Maryland Immigration Attorney

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

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