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DOMA > Marriage Petitions for Same Sex Spouse Looking back on 2013 as a Miami immigration lawyer, I must remark on the fact that it truly was a momentous year for LGBTQ rights. Following the decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision ...
Form I-130 > Applying for a Marriage-Based Green Card When Your Spouse is a Permanent Resident As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have spoken with some individuals who are applying for a green card (lawful permanent residence) based on marriage to a permanent resident (green card holder). Sometimes, these applicants want to know if they can avoid the Visa Preference Syst ...
Fiancee Visa > What are the Legal Requirements for a K-1 Fiancé Visa? As a Miami immigration lawyer, I help many of my clients to obtain their K-1 fiancé visas. Below are some frequently asked questions about the K-1 Fiance visa. What is the main purpose of the K-1 fiance visa? The K-1 fiance visa will get you into the United States to get married.
Know Your Rights as an Immigrant As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have been watching with increased alarm as reports of widespread immigration raids continue to filter in. If you are an undocumented immigrant, a visa holder, or a green card holder, I would recommend that you keep the following in mind: If you have a visa holder, or a lawful permanent resident from one of t ...
Deportation Under the Trump Administration As a Miami immigration lawyer, I am watching with trepidation as this administration launches assault after assault on our immigrant communities. Across the United States, real-life reports are trickling in about the expanded efforts on removing undocumented immigrants under the Trump administration.
Bill Introduced to Slash Legal Immigration As a Miami immigration lawyer, I read with interest that today, two Republican senators proposed steps to slash the number of legal immigrants admitted into the United States by half. Below are some frequently asked questions. Who introduced this bill to slash legal immigration, and what is the purpose of the bill? Senators Tom C ...
The Effects of the Trump Immigration Ban on Business As a Miami immigration lawyer, I watched in alarm last week as President Trump signed an executive order to bar Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days. His order also blocks citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority countries—from entering the U.S.
Under Trump, the Definition of ‘Criminal’ Has Been Expanded This week, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration. As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have been following his actions on immigration with interest. Below are some frequently asked questions. What were the executive orders on immigration that Trump signed, and what were they about? The media focu ...
As a Miami immigration lawyer with numerous clients who have pending DACA applications, I read with interest this week’s news about speculation that Trump may be signing an executive order to undo DACA. Below are some frequently asked questions. What is deferred action? Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS.
What is Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship? As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have helped numerous non-permanent residents have their removal orders (deportation orders) cancelled, because immigration law allows cancellation of removal if they meet three general requirements. What are the three requirements for an individual to be eligible for cancellation of removal? 1.
As a Miami immigration lawyer, I represent many individuals who are in need of deportation defense. Lately, with the incoming Trump administration, the topic of immigration has been in the news again. Below are some frequently asked basic questions about deportation. What is deportation? Deportation is commonly understood to mean when someone is sent out of the U.S.
As a Miami immigration lawyer, I noted with interest that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an increase The new fees will be effective Dec. 23rd, 2016. Below are some frequently asked questions. Do American taxpayers fund USCIS? No. The USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits.
As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have been receiving many inquiries from new and existing clients about what will happen with their immigration status, now that Trump is President-elect. At this point in time, I must point out the prospects for a pro-immigrant administration are sadly dim. While it is still unclear what specific changes immigration policy will undergo under ...
DACA > U.S. Immigration Policy Under a Trump Presidency In January 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. In the wake of this historic election, there has been a considerable amount of anxiety and despair due to Trump’s stated immigration stance during his campaign.
green card > USCIS Application Fees to Rise As a Miami immigration lawyer, I noted with interest the fact that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a fee hike for most immigration applications and petitions. Below are some frequently asked questions. How is the USCIS funded? USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petition ...
Fiancee Visa > Basics About the Fiance (K-1) Visa As a Miami immigration lawyer, it has been my pleasure to represent numerous clients who are applying to obtain their K-1 (fiance) visa. This visa is meant for U.S. citizens who are engaged to someone from another country, who may wish to bring that person to the U.S.
citizenship > Dual Citizenship for United States Citizens As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have had numerous clients ask me about whether dual citizenship is allowed under U.S. law. Below are some frequently asked questions. I am in the process of obtaining my U.S. citizenship, and would like to remain a citizen of another country. What are my options? U.S.
deportation > Policy of Deporting Undocumented Haitians on Hold After Hurricane Matthew As a Miami immigration lawyer, I read with gratitude that in light of Hurricane Matthew’s recent destruction in Haiti, ICE has put on hold a new policy of deporting Haitians who are in the United States without permission. Below are some frequently asked questions: Why did the U.S.
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