Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Family-based Immigration

INA § 264(e) – Documentation of Immigration Status

Several clients have recently asked about the requirement to carry documentation of their immigration status with them at all times. This is not a new requirement. The requirement comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)  § 264(e), which states:   (e) Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry […]

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Travelling in the Age of Trump

Many of our clients, including H-1B visa holders, are concerned about traveling outside of the US and returning in light of Mr. Trump’s recent executive orders. As of the time of this writing, the “travel ban” that was the center of one of the executive orders has been temporarily stayed. Therefore, travel has generally resumed […]

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Immigration Executive Order # 3: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”

Beyond various agency reporting and data collection requirements, this order affects various refugee and immigration programs. The order suspends the entry of nationals from certain designated countries for 90 days. The designated countries currently are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This means that foreign nationals who are citizens of these countries are […]

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Immigration-Related Executive Orders: Week of Jan 23

The media and social media has been abuzz this past week about the recent Executive Orders that Mr. Trump has signed. Two orders were published on January 25, 2017 regarding immigration policy—“Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” & “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”. A third, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign […]

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Conditional Residence: How to Remove the Conditions of a Marriage-Based Green Card

What is Conditional Residence? When a US citizen spouse or permanent resident petitions for a green card for their foreign national spouse and the couple has been married for less than two years as of the time the residency is approved, USCIS will grant conditional residence. When a person has conditional residence, the green card […]

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Trump’s Election: What Does This Mean for US Immigration?

For months now I have been fielding questions about how US immigration policies may be affected if Donald Trump is elected as president of the US. Those questions have of course intensified the past several days since the election results.  The questions have stemmed from people feeling scared, nervous, fearful, sad, and shocked, among other […]

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Breaking News: USCIS Fees Are Increasing – File Now or Forever Pay Higher Fees!

In May 2016, USCIS issued a new proposed rule that would increase USCIS filing fees for the first time since 2010. The comment period on the proposed rules has ended, and USCIS has published an advance copy of the final rule. We anticipate that the final rule will become effective on December 23, 2016. The […]

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Why Does the Online USCIS Case Status Say That?

We frequently receive emails from clients who have checked the USCIS online case status of their pending case and the status shows something unusual, such as the date of birth has been updated, the address has been changed, etc. Other times, the case status simply is not updated at all. We certainly understand that this […]

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Social Media & Immigration: Harmful or Helpful?

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting a few months ago, amid questions surrounding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) visa screening process, a number of news sources published articles discussing DHS’ “secret” policy prohibiting review of visa applicants’ social media footprint. Many of those articles discuss whether or not analysts and adjudicators at […]

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File Now to Save! USCIS Publishes Proposed Filing Fee Increases!

On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a proposal to increase filing fees across the board to recoup the cost of processing immigration applications. UCIS filing fee amounts are reviewed every other year. USCIS last adjusted its fees in November 2010. The filing fees for the fiscal year 2017 are slated to increase an average of […]

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