Supreme Court Says Travel Ban Will Not Affect Grandparents and Other Relatives

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed certain parts of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed. The ban affects six Muslim-majority countries: Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iran. The executive order originally banned all nationals from those countries for 90 days; however, the Supreme Court ruled that the ban could only be enforced against people who do not have …

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 …

Proposed Legislation Would Increase EB-5 Visa Availability and Change Minimum Investment Requirements

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A bill proposed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has been heralded by real estate experts and other industries that rely on EB-5 investors. If passed, the spouse and children of an EB-5 visa holder would no longer count toward the annual visa cap of 10,000, which would increase the number of investors who qualify for EB-5 visas. The bill also …

USCIS Denied My I-829 Petition—What Should I Do? Atlanta Employment Visa Attorney Has the Answer

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The EB-5 visa program gives foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to obtain green cards if they make a qualifying investment in a new commercial enterprise or a regional center. It is important to remember, though, that the process does not end when USCIS approves your EB-5 visa petition; you still have to submit an I-829 petition to remove the conditions of …

Cellphone Snooping Device Designed for Counter-Terrorism Now Being Used to Target Immigrants

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Federal investigators and local law enforcement agencies are now using cellphone snooping devices to find illegal immigrants. These cell-site simulator devices mimic cellphone towers. When phones connect to the device—which can be mounted on a police vehicle—it downloads information such as a history of numbers dialed and connected, the identification numbers of phones, and private messages. Civil rights activists have …

Congress to Consider Multiple Bills That Would Reform the H-1B Visa Program – Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Insights

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Multiple bills have been proposed in the Senate and House that would dramatically reform the H-1B visa program. According to MSN, these bills are intended to prevent U.S. companies from abusing the H-1B visa program and to encourage businesses to hire U.S. citizens rather than immigrants. If you own a business and you employ H-1B or L-1 workers, it is …

What Is the CARRP? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Explains

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CARRP is the acronym for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program. If you are a U.S. immigrant with Middle Eastern, South Asian, Arab or Muslim heritage, then it is important that you educate yourself about CARRP, because the program could put your application for a green card, naturalization, and other immigration forms in an indefinite holding pattern. Have you …

What Does Obama’s Reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Mean for Cuban Exiles?

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With just eight days left in his administration, Barack Obama has introduced yet another profound change to U.S. immigration policies. President Obama has reversed the 1995 “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted permanent residency to Cubans who reached the United States after they were in the country for a year and a day. Effective immediately, Cubans who try to …

Can I File Form I-751 If I am Separated from My Spouse? Atlanta Green Card Lawyer Explains

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If you married a U.S. citizen and were granted a green card within two years of your marriage date, then you will be a conditional permanent resident of the United States for two years. In order to remove the conditions of your residency, you will have to file a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 90 days prior …

What Evidence Do I Need to Appeal a Denial of My I-829 Petition? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Explains

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The EB-5 visa program gives foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents in the United States. An important step in this process is submitting an I-829 petition to remove the conditions of the immigrant’s residency. Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sometimes denies I-829 petitions. This can be devastating for immigrants who have already purchased a home, put …