Ruchi Thaker Named as one of Top New York Women Attorneys

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been selected as one of top women attorneys in New York by Super Lawyers Magazine!  In the field of immigration law, only 23 women attorneys in New York Metro area were named! It’s quite an honor to be named alongside such an amazing group of colleagues! […]

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 […]

Senate Immigration Bill Unveiled: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSE ONLY.  THERE ARE NO NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS IN EFFECT YET. The “Gang of Eight” in the Senate finally made public today the immigration reform bill on which they have been tirelessly working.  The bill is 844 pages long and is called Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill will […]

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 […]