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The New USCIS Public Charge Rule

Posted on Aug 20, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final “public charge” rule for inspection which will dramatically expand the discretionary authority of DHS to deny immigrants green cards and admission to the U.S. based upon their income levels and their past use of certain government benefits. While DHS claims…

How Your Social Media posts can ruin your Immigration Case.

Posted on Jun 07, 2019

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State updated it’s immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms (Forms DS-260 and DS-160) to request information about “social media identifiers” from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. A social media identifier means any social media or mobile communications accounts, identifiers, user names, short-code designations, handles, or nick-names. In…

Should I hire an Immigration Lawyer to prepare and file my forms?

Posted on May 20, 2019

This question reminds me of the old saying: “If you walk into a Barber shop and ask the Barber whether or not you need a haircut, you will leave the Barbershop with a haircut.” Without a doubt, as Immigration Lawyers, we are in the business of selling our services, so we have an obvious interest…

When Should I File Form I-751?

Posted on Feb 26, 2019

Most conditional lawful permanent residents seem to know that U.S. Immigration law requires them to file their joint I-751 petition within the 90 day period (window) immediately before their conditional residence expires. This is something that conditional residents learn when they go through the process of obtaining conditional residency. While this rule seems easy enough…

Separated but not Divorced. Navigating the Jointly filed I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence – PART III

Posted on Dec 12, 2018

On November 30, 2018, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum entitled “Revised Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.” Although it applies to all I-751 petitions (not just joint petitions filed by spouses who are separated but not divorced), because it answers some of the common questions that my clients ask…

Separated but not Divorced. Navigating the Jointly filed I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence – PART II

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

During the course of the more than 25 years that I have been an Immigration Lawyer, I have encountered my fair share of cases and situations where the primary driving force behind the problem I am attempting to solve is due to a change in circumstances that a family is experiencing. This can happen in…

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

Posted on Feb 12, 2017

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 being an Immigration Lawyer, I know that my clients will always benefit from being prepared. In addition to increasing the chances that the…

An Immigrant is Taking My Job!

Posted on Nov 18, 2016
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 photoshopped, but it really made me stop and think … “How True.” More than ever before, I am now finding myself involved in deep discussions about…

The Trump Administration and the Future of U.S. Immigration Law

Posted on Nov 15, 2016

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 the election. Given that (President-elect) Trump gained popularity and traction during his campaign, in part, upon his promise to deport illegal aliens and build a wall…

H-1B Visa Information for the 2017 Filing Season

Posted on Feb 09, 2016

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 important deadlines, documents, and fees that relate to the filing of petitions to obtain H-1B status for non-immigrant workers. The H-1B “Cap” Under…

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