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Green Card and Immigrant Visa Numbers – USCIS New Procedures on Dealing with Visa Bulletin

The State Department and USCIS have jointly announced a new procedure to allow individuals whose immigrant visa cases are stuck in backlogs to begin filing their immigrant visa or adjustment..

Trump’s Immigration Policy – Good or Bad for Immigrants?

Could Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy as President Actually be Good for Illegal Immigrants? By: Yaniv Lavy, Esq., a NYC Immigration Lawyer Donald Trump, who is currently leading the GOP race..

Matter of D-M-C-P – Immigration Judges obligation to notify asylum applicants on Biometrics

In a recent Board of Immigration Appeal (“BIA”) decision in Matter of D-M-C-P-, Applicant 26 I&N Dec. 644 (BIA 2015), the BIA held that Immigration Judges are required to notify..

VAWA Amendments to the Cuba Adjustment of Status

A new DHS policy memorandum posted June 19, 2015 outlines VAWA Amendments to the Cuba Adjustment Act (CAA) and continued eligibility for abused spouses and children. The CAA allows Cuban..

Same Sex Marriage

After the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA) is unconstitutional, same-sex couples legally married in the U.S. or  anywhere else in the world are..

TPS for Nepal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Nepal. The notice means that certain Nepalese nationals who have been present in the United States since..

Right to Green Card when U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Petitioner Dies

If you have a pending application for a green card and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) petitioner died, your green card application may well be approved and..

Expanded DACA coming February 18, 2015

On February 18, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting requests for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The change means USCIS has made DACA status..

Second Circuit Narrowly Interprets Aggravated Felony Bar Under INA § 212(h)

Thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York City immigration attorneys will find it easier to defend lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in removal proceedings involving..

Factors Considered By USCIS When Granting Immigration Status

Many foreign-born individuals seek to come to the United States to provide opportunities for their families. With the recent influx of immigrants from South and Central America and President Barack..

Can I Work In the United States With a Student Visa?

Foreign students are eligible to come to study in the United States on F-1 or M-1 visas. On these visas, there is an expectation that these students are prepared to..

Do I Need to Register My Address with USCIS?

Nearly everyone who is not a citizen of the United States is legally required to report a change of address to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within 10..

Does Marriage to a U.S. Citizen Automatically Confer a Green Card?

When you are married to a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States of America, you are eligible to apply for a marriage-based immigrant visa or green card…

Provisional Waivers

Provisional waivers allow people who are NOT eligible to Adjust Status due to their unlawful entry and/or unlawful presence to get a Waiver BEFORE they travel outside the US and..

Deferred Action for early Childhood at ANY AGE

If you came to the US before the age of 16 AND Have been present in the US since 1.1.2010 YOU can become legal, get Employment Authorization and Social Security..

Deferred Action for Parents

If your CHILD is a U.S. Citizen or a Green Card holder AND You have entered the US on or before 1.1.2010 and are now illegal YOU can become legal,..

Renuncia Provisional

Las renuncias provisionales dejan a la gente NO elegible para solicitar el Green Card porque entraron al país ilegalmente y por su estancia ilegal a calificar para un permiso ANTES..

Acción Deferida Para Los Padres

Si su hijo es ciudadano o tiene Green Card, y Usted entró los EE.UU. antes del día 1 de enero 2010 Usted calificara para estatus legal, recibir autorización de empleo..

President Obama Reveals New Immigration Plan

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama revealed a long-awaited statement concerning the immigration plan for the United States. This new plan has been hailed as the most comprehensive immigration..

Obama’s Proposed Immigration Changes to be Announced Thursday

In a Television address on Thursday, President Obama will reveal his executive action on immigration, which can impact the lives of nearly five million immigrants. The news comes after the..

How Will Introductions 486-A & 487-A Affect You?

On November 14, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Introductions 486-A and 487-A into law. These bills serve the dual purpose of limiting New York City’s cooperation..

When Being a Public Charge Affects your Immigration Status

Receiving public benefits may affect your immigration status or ability to travel outside the U.S. If the government determines that you are or could become a “public charge” it reserves..

AAO Appeals: How Long Will my Immigration Appeal Take?

If you submit a request for a decision to the AAO (Administrative Appeals Office), there are varying periods of time it could take to get a decision, based upon the..

BIA Remands Untimely Motion Due to Inaccurate Information

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) serves to interpret and apply immigration laws, hearing appeals from certain decisions made by immigration judges and by the DHS in which the U.S…