Crime Victim? You May Be Eligible For A U Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 3, 2020

If you were the victim of a crime, you may be eligible for a U visa, which would provide you temporary nonimmigrant status in the United States. The U visa was created among growing public safety concerns and to encourage individuals who have been crime victims to cooperate with law enforcement in prosecuting criminals. If you are approved for a U visa, you will be given legal status in the U.S. with the potential for extensions. Once you have your U visa for three years, you may be able to apply for a green card. To obtain a U visa, it is not enough to simply state that you were the victim of a crime. You must provide a “certificate of helpfulness” from a government agency and show that you… Read More

Understanding The O Visa Categories
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 27, 2019

O nonimmigrant visas are available for individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary abilities and would like to perform those abilities in the United States. O-1 visas allow an individual to stay in the United States for three years, and there are unlimited extensions available. There are several different categories of O visas, and it’s important to know the difference. O-1A Visas O1-A visas are reserved for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, education, business, or athletics. These individuals must demonstrate their extraordinary abilities by showing sustained national or international acclaim for their accomplishments. It indicates a level of expertise that shows an individual is one of a small percentage in their field. Individuals with an O1-A visa are coming to the United States on a temporary basis to work in… Read More

Do I Need An Immigration Lawyer?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 23, 2019

Navigating the immigration system can be a complicated matter and, while you are not required to have a lawyer, you may not want to go through the process alone. There is extensive paperwork that goes along with the immigration process, and the task can be daunting. Having an immigration lawyer on your side can help you in a number of important ways. An Immigration Lawyer Can Avoid Mistakes An important part of acquiring a visa, finalizing your marriage to an immigrant, and other immigration procedures is filling out the paperwork correctly. The paperwork involved in the immigration process is complicated and extensive. You are often tasked with filling out gathering important documentation. Without the help of an expert, it can be easy to make a mistake. One small mistake in… Read More

Expanding Your Small Business To The United States
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 20, 2019

It’s never a good idea for a business to stand still. In order to be successful, you must move forward and expand. In some instances, you may decide that the best course of action is to expand your small business to the United States. With a wealth of talent and a diverse marketplace, the United States is a great place to expand your business. When expanding your business internationally, there are some important immigration law details to keep in mind. Appropriate Visas In order to expand your small business in the United States, you are going to need to send personnel to the country to begin the expansion. These individuals will have to establish your U.S. headquarters and get things off the ground. If you are sending over managers, executives,… Read More

Visas For Individuals With Extraordinary Abilities
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 16, 2019

Individuals who possess extraordinary abilities in the sciences, education, business, or athletics may be eligible for a non-immigrant O-1 visa if they meet certain criteria. Included among these individuals are people who possess extraordinary abilities in the arts or demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievement in television or motion pictures. Eligibility Criteria For O-1A Visas In order to be eligible for an O-1A visa, an individual with extraordinary abilities in science, education, business, and athletics must show that they have been recognized for their talents and abilities. This can be demonstrated through the receipt of an award, such as a Nobel Prize or an Olympic Medal. However, an individual doesn’t have to be the beneficiary of a major award if they can meet three of the following criteria: Receipt of… Read More

Eligibility For An L-1 Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 13, 2019

There are no limits on how many people can obtain an L-1 visa every year. L-1 visas or intracompany transferee visas allow managers, executives, and employees with “specialized knowledge” who work outside the United States for a company with an affiliated entity inside the United States, come to work for that company in the United States. There are some important criteria that must be met before someone is eligible for an L-1 Visa. Basic Criteria In order to qualify for an L-1 visa, an individual must have been an employee of the sponsoring company for at least one continuous year out of the last three years. In addition, they must be transferring to the United States in order to work for the company as a manager, executive, or employee with… Read More

Contested Vs. Uncontested Divorce: What’s The Difference In Florida?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 10, 2019

Going through a divorce is always going to be a challenging experience, but doesn’t mean that all divorces are the same or that there aren’t some that are significantly less difficult than others. In the state of Florida, the two main categories of divorce are known as contested and uncontested divorces. They will both end with the dissolution of your marriage, but the path they take to get there can be significantly different. This blog post offers some insights into the main differences between contested and uncontested divorces so you can decide which one will work best in your situation. Understanding Uncontested Divorces An uncontested divorce is when both parties are willing (and able) to work out all the different issues that need to be resolved in the divorce. This… Read More

Florida Criminal Law: Understanding Motions To Vacate Criminal Convictions
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 26, 2019

If you have pled guilty to a crime, or been found guilty, you may think that your options are over, even if you are actually innocent or otherwise treated unjustly. While it is unfortunate, the justice system is not perfect and can make mistakes. Fortunately, there are laws in place that allow these mistakes to be rectified. One option for those who believe they have been unjustly treated is to file a motion to vacate the criminal conviction. If approved, the previous conviction will be set aside and you will have the opportunity to have your trial heard again, this time hopefully getting better results.  Grounds For A Motion To Vacate In order to have a criminal conviction vacated, you must first have grounds for the motion. This simply means… Read More

Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys Succeeds In Obtaining Bond For Client Evicted From Public Housing As Part Of An Eviction Campaign In Pasco County
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: September 23, 2018

Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys succeeds in obtaining bond for client evicted from public housing as part of an eviction campaign in Pasco County Former public housing resident was accused of improperly receiving government benefits, but Immigration Court granted bond and release from custody Miami, FL (September 2018) The law firm of Cuprys and Associates announced today that immigration Lawyer Magdalena Cuprys succeeded in obtaining bond for a client, Ms. C.A., a Mexican citizen. C.A. was accused of improperly receiving public assistance payments and subsidized housing benefits in Pasco County, Florida, based on a fraudulent Social Security card that she had purchased for $100. She was taken into custody after an investigation at a subsidized housing project where 30 undocumented families and about 60 U.S. born children were evicted. According to… Read More

Article 1: Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Proceedings
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: September 1, 2018

In this comment, Magdalena Cuprys, Esq. addresses and explains the problem of immigration consequences that may unintentionally result from a plea of guilty or nolo contendere In the first article of her series of Instructional Articles, Florida Attorney Magdalena Cuprys comments on the issue of immigration consequences resulting from criminal pleas of guilty or nolo contendere, and how to challenge such guilty pleas subsequently in court. Attorney Cuprys recently prevailed in a case in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida where she moved to vacate a judgment and sentence. She bases her comments on that case. The facts of the case are as follows: The Defendant A.P.B., a Cuban citizen and resident of the U.S. since 2002, plead guilty in trial court to marihuana-related offenses, including… Read More

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