Cancellation of Removal Victory in Immigration Court

Today, an immigration judge in New York granted my client cancellation of removal for permanent residents.  My client had an old criminal conviction for drug possession.  He has been a lawful permanent resident (LPR) since 1981!  In 2013, he traveled abroad, and when he returned, he was found inadmissible to the United States as a […]

I-601 Criminal History Waiver Granted at Consulate!

Very happy to receive an extreme hardship waiver approval notice for a deserving client! This was a hard fought case that took over a year and a half of fighting with US CIS with multiple notices for more evidence! My client had two old criminal convictions for theft offenses and the client previously abandoned lawful […]

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Protection

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is decided to rescind the Obama-era DACA policy, which protected approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. In rescinding the DACA program, Trump kicked the ball to the U.S. Congress, giving it 6 months to act on […]

New Form I-485 Asks Many New Questions – Be Prepared!

As of June 26, 2017, USCIS has issued a revised Form I-485 (commonly known as the application for adjustment of status or “green card” application. It is now 18-pages long (increase from 6 pages). It formally goes into effect Aug. 25, 2017. It now asks plenty of new questions about the applicant, including: (1) whether […]

Expansion of Provisional Waiver (I-601A)

Effective AUGUST 29, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will expand the reach of the provisional waiver initially implemented in 2013. On January 3, 2013, DHS promulgated a final rule, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives, in the Federal Register. See 78 FR 536 (Jan. 3, 2013) (“2013 Rule”).  To […]

Old I-130 Petition Reopened and Approved

Recently, I helped a client reopen and get an approval of an old I-130 petition that had been denied on the basis that the client failed to respond to a notice for evidence that was sent to her back in 2009. The client had petitioned for her brother (Fourth Preference category) from India prior to […]

Citizenship Approved With Serious Criminal Convictions

Yesterday, a Client’s naturalization application was approved, despite several arrests and criminal convictions in the past. My client was very scared to file for citizenship because of her old arrest record and convictions.  While her convictions were serious, after I reviewed the criminal court papers, I explained to her that under immigration law, she was […]

Extreme Hardship Waiver Granted for Fraud

  Today, I won a very difficult adjustment of status case (I-485) that required an inadmissibilty waiver (I-601). My client came to the USA through Miami in 2003 from Guyana, using a fake passport, and he was immediately detained at the airport and was placed in asylum-only proceedings.  He was eventually released and moved to […]