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Dream Act 2017 and the American Hope Act

Since he took office, President Donald Trump has wavered back and forth over what he will decide to do about the DACA program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.  During his campaign, he promised voters he intended to end the DACA program almost immediately upon taking office, but after 6 months [...]

2017-08-21T10:02:20+00:0021 Aug, 2017|

When USCIS Makes an Error – I-290B to the Rescue!

The Form I-290B is used to file an appeal or motion to reopen or reconsider a decision made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on certain applications submitted to them for approval.  In most cases, the I-290B must be submitted to USCIS within 30 to 33 calendar days after notice of the decision.  The [...]

2017-07-07T14:47:47+00:007 Jul, 2017|

Don’t Wait Until New I-485 Comes Out – File Your Application Now!

One June 26, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions have been substantially updated with more comprehensive and detailed questions.  USCIS also revised the Form I-485 Supplement A and Form I-485 Supplement J to provide [...]

2017-07-05T10:48:04+00:005 Jul, 2017|

Parole for Entrepreneurs

In January of this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule providing foreign individuals who are founders of start-up companies an opportunity to grow their companies within the United States. The rule is anticipated to help improve the economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation. The final rule allows DHS to [...]

2017-05-24T17:23:43+00:0024 May, 2017|

The L-1B Visa: Transferring Employees with Specialized or Advanced Knowledge

United States immigration law allows global businesses to transfer employees from a foreign office to a United States office when such a decision is necessary to the interests of the business.  The L-1B visa allows a company to transfer an employee with “specialized knowledge” to come work in the United States.  Once an application is [...]

2017-05-15T14:56:42+00:0015 May, 2017|

Immigration Benefits for Family Members of U.S. Military Active Service and Veterans

“Parole in Place” (or PIP) allows certain qualified individuals to apply for lawful permanent residence without leaving the United States, despite their past illegal entry and stay. Noncitizen spouses, parents, and unmarried minor children of U.S. citizen members or veterans of the U.S. military, who are in the U.S. after an unlawful entry, may have [...]

2017-05-08T09:07:47+00:008 May, 2017|

Derivative and Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship – Are You Already a U.S. Citizen?

There are several ways that someone may prove they are a U.S. citizen without being born in the U.S. or taking the naturalization test.  If they have at least one U.S. citizen parent at the time of their birth, or if their parent becomes a U.S. citizen prior to their 18th birthday, they may qualify [...]

2017-04-06T09:53:17+00:006 Apr, 2017|

The L-1 Visa – Transferring an Employee from a Foreign Office to the United States

Businesses are becoming more globalized every year as countries seek markets overseas.  Many United States businesses have offices abroad, and many foreign businesses have offices in the United States.  United States immigration law allows global businesses to transfer employees from a foreign office to a United States office when such a decision is necessary to [...]

2017-03-29T09:29:28+00:0029 Mar, 2017|

What is Expedited Removal?

An Executive Order issued by the President on January 25th instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand the use of “expedited removal”.   On February 20, 2017, a memo by DHS stated further instructions are to come regarding what individuals will be subject to expedited removal as instructed by the Executive Order.  As [...]

2017-02-28T09:27:06+00:0028 Feb, 2017|
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