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In the News: Biden Plan for Immigration

If you were looking at the recent election and thinking that a Biden Administration might make life easier for immigrants, you might just be right. Biden has announced he will be seeking to prioritize immigration in his first ten days in office. He is already planning to introduce a bill that would create a path…

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Higher Court Rules Trump Uninsured Ban Stands

On October 4, 2019 the Trump Administration issued “Proclamation No. 9945,” the “Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System in Order to Protect the Availability of Healthcare Benefits for Americans.” This Proclamation was also known as the “uninsured ban.”  In November of 2019 the district court blocked the…

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Is it Possible to Get a Work Visa Without a Sponsorship?

So you want to live and work in the United States, but you don’t yet have an employer. What are your options? For the vast majority of immigrants your options will revolve around staying put in your home country until you can secure an employer and a sponsor. This is usually just good practice anyway.…

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5 Steps to a Smoother Immigration Process

The immigration process can be extremely difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating to navigate. Yet there are steps you can take to give yourself your best chance of having your application accepted the first time. Here are five ways you can make life a little easier for yourself as you seek to get a visa or a…

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Judge Blocks Trump Administration Public Charge Wealth Test

If your Green Card aspirations have been blocked by Trump’s public charge policy, there’s at least a little good news on the horizon. A federal judge just blocked the public charge rule. Though some form of the public charge rule has existed for over 100 years, the Trump administration added policy provisions that allowed USCIS…

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7 Ways to Get a Green Card

A green card is a permanent resident card, and it allows you to live and work in the United States permanently. While it doesn’t make you a citizen, it does keep you safe from deportation and give you the right to move around the United States like anyone else who lives here. It’s definitely one…

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In the News: USCIS Expands Premium Processing

USCIS is still desperate to raise funds, especially now that the federal courts have shot down their fee hikes. That’s why Congress recently passed HR 8337, which gives the agency more power to raise funds with premium processing fees. The new law has greatly expanded the categories that may be used. The length of time…

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In the News: Status Stripped from 400,000 Immigrants

The Trump Administration has stripped “temporary protected status” from people from El Salvador, Haiti, and Sudan, many of whom first received protection in the 1980s. Many of these immigrants have been safely and legally in this country ever since.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld this decision. The protections…

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Can an Extramarital Affair Disqualify You for a Green Card?

It’s a good idea to stay faithful if you’re trying to become a legal permanent resident of the United States through marriage. If you have an affair you may incentivize your spouse to withdraw the I-130 petition, which could jeopardize your status. Thinking you’ll just stay with your new sweetheart? Sadly, your next petition may…

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New Options for H-1B and L-1 Visa Holders

The June 22, 2020 Trump administration ban suspends entry for foreign nationals on H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas until December 31, 2020. On August 12 the State Department released a few exceptions. Many will not find these exceptions helpful, but they offer options to a narrow range of professionals. The entire ban and the…

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