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IMMIGRATION RELATED CHALLENGES & THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Post On Apr. 24, 2020
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources. NON IMMIGRANTS MUST GENERALLY DEPART Generally, nonimmigrants...

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COVID 19 and Immigration in Massachusetts
Post On Apr. 21, 2020
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The current status of immigration during COVID-19 In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has shut down non-essential businesses to be open to the public until at least May 4, 2020. We are now meeting with clients over the phone or video call. We are working remotely and continuing to work on...

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Public Charge Rule and COVID-19

How does the Public Charge rule affect those who want to seek testing and treatment and for those who were laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19 Can you get tested, screened, or treated for COVID-19 using a public benefit, such as Medicaid? According to USCIS, yes. This type of preventive or...

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Coronavirus - Immigration Update
Post On Mar. 28, 2020
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The Conoravirus pandemic has severely impacted the lives of people in the US, citizens and immigrants alike. Immigrants whether green card holders, persons with temporary visas or those who are undocumented need to protect their health and stay updated with US immigration policies. USCIS Response...

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Post On Jul. 25, 2019
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Charlie Oppenheim at the US Department of State issues visa bulletin predictions as to how rapidly or slowly he expects the priority dates in the employment-based and family-based categories to move forward, or to retrogress. You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by su...

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Post On Jul. 25, 2019
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Charlie Oppenheim at the US Department of State issues visa bulletin predictions as to how rapidly or slowly he expects the priority dates in the employment-based and family-based categories to move forward, or to retrogress. You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by...

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Spouses/Children Of Green Card Holders Can File I-485s Starting On July 1, 2019
Post On Jul. 01, 2019
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The U.S. State Department announced that the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) will become current for the first time in many years. On June 26, the USCIS announced that even though Worldwide Family 2A is backlogged on the Dates of Filing Chart, since...

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July Visa Bulletin – Why You Need To Take Action Now!
Post On Jun. 20, 2019
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Priority dates in the July Visa Bulletin will change like nothing I’ve ever seen in my 40+ years of practicing immigration law. Some categories and countries will become current for the first time in many years, and others will advance rapidly. However, some dates will remain frozen while others...

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Can A Defective Notice To Appear Be “Perfected”?
Post On Jun. 18, 2019
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In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark 8-1 decision in Pereira v Sessions holding that a Notice to Appear (NTA) in Immigration Court which does not state the date and time of the hearing is a defective Notice to Appear and does not give the Immigration Court jurisdiction over a case....

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Family 2A Category Will Become Current On July 1, 2019
Post On Jun. 17, 2019
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On May 17, 2019, the U.S. State Department announced that the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) will become current for the first time in many years. Family 2A Category Will Become Current On July 1, 2019 The State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim who...

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Five Things You Need To Know About The USCIS Delays Under the Trump Administration
Post On Apr. 25, 2019
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AILA Doc. No. 19032730 | Dated March 26, 2019 AILA member Shachar Shawn Malachovsky discussed the top five issues surrounding USCIS delays under the Trump administration. One: Processing times for USCIS cases are delayed: According to a recent AILA Policy Brief, "USCIS Processing Delays Have...

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DACA + Advance Parole + Marriage to a U.S. Citizen = Adjustment of Status?
Post On Mar. 11, 2019
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DACA recipients who entered the United States without inspection and have an immediate relative petition, may be able to obtain lawful permanent resident status within the United States. Only DACA recipients who fit certain criteria can do this; those criteria will be explained in depth below....

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Green Card/Adjustment of Status
Post On Feb. 12, 2019
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A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." ​ Adjustment of Status (AOS) is a path to...

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Issuances of Notices to Appear Following Denial of Certain Benefits, Petitions, and Applications
Post On Jan. 22, 2019
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This guide will explain the policy memorandum issued by Department of Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) on June 28, 2018. Executive Order 13768 - Pre-June 28, 2018 USCIS Policy On January 25, 2017 the President of the United States signed Executive...

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MARRIED TO A US CITIZEN AND READY TO GET YOUR GREEN CARD? HERE'S A LIST OF DO'S AND DON'TS
Post On Dec. 06, 2018
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THIS FREE REPORT EXPLAINS HOW TO GET YOUR GREEN CARD AND HOW TO AVOID MAKING MISTAKES, THAT CAN GET YOU THROWN OUT OF THE USA. INTRODUCTION A foreign national is entitled to permanent residency (a *green card*) in the United States based on marriage to a United States Citizen even if the foreign...

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Divorcing Your U.S. Citizen Husband/Wife and Keeping Your Green Card
Post On Dec. 06, 2018
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In the Guide, Attorney Robert Perkins, also known as The Immigration Professor, discusses the possibilities of getting or keeping your green card when your marriage to a United States Citizen is ending through divorce or separation Introduction Many times, an immigrant will come into my office if...

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launches New eFOIA For Freedom of Information Requests
Post On Oct. 27, 2015
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now has a new free mobile application called “eFOIA”, which allows users to submit and track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests conveniently from an Android or Apple phone. You can download the free mobile application through Google Play and the App...

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Asylum in Immigration Court - Coercive Population Control Asylum
Post On Oct. 21, 2011
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Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson Attorney at Law / Professor of Law email@nikkijacobson.com THE JACOBSON LAW FIRM, APC Immigration & Nationality ǀ Workers' Compensation 510 West 6th St. Suite 326 Los Angeles , CA 90014 (310) 277-2266 (310) 277-3366 FAX Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers - Free Consultation www....

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Dangers in Using Unauthorized Representatives (Notarios) When Preparing Immigration Documents
Post On Jul. 31, 2011
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Definition of Authorized Legal Representative An authorized legal representative is a person who is permitted by law to provide legal assistance to concerning immigration law and procedure. Attorneys licensed in the United States can provide immigration advice so long as they are permitted to...

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