Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys Blog

Real-Life Story: The Trap…

Real-Life Story: The Traps People Don't See

By Alary E. Piibe, October 2, 2018  I attended a green card interview with my client today and walked away with a sense of relief that I had been there to help.  This is a long-time client of almost 20 years, and during all this time the government…
Categories: Immigration News
Trends for O-1 “Extraor…

Trends for O-1 “Extraordinary Ability/Achievement” Visas in 2018

August 29, 2018 The year 2018 shows that USCIS is taking a tougher stance on O-1 visas.  Cases at the Administrative Appeals Office demonstrate certain trends, along with Hill & Piibe’s experience on its own cases.  The USCIS website lists O-…
Categories: Immigration News

If Judge Roy Moore of Alabama were not born in the U.S., would he be denied U.S. citizenship based upon the sexual abuse allegations against him? The answer will surprise you.

By Alary E. Piibe, Dec. 6, 2017 Former state judge Roy Moore is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for the state of Alabama. With the Alabama special Senate election only days  away, a number of women have come forward with stories of how…
Categories: Immigration News
Marrying a U.S. Citizen:…

Marrying a U.S. Citizen: Fiancé Visa (K-1/K-3) or Apply for Green Card?

When marrying a U.S. citizen, the question usually arises during the wedding plans: Should we get a fiancé visa or apply for a green card instead?  The answer depends on your timeline and your goals.  But for those who have flexibility, right now…

DACA Aftermath: Ideas and Resources to Help You Plan

Yesterday the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA.  Within hours, we sent out a newsletter edition about this development, which contained the details and FAQ’s about how and when this program will end. Across America, there has been a…
Categories: Immigration News

Your Family Member’s Illness: Should You Put Yourself Into Deportation Proceedings?

At our law firm, some new clients make an appointment to ask us about starting a “Cancellation of Removal,” or a “Ten-Year Case.”  Most of the time, they have heard about this from a friend, or even from a notario (non-attorney) or an attorn…
Categories: Immigration News

A Maze of Laws: Government "Typo" Error Prevents Green Card 20 Years Later

You’ve heard this exclamation: “Why don’t all the ‘illegals’ just go ahead and get legal immigration status?”  Well, the answer is that the immigration laws throw up many technical difficulties, and work against common sense.  Take a ca…
Categories: Immigration News

A “Nolo Contendere” Criminal Plea Can Have Unintended Consequences Without the Right Guidance

A couple of weeks ago we filed a Ninth Circuit appeal that demonstrates how a sharp attorney can make a difference where criminal records are involved.    Even minor criminal convictions could have serious consequences on an immigration case, after…
Categories: Immigration News

Ninth Circuit Criticizes The BIA For Failing To Exercise Thoughtfulness When Analyzing New Evidence In An Ethiopian Torture Case

Last Friday, the Ninth Circuit ruled on a case that gives good guidance on two potentially complex issues.  In Agonafer v. Sessions, the Court first examined its jurisdiction to consider a late-filed Motion to Reopen a removal/deportation case for…
Categories: Immigration News

More Details on How Ice Will Target Immigrants for Arrest/Deportation

In a recent meeting with attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ICE answered questions and clarified how it is interpreting President Trump’s new directives for increased immigration enforcement. Hill & Piibe’s ea…
Categories: Immigration News

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