July 13th, 2018

When the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) eliminated the words “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement earlier this year, many advocates worried that the Trump administration was transforming the agency from a benefits provider into another enforcement tool.  Last week, the agency confirmed those suspicions, releasing new guidance that will dramatically increase the number of people that will be ordered to appear in immigration court for possible deportation.      more

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July 5th, 2018

Many people have been saddened over the last few weeks when they saw the way that immigrants were treated upon their arrival in the United States. Children have been separated from their parents, people have struggled to present their cases for asylum with limited time and resources, and there been have general feelings of fear and chaos surrounding issues at the border. more

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June 22nd, 2018

Being placed into Immigration Court Removal Proceedings begins with the issuance and service of a Notice to Appear, also referred to as an NTA.  The law requires that the NTA state the time and place of the first hearing in court.  In the interest of expediency,  however, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued many NTAs stating that the date and place of that first hearing will be provided at a later time. more

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June 22nd, 2018

The Trump Administration continues to muddy the immigration landscape in the United States through United States Attorney General Sessions’ June 11, 2018 decision on Matter of A-B by determining that victims of domestic violence and gang violence no longer generally qualify for asylum in the United States.    more

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June 21st, 2018

immigration

Hiring foreign workers is a process that should always be taken seriously. It’s true that in 2016, Mexicans accounted for approximately 26% of immigrants in the United States, making them by far the largest foreign-born group in the country. Though … more

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June 19th, 2018

how to find a good immigration attorney

Immigrants make up approximately 13% of the total U.S. population. While many people know how to find a good immigration attorney and expedite their immigration process, some people — both immigrants and native born citizens — don’t quite have a … more

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June 14th, 2018

News of largescale workplace raids conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) have proliferated the media in recent months. more

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June 8th, 2018

Losing a beloved family member is one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.  And this tragic event can become even more heartbreaking if it also means that you also lose the privilege of being granted permanent resident status in the U.S. (green card).  This additional upsetting element is because the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) says that an approved visa petition is automatically revoked if the petitioner dies before the beneficiary is issued a green card.  However, despite this automatic revocation, a person may still be eligible for their green card despite the petitioner’s death. more

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June 2nd, 2018

These days, a noncitizen can be forgiven for thinking that the system is against them.  Almost as soon as he took office, President Trump issued a series of Executive Orders that effectively ended the modest protections that President Obama had implemented for out-of-status persons with family ties and no significant criminal histories.  more

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May 25th, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for foreign students and exchange visitors. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term of art which describes time spent in the U.S. after a noncitizen’s period of authorized stay expires or any presence in the U.S. without being admitted or paroled. more

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