Customs Border and Patrol

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

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian Nationals

Release Date: March 23, 2012

For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary

“In light of the deteriorating conditions in Syria, I am announcing that DHS will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently present in the United States. Conditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return to their home country. Early next… Continue reading

Understanding I-864 Affidavit of Support and Qualifying Work Credits When Adjusting Status in the U.S.

An I-864 is a special form used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to determine whether any foreign national who seeks to adjust his or her status from a non-immigrant visa (such as an H-1B visa), meets minimum income guidelines. The U.S. Citizen petitioner, for instance a spouse, has an obligation to ensure that their family member will not become a “ward of the state” and end up on public assistance if granted U.S. Permanent Resident status.

A unique… Continue reading

Hiring a Foreign Worker? Making Sure Your PERM Employment Recruitment Efforts are “Audit Proof “to Reduce Stress for Employer and Foreign National Employee

Could it be that you are a U.S. Employer who has found the perfect employee? He or she is loyal, has a good attitude and works hard.  Only one problem, he or she is not a U. S. citizen or even a Permanent Residents.  If they have a visa, ensuring the visa is valid for work purposes is essential. But even then, that visa is only temporary.  So now you are faced with having to lose… Continue reading

When You or Your Loved One Signs to Be Removed from the United States with ICE then Change Your Mind

We often have detained clients who contact our office after signing to be removed from the United States. These clients have often been detained unexpectedly and are tired. Suddenly an ICE Officer appears advising client that their case may be “hopeless”. The ICE officer then provides the option for the client to sign to be removed.

Detained individuals will typically be presented with two different documents when in immigration detention.  An 826 Notice is presented and a 10 page… Continue reading

TPS – Special Situations and Humanitarian Relief Such as Flooding

USCIS News – Reprint Below:

Relief for Nationals from Central America Stranded in the U.S. Due to Extreme Flooding

Extreme flooding occurring in Central America has led U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reminding everyone of immigration benefits available upon request to eligible nationals from countries in that region.

USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status. Temporary relief measures available to eligible nationals from Central American countries that… Continue reading