Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa and Immigration-Related Options for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

Posted by Alexander Carl | Jan 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa and Immigration-Related Options for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes  How does the marriage-based immigration process work? The marriage-based immigration process involves several steps to obtain legal immigration status in...

Detention - Immigration

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Jan 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent NPR article reported that GEO, a for profit prison company, had renewed a contract with the Federal Government to operate its immigration detention facility in Adelanto, CA.  The contract also provided for an expansion of the facility.  The contract coincides with an increasing detention...

F1 visas - Options if you have fallen out of status

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Jan 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Options for F-1 Students Who Have Fallen Out of Status  F-1 nonimmigrant visas are used by many to enter and study in the United States.  However, traversing immigration law and the school's admission system isn't always easy and sometimes results in the student falling out of status.  However, ...

Trump’s Executive Order - Iran Sanctions

Posted by Ally Bolour | Jan 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

President's Executive Order – Imposing Sanctions with Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran  By: Angela Filippi Law Clerk – Bolour/Carl Immigration Group  On January 10th 2020, President D. Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) imposing new sanctions on Iran after the recent Iran's missile atta...

Denaturalization

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

AILA Doc. No. 18072705 | Dated December 20, 2019 According to the USCIS Policy Manual: A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if: A) A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if he or she procured naturalization illegally. Procuring naturalization illegally simply me...

H-2A Visa - New Recruitment Requirements

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

On September 20, 2019, the Department of Labor issued a final rule in the Federal Register modernizing recruitment requirements for the H-2A program. This rule took effect on October 21, 2019. The final rule rescinded the requirement found in 20 CFR 655.151 for employers to place print advertise...

Public Charge

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Public Charge – Changing Rules By:  Angela Filippi (Law Clerk) What is Public Charge Rule (In General)? The concept of public charge is used by the U.S. government as a ground of inadmissibility and sometimes deportation.  The Public charge rule applies to foreign nationals residing in the U...

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140)

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. What steps can I take to ensure that my Form I-140 petition will not be rejected by USCIS? A. Be sure to submit your Form I-140 petition with correct information and well-organized supporting documentation or you petition may be rejected or a final decision can be delayed. Below are tips to ...

J-1 Visa

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program By Angela Filippi (Law Clerk) If you are enrolled in a college or university, or you are a graduate, you may be eligible for a J-1 Visa. The J-1 visa gives you the opportunity to intern or get training in the US, for a U.S. company, for a certain period of tim...

Farm workforce Modernization Act - H2A visas

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, or H.R. 5038, aims to modernize the H2A system for foreign national farmworkers here in the U.S. The bill contains provisions related to alien farmworkers, including provisions establishing a certified agricultural worker (CAW) status and changing the...

DUI Convictions - Good Moral Character

Posted by Alexander Carl | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

DUI Convictions - Good Moral Character: The attorney General recently ruled that evidence of two or more convictions for driving under the influence during the relevant period of Good Moral Character establishes a rebuttable presumption that the alien lacks good moral character during that time....

Asylum - Wait Times

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Dec 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Vast Differences in Asylum Wait Times In January 2018 USCIS changed its policy on scheduling interviews for affirmative asylum applications.  Their current policy is to schedule for interviews, applications that were filed the most recently – referred to as the “last in, first out” rule.  Previo...

Immigration Detention

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immigration Jails And Their Treatment Of Migrant Children In Their Custody Details have emerged on the death of one of the victims of  Trump's “zero tolerance” policy  https://time.com/5745205/death-u-s-custody-carlos-hernandez-vasquez/.    Carlos Hernandez, a 16-year old boy from Guatemala, die...

Visa Denial based on INA 212(a)(3)(B)

Posted by Ally Bolour | Dec 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not every denial of a U.S. visa application for an Iranian citizen is related to Trump's travel ban.  Some applicants simply fail to pass the extensive background checks in place well before Trump took office.  These background checks apply to visa applicants from all over the world. Whether just...

Immigration Court Backlogs

Posted by Ally Bolour | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

TRAC – a Syracuse University independent project that compiles data on immigration court (EOIR) dockets released its most recent report in late 2019.  The findings are brutal for the Trump Administration.  Since 2017, EOIR backlogs have increased from 542,411 cases to over one million.  Depending...

Public Charge and Health Care

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The fight to block President Trumps's new requirement that prospective immigrants seeking visas prove they can get or pay for their own health insurance continues. Lawyers for seven people urged a federal judge this past Friday to continue to block this new requirement. The new requirement is ce...

Petition to Remove Conditions for Permanent Residency (Form I-751)

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

First, you must apply for a green card. If your marriage is less than two years old at the time the green card is granted, you receive conditional residency. This conditional residency requires that you apply to remove the conditions when you have had conditional residency for two years. You must submit form I-751 and joint documents to prove that the marriage is legitimate. This process is time consuming and stressful.....

Travel Ban

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

As one of his first official acts, Donald Trump delivered on a campaign promise to ban citizens of certain countries from gaining entry to the U.S. by his Presidential Proclamation 9645, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by T...

Visa Waiver Program

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

The visa waiver program is a security partnership program between the United States and a designated country.  A country designated under the Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of that country to apply online for authorization to travel to the United States through the Electronic System for Trav...

Employment Authorization Extension

Posted by Alexander Carl | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Automatically Extends Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for Six TPS-Designated Countries: AILA notes, that DHS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nica...

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