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Immigration Fraud

Immigration Fraud

Immigration fraud is very common in the U.S. immigration system. As a result, government agencies evaluating immigration benefits have become highly skeptical and the penalty

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Immigration

EB-1C: The EB-5 Visa Alternative

For international managers and executives seeking lawful permanent residence and – ultimately – naturalized citizenship in the United States, the EB-1C visa is an alternative to the EB-5 visa. What Are the Benefits of EB-1C Visa? This visa provides a green card immediately and without the need to make an

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Immigration

International Students in the U.S.

In 2014, a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania named the Brookings Institution as the most influential think tank in the world. Brookings is one of Washington’s oldest and most prestigious “think tanks.” It conducts research and education in economics, foreign policy, and global development with the aims of

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Non-immigrant Visa

TN Nonimmigrant Visa

One result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is that citizens of Canada and Mexico who wish to work temporarily or conduct temporary business activities in the United States – for up to three years – may apply for a TN nonimmigrant visa. As our NAFTA partners, Canadian

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Immigration

Gender Discrimination and Immigration Law

A federal appeals court has determined that an undocumented immigrant cannot be deported back to Mexico because she identifies as a transgender woman. This brings to light the issue of gender discrimination in immigration law. Gender Discrimination Claim Edin Carey Avendano-Hernandez claims that her gender identification makes her a target

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Immigration

What Do DHS, USCIS, CBP, and ICE Actually Do?

You’ve likely heard of USCIS or received some communication from them, but what is this agency and what does it do? If you have any questions or concerns about immigration, or if you’re involved in any legal dispute over your immigration rights or status, you need to consult at once

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H-1B Visa

H-1B Visas and Taxes

H-1B visa holders are taxed on their income in one of two ways: Those categorized as “non-resident aliens” are taxed only on the income they earn in the United States Those categorized as “resident aliens” are taxed on income earned both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Non-resident Alien A non-resident

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Immigration

Health Care for Immigrants

It’s been said that undocumented immigrants in America are “people in the shadows,” but the nonprofit South Asian Network (SAN) is trying to bring some light into those shadows in the Los Angeles area, especially when it comes to health care. According to their own website: “South Asian Network was

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Immigration

Asylum Claims Rise

The number of undocumented immigrants seeking asylum in the United States is skyrocketing, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Asylum Requires “Credible Fear” Undocumented asylum seekers must persuade a federal asylum officer that they have a “credible fear” of returning to their home countries. By claiming they face

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Immigration

Trust Act in California

The Trust Act could quickly become law in California. As of October 1, Governor Jerry Brown still has two weeks to sign or to veto the Trust Act. Under one of its provisions, police officers in California would be barred from helping to deport most undocumented immigrants. Trust Act: Support

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Green Card

What Is Advance Parole?

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Advance Parole” – but what does it really mean and do you need it? If you’re an immigrant in the United States applying for a green card, it’s a good idea not to leave the country – unless you have to – while your application

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Non-immigrant Visa

L-1A vs H-1B Visas

These days, there are many questions about the differences in visas available for immigrants. Understanding those differences can get confusing and frankly, overwhelming. For instance, what is the difference between L-1A and H-1B visas? If you are not sure, you are not alone. Let’s review what visa class may be

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Immigration

How an Expert Witness Can Help an Asylum Case

Asylum is a form of protection offered by governments to individuals who fear persecution in their home country. To qualify for asylum in the United States, a person must demonstrate a fear of persecution that is well founded and based on the person’s political opinions, religion, nationality, race, or membership

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Non-immigrant Visa

The O-1 Visa Class

Maybe you’ve heard of the O-1 visa, but what does it entail and can it be right for you? The O-1 nonimmigrant visa classification was designed for those foreign nationals recognized for having extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education, or business, or for anyone with a demonstrable record

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Immigration

Adoption and Immigration Law

Many compassionate American couples are motivated to adopt a child born overseas. But keep in mind that international adoption can be a very complex process. In fact, if you’re considering the adoption of a child from another country, you should seek the services of an experienced immigration attorney. A good

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Naturalization

Citizenship Has Its Advantages

If you are an immigrant lucky enough to qualify for United States citizenship, you should absolutely pursue it. Citizenship offers a number of advantages, and it finally ends, once and for all, any and all concerns about greens cards, visas, and immigration status. For whatever reason, however, some people are

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Uncategorized

E-Verify: What Is It?

Many people think the “E-Verify” program is a brand new idea, but in fact employers have been required for decades to verify the right of immigrants to work for them in the United States. E-Verify simply represents a contemporary approach to the question. E-Verify was created by the Illegal Immigration

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Naturalization

U.S. Citizenship via Naturalization

The naturalization process is one which allows a foreign citizen to become a full-fledged U.S. citizen, granted the same rights and privileges as any natural born U.S. citizen, including the right to vote in federal elections, which is something that visa holders and lawful permanent residents can’t do, even if

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Green Card

Diversity Visa Program and Same Sex Marriage

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and allow same sex couples the same federal benefits as those in heterosexual marriages was viewed as a major victory for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. But this decision was not immediately

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Green Card

The 6 Paths to a Green Card

In the U.S., a green card signifies that the holder is a lawful and permanent resident of the United States. For individuals who are still citizens of foreign countries but who have established a new life in the United States, getting a green card is usually a good idea because

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Immigration

Presenting a Case for Relief from Removal

Relief from removal is what a foreign citizen in the United States seeks in order to avoid forced removal from the country – it other words, it is what is sought to avoid deportation. Who Can Be Deported? Any person who is not a citizen of the United States is

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Immigration

Don’t Face Deportation Alone

Should the government issue a foreign citizen an Order of Removal, or deportation notice, the person is very likely going to feel scared, helpless, angry, and a wide range of other emotions that would be more than understandable in the situation. Luckily, individuals don’t have to fight a deportation notice

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