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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

The Deportation or Removal Case is Never Over Until the “Asylum, Withholding of Removal, & CAT” Lady Sings

Unfortunately, under current U.S. Immigration laws, there are numerous reasons that someone who is non-citizen of the United States may find themselves placed in removal proceedings when interacting  with agencies such as Customs Border and Patrol (“CBP”), ICE, or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The reasons range from technical reasons, to prior criminal history, improperly granted immigration benefit that a Senior USCIS officer unveils, or extended absences from the United States. Also a non-citizen (such as a Permanent… Continue reading

No Longer Trapped! U.S. Supreme Court Makes it “Law of the Land”: Permanent Residents with Criminal Convictions Prior to 1997 Can Now Travel.

Some of our non-U.S. citizen clients are individuals who committed a crime either when they were young; or over a decade ago which they deeply regret.  Their encounter with the law resulted in a criminal conviction. More often than not, it is a “one time crime”, and out of sheer panic and fear they accepted any plea offered by their criminal attorney that would result in the minimum or no jail time.

However, little did the non-citizen know that… Continue reading

When Returning to your Home Country From the United States Is NOT an Option Asylum, Withholding of Removal and CAT

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Asylum status may be given to an individual who meets a very strict definition of refugee. A refugee or asylee is defined as any person outside his or her county of nationality (or in the case of a persons having no nationality, their last habitual residence) who, because of a “well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, is unable or unwilling to return to that country,… Continue reading

Virginia Assault and Battery- Immigration Consequences for the Non-Citizen

The purpose of this article is to discuss the often confusing subject of whether an assault and battery in the State of Virginia is an aggravated felony prohibiting a U.S. non-citizen who is convicted of such a crime from applying for many forms of relief if placed in removal.  Without relief, a non-citizen client will be removed (deported) from the United States.

If you or your loved one are currently charged with assault and battery as a non-citizen of… Continue reading

Immigration Consequences To Criminal Charges Or Convictions – The BIG Mistake – Don’t Rest Easy! Removability AND Inadmissibility Immigration Considerations Before Pleading

The purpose of this article is to hopefully reduce the huge mistake that costs U.S. Permanent Residents and Non-Citizens their right to travel back to their home country. Specifically, if a Permanent Resident or Non-Citizen with a brief criminal history travels abroad they are often faced with the surprise of arriving at the airport back in the United States only to be told by Customs Border and Patrol (CBP) that they are “inadmissible”. In other word, they are banned from… Continue reading

Collecting Child Support from Your Illegal or Undocumented Children’s Parent

Child support is for the child, not the parent, so a child is entitled to the support.  I have a few clients who are undocumented who have to pay child support according to Court orders.  It is hard to enforce.  Family Court has nothing to do with Immigration.  However, if the illegal parent refuses to pay and it becomes a criminal matter he or she could then be subject to removal proceedings … Continue reading

HELPING THE REMOVAL NIGHTMARE TO BE OVER SOONER! Petition for Alien Relative Relief, Form I-130 and Expedited Relief in Removal Proceedings

On August 20th, 2010 U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (“ICE”) issued a memorandum from Assistant Secretary John Morton that will make a non-citizen or alien who is placed in removal proceedings eligible for relief if they have a pending Petition for Alien Relative (“Form I-130 or petition”).

Basically, ICE and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“ USCIS”) will now work more efficiently together so that non-citizens placed in removal will either have his and/or her case expedited or dismissed… Continue reading