Why is USCIS taking so long to schedule my interview?

Siguente en españolThis question and similar ones for potential clients are the hardest questions for us to answer. What is a legitimate answer today can change tomorrow, literally. As of today, most of our clients who filed in 2016 have completed their interviews and are now waiting for their visas or “green cards.” There are a few still pending and we’re doing everything we can to push them forward.In the Read More

Homeland Security is cracking down on visa overstays

Siguente en españolOnce people get a visa to the US, many of them stay past the time they can be here. For decades, this has been the real, unspoken, little known problem with US immigration. The visas most often abused are B (tourist) visas, F (student) visas, and J (cultural exchange) visas. When people overstay, they have always run the risk of being identified by Immigration and, depending on the Read More

The National Guard troops head to the border: what does the really mean?

Siguente en españolSince Friday, 6 April 2018, it’s been widely reported in the US media that the President has ordered National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border for enforcement purposes. The President claims it’s because we are being overrun by immigrants, but this simply isn’t true. In 2017, Customs and Border Patrol, the agency responsible for border enforcement, reported that there was a 26% drop in Read More

3 tax tips … from your immigration attorney?!

Siguente en españolIt’s tax season! Our W-2s or 1099s have arrived and most people want to file their taxes early to get their refund as soon as possible. Because of that, many fall back on old habits: using “mom and pop,” strip mall tax preparation company just as you have for years or that computer program that supposedly asks all the questions we need to file our return correctly. We do it to save time, save Read More

Let’s Talk About Social Media

Let’s Talk About Social Media: Think Before You Post (Siguiente en español)Many of us get carried away with what we post online. We go on rants, we confront people, we argue with people, insult people, and so on. Even though you are entitled to free speech, that free speech can and will be used against you.As you have probably heard, the president wants to institute ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants. Now, no Read More

Extreme Vetting: a wall of bureaucracy

What “extreme vetting” really means. Siguiente en español.Since taking office, the new administration has indicated that it will crack down on perceived abuses in the US immigration system. The administration calls it “extreme vetting” and implemented it with the various Muslim and refugee bans it’s tried, unsuccessfully, to issue over the last year. Now, however, “extreme vetting” is being regularly applied to Read More

Keep Calm and Let’s Talk: Know Your Rights

Siguente en español After giving an interview to Telemundo Denver (channel 51) the other day, I thought it best to share with you all the information I provided them. The topic: ICE demanding passwords to cell phones and computers in order to search them, looking for information about you, then using any information about your immigration status against you. Read on to learn information on how to protect yourself Read More

DACA is dead: Now what?

DACA is dead: Here’s what you need to know Siguente en españolAs of this morning, the attorney general, on behalf of the president, has announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being terminated. This announcement comes four short months after the president stated in March/April, 2017, that the DREAMers were good kids and that they had nothing to worry about.  Here are the key Read More

Keep Calm and Let’s Talk: DACA’s Future

Keep Calm and Let’s Talk: DACA’s Future Siguente en Español"Keep Calm and Let's Talk" is a blog series that will address the rapid and drastic changes to the American immigration system. With the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) inaugurated and started work, many controversial executive orders (EOs) have been issued since his inauguration. These EOs have struck fear and panic in many across the Read More

Attention Employers: Be prepared before ICE audits your I-9 records

Immigration enforcement and deportation is getting a lot of coverage in the news. However, there is a side to immigration enforcement that affects non-immigrants as well. It’s I-9 employment verification. While people complain that immigrants are “stealing” American jobs, that’s not what employers experience. In reality, it is difficult to find people who want to work, with the skills needed, for the hours and pay Read More

Keep Calm & Let’s Talk: Expedited Removal

Siguiente en español. “Keep Calm and Let's Talk" is a blog series that will address the rapid and drastic changes to the American immigration system. With the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) inaugurated and started work, many controversial executive orders (EOs) have been issued since his inauguration. These EOs have struck fear and panic in many across the country and around the world as the 45th Read More

Keep Calm & Let’s Talk: the 7 Countries Ban

Keep Calm & Let’s Talk: The 7 Countries Ban (or the Muslim Ban) Executive Order #13760: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States Author's Note "Keep Calm and Let's Talk" is a blog series that will address the rapid and drastic changes to the American immigration system. With the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) inaugurated and started work, many controversial Read More

Why terminating DACA is short-sighted and will hurt the US economy

Siguiendo en español Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the program for immigrants who were brought to the US as minors, commonly referred to as DREAMers. DACA was created by executive order when Congress failed to vote on the DREAM Act, legislation that would have provided these same young people a path to lawful residency and citizenship.Since its implementation in June, 2012, approximately Read More

Who needs an Immigration Attorney?

Four Reasons Why All Non-US Citizens Need an Immigration Attorney (Siguente en español)Understanding that if you are reading this, you are likely looking for an attorney or you're a client of ours. If you're a client, please read this anyway. Knowing this information could help you, a friend, or family member. It's important to know that hiring an experienced immigration attorney because, contrary to what many Read More