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 […]

How Does a 3 Year Old Child Represent Self in Immigration Court?

Recently, an Immigration Judge said that a 3 or 4 year old child can adequately represent himself or herself in immigration court. In light of this, a group of colleagues (immigration lawyers) compiled videos of their own children to show how a young child would answer questions in immigration court (that the judge thinks would […]

DAPA and Expanded DACA are Dead (for now) – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a 135-page decision issued on November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has (unsurprisingly) ruled against President Obama’s immigration plan, which he announced on November 20, 2014, hoping to benefit over 11 million undocumented people in the United States. Obama announced the DAPA and expanded DACA programs on November 20, 2014 through […]

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 […]

Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016. Under section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the Secretary is authorized to designate a foreign […]

Expanded DACA Applications To Be Accepted Beginning February 18, 2015

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initially announced on June 15, 2012 via a memorandum from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. On November 20, 2014, current-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum expanding guidelines for DACA in several key ways.  Expanded DACA program will go into effect beginning in February 18, […]

INA Section 237(a)(1)(H) Waiver Granted in Immigration Court

This week, I won a case in immigration court in New York City for a client who was in jeopardy of losing her permanent resident (“green card”) status. My client, a 25-year-old young woman from Pakistan, came to the United States as a lawful permanent resident in 2010 through a family-based petition that her lawful […]