2017

Blog Posts in 2017

  • What to Expect During the Naturalization Process

    Naturalization is the process through which someone who is not born in the United States becomes a U.S. citizen. From start to finish, this process can take months or even years, and each step is instrumental in achieving your ultimate goal—becoming a U.S. citizen. Below, we explain each step and what you can expect. Determining Eligibility Before you apply, you must first determine whether or not ...
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  • 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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  • Department of Homeland Security announce enhanced security measures for all flights to United States

    New screening rules went into effect on 10/26/2017 for all U.S. - bound airline passengers that could mean more detailed inspections of carry-on bags and electronic devices, as well as security interviews by airlines employees. The new rules are part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to more thoroughly screen travelers headed to the United States. The enhanced security measures ...
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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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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

    On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
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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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  • President Donald Trump Issues New Travel Ban

    President Trump has issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries, adding Chad and Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Nationals of Sudan, who were impacted by earlier versions of the travel ban, are not included in the proclamation as senior administration officials said a review of Sudan’s cooperation ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

    On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap, five months after it was suspended temporarily in order to handle the huge rush of petitions that were being filed. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing for the annual 20,000 additional petitions that ...
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  • New DOS rule regarding alien conduct inconsistent with his or her non-immigrant status within 90 days of entry

    On September 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) updated the Field Adjudicators Manual (“FAM”) by adding a new rule so as to provide U.S. consular officers with new guidance relating to the term “misrepresentation” as it relates to aliens in the U.S. If an alien violates or engages in conduct inconsistent with his or her nonimmigrant status within 90 days of entry, the US Consular ...
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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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