abuse

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

Marriage Breakdown, Divorce and Green Card Help is Available

It is unfortunate that in society overall, divorce statistics are high with 50-60% of marriages failing. However, for the foreign national who finds themselves in a difficult unbearable marriage to a U.S. Citizen due to abuse or other issues, there is way to achieve status without staying in a dangerous or unhealthy environment.

If you or someone you know has a conditional Permanent Resident Card set to expire in 2 years or less with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”),… Continue reading

Domestic Violence? No Matter What Your U.S. Immigration Status, or Sex You Have a Powerful Voice and Potential Immigration Benefits in the United States. Don’t Waste It.. Use Your Power!

Domestic Violence is one of the most difficult forms of abuse to face “head on” as it touches every aspect of one’s life, whether male or female.  It can leave an individual emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically and logistically paralyzed.  The issues of shame, codependency,  and fear for themselves or fear for their “victimizer” (whom they love or loved) makes taking necessary quick protective action seem distant.  However, a supportive network of friends, family, psychological… Continue reading

When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t” and Immigration Consequences for U.S. Conditional Permanent Residents

Marriage between U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to Nationals of other countries has become the norm rather than the exception. U.S. Immigration laws have strict guidelines and requirements for couples to demonstrate that their marriage under 2 years is “bona fide”.  In order to meet this mandate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will only issue a 2 year green card to individuals married under 2 years at the time the I-130 petition and concurrent I-485 application is… Continue reading