Immigration Law

As Legal Battles Rage, Pennsylvania Remains Friendly to DACA Recipients

A recent report by Jeff Gammage of The Inquirer reveals that 71% of Pennsylvania residents believe the government should offer a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. Residents of Pennsylvania also support a path to citzenship for immigrants who hold Temporary Protected Status.   See also: What is The Current Law on Claiming Asylum in…

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Military Service No Longer an Easy Path to Citizenship

In the past, joining the military was part of a long tradition dating back to the Revolutionary War. It was also one of the faster paths to citizenship. Immigrants who were eligible could enlist, initiate a background check, start basic training, and serve for just one day. Then, they could apply.   But, the Trump…

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In the News: The Supreme Court Decision You Need to Know About

Legal or not, if you’re an immigrant who has ever been convicted of a crime, you need to pay close attention to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on immigration enforcement. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled on Nielsen v. Preap. And it ensures any conviction, even the most minor misdemeanor you can think of, puts…

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The Line for Immigration Grows Longer – And Longer

An immigration lawyer in Philadelphia is accustom to fielding difficult calls and questions. We are experienced in family separations, detention and deportation cases, complicated asylum matters, and even complex visa applications. However, one question that is growing more frustrating for immigration lawyers across the United States, “why is my case taking so long?” Recent reports…

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What Is the Current Law on Claiming Asylum in the United States?

At the end of 2018, we had several high-profile news stories break around immigration law in the United States. While several of these stories, from the border wall to expected changes to visa schemes in 2019, highlighted the complexities of current immigration policy, one story stood out from the rest – the status of asylum.…

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Supreme Court to Decide DAPA and Extended DACA by June 2016

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether President Obama’s DAPA and Extended DACA Programs will go forward. DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are program for persons who have resided in the United States for five (5) years and currently do not have a lawful immigration status,…

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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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