WHAT DO I DO? – FROM IMMIGRATION DETAINER TO EXPEDITED REMOVAL

Our law firm has seen a sharp rise in the amounts of litigation clients who are detained (especially for minor or serious traffic violations), had prior removal orders; and before they can retain an immigration lawyer to determine if they have any form of legal relief, they’re quickly taken by force or required to purchase an airline ticket to be removed under expedited removal procedures by Immigration authorities.

We are writing this short blog article to provide important steps to… Continue reading

I-601A – THE NEW UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVER & IMPORTANT TIPS AS THE LAW TAKES SHAPE

As the new I-601A (Unlawful Presence Waiver) takes shape, questions and concerns are mounting by clients and immigration attorneys alike.  This exciting new law which allows individuals who Entered Without Inspection (“EWI”) and have qualifying U.S. Citizen relatives to adjust status while in the United based on a waiver is limited.

First, it is important to remember that the approved Permanent Visa Green Card must be “picked up” abroad at a U.S. consulate.  This can trigger additional inadmissibility… Continue reading

VAWA – IN OR OUT OF THE COURT HOUSE: What’s The Difference?

The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) ,which is available to both men and women, provides immigration relief and Permanent Resident Status based on documented spousal abuse. The spouse must meet the Federal Regulations criteria for VAWA and file an application called an I-360.  The I-485 Adjust of Status is usually filed after the I-360 is approved.

Questions:

If a client is approved for an I-360 and the client is in active removal proceedings in U.S. Immigration Court, what is… Continue reading

The Intersection of Federal Government Security Clearances & Immigration Issues

Our attorneys have had the privilege of serving clients across the nation and around the world from the Nation’s capital, Washington D.C., since 1997 with regards to U.S. Immigration & Nationality matters.  The purpose of this blog is to highlight the intersection of Federal Government Clearances and Immigration issues which we work daily to resolve for our clients.

A Government Clearance is an invaluable asset to our U.S. citizens which they prefer not to risk for anyone or anything.… Continue reading

Needing to Travel in the Middle of Adjusting Status & Advanced Parole

More often than not, a Foreign National who is in the middle of adjusting his or her status to a U.S. Permanent Resident may need to travel before their U.S. Permanent Resident status is approved.  Whether adjustment of status is based on either marriage or work related sponsorship, this is a very important issue to understand. Travelling before the adjustment of status is approved to a U.S. Permanent Resident may result in the abandonment of the entire application resulting… Continue reading

Bond, Entry Without Inspection & The Possibility of Cancellation of Removal

It is well known and established that several people enter the United States illegally in hopes of finding a chance to survive and escape unbearable conditions in their home country.  Often this leads to multiple illegal exits and reentries. Eventually, someone in this Entry with Inspection Status (“EWI”) may marry a U.S. citizen or have children in the United States and go undetected by the authorities for years and even decades.   However, an individual in EWI status… Continue reading

Adjustment of Status in the United States After a Grant of Voluntary Departure

At times, we have clients who come to our office for legal guidance after their failure to depart the United States under a grant of Voluntary Departure.  For a variety of reasons one may be unable to depart. Eventually, the foreign national may marry and become eligible to adjust status in the United States. However, the individual’s failure to leave the United States as ordered by a U.S. Immigration Judge, can prevent one from adjusting status in this type… Continue reading

Unraveling the Complexity of International Adoptions for U.S. Prospective Parents

Unfortunately, International Adoptions can become a complicated maze that discourages many U.S. prospective parents,  and reduces the number of international children being provided a loving secure home.  Consequently, our law firm has formed alliances with International Adoption attorneys who are certified and experienced in countries across the globe to facilitate the 3 methods of international adoptions discussed briefly below.

We work as a team to coordinate legal representation in the United States, foreign country, and when needed, work… Continue reading

Wrongfully Accused of Immigration Fraud? Don’t Panic Get Pro-Active

At times clients seek representation from our law firm after being wrongfully accused of fraud by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(“USCIS”). One can find themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons while adjusting status to a U.S. Permanent Resident or applying for Citizenship.

The good news is that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) cannot deny a naturalization application by claiming that the petitioner lacks legal permanent resident status based on prior fraudulent application or intent,… Continue reading

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS COMBINED WITH OTHER FORMS OF RELIEF

Since the arrival of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), there has been much uncertainty about whether this relief should be filed instead of pursing more permanent relief such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Green Card.  The purpose of this short blog article is to answer this question.

One of our clients had experienced severe abuse in her marriage. She had entered the United States at age 9.  Based on the announcement of DACA, she wondered how to… Continue reading