How a Criminal Record Can Impact Your Immigration Case

In this day and age, immigrants across the country, documented and undocumented alike, have concerns about their status in the United States. Those labeled as “removable” can be in danger even when they have legal status. The Department of Homeland Security and ICE (Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement) tend to prioritize taking action against those who have been convicted (and in some cases even just accused) of Read More

Immigration for Victims of Violence: Understanding the U-Visa

It’s heartbreaking to consider, but everyday thousands of people in the United States are victims of violent crimes. In 2017, the FBI estimated that 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide throughout the year. Being victimized is naturally extremely traumatic, but even more so if you are afraid to seek help because you’re afraid you’ll be deported because you aren’t a U.S. citizen. This makes the pain of being Read More

The Naturalization Test: What to Expect

If you are an immigrant and you want to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, you must go through the naturalization process. There are many requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen (also known as “naturalization”) and one of them is to complete an interview and test. In the interview, you will be asked questions about your personal background and your application for citizenship. On the same day Read More

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