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What is VAWA & How Can It Help You?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a way for battered and abused spouses (and in certain cases, parents and children) to get permanent residency (green card) without the help of the abusive spouse.  Despite its name, VAWA benefits both men and women. You may qualify if: You are married to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident and your spouse abused you or your child; Your US citizen or lawful Read More

What To Do If ICE Shows Up

How to Handle Interactions with ICE If you are not a US citizen, you are not protected from the actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  However, regardless of your status, you do have Constitutional rights. Here are some basic ways to express them if the situation arises: What to do if ICE comes to your door Stay calm. Keep the door closed. Start recording everything with your phone! (it will Read More

What Happens To My Current Green Card Application or Removal Case If I Worked Without Authorization & Did Not Pay Taxes?

Recent decision trends show that immigration officers are increasingly concerned with tax reporting and tax payments made on earned income, regardless of whether the employment was authorized or not. As such, immigration applications are being reviewed more closely, resulting in ever-increasing requests for additional financial information before making a final decision in an application. We strive to stay on top of Read More

The 2019 Public Charge Rule & 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

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 & Medicare – What You Need To Know

Click photo Immigrating 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 & 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

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