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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 it s… Read More
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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 case i… Read More
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Drunk Driving (DUI) Has a Wide Effect in Immigration Laws

DUI’s are bad. And immigration law has little tolerance for them. The level of danger depends on the severity of the DUI conviction, the number of DUI convictions, and the immigrant’s status in the U.S. (documented or undocumented). DUI’s can b… Read More
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Court Rules That TPS Can Count for Adjustment of Status

On Friday, March 31, 2017 in Ramirez v. Brown, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that TPS (Temporary Protected Status) qualifies as “lawful status” for purposes of Change of Status and Adjustment of Status. This clarifies an issue that wil… Read More
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For Equestrians: How Trump's New Immigration Policies Can Immediately Affect Your Business

Given that many businesses in the equestrian industry employ foreign-born talent and labor to care for, train and compete their horses, there are questions about how President-Elect Trump’s immigration policies will affect these U.S. businesses. Si… Read More
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Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Whether Alcoholism is a Bar to Immigration Benefits

On October 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to re-hear a case decided earlier this year, Ledezma-Cosino v. Lynch, No. 12-73289 (March 24, 2016). In the earlier decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held… Read More
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Expanded 601A Provisional Waivers are Finally Here!

Effective today, August 29, 2016, the 601A Provisional Waiver is expanded to cover many more immigrants! This waiver is a great convenience and it eliminates the need to spend lengthy time outside the United States. It is for people who must return t… Read More
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Success Story: Border Patrol Error Almost Cost an Immigrant His Future

The DACA program offers immigrant youth a number of benefits: it can stop deportation and you can get a work permit. With a work permit, you can get a social security number and a better job – all without fear of being deported. But DACA also offer… Read More
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I Want to Travel and Work in the U.S. While Waiting for My Family Green Card

We frequently hear this request when handling family-based cases. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition certain relatives for a green card, but there can be waiting lists and delays while the paperwork is pending. Altogether, this… Read More
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