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Criminal Immigration Consequences for Non U.S. Citizens

While non-citizens seek to avoid any altercation with the law, we know "it" happens. Non-citizens who enter the country legally and are convicted of crimes in the United States are at risk of deportation and removal from the country whenever a crime occurs. The stakes are very high for Permanent Residents and non-immigrant visa holders.

Inadmissibility Issues to the United States? Consider Parole Instead!

O Visa? Oh... The O Visa! An Alternative Work Visa for Professionals to the H-1B

Over recent years, H-1B visas have not been a viable option for many foreign national professionals. This is largely due to the ridged 65,000 year cap.  Many students in F-1 status, Optical Training Status & abroad or professionals with job offers from U.S. Employers then lose hope of gaining the required work visa in the United States.

Asylum in the United States - Serious Business & How to Ensure A Smooth Process in Stressful Times

This blog article is designed to help individuals who visit the United States and ultimately seek asylum protection. Our law firm ha seen a trend where Asylee Applicants take poor advice from legal representatives which result in harsh immigration consequences including detention and removal from the United States. Unfortunately, by the time applicants come to our law firm it is too late. Below is a list of questions that anyone who is considering an U.S. asylum application must consider: 

USCIS Increases Validity of Work Permits to two years!

Effective October 5, 2016, USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years. Applicants with pending asylum claims file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, under category (c)(8). This change applies to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5, 2016.

Working Together to Reduce U.S. Crime - The U Visa & How it Works

This brief blog article is a quick reference to help explain the U visa. Often our clients overlook crimes which qualify for U visa consideration. Both mental and physical harm suffered by a victim of crime is serious, and grounds for U visa eligibility. The goal of the U visa is for victims of crime to assist or cooperate in the investigation or prosecution of crimes in the United States.

If you or someone you know has experienced any of the below crimes while residing in the United States it is important to contact qualified legal authorities through U.S. immigration legal counsel:

Emergency Travel Abroad for Non-Permanent Residents Who Entered Illegally Without Inspection

I entered the country without inspection, and I have an emergency back home - Is there any way I can travel?

The answer is, it depends. If you are currently in TPS status or have received DACA authorization, emergency travel is possible.

Frequently, emergency travel situations arise for our non-U.S. resident clients who have Temporary Protection Status ("TPS") or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA"). If you or your family member have an emergency back home, it is important to know that travel is indeed possible.

Well Deserved! Department of State & Department of Homeland Security Continue to Simply Family Life for Armed Force Service Members Abroad

Our U.S. Armed Force, who serve abroad in active duty, have unique hardships surrounding their home and family life not faced by the general civil population. The good news is that the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS")-USCIS has been trending over the past few years towards simplifying and updating the Federal Regulation laws to eliminate unnecessary hardship for U.S. Military service members and their family.

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