What A Business Needs to Know About Immigration and Visas

The world is in a constant state of change, which we know already, but these days with immigration law constantly changing and making headlines, it’s important to go back to the basics when it comes to visas and immigration in the world of business. In getting down to details, there are three main kinds of … Continue reading What A Business Needs to Know About Immigration and Visas

What Do I Need to Know About Unemployment Rights?

With the amount of people vying for jobs and the fact that business is rough in our current economy, unemployment is a reality for a lot of people.  But, did you know there are rights that go along with unemployment?  Rights that can actually lead to compensation while you’re on the hunt for another job?  … Continue reading What Do I Need to Know About Unemployment Rights?

Why Get A Personal Injury Lawyer & What to Bring to My Appointment

In the event of an accident, an important aspect to consider for your own peace of mind and comfort is a personal injury lawyer.  Whether it’s a sore back, broken bones or worse, an injury that occurs during an accident is something that can be better dealt with by using a personal injury lawyer. Why … Continue reading Why Get A Personal Injury Lawyer & What to Bring to My Appointment

Why You Should Consider A Law Firm for Your Employment Law Needs

Lawyers, why do you need one?  You may be able to handle most situations on your own but there are situations that you will come out ahead, especially in employment law, if you were to have a lawyer on your side. Here are some ways lawyers can help in employment law Workers compensation If you feel … Continue reading Why You Should Consider A Law Firm for Your Employment Law Needs

Understand More About Employment Visas For Your Staffing Needs

When hiring employees, within or outside of the Country, getting the right fit within your company is critical to having a good crew of hard-working employees.  The main issue with foreign workers is the employment visa process, availability and how they work.  Understanding the different kinds of visas can help you find the right match … Continue reading Understand More About Employment Visas For Your Staffing Needs

What Is The Difference Between A Green Card and Citizenship?

There’s a lot to learn about the legal proceedings within the United States borders if you come from outside of the US.  One of the things we recommend is to educate you on the difference between a green card and/or citizenship.  In fact, this is a topic that some natural born United States citizens may … Continue reading What Is The Difference Between A Green Card and Citizenship?

Why Should You Obtain a Lawyer for Your Immigration Needs

Immigration can be a tricky process even for the most straight-forward applications and people that are looking to call the U.S. their temporary or permanent home, for whatever reason.  If you are debating between obtaining an attorney for your various immigration needs, here are some ideas on why it might be the right decision for … Continue reading Why Should You Obtain a Lawyer for Your Immigration Needs

Be Prepared When Traveling Out of the Country for Holidays

When the time comes for you to pack up and head out on your travels for the holiday season, make sure that you are properly prepared for all that you will be taking on.  When visiting family over the holiday season, you want to be able to focus on all of the positive memories and … Continue reading Be Prepared When Traveling Out of the Country for Holidays

Protect Yourself from Injuries This Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to relax and enjoy every minute of it.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always as simple.  This time of year is popular with thieves and others who want to do you harm.  Plus, with more folks on the road, in stores or at parties, you … Continue reading Protect Yourself from Injuries This Holiday Season

Workers Compensation: Do I Need an Attorney?

When you’re on the job, you’ve got the protection that you need…or so you think.  The truth comes out, however, when an injury occurs. After a work injury, you may be looking at a worker’s compensation claim and unsure what to do. Consider getting help but make sure you educate yourself on worker’s compensation as … Continue reading Workers Compensation: Do I Need an Attorney?

Virginia Attorney General Announces that DACA Recipients Are Eligible for In-State Tuition

According to a Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations press release today, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients are considered “residents” for in-state tuition purposes at public universities in Virginia.  This is welcome news for many DACA recipients who wanted to continue their post-secondary studies but could not … Continue reading Virginia Attorney General Announces that DACA Recipients Are Eligible for In-State Tuition

Supreme Court of California Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Obtain License to Practice Law

According to a San Jose Mercury News article, the Supreme Court just ruled unanimously that Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant of many years, can obtain a license to practice law in California. Garcia graduated from law school and passed the California bar exam.  However, whether California could legally issue him a license to practice law … Continue reading Supreme Court of California Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Obtain License to Practice Law

Parole in Place: Tremendous Immigration Benefit for Mixed-Status Military Families

Last Friday, on November 15, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a new immigration benefit that will eventually allow parents, spouses, and children under 21 to obtain their lawful permanent residence.  Using the statutory authority under Section 212(d)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, USCIS will issue a “parole-in-place” to deserving parents, spouses … Continue reading Parole in Place: Tremendous Immigration Benefit for Mixed-Status Military Families

Can an illegal immigrant practice law?

Sergio Garcia graduated from law school and passed the California bar exam.  The California attorney general is in favor of issuing him a license to practice law.  However, the federal government is opposing granting him a law license.  The Wall Street Journal article also mentions several other similar cases, many involving dreamers,  from around the … Continue reading Can an illegal immigrant practice law?

U.S. citizens exiled by U.S. immigration law chronicle their struggles on blogs

Thanks to Silvia Vinas for publishing this article on how several U.S. citizens have voluntarily exiled themselves to live with their spouse who has been unable to secure entry to the U.S. under our current immigration laws.  The article notes that several blogs and online communities have been created to support families having to choose … Continue reading U.S. citizens exiled by U.S. immigration law chronicle their struggles on blogs

I-601A Provisional Waiver Now Available

The new Form I-601A is now available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website .  Instructions for the form are also available on the site as well as a new Provisional Waiver website.  Some key points about the Provisional Waiver from the website are excerpted below: What You Need to Know The new provisional … Continue reading I-601A Provisional Waiver Now Available

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Rule for Family Unity Announced – Finally!

Since its announcement on January 6, 2012, many mixed-status families had been anxiously awaiting the final approval of a new regulation that would allow the undocumented spouses, parents, and minor children of U.S. citizens to apply for a necessary waiver here in the United States rather than abroad.  After almost one year, yesterday the final rule was published … Continue reading Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Rule for Family Unity Announced – Finally!

Dream Act or Achieve Act?

It’s funny how since the last election the Republicans are all about immigration legislation after losing the Hispanic vote by very large margins.  NBC Latino recently published an opinion piece titled, “Dream Act or Achieve Act?”  The Republicans recently unveiled their own version of the DREAM Act called the Achieve Act.  It appears to be similar to prior … Continue reading Dream Act or Achieve Act?

USCIS Releases New Deferred Action Statistics

Late last week USCIS released updated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics that I received from AILA.  According to these numbers, they have received about 180,000 DACA applications.  Of these, USCIS has issued biometrics (fingerprint appointments) on about 160,000 or about 89%.  Of the 180,000 only about 6,500 or  3.6% are under review and … Continue reading USCIS Releases New Deferred Action Statistics

Romney Would not Grant NEW Deferred Action Applications

I noted in a previous post on October 2, 2012, that presidential candidate Romney stated he would not take away deferred action status from DREAMers who have been granted it.   According to reports, the next day he clarified that while he would not take away deferred action status from those granted it, his administration would end the program … Continue reading Romney Would not Grant NEW Deferred Action Applications

USCIS Only Approves 29 Deferred Action Applications So Far

The New York Times recently reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has only approved 29 of the more than 100,000 applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with more than 63,000 in the final stages of review.  While this number may seem low, and may cause some to panic, one must keep in … Continue reading USCIS Only Approves 29 Deferred Action Applications So Far

Mitt Romney Says He Would Not Deport Those Granted Deferred Action

After indicating he would veto a DREAM Act during the Republican primaries, he is reported as recently saying he would not pursue deportation of potential DREAM Act candidates granted deferred action under the Obama administrations program.  He is quoted as saying “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which … Continue reading Mitt Romney Says He Would Not Deport Those Granted Deferred Action

New Study Says DREAM Act Would Boost US Economy

According to an article in USA Today, a new study by the Center for American Progress, started by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined the positive economic impacts of a DREAM Act.  The study estimates that the economic benefits include adding $329 billion and 1.4 million jobs to the nation’s economy over two decades.  A DREAM … Continue reading New Study Says DREAM Act Would Boost US Economy

Updated FAQs on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

USCIS recently updated their FAQs on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  To see the updated FAQs you can click here.  It touches upon the commonly asked question of whether a person granted deferred action can travel and other questions I am frequently asked.  It also addresses some of the concerns, though not clearly in … Continue reading Updated FAQs on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

State Driver’s License Requirements for DREAMers

The American Immigration Lawyers Association compiled a nice chart of state driver’s license requirements to assist DREAMers who have obtained a grant of Deferred Action.  For those in Virginia, the DMV has already stated it will grant driver’s licenses to those granted deferred action (See my previous post).  Click on this link: Drivers License Chart

Nebraska Will Not Issue Driver’s Licenses to Those Granted Deferred Action

Joining Arizona, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman just announced that his state will not be issuing driver’s licenses to those DREAMers granted deferred action.  What is interesting is that the federal REAL ID Act specifically allows those granted deferred action to obtain a driver’s license.  To read more check out this article from the Christian Science … Continue reading Nebraska Will Not Issue Driver’s Licenses to Those Granted Deferred Action

Virginia DMV Will Grant Driver’s License to DREAMers Granted Deferred Action

In response to a written inquiry from the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles confirmed that it will allow those granted Deferred Action status to get a driver’s license. A copy of the letter from the DMV can be found here on the VA-ACLU website.  Thanks to the ACLU … Continue reading Virginia DMV Will Grant Driver’s License to DREAMers Granted Deferred Action

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Do I Qualify?

Beginning today, August 15, 2012, USCIS will begin to accept applications for deferred action.  Here are the official USCIS criteria for qualifying for deferred action under the administration’s new program: Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the … Continue reading Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Do I Qualify?

USCIS Releases Forms and Information on Applying for Deferred Action for DREAMers

Today, USCIS released the Forms I-821D and I-765WS.  Interestingly enough, they decided to give the form the same number as the form used to apply for TPS except they added a “D” perhaps for Deferred Action or Dream Act?  In any event they also have a website dedicated to the program which contains extensive information: … Continue reading USCIS Releases Forms and Information on Applying for Deferred Action for DREAMers

Government Releases More Details on Deferred Action for DREAMers

Last Friday USCIS announced more details regarding the Deferred Action for DREAMers program. Among the key points shared by USCIS: 1. A new form will be available on August 15. All DACA requests will require payment of the standard $85 biometric fee, but no additional fee will be charged. Persons who wish to receive work … Continue reading Government Releases More Details on Deferred Action for DREAMers

DHS Deferred Action for DREAMers Conference Call Today July 26, 2012, 4PM EST

Today the Department of Homeland Security will be hosting a Stakeholder Conference Call to provide further details on its recently announced deferred action for individuals who entered the U.S. at a young age.  The Conference Call will begin at 4PM eastern standard time.  Those interested in participating in the Conference Call can call 1-800-779-9654 and enter the … Continue reading DHS Deferred Action for DREAMers Conference Call Today July 26, 2012, 4PM EST

DREAMers March for Change

Many young people brought to the U.S. at a young age are marching for change.  A local news station in Kansas City highlighted some local marchers and interviewed some.  As the news story notes, the reason these individuals are marching is to prevent people from forgetting that the recently announced deferred action for DREAMers is only … Continue reading DREAMers March for Change

Gap In Immigration Law Forces Woman to Deport Herself Reluctantly

I came across and article in McClatchy – DC Bureau which is no longer there, from Kansas City Missouri, today again highlighting how our immigration laws are separating families, in some cases.  Lauren Gray immigrated to the U.S. with her parents and sister from England when she was only 4 years old.  Her family immigrated here … Continue reading Gap In Immigration Law Forces Woman to Deport Herself Reluctantly

Keeping immigrant families together is “critical,” first lady says | Fox News Latino

Keeping immigrant families together is “critical,” first lady says | Fox News Latino.  In a recent interview with Spanish language network Univision, Michelle Obama emphasized the President’s desire to keep immigrant families together:  “There is nothing more critical than keeping families together and that is why Barack has been fighting so hard for comprehensive immigration reform.”  … Continue reading Keeping immigrant families together is “critical,” first lady says | Fox News Latino

The Risks of Applying for Deferred Action

An article by Howard Fischer in The Arizona Daily Sun raises the possible risks of apply for deferred action recently announced by the Obama Administration for DREAMers.  This reality is often lost amidst the excitement of the recent announcement.  The Administration has stated that the new deferred action process will be valid for a period of two years.  … Continue reading The Risks of Applying for Deferred Action

Immigrant Claims Deferred Action for Dreamers Allows Him to be Lawyer

In a July 2, 2012, post I highlighted the story of an undocumented immigrant with a pending case in the California Supreme Court seeking to be admitted to practice law after entering the U.S. when only 17 months old, he graduated from law school, and passed the bar exam.  Fox News highlights another law school … Continue reading Immigrant Claims Deferred Action for Dreamers Allows Him to be Lawyer

Another Family Torn Apart By U.S. Immigration Laws with a Tragic Ending

I ran across an article in the New York Times whose story I thought I would share because it is an example of how our immigration laws separate mixed-status families.  Examples such as this is what the proposed family unity waiver is meant to prevent. Elizabeth Drummond, a U.S. citizen, married Segundo Encalada, whom was … Continue reading Another Family Torn Apart By U.S. Immigration Laws with a Tragic Ending

Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post

Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post.  Several poll and survey data have been released recently indicating public support for immigration reform.  Today, in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Robert P. Jones discusses new findings from the Public Religion Research Institute’s June Religion & … Continue reading Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post

Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR

Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR.  NPR did a piece on evangelical leaders coming together to advocate for immigration reform.  Many of these evangelicals have come together before on other social issues, such as abortion.  I find it very interesting that they seem to be rallying around immigration reform as an issue.  The NPR host … Continue reading Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR

Family Separated By Bad Immigration Advice Can Sue for Pain and Suffering

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that an Iowa court has ruled that a family separated by an immigration attorney’s bad legal advice can sue him for the pain and suffering he caused.  The couple who sued the attorney were separate from their three U.S. citizen children for 10 years.  One of the children was a minor … Continue reading Family Separated By Bad Immigration Advice Can Sue for Pain and Suffering

Obama urges immigration reform and DREAM Act at July 4th citizenship ceremony

MSNBC reports that President Obama participated in a moving 4th of July naturalization ceremony of 25 active duty military members, from countries such as Ukraine, Cameroon, and Honduras. He used the opportunity to highlight the need for reforming our immigration system and the DREAM Act.  He is quoted as saying that “America’s success demands comprehensive … Continue reading Obama urges immigration reform and DREAM Act at July 4th citizenship ceremony

Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Could you pass a US citizenship test? – Who signs bills? – CSMonitor.com. If you want to get an idea of the type of questions asked during the naturalization exam, click on the link to take a test online, courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor. via Could you pass a US citizenship test? – Who … Continue reading Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com

Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com. Can DREAMers be licensed to practice law? According to USA Today, that is the question that the California Supreme Court is expected to rule on regarding a case involving an undocumented U.S. law school graduate who entered the U.S. when only 17 months old. After … Continue reading Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com

Justin Bieber, If You’re in Arizona, “Remember to Bring Your Papers?”

A few days ago, on the floor of the House of Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) provided a “Who Is the Immigrant?” quiz to Congress members.  I really thought this was an effective way to illustrate how difficult it is to have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is here undocumented as required under the part of the Arizona immigration law … Continue reading Justin Bieber, If You’re in Arizona, “Remember to Bring Your Papers?”

Will USCIS be Able to Effectively Process the Flood of Deferred Action Applications?

Yesterday, Immigration Law Weekly made a very good point regarding the ability of USCIS to process potentially 1,000,000 deferred action applications of potential DREAM Act candidates or DREAMers.  Here is the point that ILW raises: “According to official sources, USCIS processes about five million applications every year, including I-130, I-140, I-145, and N-400 petitions. To … Continue reading Will USCIS be Able to Effectively Process the Flood of Deferred Action Applications?

Hispanic Support for Obama Surges in New Poll – WSJ.com

Hispanic Support for Obama Surges in New Poll – WSJ.com.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Obama’s favor-ability among Hispanics has seen a large increase, after his recent immigration policy announcement for those who entered the U.S. at a young age.  Although his proposed family unity waiver rule did not receive as much attention, I also … Continue reading Hispanic Support for Obama Surges in New Poll – WSJ.com

Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino

Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino.  Today more than 250 DREAMers marched on Washington.  You might be wondering why would they be Marching after the President announced his deferred action policy for DREAMers?  The reason is that President Obama’s new policy only provides temporary relief to a problem that requires … Continue reading Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino