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 […]

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 […]

“New Law” Does Not Apply to Convictions That Became Final Before Padilla Decision Announced

On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Chaidez v. United States (11-820), in which it declined to retroactively apply its holding in Padilla v. Kentucky, which the Supreme Court decided on March 31, 2010.  In Padilla, the Supreme Court announced that criminal defense lawyers are required to tell non-citizen clients […]

DHS Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The […]

Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Beginning February 1, 2013

On December 13, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced its plan to assess an additional immigrant visa fee beginning February 1, 2013. New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad. Beginning February 1, 2013, USCIS will […]

Deportation Avoided! – Clients Succeed on Appeal Based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

I recently succeeded on an appeal and a remand motion at the Board of Immigration Appeals, where my clients were not informed about their eligibility for relief from deportation either by the Immigration Judge or their own (former) lawyer! During my clients’ initial removal proceedings in immigration court, everyone just focused on whether my clients […]

Quick Guide to Immigration Policy History

Historically, U.S. immigration laws do not change often, but when they do, they seem to get tougher and tougher. Ever wondered about how the country’s immigration policies have evolved? Read the 23 defining moments in immigration policy history that shows how the United States’ immigration have changed beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 to […]

USCIS Announces Temporary Immigration Relief Measures for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers affected by Hurricane Sandy of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief that may be available to them. USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits. Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary […]