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The 2019 Public Charge Rule and the Health Insurance Requirements for Immigrants

Three federal courts have stopped the current administration from implementing the “Public Charge Rule” that was due to take effect October 15, 2019. The rule would have required those applying for immigrant status to prove that they will not be “likely to become a public charge” meaning that they will not request income-based public assistance once they get a green card. This change increases significantly the Read More

DHS Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

On August 14, 2019, DHS published the Inadmissibility on Public Grounds final rule that codifies regulations governing the application of the public charge inadmissibility ground. The final rule goes into effect on Oct. 15, 2019 and will only be applied to applications and petitions postmarked on or after that date. The rule applies to applicants for admission, aliens applying for permanent residency, and those Read More

3 Benefits of Having Your Attorney Accompany You to the Immigration Interview

Many attend immigration interviews without their attorney and get approved; most of these are very well documented without any negative factors, such as visa overstays, entering without inspection (EWI), criminal issues, other immigration violations or removal orders, etc.    Just as many have something go wrong, leading to serious consequences such as denial, findings of fraud, being placed in removal proceedings, Read More

How does Parole work for Immigration purposes?

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to grant “parole” to allow noncitizens to enter or remain on the US for specific reasons, for a limited period of time. Parole is neither a status nor an admission, which makes a huge difference in terms of options available under immigration law. How is the decision made? In deciding whether to favorably exercise discretion, the immigration officer Read More

Citizenship in the USA and Medicare – What You Need To Know

Click photoImmigrating to the USA is a long and tedious process, but once it’s behind you, there are many opportunities that can open up for you. Once you are settled, one of the first things that many people care about squaring away is health insurance.If not yet retired or over age 65, lawfully present immigrants can get health insurance coverage through an employer. If not employed or if Read More

What if Love Hurts? Relationships and Your Immigration Status

The relationships we form with others are a vital part of our emotional and mental wellbeing - some would argue that they are essential to our survival. They definitely play an important role in one’s immigration status in the U.S., as marriage or a family connection to a citizen or lawful permanent resident affects the terms of one’s residency.What happens if that relationship is difficult or even dangerous? Read More

Attorney Connie Kaplan is the Special Speaker at the NADP Experience 2019!

Hi!  As you know I help people make the United States their permanent home, and have for many years, and that includes working diligently with clients going through the often complex, and most times difficult divorce process.   I am proud to say that  I have been chosen as an expert speaker at the National Association of Divorce Professionals annual conference where I will address immigration considerations during Read More

How to Start Building a Life with Your Loved One in the U.S.

You are getting away from the Polar Vortex and are on vacation in Florida or a nice tropical island when Cupid strikes and you meet the love of your life. You cannot imagine living without your LOVE and your LOVE feels the same. But wait, your LOVE does not have a visa to get to the United States or is already here but without status. How do you make this happen?If your loved one is already in the United States, Read More

Immigration for Investors: A Guide to Your Visa Options

Foreign investment in the United States benefits the national economy and creates job opportunities in areas where they may be needed the most. This is why U.S. immigration law provides overseas investors with the means of obtaining a visa and coming here to establish, manage, or invest in different types of businesses.If your goal is to invest your time, skills, and capital in the U.S. economy, the visas below Read More

4 Reasons to Apply TODAY for Immigration Benefits

We are so excited about the Holiday Season and along with our staff and clients we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year. We are ready or getting ready with decorating, cooking (and eating) delicious foods, shopping for gifts for our loved ones, and making plans to spend with our families.It is a busy time. We understand. You are thinking about your loved ones abroad and vowing to do something Read More