Understanding Birthright Citizenship

As you probably know, when a child is born on U.S. soil, that child is a U.S. citizen regardless of his or her mother and father’s citizenship or immigration status. But why is that the case? It is because the United States recognizes something called “birthright citizenship.” Birthright citizenship is also sometimes referred to as “jus soli.” The United States has recognized birthright citizenship since the very Read More

What is VAWA?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) entered the scene in 1994 with the goal of ending domestic violence by providing funding and support to numerous initiatives. VAWA goes beyond its name, aiming to protect all people (not just women) from all domestic abuse (not just physical violence). VAWA is particularly important to immigrants because of a 2013 update to the act that provides specific protection to immigrants Read More

Immigration 101: The O-1 Visa

If you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, and have been recognized nationally or internationally for your achievements, you may be eligible for an O-1 nonimmigrant visa to spend time in the United States. In today’s blog post, we’re answering some of the most commonly asked questions about O-1 visas. Can I come to the United States permanently on an O-1 Read More

Four Ways Coronavirus Can Impact Your Immigration Situation

As the United States responds to coronavirus, many immigrants are feeling frightened and confused about how this will impact them. While things are changing quickly and it’s difficult to be certain of what we can expect, our team is here for you and wants to help. In today’s blog, we’re looking at a few of the ways COVID-19 has affected the immigration process and what these changes mean for you.  Limited Read More

Five Tips for a Successful Immigration Interview

In many types of immigration cases, one step along the way involves being interviewed by an immigration officer at your local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. Many immigrants find the idea of the interview process very intimidating. They have heard that if you are not prepared or if you’re on anything less than your best behavior, the consequences for your immigration status can be Read More

Separated from Your Family? Three Tips to Get Reunited

Immigrant families face many different kinds of actual and threatened familial separations. Some are separated from family members who stayed behind in their country of origin. Others face separation because they are held in detention centers or because someone gets deported.  When you’re separated from those you love the most in the world, your main goal is likely to be reunited. Read on to discover our tips for Read More

Three Reasons a Border Wall Will Not Work

These days, you can’t turn on the news without hearing report after report about President Trump’s determination to build a giant border wall and thereby solve the United States’ immigration “problem” for good. Immigrants and long established citizens alike roll their eyes at this more and more as they really the absurdity of the idea. Immigration lawyers know better than anyone: This simply will not work. In today’s Read More

A Notary is Not a Notario!

Members of the immigrant community, beware! As more and more attention is placed on immigration in the media, more and more instances of fraud have been occuring. We have heard reports of notaries in the United States preying upon immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, claiming that they can provide legal advice and help you with your immigration case.  Let’s get this straight: In the United States, a Read More

Working in the US: Understanding the H Visa

The term “H Visa” can be used to refer to several different types of visas, but it most often refers to the H-1B and H-2B visas, which allow employers in the United States to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. These are also called “temporary worker visas.” H-1B Visas H-1B visas are for the following types of people who want to work on a temporary basis in the United States in “specialty Read More

The L-1 Visa: What Business Owners Need to Know

Are you a small business owner looking to expand into the United States? Can’t afford to invest half a million dollars as required by the EB5 immigrant investor scheme?  The L-1 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that allows companies from other countries to send employees to the United States. Who are L-1 visas for? Who is eligible?  L-1 visas are split into two categories -- L-1A for managers and Read More