Top Ten Tips for International Students

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This month a very important victory for international students occurred. A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction on an August 2018 Policy Memo that would detrimentally affect foreign students in the U.S. The potential harm from the Policy Memo was so severe that over 50 universities and colleges around the country joined together in this lawsuit against Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. …

The Kushner Immigration Plan: What You Need to Know

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On Thursday, May 16, 2019, President Donald Trump unveiled his “new” immigration plan. The goals of the new plan include: (1) stopping illegal immigration; (2) fully securing the border; and (3) implementing a new legal immigration plan that “protects American wages,” “promotes American values,” and “attracts the best and the brightest.”[1] For months we have heard whisperings of the great …

Know Your Rights: Protections Afforded to All Immigrants Inside Their Homes.

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Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Those rights apply to everyone regardless of their immigration status. Some rights are more protected than other. For example, your home carries special protections that public spaces do not. Understanding and being familiar with those rights can help you navigate stressful encounters with immigration officials on your doorstep. …

Georgia eliminates the Immigration Enforcement Review Board & Teaches Us All a Lesson

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In 2011, Georgia passed HB 87, creating the controversial Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB). The seven-member board, comprised primarily of volunteers with little knowledge on immigration law, was tasked to investigating complaints about municipalities not enforcing immigration laws.  It was empowered to not only probe complaints from the public but also issue subpoenas, place witnesses under oath and administer fines. …

OSUP: The Grim Reality of Orders of Supervision

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  If you were at some point detained and thereafter released, you may have been given an order of supervision. An order of supervision (or “OSUP” for short) is sometimes given to individuals waiting for a court hearing, or even under the unfortunate circumstance of receiving an order of removal. The reasons for issuing an OSUP or for delaying deportation …

Extra steps to maximize the odds of having an L-1A visa petition approved without an RFE

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The Trump administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order has caused difficulties for foreign nationals seeking visas across a wide variety of categories, including the L-1A nonimmigrant visa classification. The L-1A visa category has long been a popular way for certain employers to transfer executives and managers between affiliated companies. Executives and managers who enter the United States with an …

4 Things You Should Know if Pulled Over by Local Authorities Without a Valid Driver’s License.

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The Trump administration has brought fear to the immigrant community by imposing unreasonable policies that affect pretty much every immigrant in the United States. One of the policies is to try to remove (deport) all “criminals” unlawfully present in the United States. The word “criminals” has been broadly interpreted and includes individuals convicted of minor traffic violations such as driving …

9 Common Questions by Conditional Residents Held in Limbo

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Our immigration system is constantly evolving. Updates are made seemingly on a daily basis, attempting to address challenges and reflect new priorities. In 1986 as part of the Reagan Administrations immigration reform bill, Congress enacted what is our current framework for marriage-based permanent residence requirements.  One such requirement was the enactment of a 2 year  “conditional“ greencard for immigrants whose …