Federal courts are an applicant’s best friend when it comes to USCIS delays

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“Why is USCIS taking so long?” is a question immigration attorneys get asked by clients with more and more frequency these days. Despite the fact that we live in the era of instant messaging, video, and streaming, the U.S. government (and specifically, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – “USCIS”) cannot seem to reach the 21st century when it …

BE Careful, Your Social Media Accounts Can Now Get You in Trouble With Your Visa Application!

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In May 2019, the U.S. State Department began asking visa applicants at consulates abroad information related to their social media accounts for the previous five years. Those questions are found on Form DS-160 (nonimmigrant visas) and Form DS-260 (immigrant visas) This new policy will affect millions of visa applicants and it could have serious immigration consequences for those who attempt …

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. …

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 …

ICE Is Now Targeting Parents Who Paid to Smuggle Their Kids Into the United States

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a new initiative to detain and prosecute parents who paid to smuggle their kids across the border. The initiative has been condemned by numerous advocacy groups for immigrant children including the American Academy of Pediatrics. Immigration agents have begun interrogating children who cross the border unaccompanied to find out who their sponsors …

5 Goals of Legislators Who Are Pushing for EB-5 Visa Reform

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The EB-5 visa program was designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and to encourage job creation in rural and low-employment areas. Although the program has been effective, a recent report from Breitbart News identifies several cases of fraud related to the EB-5 program. Reform has been elusive despite bipartisan efforts to reduce fraud. According to the news site VTDigger, Senators …

EB-5 Visa Program Extended through September Despite Calls for Reform

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The EB-5 visa program allows foreign entrepreneurs and their families to become lawful permanent residents in the United States if they make a qualifying investment in a U.S. enterprise. On April 28, despite a flurry of proposals to reform the EB-5 program, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill that extended the program in its current form through September. As many …

Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves!

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Justice was served today at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) office in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our clients, a mother and her minor child, were facing imminent deportation to their native country, Guatemala.  Their deportation had been scheduled for Monday at 7:00 am, but thanks to our amazing immigration attorneys, Mario Guevara from Mundo Hispanico, and the General Counsel of Guatemala in Atlanta, …

What you need to know before you go you go outside the U.S. With a travel permit.

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People with pending applications with the U.S. Citizenship and immigration services often need a “travel permit” or “advance parole” document before leaving the U.S. This will prevent applicants from having their applications deemed “abandoned” for having departed the country without asking first for permission while waiting a final decision on their applications.    Practically speaking, getting an advance parole document …

Do I really need an attorney for an interview with Immigration Services (USCIS)?

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It will largely depend on whether negative factors exist in your case (for example: a complicated immigration history, a criminal record, issues with fraud, multiple marriages or petitions, etc.). An immigration attorney works like an insurance policy: you may or may not need one at the time of the interview, but when you do, you will be glad you hired …