Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, You Have Options!

Despite all the progress that has been made in addressing crimes of domestic violence, these types of crimes are still some of the most underreported. This is even more true for instances of domestic violence in which the suffering party depends on the abuser to obtain their legal residency in the United States. That need Read more about Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, You Have Options![…]

How A U-Visa Can Help You If You Are the Victim of a Crime

The U NonImmigrant Visa was created by Congress in 2000 as a part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act). Its main purpose is to help ensure a safe lawful status for noncitizens who are victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence, felonious assault, sexual assault Read more about How A U-Visa Can Help You If You Are the Victim of a Crime[…]

DUI’s and How They Affect Different Immigration Applications

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is one of the most common serious offenses in the United States, with over 1.5 million arrests made for the offense every year. In addition to the court process of the DUI itself, a DUI can also have serious implications for a person’s immigration plans. First of all, Read more about DUI’s and How They Affect Different Immigration Applications[…]

USCIS Updates for 2020: Status of Processing Delays, New Forms for E-filing, Increased Fees

If we had to characterize the handling of standard immigration-related applications during the Trump administration, we would have to say that it has been a boondoggle of delays, increased fees, and general uncertainty. Some of this may be intentional, because a system of immigration that patrons cannot trust ultimately discourages participation. Here are the issues Read more about USCIS Updates for 2020: Status of Processing Delays, New Forms for E-filing, Increased Fees[…]

I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?

Those who are officially deemed “inadmissible” to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status, must file USCIS Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. But not everyone is eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility—only certain types of applicants within each category qualify for applying (and Read more about I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?[…]

Conditional Permanent Residence and Divorce: Your Options

When you get married to a United States citizen and you are married for less than 2 years at the time of issuance of residency, you are issued what is called conditional residence that enables you to live and work in the United States until a later time when you can prove that the marriage Read more about Conditional Permanent Residence and Divorce: Your Options[…]

What To Do When You Marry Someone Who Entered the U.S. with a Visa

You never know where life will take you next, and for some people that means marrying a person who is in the United States on a temporary (non-immigrant) visa, such as one for tourism or work. The question is, what happens next? It is intuitive that there must be a path to legal permanent residency Read more about What To Do When You Marry Someone Who Entered the U.S. with a Visa[…]

US-born Children of Unlawful Immigrants: Options for the Parents

When the children of unlawful immigrants are born in the United States, the United States Constitution states that these children are citizens. This is obviously a great thing for the child, and can lead to an eventual path to legal permanent residency for the parents, though there are also special restrictions for these types of Read more about US-born Children of Unlawful Immigrants: Options for the Parents[…]