A Closer Look at Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration reform plans to be implemented in 2015. This plan came after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, despite its passage through the Senate. The President’s new plan has three objectives: 1)    Crack down on illegal immigration at the border; 2)    Deport felons…

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Applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)? DACA is a program implemented by President Obama on June 12, 2014 to help foreign nationals without lawful US immigration status come out of the shadows. Many persons who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals first arrived in the United States with a lawful immigration status…

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The Basics of Illegal Immigration

Who are undocumented, or illegal, immigrants? Politicians, news media, and others seem opinionated, but often ill-informed about who these people are, where they came from, and how they fit into American society. Recent changes to the U.S. immigration policy have been proposed, and in some cases passed into law, by the Obama administration. Who are undocumented immigrants?…

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US Immigration Solutions for Equestrian Athletes and Coaches

Are you an international athlete or coach who needs U.S. immigration status to work, train or reside in the United States? Check out an article by Hykel Law client and international athlete, David Ziegler, featuring a contribution by Renee Hykel Cuddy, Esq. David Ziegler is a Canadian Equestrian Athlete who was recently granted P-1 (international…

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Work Permits for H4 Spouses Available May 26, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform, H-4 spouses will be eligible for work authorization in the United States beginning on May 26, 2015. Here is who will be eligible for work permits: Spouses in H-4 Status, whose H1-B husband or wife has an approved I-140 Petition (visa petition for an employment…

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Expanded DACA Temporaily Delayed; Not Cancelled

Earlier this month, a federal court judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction which has delayed the implementation of the expanded DACA program meant to begin on February 18, 2015. The program is not cancelled; it is only temporarily delayed as confirmed by the President, who has aggressively appealed the Texas judge’s ruling. The judge’s order…

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Childhood Arrivals Program Expanded February 18, 2015

President Obama’s Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) will include more people as of February 18, 2015. The program was originally announced in June of 2012 and allowed persons who came to the United States as children (under the age of 16), who were still here and who did not have a lawful immigration status to obtain…

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How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Are you interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? If you are currently a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Green card holders who wish to apply for citizenship must submit an application for citizenship to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“U.S.C.I.S.”) (Form N-400, Application…

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Obama Executive Action (Expanded DACA) Begins February 18, 2015

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced several immigration reform measures including an expansion of the DACA program. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that allows people without current immigration status who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 to obtain work permits and driver’s licenses. Most importantly, applicants…

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