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Feb 04, 2017

Temporary Pause? Court Temporarily Halts Certain Trump Immigration Orders

Last week, we reported of the White House Executive Orders that restricted the ability of individuals across the globe to enter the United States. On Tuesday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington entered an order temporarily halting the implementation of several provisions of the Executive Order. The order takes an approach that extends its reach across the United States.… Read More

Dec 23, 2016

New Immigration Fees Take Effect Today.

Effective today, December 23, 2016, filing fees for numerous requests for immigration benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased.

USCIS has confirmed that any application or petition bearing a postmark of December 22, 2016 or earlier, no matter when it is ultimately received for filing, will be accepted with the old fees.

For informational purposes only, the following link has a comparison of the of fees before and after December 23, 2016.… Read More

Dec 18, 2016

Immigrants: Knowledge is Power, Protect Your Rights!

Don’t Panic, Get Informed.

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump pledged to crack down on immigration, deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and change deportation enforcement priorities. Although President-Elect Trump’s campaign website support these ideas, the timing and scope of any changes to current policies are unclear.

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Jun 07, 2016

Is There a Link Between Immigration and Unemployment?

There is frequently controversy regarding the effects that immigration might have on unemployment rates, especially when a large section of the population is struggling financially. News of corporations seeking H‑1B visas erroneously advances the idea that employers actively recruit foreign workers rather than hire native-born ones. However, there is no link between immigration rates and unemployment patterns. This is due to job market demographics and the benefits immigrants bring to communities.… Read More

Jun 06, 2016

Establishing an Employer-Employee Relationship Is Essential for H-1B Visa Purposes

More companies are using the H-1B visa to hire and retain foreign workers. It allows workers to maintain their permanent residence outside the United States while continuing employment here. However, H-1B visas are capped at 65,000 per fiscal year, which makes them very competitive and difficult to secure. One area where an H-1B visa application might fail is in establishing an employer-employee relationship between the worker and the company offering the job.… Read More

May 18, 2016

Employment-Based Immigration Depends on Your Job

If you are looking to immigrate to the United States for employment purposes, some professions are preferred over others. Often called employment-based preferences, these are the positions for which an employment visa is most likely to get approved. Here is an overview of this hierarchy and how it can work for you.

PRIORITY WORKERS ALWAYS COME FIRST

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs releases a visa bulletin each month.… Read More

May 17, 2016

Is a Child Entitled to an Attorney in Immigration Court?

With discussion of immigration appearing frequently in the news media, and given the tenor of coverage of related issues, it’s no surprise that disagreement and debate have come to encompass nearly every corner of immigration law in some way or another. But an ongoing case that’s playing out in federal court in Seattle may be poised to take the debate surrounding the rights of children in removal proceedings to the next level.… Read More

May 13, 2016

What Is a Habeas Corpus Petition, and What Role Does It Play in Immigration?

Facing detainment or deportation is a reasonable fear in the immigrant community. Even if people follow all procedures stringently with the assistance of an immigration attorney, administrative errors or unfounded criminal charges could place your legal status in danger. Fortunately, there is a possible remedy under habeas corpus if you or a loved one faces detainment.

GENERAL PURPOSES OF HABEAS CORPUS

The writ of habeas corpus is established in the Judiciary Act of 1789.… Read More

May 12, 2016

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

When you are facing criminal charges, the first instinct is often to conclude the ordeal as soon as possible. Facing the legal system in this adversarial manner is often terrifying, and that is especially true if you are not a citizen. One way these matters conclude quickly is through plea bargains or agreeing to a lesser offense in order to avoid stiffer penalties and drawn-out trials.… Read More

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