Immigrants

Recent Posts in Immigrants Category

  • The Fate of DACA Hinges on Year-End Spending Deal

    With Congress leaving Capitol Hill in just under two weeks, the fate of nearly 700,000 immigrants hangs in limbo. Democrats in the Senate now must decide if they want to add protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a condition of their support for what is viewed as a “must-pass” spending bill. Their other option is to kick the issue to next year where they have ...
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  • How Does U.S. Citizenship Through Parents Work?

    There are two ways to obtain U.S. citizenship through one’s parents. The first is at birth, while the second is after birth but before reaching the age of 18. A person’s parents can include: genetic fathers, genetic mothers, and non-genetic gestational mothers. In general, a child born outside the U.S. can become a citizen at birth if: Both of their parents were married to each other at the time ...
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  • 3 Facts About Immigration You Need to Know

    Immigration has always been a sensitive subject, but in recent years it has flown to the forefront of political and social conversations across the country. Between news outlets, social media, online articles, and daily conversation, you’ve likely heard true and false statements about immigration on a regular basis. So, what do you really need to know about immigration? With information on ...
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  • Preparing for a Visit from ICE: What You Need to Know

    With immigration raids and round-ups increasing throughout the country, it is important for undocumented individuals and their families to be aware of what their rights are in the event that they are ever visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this blog, we explain what you can expect and what you should during an ICE visit. When ICE officers are at your door, ask them if they ...
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  • Things to Avoid When Applying For a Green Card

    Applying for a green card is an important place for many immigrants to begin their journey to citizenship in the U.S. The process isn’t an easy one, however, and mistakes can cause your application to be rejected. A rejected application can mean unnecessary time and expense while the issue is corrected. Here are some of the most common mistakes that are made on green card applications. Missing ...
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  • Surviving Immigration During a Period of Uncertainty

    Now more than ever, immigration is a hot topic across various countries in the world, especially in the United States. As an immigrant, you are like concerned about your status in this country, even if you are here legally. It seems as though every day, there is a new immigration order, potentially threatening your rights to stay here lawfully. This is why our legal team wants to ensure you are ...
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  • Criminal Convictions that Result in Deportation

    As an immigrant, there are certain crimes that will make you subject to removal proceedings, even if you are a green card holder . Even if there is only evidence that you committed a crime, you may find yourself in removal proceedings. Immigrants are at the greatest risk of deportation if they are convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude” or an aggravated felony. Crimes of Moral Turpitude The ...
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  • Red Flags of Marriage Fraud

    When a U.S. citizen marries and sponsors a non-citizen spouse for an immigrant visa or green card , you can expect that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will examine their application very closely. Marriage fraud is a common way that immigrants and their citizen sponsors try to obtain legal residency and entry to the U.S., so immigration authorities are on the lookout for red ...
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  • Understanding the DREAM Act

    The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation that allows undocumented students who are driven to achieve a way to obtain legal residency. These students were often brought to the U.S. as young children and have spent most of their lives in the U.S. Eligible students are deeply rooted in their communities and often volunteer and participate in activities that benefit American communities, as well as ...
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  • Employment-based green card applicants to be subject to in-person interview

    Effective October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employment-based visa holders who are applying for lawful permanent residence to attend an in-person interview. Currently, such interviews are generally waived. However, under the new policy, such waivers won't be granted. USCIS has not released any information concerning logistics and staffing, but ...
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  • How Does the Visa Waiver Program Work?

    The Visa Waiver Program, hosted by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, is a viable option for immigrants of participating countries. The details of this program allow most citizens or nationals to travel the United States for tourism or business. The stays are detailed in spans of 90 days or less, without the participant first obtaining a visa, as long as he or she meets ...
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  • The International Entrepreneurial Rule Faces Delay And Possibly Rescission

    The International Entrepreneurial Rule, announced in January 2017, was supposed to go into effect July 17, 2017, but the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo on July 10, 2017 delaying its implementation until March 14, 2018. According to the memo, this delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to ...
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  • The First 100 Days: Trump's Immigration Policies

    Immigration reforms was a common theme in many campaign speeches, and the Trump administration has made their intentions to crack down on immigration very clear. In the first 100 days of his presidency, Trump has begun to make progress in immigration policies. The new administration has struggled against setbacks and resistance, but there have been a number of executive actions and administrative ...
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  • VAWA in the New Administration

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and offers immigrants fleeing abuse and violence a path to obtain legal immigrant status in the United States. It has been reauthorized multiple times throughout the past administrations, but the Trump administration has indicated that it is considering significant cuts to the Act’s grant funding. These cuts can be especially ...
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  • Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

    On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new a new Executive Order (EO), called Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States , that places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and by all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documents. The new EO will revoke and replace the original travel ban/executive order issued January 27, ...
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  • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
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  • 6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview

    6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview When applying for a marriage-based green card, a U.S. Citizen ("USC") and the immigrant spouse (hereinafter referred to as "Beneficiary") must attend an interview with an Immigration Officer. Green Card interviews are held to ensure that the marriage is bona fide, in good faith, and the marriage was not entered into for the sole purpose of obtaining ...
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  • Legislative framework for comprehensive immigration reform

    Proponents of immigration reform acknowledge that we need to meet clear and concrete benchmarks before we can finally ensure that America’s borders are secure and effectively deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. These benchmarks must be met before action can be taken to adjust the status of people already in the United States illegally and should include the ...
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  • Summary of Merit-Based Points System Under the Senate's Reform Bill

    The Senate's proposed Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) is currently under review before the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the key provisions of the Bill creates a merit-based immigrant visa, similar to the merit-based point system in Australia and Canada, but with some nuances that focus on family ties to the U.S. Applicants for this new visa will have to pay a fee of $500, and aliens ...
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  • Update on Receipt Notices for H-1B Cap Cases for FY2014

    AILA members announced that as of May 10, 2013, USCIS has completed data entry and sent receipt notices for all H-1B cap cases selected for processing. USCIS has also already begun sending out rejection notices for those petitions not selected for processing. AILA reminds its members to allow until the end of May for delivery of the receipt and rejection notices.
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  • Skilled Immigrants Encouraged to Start Companies and Create Jobs

    USCIS has joined the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to outline a series of policies, operations, and outreach efforts to help fuel the United States’ economy and stimulate investment. The goal of these initiatives is to help realize the full potential of US immigration laws in order to attract the most innovative and creative minds from around the world. Moreover, these polices ...
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