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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com

Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com. After meeting several DREAMers in my law practice , I have really come to admire them.  Their spirit and their courage serve as an inspiration to me.  This article by Amy Goodman really captures the fact that many DREAMers took action to bring the issue … Continue reading Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com

Poster child for new policy ineligible – San Antonio Express-News

An article in the San Antonio Express News highlights two individuals who are typical DREAMer candidates but narrowly missed the requirements under the Obama Administration’s new deferred action policy.  As these individuals state, the new deferred action policy is not the end and it is not a long term solution.  Hopefully, individuals like the ones in … Continue reading Poster child for new policy ineligible – San Antonio Express-News

A Breakdown of DHS’s Deferred Action for DREAMers » Immigration Impact

A Breakdown of DHS’s Deferred Action for DREAMers » Immigration Impact.  This brief post at the Immigration Policy Center’s Immigration Impact helps make sense of the eligibility requirements under the President’s recently announced deferred action from those who entered the United States at a young age.

Obama Policy on Young Immigrants Creates 800,000 Dreams – Businessweek

This article from Bloomberg Businessweek highlights a typical DREAMer, Carolina Canizales.  I thought the article put it well when the DREAMer described herself as living in “limbo.”  The new policy announced by President Barack Obama will allow her to get a job and pay for graduate school to continue her career. A frequent objection I … Continue reading Obama Policy on Young Immigrants Creates 800,000 Dreams – Businessweek

DREAMers: Avoid Notarios and Other Scammers

Dan Kowalski, Editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, wrote an informative post stating something that needed to be said.  I think many DREAMers will know better than to trust their case to unscrupulous, unlicensed, and non-accredited people.  However, their parents may not. Mr. Kowalski writes: We’re not finished cheering, hugging and laughing with joy, but the hard-nosed among … Continue reading DREAMers: Avoid Notarios and Other Scammers

Bloomberg Poll Shows Obama’s Deferred Action for DREAMer Policy Favored 2 to 1

A Bloomberg poll released today reports that 64 percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement granting deferred action to individuals who entered the United States undocumented at a young age said they agreed with this policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

Deferred Action for DREAMers FAQs

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security released the following FAQs on its newly announced deferred action program for individuals who came to the United States as Children. Effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children and meet several key … Continue reading Deferred Action for DREAMers FAQs

Deferred Action for DREAMers Press Announcement

On June 15, 2012, Secretary Janet Napolitano made the following press announcement: WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be … Continue reading Deferred Action for DREAMers Press Announcement