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What do Immigration Officers look for at I-130 Interviews?

This week I had the opportunity to attend several I-130 marriage based interviews with my South Florida clients. After having attended several hundred I-130 interviews over the past 20 plus years of ...
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An Immigrant is Taking My Job!

Recently, someone sent me a picture that appeared to show First Lady Michelle Obama holding up a sign that said " An Immigrant is Taking My Job. " It was probably photo-shopped, but it ...
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The Trump Administration and the Future of U.S. Immigration Law

Many immigrants are understandably concerned about their future under a Trump Administration. With the large immigrant population in South Florida, this has been a frequent topic of conversation since ...
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H-1B Visa Information for the 2017 Filing Season

In preparation for the upcoming filing season for H-1B visa petitions for the next Fiscal Year, we are providing the following information and Checklist so that you will have an understanding of ...
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South American and Latin American Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor Countries

In sunny South Florida, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurial foreign nationals to secure a valid immigration status that is connected to their business enterprise. One of the primary ways ...
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Employment Authorization and Work Permits - Part 2

Another question that is closely related to "How do I get a Work Permit?" is "Is there any kind of work or activities that I can engage in to earn money without a work permit?" In ...
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Employment Authorization and Work Permits

As a South Florida Immigration Lawyer, one of top questions that prospective clients ask me is: "How can I get a work permit?" This question is probably second only to: "How can I get a ...
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Dual Nationals and Matter of Ognibene

Over the 20 plus years that I have been an Immigration Lawyer, I have noticed an increase in the number of foreign nationals that are dual nationals and have Passports from more than one country. At ...
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Separated but not Divorced. Navigating the Jointly filed I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

On occasion, when it comes time for a conditional permanent resident to file the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (based upon a marriage to a U.S. citizen), the marriage has broken ...
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Sealing and Expunging Criminal History Records for Immigrants

As a South Florida Immigration Lawyer, immigrants sometimes ask me whether sealing or expunging records relating to a criminal offense will help their immigration case. Generally the answer is ...
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Nonimmigrants in the United States applying for Visas in Canada or Mexico

Nonimmigrants (temporary visa holders) in the U.S. often consider the possibility of traveling to Canada or Mexico to apply for Visas. This is known as "Third Country National" processing. A ...
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H-1B Visa Information for the 2016 Filing Season

In preparation for the upcoming filing season for H-1B visa petitions for the next Fiscal Year, we are providing the following information and Checklist so that you will have an understanding of ...
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Special Green Cards for Foreign Diplomats and Employees of International Organizations

Foreign Diplomats Section 13 of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows non-immigrants who entered the United States under diplomatic status to obtain a green card (permanent residence). You may be ...
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President Obama Announces New Immigration Policy

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced changes that he would make to U.S. immigration policy that could help an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants. In short, the new Immigration ...
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Summary Removal Procedures

The deportation process has changed significantly over the past two decades, principally as a result of the Summary Removal Procedure that was enacted by Congress as part of the Illegal Immigration ...
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Nunc Pro Tunc Asylum Procedures

While not used very frequently, the Nunc Pro Tunc Asylum filing procedure is a huge benefit for dependent aliens who have lost their derivative asylee status inadvertently or through no fault of their ...
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Abandonment of Permanent Resident Status?

Many U.S. permanent residents (LPR's) operate under the false assumption that they can travel outside of the U.S. but that as long as they return within a certain amount of time that they will not ...
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Filing an Application for Extension of Stay After your I-94 has Expired

Foreign nationals who enter the U.S. on non-immigrant visas (such as a B2 tourist) often wish to extend their stay beyond the usual 6 month period that they were granted when they arrived in the U.S., ...
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Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2014

As an Immigration Lawyer, I am frequently asked the question about what I think of all the talk on Capitol Hill regarding Immigration reform. Having been actively engaged in the practice of ...
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The 30/60 Day Rule

Foreign nationals who enter the United States should be aware of the 30/60 Day Rule when considering whether to apply for a change of status or adjustment of status shortly after they arrive. In ...
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Responding to a Request for Evidence

After practicing in the field of Immigration law for more than 18 years, its easy to note the increasing trend of the USCIS in generating Requests for Evidence (RFE's) in response to nearly every ...
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I-601A Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence

I decided to kick off my blog with a post about the new I-601 Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence which takes effect today - March 4, 2013. In short, this new provisional waiver allows immigrant ...
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Welcome to our Immigration Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Immigration Blog.
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