The Importance of Filing for Family-Based Immigrant Petitions Right Away

One of the Trump administration’s main lines of attack against immigration has been against what they are referring to as “chain migration” — when citizens or legal permanent residents petition their family members to join them in the United States as permanent residents (and eventually, as citizens in their own right). Currently, citizens can apply Read more about The Importance of Filing for Family-Based Immigrant Petitions Right Away[…]

Factors that Improve Your Odds of Getting U.S. Citizenship

One of the questions I get most often is how an applicant can improve his or her odds of getting United States citizenship. A variety of factors can help to steer your citizenship application toward the approval pile. These do not guarantee your chances in and of themselves, but help to build up your overall Read more about Factors that Improve Your Odds of Getting U.S. Citizenship[…]

Steps to Take When You Marry Someone Who is Undocumented

Marriage is one of the most common ways for someone to obtain legal permanent resident status in the United States. However, when the situation involves a citizen marrying an undocumented immigrant, things become more complicated. In short, there is a path to legal status for these types of couples, but that path is not straightforward—there Read more about Steps to Take When You Marry Someone Who is Undocumented[…]

The Current State of DACA: March 2018

In September 2017, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of September, new applications have been suspended, and Republicans and Democrats are currently fighting it out in Congress to determine the future of the program. When the Trump administration made its DACA announcement in September 2017, it announced a Read more about The Current State of DACA: March 2018[…]

Immigration Hurdles in 2018: A Brief Overview

With the arrival of the Trump administration in early 2017, immigrants and potential immigrants have had to adjust to a landscape of uncertainty. Laws and regulations that had previously been a given are now being reconsidered. Here’s what’s on the immigration horizon this year: Difficulties for Dreamers, or a Wall on the Mexican Border In Read more about Immigration Hurdles in 2018: A Brief Overview[…]

Can You Still Get Citizenship If You’ve Been Convicted of a Crime?

A clean criminal record is frequently mentioned as one of the most important factors in being able to obtain citizenship to the United States. And, with good reason—in a pool of tens of thousands of applications, a criminal record is one easy way for officials to separate the applicants they think will be productive citizens Read more about Can You Still Get Citizenship If You’ve Been Convicted of a Crime?[…]

How to Petition a Family Member Who is in Another Country

For immigrants who have gained United States citizenship or permanent residency, one great benefit is the ability to petition family members who are still living in their home country to be able to join them here in the United States. One of the things that affects the speed of the process is the relationship of Read more about How to Petition a Family Member Who is in Another Country[…]

2017 in Retrospect: Immigration Trends and the Contributions of Immigrants to the US economy

Over the past 12 months, with the new administration, we have seen some important changes in the way our government handles and views immigration. The changes included: Five days into his presidency, President Trump signed two executive orders. The first detailed the construction of a wall and more detention facilities, including hiring 5,000 additional Border Read more about 2017 in Retrospect: Immigration Trends and the Contributions of Immigrants to the US economy[…]