Citizenship approved with a fraud conviction

Recently, I attended a citizenship interview with a green card holder client who had a criminal conviction (computer fraud) from 1997. His conviction did not make him deportable or inadmissible under the immigration laws. I tried to explain this to the Department of Homeland Security when they stopped him at the airport in 2013, took […]

Family-based F2A preference category is now current!

According to the August 2013 Visa Bulletin, the family-based F2A preference category (Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents) is now current for every country worldwide! This is tremendous news, since historically, this category has been subject to priority dates at least a few years back. If you are, or someone you know is, a spouse […]

Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

Following last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued this statement on Monday, July 1, 2013: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama […]

Same-Sex Couples Will Soon Get Federal Immigration Benefits – Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act as Unconstitutional

In a historic move, the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996.  DOMA defined “marriage” as only between a man and a woman.  As such, DOMA denied to legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits […]

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Senate Immigration Bill Revealed

THIS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.  THERE ARE NO NEW LAWS IN EFFECT YET CONCERNING THE INFORMATION BELOW. Source: NBC Latino (@nbclatino on Twitter) by Sandra Lilley (@sandralilley on Twitter) After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has drafted  a blueprint that would sharply transform the nation’s current immigration laws. NBC Latino […]

Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence Now Available

Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver […]