Immigration Blog

  • 22-Feb-2017

    Ways To Protect Your Family If You Are Detained or Removed (Deported)

    Over the past few weeks, my office has been receiving numerous calls from undocumented immigrants, concerned about what will happen to their families if they are detained or removed from the United States. On February 21, 2017, new enforcement ...
  • 15-Jun-2015

    Naturalization

    NATURALIZATION Nationalization is the process by which foreign nationals gain United States citizenship. Most permanent residents are eligible to apply for naturalization after holding permanent resident (LPR) status for five years. However, if you ...
  • 27-May-2015

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on Injunction

    On May 26, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Federal Government's appeal of the temporary injunction which prevents the Department of Homeland Security from implementing the newly-announced DAPA and extended DAPA programs. The ...
  • 16-Apr-2015

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments on Executive Action Injunction

    On April 17, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case of State of Texas, et al. v. United States. This is the case in which Texas and other states challenged President Obama's November 2014 executive actions. ...
  • 21-Nov-2014

    BEWARE OF IMMIGRATION SCAMS

    Now that the President has announced numerous new immigration programs, there is tremendous excitement in the immigrant community. Unfortunately, this also raises issues of unscrupulous individuals hoping to take advantage of the situation. Here are ...
  • 21-Nov-2014

    ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS PRE-REGISTRATION

    Soon, many individuals who are beneficiaries of an approved employment-based immigrant visa petition (I-140) will be eligible to pre-register for adjustment of status. Currently, most employment-based immigrant visa categories have a several year ...
  • 21-Nov-2014

    EXPANSION OF STATESIDE WAIVER PROGRAM

    As part of the new immigration plan announced by President Obama, USCIS will be expanding the I-601A, Stateside Provisional Waiver program. Currently, this program benefits spouses and children of U.S. citizens who would experience extreme hardship ...
  • 21-Nov-2014

    TPS DESIGNATION FOR LIBERIA, GUINEA, AND SIERRA LEONE

    As of November 21, 2014, three additional countries have been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Individuals from Liberia, Guinea, and Seirra Leone who have been physically present in the U.S. since November 20, 2014 are potentially ...
  • 20-Nov-2014

    EXECUTIVE ACTION TO BE ANNOUNCED TONIGHT

    Tonight at 8:00pm, President Obama will announce a new executive order that will provide deferred action for many foreign nationals currently without legal status. It is expected that one group that will be affected is parents of United States ...
  • 1-Aug-2014

    DACA RENEWAL

    USCIS has announced guidelines for DACA renewal. The process requires a new application and application fee as well as some supporting documentation. You must submit information relating to any arrests/criminal charges incurred since you last applied ...
  • 24-Jan-2014

    Same-Sex Partnerships Recognized Under Immigration Law

    The End of DOMA: New Beginnings for Immigration Law In what will likely be regarded as one of the more impactful decisions in high court history, the US Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013. ...
  • 3-May-2013

    Caution Advisory

    Now that comprehensive immigration reform is being widely discussed it is important to make sure you receive accurate information and only deal with licensed professionals when seeking advise and assistance with your immigration case. Every day there ...
  • 15-Jan-2013

    New Stateside Provisional Waiver

    On March 4, 2014, USCIS will begin accepting applications for the new stateside provisional waiver. Currently, individuals who entered the United States without a visa are ineligible to adjust status (become a permanent resident from within the U.S.) ...
  • 8-Aug-2012

    Deferred Action Update

    USCIS has provided updated information for affirmative deferred action applicants. Although the application form has not yet been released, USCIS will begin accepting these applications on August 15, 2012. The total application fee to the Department ...
  • 22-Jun-2012

    Applications for Deferred Action

    Affirmative applications for deferred action are not yet being accepted by USCIS, nor have application procedures and fees been released. USCIS is expected to provide information about how to apply for deferred action in early to mid-August. In the ...
  • 15-Jun-2012

    New Napolitano Memo

    Our office has already begun receiving calls about the new immigration directive. Here's what we know so far: This is not a new law. Rather, it is a directive to USCIS, ICE, and DHS officials regarding enforcement priorities and the use of ...
  • 3-Feb-2012

    New Proposed Waiver Process

    There has been a lot of talk the past few days about USCIS's proposal to change their process for handling I-601 hardship waivers. As background information, currently unless you entered the U.S. legally or are grandfathered under the 245i ...
  • 19-Sep-2011

    Visa Priority Dates - October 2011

    Below are the priority dates as of October 1, 2011, as published in the Visa Bulletin. If you are awaiting a visa number and have an approved I-130 or I-140 dated prior to the date listed for your category, you are now eligible to apply for an ...
  • 19-Sep-2011

    Visa Priority Dates - September 2011

    Below are the priority dates as of September 1, 2011, as published in the Visa Bulletin. If you are awaiting a visa number and have an approved I-130 or I-140 dated prior to the date listed for your category, you are now eligible to apply for an ...
  • 19-Sep-2011

    Immigration Bonds

    If you have been detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you will generally be required to pay a bond if you wish to be released from custody while awaiting your immigration removal hearing. Immigration bonds are set by an immigration ...
  • 25-Jul-2011

    Asylum

    Asylum is a means by which individuals who fear persecution if they return to their home country may be allowed to remain in the United States and, ultimately, become lawful permanent residents. Applications for asylum are either affirmative or ...
  • 25-Jul-2011

    Visa Priority Dates - August 2011

    Below are the priority dates as of August 1, 2011, as published in the Visa Bulletin. If you are awaiting a visa number and have an approved I-130 or I-140 dated prior to the date listed for your category, you are now eligible to apply for an ...
  • 25-Jul-2011

    Immigration Court

    Immigration Courts are a specialized system of courts that are dedicated to immigration law cases throughout the United States. These courts are run by the U. S. Department of Justice, and technically, are not courts at all but rather, administrative ...
  • 25-Jul-2011

    Qualifying Relatives

    Family-based immigration begins with a petition filed by a qualifying relative. The following chart indicates which relatives may petition. No other familial relationship allows for a U.S. citizen or LPR to petition for a relative. Note that the list ...
  • 25-Jul-2011

    Cancellation of Removal (Non-LPR)

    People often ask whether they are eligible to receive their green card if they have been in the United States for over 10 years. Unfortunately, the answer to that is "no"; 10 years of physical presence, in and of itself, is not a basis for ...
  • 13-Jun-2011

    What is a U-Visa?

    A U-visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for victims of certain crimes which occur in the United States. It serves a dual purpose, in that it benefits law enforcement as well as the crime victim. The assailant does not have to be a U.S. citizen nor ...
  • 13-Jun-2011

    Visa Priority Dates - July 2011

    Below are the priority dates as of July 1, 2011. If you are awaiting a visa number and have an approved I-130 or I-140 dated prior to the date listed for your category, you are now eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. Family-Sponsored All except ...
  • 13-Jun-2011

    Visa Priority Dates - June 2011

    Below are the priority dates as of June 1, 2011. If you are awaiting a visa number and have an approved I-130 or I-140 dated prior to the date listed for your category, you are now eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. Family-Sponsored All except ...
  • 10-Jun-2011

    Welcome to our Charlotte Immigration Blog

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Charlotte Immigration Blog.

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