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Policy Updates

STATUS OF IMMIGRATION DUE TO COVID-19

In an effort to keep everyone updated on our constantly-changing immigration policy, check out this status update. And while accustomed to immigration policy changing like the political winds, this situation is unprecedented and like everything else, we’re all working to keep up with the situation.

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How immigration dramatically shaped the World Cup

While watching the group matches during this year’s World Cup, it’s easy to notice the number of players who had the option to play for different national teams.
The decisions of some of the best players in the World clearly affected the teams they chose and, of course, the teams they didn’t. At the same time, the composition of the teams reflects the immigration policies of each country.

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The Fallacy of the 10-Year Visa and the Truth behind Cancellation of Removal

There is a great myth that has been allowed to confuse and mislead many people with whom I have come in contact. I feel as an immigration attorney that it is my duty to address this issue to help others not become victims of such practices.
During the course of many immigration consultations, individuals have asked me about the 10-year visa. Often they’ve heard it from a friend, who is undocumented, has been in the US more than 10 years and after filing recently, they received a work permit and are presumably on their way to become permanent residents.

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How to help unaccompanied children detained at the border

The rising number of children being detained at the Southern border has garnered national attention and left many people wondering what to do about the issue.
There are a number of reasons that so many unaccompanied children, primarily from Central America, have been attempting to come to the US including poverty in their home countries, threats by gangs, and lack of police protection.
While these are important issues, I’d like to focus on what can be done to help these young immigrants, many of whom have little if any access to legal help.

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Fleeing the Narcos to face the Immigration Agents: Asylum for troubled youth?

Mexican authorities may have recently captured and charged the drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, but the drug war continues to affect much of the country. The Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel have made inroads into Guatemala, and alongside the Mara Salvatrucha they threaten the way of life of many across Central America.
What chance do young men with few options have when faced with pressure to join these gangs? They may encounter intense threats and isolation, which spurs their decision to flee to the United States. Once in the United States, one possible form of immigration relief may be asylum, but it is a long and difficult road to get approval.

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Married to a united States Citizen, Trying to get your Green Card

You’ve fallen in love and married the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. They also happen to be a United States Citizen. Some people wrongly believe that marriage to a United States Citizen will be a quick fix to their immigration problems. While for many married couples, there is a path to permanent residency for the immigrant spouse, the reality is often a little more complicated. To begin with, let me ask you a few questions.

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Does the 10-Year Immigration Law Exist?

As an immigration attorney, I often receive questions from members of the community about the 10 Year Law or the 10-Year Visa.
There exists a lot of confusion about this issue due to the complicated nature of immigration law as well as inaccuracies spread by non-immigration attorneys, including notarios.
So, here is the answer to the question, “does the 10-Year Law even exist?”.

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Is there a waiver for me?

Many immigrants have United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident family members who have petitioned for them, but they have entered the United States without a visa. This often means they have to leave the United States and go to an interview at the Consulate in their home country before returning as a Legal Permanent Resident.

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Can I lose my Lawful Permanent Resident Status for time spent outside the United States?

I know many Lawful Permanent Residents who have worked a long time to obtain their LPR status. Therefore, it is important that they do whatever they can to avoid losing it.
Certain crimes can make a person deportable from the United States. Some Legal Permanent Residents are surprised to learn that time spent outside the United States may lead to a finding that they have abandoned their Legal Permanent Resident status.

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Immigration Officials Checking Your Social Media: 5 Tips to Protect Yourself

As we recently posted, the National Visa Center is expanding its use of monitoring visa applicants’ social media. Previously, pilot programs existed for monitoring the social media of applicants for asylum and refugee status.
Under the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” policy, visa applicants are also now required to list their social media handles. The policy is likely to be expanded going forward. Despite the Department of Homeland Security’s own admission that monitoring social media is not particularly helpful, it is important to know how this policy could affect your immigration case.

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Permanent Residents: Last Call to Vote in Presidential Elections

With the ever important presidential elections looming in November, permanent residents need to begin the naturalization process now if they want to have a say in who our next president will be.
The future of issues such as Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the use of immigration raids rests in the hands of the president elected this November. Only US citizens can vote for president and the naturalization process can take several months, so I recommend beginning the process by the end of February.

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STATUS OF IMMIGRATION DUE TO COVID-19

In an effort to keep everyone updated on our constantly-changing immigration policy, check out this status update. And while accustomed to immigration policy changing like the political winds, this situation is unprecedented and like everything else, we’re all working to keep up with the situation.

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