunsh ...

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Ending the Long Wait: Suing the Government When it Fails to Timely Act   Ending the Long Wait: Suing the Government When it Fails to Timely Act
Posted: 06/23/2015

By Attorneys Gregory J. Boult & Nancy E. Miller

Many individuals seeking an immigration benefit in the United States encounter inexplicably long delays in receiving a final decision on a pending application or petition.  Too often, individuals who find themselves experiencing such a delay ar ...

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Becoming a Resident or Saving your Residency Through a 212(h) Waiver   Becoming a Resident or Saving your Residency Through a 212(h) Waiver
Posted: 06/16/2015

By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

Criminal convictions are a major obstacle for some would-be immigrants seeking lawful permanent resident status in the United States.  Similarly, for some persons already fortunate enough to have obtained permanent residency, criminal convictions ...

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From Fraudulent Entry to Waiver to Citizenship in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps!   From Fraudulent Entry to Waiver to Citizenship in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps!
Posted: 06/08/2015

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

Countless people would choose to live in the United States instead of any other country in the world. It is, therefore, not surprising that people sometimes misrepresent facts in order to accomplish that goal. These lies are told for an obvious ...

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Staying Removal After A Final Order of Deportation   Staying Removal After A Final Order of Deportation
Posted: 06/02/2015

By Nancy E. Miller of Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza, A PLC

Listening to a judge order you removed from the United States is devastating.  But the full impact comes later, after the shock wears off.  Once the removal order becomes final, Immigration & Customs Enforcement “ICE&rd ...

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Options If You Do Not Win The H-1B Lottery   Options If You Do Not Win The H-1B Lottery
Posted: 05/26/2015

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service began accepting H-1B petitions on April 1st.   Many nervous foreign-born college graduates are now anxiously waiting to see if their petition will be selected in the H-1B lottery.

The &ldquo ...

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WHO CAN BENEFIT THROUGH THE PARENTS-CHILD RELATIONSHIP UNDER IMMIGRATION LAW?   WHO CAN BENEFIT THROUGH THE PARENTS-CHILD RELATIONSHIP UNDER IMMIGRATION LAW?
Posted: 05/19/2015

By Attorneys Eric R. Welsh & Nancy E. Miller

Being related to a U.S. citizen brings many immigration benefits but what does “related” mean and how is it proven?  The answer can mean the difference between getting relief or being denied.

Last fall, the U.S. Citizenship & Im ...

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NO CIR or DAPA – What Now? Cancellation of Removal   NO CIR or DAPA – What Now? Cancellation of Removal
Posted: 05/12/2015

By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is dead in the water and expansion of DACA and DAPA have been stopped short by a U.S. District Court Judge.  So, what is left for someone who has been in the United States for years, has led a good life and has fam ...

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USCIS Clarifies Requirements for “Specialized Knowledge” L-1B Nonimmigrant Work Visas   USCIS Clarifies Requirements for “Specialized Knowledge” L-1B Nonimmigrant Work Visas
Posted: 05/05/2015

By Attorneys Angela K. Ho & Nancy E. Miller

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s recently released policy guidance for L-1B nonimmigrant visas, provides much needed clarity in the adjudication process. The L-1B is a viable alternative to the H-1B work-visa which is importan ...

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Work Permits for H-4 Spouses Available in May   Work Permits for H-4 Spouses Available in May
Posted: 04/28/2015

By Attorney Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced that certain dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants will become eligible to apply for employment authorization. This change will become effective May 26, 2015, and is sure to help many ma ...

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