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DHS Announces Expansive Deportation Immunity Plan: Hundreds of Thousands of Young Immigrants Can Expect Relief

The Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to permit hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are now in the United States illegally to stay in the United States and allows them the ability to receive employment...more

P - NONIMMIGRANTS [INCLUDING PERFORMING GROUPS, CULTURAL UNIQUE PERFORMERS]

P-1 status generally is made available to internationally known athletes, individually or as part of a group or team, and entertainment groups (not individuals). P-2 aliens are performing artists under the auspices of a...more

"O" NONIMMIGRANTS: INDIVIDUALS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY OR ACHEVEMENT

The O category accommodates a wide range of talented or acclaimed foreign nationals, especially helpful to those in the arts and athletics, entertainers, high-end chefs, and business people lacking professional degrees....more

NEW BIOMETRICS PROCESS FOR CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

On February 28, 2007 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new nationwide biometrics process for conditional permanent residents who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions...more

GREEN CARDS IN LESS THAN A YEAR THROUGH INVESTMENT

Foreign investors looking for freedom and flexibility to live and work in the United States in a way accommodating to their lifestyles, should consider the little-known EB-5 investor category. Since the regulation first...more

IMMIGRATION-RELATED AUDITSBY THE GOVERNMENT

There are three potential “hot spots” for audits and investigations for the government related to the immigration and nationality laws. The first has to do with the documentation that the employer is required to maintain in...more

IMMIGRATION-RELATED AUDITSBY THE GOVERNMENT: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

There are three potential “hot spots” for audits and investigations for the government related to the immigration and nationality laws. The first has to do with the documentation that the employer is required to maintain in...more

EB-2: National Interest Waivers Provide Individuals with Permanent Status.

A foreign national may apply for lawful permanent residence status (green card), and seek a waiver of the job offer and labor certification requirements, by establishing that his or her admission to permanent residence would...more

FAMILY IMMIGRATION

A lawful permanent resident is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of permanently living and working in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act allows for the immigration of foreigners to the...more

AMERICAN DREAM ACT

Congressman Howard Berman (for himself, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Ms. Roybal-Allard, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the “American Dream Act” (Bill H.R.1275) on March 1, 2007 in the House of Representatives to...more

Visitor B-1/B-2 VISAS

B-1/B-2 visas are the most common nonimmigrant visas used for temporary entry into the United States. B-1 visas are typically used for business-related visits while B-2 visas are used for pleasure-related visits. With few...more

ADJUSTMENTOF STATUS

Adjustment of status (AOS) is the process used by a foreign national who is physically present in the United States to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). AOS is an alternative to obtaining an immigrant visa through a...more

Annual Update of Federal Poverty Guidelines

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published its annual update of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. A notice announcing the 2007 update was published in the Federal Register of January 24, 2007....more

Rejecting rights and responsibility as the basis of the rule of law

Rejecting rights and responsibility as the basis of the rule of law With an ever-increasingly complex democracy which not only delivers more and more “layers” of representation to consumers already bombarded...more

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The UK Border Agency has recently announced a new consultation, and the Government wants to hear the views of disabled people and of external partners with an interest in these issues, so that it is able to take these views...more

Immigration Statistics

Statistical data on immigration have been published annually by the U.S. government since the 1890s. Over the years, the federal agencies responsible for reporting on immigration have changed, as have the content, format, and...more

The Debacle Surrounding Employment-based Visa Availability and Unavailability

Now that the dust is starting to settle on the unconscionable and unprecedented visa number debacle witnessed at the beginning of this month, we can reflect on the chain of events surrounding the sudden news that...more

IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

The Congressional Research Service provided the following report on Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity to the Congress in October 2006. In general, aliens may legally enter the United States under one of three...more

PRESS RELEASE FROM USCIS ABOUT ITS NEW BLOGSITE

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches 'The Beacon - The Official Blog of USCIS' WASHINGTON, March 16 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently unveiled The Beacon – the agency's official blog...more

New Client Information Sheet

Here's where you can fill out information....more

Make Someone A King In The Law

"I'm just poor boy, but today you make me king in the law!" That broken-English blessing came earlier this year from a pro bono client who is an El Salvadoran national seeking polictal asylum in the United States. Our firm...more

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