I-601 Waiver

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

The Best News Yet for Undocumented Foreign Nationals Married to U.S. Citizens and More!

This week the Obama Administration announced that they will be providing relief to undocumented foreign nationals who must exit the country to gain status in the United States and are subject to three and ten year bars from reentry.  We are very excited to provide the proposed law below which would allow families to reduce there fear and separation anxiety in correcting their loved ones U.S. immigration status.

 

PROPOSED LAW:

Provisional Waivers of Inadmissibility For… 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

Interacting Successfully with the U.S. Consulate Overseas

Many of our readers and clients often ask how to file applications with their consulate overseas.  In this short blog tip we provide basic guidance on filing with your country’s local U.S. Consulate.

The Department of State(DOS) website www.travel.state.gov contains a listing of all the consulates throughout the world.  It is important to go unto the DOS website and follow the instructions for the particular visa which you intend to file with the U.S. consulate.  Each consulate’s… Continue reading

Ability to Pay and Employment Based Sponsorship of a Foreign National

An I-140 is a petition by a U.S. Employer who seeks to sponsor and employ someone who is abroad or a foreign national.  Small, large or new companies may sponsor a foreign national once they can demonstrate an ability to pay the employee. The sponsorship is for a future job since there are very stringent requirements that need to be met before a foreign employee may begin working.

The three essential steps are 1) PERM- Labor Certification; 2) I-140… Continue reading

Finally, Some Relief for Clients and Respondents in Removal—But What DoesThis All Mean?

On August 18th, 2011, the current Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced the establishment of a high-level joint Department of Homeland Security along with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to determine which cases are high priority versus low priority. In distinguishing between these two categories, only high priority cases will cause individuals to be placed into removal proceedings, and low priority cases already in proceedings would be strongly considered for administrative closing by ICE/DHS attorneys. … Continue reading

My Immigration Case is Over, I Have Done My Part, Now How Do I Get Back Money Posted For Bond

Our clients often have questions about how to request their bond back from ICE-Department of Homeland Security after being in Deportation or Removal Immigration Proceedings.  While the immigration attorney is not involved in this process nor influences it, the purpose of this article is to provide some guidance on the issue.

First, it is important to understand that a client will not be able to get back their bond until the their case is actually closed with the U.S.… Continue reading