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Applications Being Accepted After Court Reinstates DACA
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 12, 2021

In 2017, the Trump administration stopped accepting first-time applications for DACA and left the program in limbo. But in December of 2020, a federal court signed an order reopening the door for first time DACA applicants. Under the order, the Department of Homeland Security had three days to post a public notice that it was accepting new applications. A Big Win The court ruling was a big win for young people who were brought to the United States when they were children. The program shields about 650,000 people from deportation and allows them to legally work in the country. In compliance with the court order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service updated its website with a notice confirming it will take new DACA applications. New applicants are advised to act…Read More

T Visas for Trafficking Victims
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 12, 2021

The T visa was established to help combat human trafficking. It is intended to provide immigration relief to those who are the victims of human trafficking. A T visa allows a survivor to work temporarily in the United States and provides a path to a green card. The Benefits of a T Visa A T visa allows a holder four years of lawful immigration status and four years of employment authorization. A T visa holder can also apply for a green card if they meet certain criteria. A holder may be eligible for federal refugee benefits, which include cash assistance, food stamps, and job training. With a T visa, a holder also has the ability to petition for certain family members. For applicants over 21 years old, these family members…Read More

4 Reasons You Need an Attorney For Your VAWA Petition
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 12, 2021

While an attorney is not required for your petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), there are some important reasons you should consider hiring one. Determining Your Potential Eligibility There are some distinct requirements that are necessary to establish that you qualify for a green card under VAWA. An attorney can look at your situation before you even begin the application process and determine whether you have a chance of being successful in your application. If you’re not eligible for VAWA, the attorney may find another visa program you can consider. Determining What Evidence You Need Applying for VAWA doesn’t just involve filling out a few forms and hoping for approval. You must provide concrete evidence establishing all of the necessary elements in order to qualify. This can be…Read More

  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 10, 2021

Navegar por el proceso de inmigración puede ser extremadamente complejo y frustrante. Esto se hace aún peor si usted ya ha tenido una orden de remoción emitida en su contra por un juez. Esta orden puede hacer que usted sea detenido por ICE, deportado, y hacer que no pueda buscar ayuda de inmigración, solicitar un estatus que le permita quedarse, o tomar otras acciones que podrían ayudar a su situación. Si usted o un ser querido se enfrenta a esta situación, con el tiempo tendrá que presentar una moción para reabrir las órdenes de eliminación. Esto le ayudará a ser capaz de obtener su caso examinado de nuevo, por lo que puede argumentar por el derecho a permanecer en el país legalmente. Si bien presentar con éxito este tipo de…Read More

  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 9, 2021

Navigating through the immigration process can be extremely complex and frustrating. This is made even worse if you have already had an order of removal issued against you by a judge. This order may cause you to be detained by ICE, deported, and make it so you can’t seek out immigration relief, petition for a status that would let you stay, or take other actions that could help your situation. If you or a loved one is facing this situation, you will eventually have to file a motion to reopen removal orders. This will help you to be able to get your case looked at again, so you can argue for the right to stay in the country legally. While successfully filing this type of motion is not always easy,…Read More

5 Things to Look for in an Immigration Attorney
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: December 2, 2020

The decision to hire an immigration attorney is a personal one, and you want to make sure that you hire the right one for you. Here are some things to look for when deciding who to hire: Experience The most important thing to look for in an immigration attorney is experience, especially with the type of matter you are seeking help with. Check out the attorney’s website or talk to the attorney to get more information about the types of matters they handle the most and see how long they’ve been practicing. Past Success You want to make sure that the attorney you hire has been successful in their practice. The best way to determine this is to look at testimonials from past clients. Were past clients happy with the…Read More

Visa Options For Entertainers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: August 25, 2020

In order to remain at the top of their field, athletes, entertainers, and other performers must travel the globe in order to remain at the top of their field. This often involves working in the United States. In order to perform in the United States, an entertainer must be sure to have the right visa in place. There are two options you may want to consider if you’re an entertainer looking to work in the United States. An experienced immigration attorney can help you may the right decision for your circumstances. P-1 Visas P-1 visas are available to athletes, artists, and entertainers who wish to work in the United States. You may be eligible for a P-1 visa if you are an entertainer, or group of entertainers, recognized as outstanding.…Read More

L-1 Vs. H-1b Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: August 21, 2020

The most commonly used nonimmigrant work visas are the L-1 and H-1B visas. These visas have some things in common, but there are also quite a few differences. If you are in the process of choosing a route to the United States, it may difficult to choose which visa is right for you. If you work for a multinational corporation, then the L-1 visa is probably the most appropriate. The H-1B visa will work if you want more flexibility in your job. L-1 Visa The L-1 visa is also known as the intra company transfer visa. It allows multinational companies to transfer employees from foreign locations to those in the United States. The L-1 visa applies to managerial and executive employees or employees with specialized knowledge. An individual with specialized…Read More

Transferring From A J-1 To An O-1 Visa Status
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: August 19, 2020

A J-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to exchange visitors who are teachers, professors, research scholars, or people with specialized skills. One of the advantages of a J-1 visa is that you are allowed to change to another nonimmigrant visa if you wish to stay in the United States after your program has ended. The O-1 visa is one of the categories you can easily switch to. There are some distinct advantages to O-1 visa that make it an attractive option. Advantages Of An O-1 Visa O-1 visas are for those individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in a number of different fields including academics, athletics, science, and the arts. One of the advantages of an O-1 visa is that you can apply for an unlimited number of extensions and…Read More

Can A Vawa Green Card Holder Apply For Citizenship?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: August 17, 2020

Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), individuals who demonstrate that they have been the victims of abuse or eligible to obtain green cards. VAWA green card holders are also eligible to apply for citizenship. In some cases, VAWA green card holders can apply for citizenship after three year instead of the usual five years. Spouses Of United States Citizens If you are the abused spouse of a United States citizen, then you may be eligible to apply for citizenship three years after you obtain your green card. You will not be required to show that you are still residing with the citizen spouse. It also doesn’t matter if you are still married or divorced from the citizen spouse. You can also apply after three years as a legal permanent…Read More

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