Understanding the Basics of Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal

If you are not a citizen of the United States, and do not have authority to remain in the country, you may find yourself faced with deportation. In that case, you may be eligible for relief from removal through a process called “cancellation of removal.” With our help, filing for cancellation of removal may help you stay in the U.S., and obtain lawful permanent resident status. Here’s more information about non-LPR Read More

Gearing Up for H-1B Season: 10 Things Every Employer Should Know

What is an H-1B visa? As an employer, you may or may not be familiar with H-1B visas. If you plan to hire foreign workers from overseas, then you’ll need to file for an employment-based visa when the time comes. An H-1B visa is one way employers can sponsor foreign workers that have specialized skills or knowledge from outside of the United States. They are temporary, employment-based, non-immigrant visas that allow Read More

4 Mistakes People Make When Interviewing for Their Visa

A visa is a government-issued document placed in your passport that verifies that you are allowed to enter the United States. Visas may be issued for immigrant or non-immigrant purposes. Regardless of the reason for your visa request, the application process is the same. First, you must submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once your application is approved, it will be sent to Read More

Updated Form I-765 Makes It Easier to Get an Employment Authorization Document and a Social Security Number at the Same Time

There has been a significant change to Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Because of a new partnership between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can apply for work authorization and a social security number at the same time. This is important because some foreign workers in Read More

Deportation Defense: Inadmissibility vs. Removability

The terms “inadmissibility” and “removability” both refer to your ability to stay in the United States. What do they mean, exactly, and how can they affect your immigration goals? The concept of inadmissibility applies mainly to noncitizens who are seeking admission to the United States. This can include anyone who is trying to enter the US from another country, but it can also apply if you have been present in Read More

Immigration 101: Sanctuary Cities

If you've been following the conversation about immigration policies and the current administration, you may have heard about sanctuary cities. In the midst of all the heated political rhetoric and misinformation, it can be difficult to understand exactly what these cities are and how they work. Let's take a look at the facts. What is a sanctuary city? Some jurisdictions have laws that limit how much local law Read More

What’s the Deal with DACA? Understanding the Recent Policy Changes

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will phase out and end a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program was designed to protect people who immigrated to the United States in their youth, giving them another option for relief against deportation. When the program was introduced by President Obama in 2012, almost 800,000 people came out to register for Read More

A Brief Guide to the Immigration Appeals Process

Are you unhappy with the verdict on your recent immigration case? Maybe your visa application was denied, for example, or you were given an order of removal or deportation. In some situations, you may be able to appeal an unwanted decision and possibly receive a different outcome. Here's an overview of the immigration appeals process and how it works. Overview of Appeals When you make an appeal, you are asking Read More

A Short Q&A on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

If you're concerned about your immigration status in the United States, or if you've been notified of deportation actions against you, you may be able to explore some options for relief. One such option is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As long as you arrived in the US before your 16th birthday, DACA can help you in several possible ways. What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Read More

Employer Accountability: The Basics of I-9 Compliance

The process of hiring a new employee always comes with its fair share of work—or paperwork, to be more specific. Among the documents you'll need to keep for every new hire, Form I-9 is one of the most important. Employers who fail to comply with I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification may be given civil fines or even criminal penalties. With that in mind, make sure you understand the basics of I-9 compliance going Read More