The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa

If you are an American citizen engaged to someone from another country and you want them to travel to the United States to marry and reside with you, the first step is to file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) in the United States. Once United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), approves it, the petition is processed and sent to the consulate or embassy where your fiancé(e) will apply for a Read More

Understanding VAWA: Deportation Relief for Victims of Abuse

Every day, thousands of men, women, and children are subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those they love. This traumatic situation is especially terrifying when the victim is an immigrant. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable because their status in the United States is so tenuous. Many of them fail to report violent treatment for the same reason other victims stay silent: embarrassment, Read More

Understanding DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a policy that was announced in 2012 to help children of a certain age who were illegally brought to the United States. The program is designed to help allow those who are here at no fault of their own to stay in the country. This program does not grant them legal status, but simply ‘defers’ any removal proceedings. In addition, it can make it possible for these Read More

A Brief Overview of the Removal Process

Whether you are in the United States legally on a visa or illegally as an undocumented alien, the idea of having to go through the removal process (commonly called deportation) can be quite frightening. While this is certainly something that you want to avoid at all costs, going through the process does not always mean you will have to leave the country. If you have a good immigration attorney fighting on your Read More

Understanding the H-1B Visa

The H-1B Visa is one of the most popular employment based non-immigration visas available today. It is set up to allow a company to bring in foreign nationals to work temporarily in a specialty occupation. There are a wide range of different rules and regulations surrounding the H-1B Visa so it is important that both the employer bringing in the talent and the individual looking to come to the US for work understand Read More

President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan

President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms known as Immigration Accountability Executive Action.  These reforms will impact all major parts of the immigration system, and include: A deferred action program for part of the unauthorized population living in the U.S. Changes to border security and Read More