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PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES RELIEF FOR MILLIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS   PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES RELIEF FOR MILLIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
Posted: 11/21/2014

By Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza, A PLC

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his plan to provide temporary relief to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  President Obama explained that his plan will be enacted through executive order exercised using his a ...

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PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE NEW IMMIGRATION BENEFITS   PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE NEW IMMIGRATION BENEFITS
Posted: 11/14/2014

By Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza, A PLC         En Español

According to White House sources, the President intends to issue an order that will grant work authorization and relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. The Pres ...

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BIA TIGHTENS RESTRICTIONS ON CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS   BIA TIGHTENS RESTRICTIONS ON CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS
Posted: 11/11/2014

BY ATTORNEYS  BEN LOVEMAN & NANCY E. MILLER

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a decision this month limiting the extreme-hardship waiver under which a conditional resident can seek removal of the conditions on their residency.  Before looking at this new case, let’s st ...

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Does the United States Allow Dual Citizenship?   Does the United States Allow Dual Citizenship?
Posted: 11/06/2014

By Attorneys Michael Bhotiwihok and Nancy E. Miller

There are many reasons why one might want to be a citizen of more than one country.  However, if one becomes a United States citizen (USC), will he have to give up any other citizenship?  And if a USC takes on citizenship of another cou ...

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Reopening Deportation Orders Based on Same-Sex Marriage   Reopening Deportation Orders Based on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted: 10/29/2014

By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

For same-sex couples, years of discrimination and unequal treatment in all aspects of public and private life has meant lack of access to numerous benefits that heterosexual couples take for granted. Key among these benefits has been the right to apply ...

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Receiving The Dreaded ‘Request For Evidence’ After Filing For An H-1B   Receiving The Dreaded ‘Request For Evidence’ After Filing For An H-1B
Posted: 10/21/2014

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

Although the 2015 Fiscal Year (FY) began a few weeks ago (on October 1), the opening date for filing H-1B applications in order to work during FY 2015 was April 1.  Because of the fact that there are more applicants than there are H-1B visas ...

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Why Your Criminal Counsel Should Confer With Immigration Counsel   Why Your Criminal Counsel Should Confer With Immigration Counsel
Posted: 10/17/2014

By Attorneys Steven J. Malm and Nancy E. Miller
 
The time to fight removal from the United States on criminal grounds does not begin when the government commences removal proceedings.  The first line of defense comes in criminal court.  Short of dismissal or acquittal, a carefully- ...

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EXPLORING ALTERNATIVES TO H-1B STATUS   EXPLORING ALTERNATIVES TO H-1B STATUS
Posted: 10/09/2014

By Attorneys Gregory J. Boult & Nancy E. Miller

Living and working in the United States is a dream held by many.  One very popular means of reaching this dream is the H-1B visa.  Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for an H-1B visa is successful.  There are more applicants th ...

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The Ongoing Benefits of DACA   The Ongoing Benefits of DACA
Posted: 10/03/2014

By Attorneys Eric Welsh & Nancy E. Miller

Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security implemented a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a form of immigration relief available to certain qualifying young persons.  Since its implementation, DACA has positivel ...

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Visas for Athletes and Entertainers   Visas for Athletes and Entertainers
Posted: 09/23/2014

By Nancy Miller and Michael Bhotiwihok

Foreign athletes and entertainers who need to temporarily travel to the United States for work often utilize the O and P nonimmigrant visa classifications.

The O visa is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, educatio ...

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LANDMARK CASE REINFORCES AVAILABILITY OF  DOMESTIC ABUSE-RELATED ASYLUM CLAIMS   LANDMARK CASE REINFORCES AVAILABILITY OF DOMESTIC ABUSE-RELATED ASYLUM CLAIMS
Posted: 09/18/2014

By Attorneys Steven J. Malm and Nancy E. Miller

In a recent landmark decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals expanded the availability of asylum for victims of domestic abuse.  Given the recent surge of such claims from Central America, the news comes at an apt time.  Though the decision ...

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Getting a Green Card is Possible Even Without Immigration Reform   Getting a Green Card is Possible Even Without Immigration Reform
Posted: 09/11/2014

By Devin Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

Countless numbers of people are waiting for immigration reform.  They may be personally residing in the United States without lawful status, or they may have family members or close friends in that undesirable position.  The one thing they all have in ...

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The Many Ways of Becoming A U.S. Citizen   The Many Ways of Becoming A U.S. Citizen
Posted: 09/05/2014

By Attorneys Devin Connolly & Nancy E. Miller 

Being granted United States citizenship is a dream-come-true for countless people from around the world.  Though the dream is the same, the paths to actually obtaining U.S. citizenship can vary greatly because there are many different ways ...

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ADAM WALSH WAIVER: When a Petitioner’s Criminal History Matters   ADAM WALSH WAIVER: When a Petitioner’s Criminal History Matters
Posted: 08/29/2014

 By Attorneys Eric R. Welsh & Nancy E. Miller

Usually, criminal history in an immigrant application isfocused on the immigrant applicant and not the petitioner.  The applicant might be inadmissible on account of a conviction for a theft offense, violent crime, or a drug-related crime (a ...

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Opportunity overlooked?  Don’t judge a C-1 visa by its cover   Opportunity overlooked? Don’t judge a C-1 visa by its cover
Posted: 08/21/2014

 By Attorneys Ben Loveman and Nancy E. Miller and Ben Loveman

Every week clients consult with us who erroneously believe that they are not eligible for adjustment of status simply because they entered on a C-1 visa.    The prevailing understanding of the C/D visa category is that the u ...

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Opciones Bajo Las Leyes de Inmigración para Víctimas de Abuso   Opciones Bajo Las Leyes de Inmigración para Víctimas de Abuso
Posted: 08/19/2014

Por: Frances Arroyo   

Ciertas personas sin estatus legal  que han sido víctimas de abuso tienen derecho a ciertas protecciones bajo las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos. La Ley de Violencia Contra las Mujeres (VAWA) es la ley principal que extiende protecciones ...
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OVERCOMING THE DENIAL OF AN IMMIGRANT VISA: UNLOCKING THE CLOSED DOOR   OVERCOMING THE DENIAL OF AN IMMIGRANT VISA: UNLOCKING THE CLOSED DOOR
Posted: 08/14/2014

 By Attorneys Gregory J. Boult & Nancy E. Miller

Applying for an immigrant visa to the United States can be difficult and stressful.  People wait months, years, and sometimes even decades, to attend their immigrant visa interviews.  While many interviews lead to the issuance of an ...

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES! - California Misdemeanor Maximum Penalty Reduction from 365 to 364 Days Brings Relief To Some Noncitizens   WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES! - California Misdemeanor Maximum Penalty Reduction from 365 to 364 Days Brings Relief To Some Noncitizens
Posted: 08/05/2014

By Steven J. Malm and Nancy E. Miller

The Governor of California recently signed into law a bill reducing the maximum penalty for misdemeanors from 365 days to 364 days.  The law takes effect on January 1, 2015. The change comes as welcome news to immigrant advocates and many noncitizens with lo ...
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New CSPA Policy Gives Some Children A Second Chance   New CSPA Policy Gives Some Children A Second Chance
Posted: 08/01/2014

 By Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) has been a hot topic of late and the subject of some good and bad news for parents seeking to reunite with their children in the United States. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unfortunate decision denying a ...

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Getting Permanent Resident Status Despite Criminal Convictions   Getting Permanent Resident Status Despite Criminal Convictions
Posted: 07/29/2014

By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

A person born outside of the U.S. who has been convicted of a crime may still be eligible for permanent resident status (“Green Card”).  Their criminal history may make their path to permanent resident status more difficult but not ...

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