What Are the Penalties for Committing Immigration Marriage Fraud?

Noncitizens who marry American citizens are given a preference in obtaining visas that will allow them to enter or remain in the United States. Since many noncitizens value the opportunity to live and work in America, that preference is valuable. In some cases, a citizen might propose or enter into a sham marriage solely for […]

What Employers Need To Know About I-9 Compliance 

Regulation of I-9 form requirements fall within the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Even though IRCA sounds like immigration law, it actually prohibits employers from hiring any individual, including US citizens, for US employment without using Form I-9.  That is, every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for […]

How Getting Charged with a DUI can Affect My Chances of Getting a Green Card?

When applying for a US permanent resident aka green card, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will want to know whether or not the person applying has been implicated in any criminal related acts, other than getting traffic tickets. Here, we are going to talk about how getting charged with a DUI can affect […]

If I have a green card, do I need to apply for US citizenship?

While some people are in too much of a hurry to apply for US citizenship, most green card holders have no idea that they qualify for US citizenship or do not know how to go about it.  As a legal resident of the US – permanent or conditional, you already have your green card.  The […]

Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

Every three months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a report with up-to-date statistics on U.S. immigration.  Prepared by the DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), this report provides recent figures on lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, and naturalizations, among others. Lawful Permanent Residents In their report, the OIS provides a breakdown of how […]

What is the Shifting Landscape of DACA Immigration?

An immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been featured prominently in the news of late.  Today we will explore the presently shifting landscape for the DACA program. What is DACA? Created on June 15, 2012, the U.S. Government rolled out the DACA program to protect the interests of children who were […]

Why You Might Need a Criminal Defense Attorney if You Have a Green Card

Like any of the nearly 13 million individuals arrested each year in the United States, those who are arrested and are lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) of the U.S. should seek the counsel of an experienced green card criminal defense attorney.  Often times green card holders can face additional punishment compared to citizens of the United […]

Five Questions to Ask When Searching for an Immigration Attorney

Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation, and to this day nearly 15% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants.  However, immigrating to the United States can be one of the more difficult things an individual can do.  The length of the strenuous immigration process and the ever changing immigration landscape in this country makes […]

Trump Administration Proposes to Reduce Immigration

President Trump backed a bill that would reduce legal immigration by restricting entry of foreign family members into the United States, according to an article by The New York Times.  This change to existing family immigration laws applies to both American citizens petitioning for their family members to live in the U.S., and legal permanent […]