Immigration Law

What is Title 42?

A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked a Biden administration order to terminate Title 42. The judge claims the Biden administration failed to go through the required notice and comment process prior to terminating the policy.  Title 42 is a public emergency health order that got invoked at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic.…

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Supreme Court Rules on Patel v. Garland

The Supreme Court has made a recent ruling on an immigration case. The gist of the ruling demonstrates that any immigrant must be extremely careful while filling out any public document.  In Patel v. Garland, Pankajkumar S. Patel was a citizen of India who entered the United States unlawfully in 1992. He was attempting to…

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What is the Uniting for Ukraine Program?

The Uniting for Ukraine program will allow 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to settle in the United States. The program is open only to those who are fleeing the war in Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know about the program if you’re trying to help a loved one immigrate from the Ukraine to the United States,…

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What is an Affidavit of Support?

An affidavit of support is filed by anyone who wants to sponsor an immigrant. They apply both to employment-based sponsorships and family sponsorships.  The form used is Form I-864, the Affidavit of Support. How does the affidavit of support work? The affidavit of support shows our government that the immigrant you are trying to sponsor…

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Can Ukrainian Refugees Come to the United States?

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine has prompted our law office to discuss the options that may be open to Ukrainian refugees. Here’s what you need to know. Temporary Protected Status If you were already in the United States or arrived prior to March 1, you have Temporary Protected Status. This means you can stay and…

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Converting an F-1 Visa to an H-1B Visa

Here in Philadelphia, there are some excellent employers, many of whom are happy to hire skilled immigrants. There are also a number of outstanding colleges and universities where students from around the world come to pursue their educations. If you’ve grown to like it here, you may be wondering how you can get authorized to…

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7 Documents You’ll Need for Your Asylum Case

Asylum cases are not easy.  While the harm you face in your home country may seem clear-cut to you, they aren’t always clear to courts who can and do deport asylum seekers. Even those with credible asylum claims. It’s especially difficult for those who speak rare languages.  Thanks to the Biden “Rocket Docket,” asylum-seeking families…

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How the Foreign Entrepreneurs Program Works

In 2021 the Biden administration resurrected the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program. This rule allows foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States for up to 5 years as long as they own at least 10% of a start-up and attract at least $250,000 from investors in the United States. To qualify for this program, entrepreneurs must…

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Philadelphia’s Status as a Sanctuary City: What it Means

Philadelphia has been a Sanctuary City since 2016. This means it’s one of the safest places in the world to be while you try to work out your immigration issues and find a legal pathway to lawful permanent residency. Here’s what that means: there’s no collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and Customs Enforcement.  Local…

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Who Can Appeal an Immigration Decision

If your immigration application has been denied you might not be done yet. In some cases there are ways to appeal the decision. Anyone who has received a denial letter may appeal an immigration decision if they move quickly enough.  In fact, when you receive your notice of denial it should contain information about where…

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