New Hotline Launched for Detained Undocumented Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has launched a toll-free telephone hotline for detainees who are believed to be “U.S. citizens or victims of crime.” According to an ICE press release from December 29, 2011, this measure is to “ensure that individuals being held by state or local law enforcement on immigration detainers are properly […]

Happy Holidays!

As 2011 comes to a close, we wish all of our readers a very happy holiday season! To our former and current clients, thank you for your partnership in our success.  We truly love working with every one of our clients and they are our greatest reward.  Our success is possibly because of our clients. […]

November 2011 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its November 2011 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you, or if it has retrogressed. It is always advisable to check the priority date(s) before filing an application for permanent residency to ensure that […]

October 2011 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its October 2011 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you, or if it has retrogressed. It is always advisable to check the priority date(s) before filing an application for permanent residency to ensure that […]

Alabama Enacts Tough Immigration Law

On September 28, 2011, a federal district court judge in Alabama upheld portions of Alabama’s immigration law targeting illegal immigration.  The law was to take effect immediately.  This means beginning today, September 29, 2011, Alabama state police and other authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, […]

NJ Files Complaint Against Businesses for Unauthorize Practice of Law

The New Jersey State Division of Consumer Affairs has filed complaints against four businesses that allegedly advertised immigration assistance services that they were not authorized to perform. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) specifically warns immigrants that notaries public, “immigration consultants,” or other such businesses cannot provide immigration legal advice or prepare legal documents […]

DHS to Expand Prosecutorial Discretion – What Does This Mean For You?

On Thursday, August 18, 2011, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the department is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation/removal cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on the agency’s “highest priorities.” Click here to read the letter Secretary […]

September 2011 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its September 2011 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you, or if it has retrogressed. It is always advisable to check the priority date(s) before filing an application for permanent residency to ensure that […]