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Voluntary Departure

The departure of an alien from the United States without an order of removal. The departure may or may not have been preceded by a hearing before an immigration judge. An alien allowed to voluntarily depart concedes removability but does not have a bar to seeking admission at a port-of-entry at any time. Failure to [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:08-05:00April 25th, 2011|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Bars to Naturalization

Naturalization and immigration issues are complicated and different rules and processes apply to different people. Becoming a United States citizen is a dream for almost every person present in this country who is not already a United States citizen. For many immigrants, naturalization becomes a reality and they go on to enjoy the benefits of [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:08-05:00February 2nd, 2011|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Flights to and from Cuba

Effective January 28, 2011, President Obama’s promise to lessen travel restrictions with Cuba will be partially implemented.  The final rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is summarized here: “Under Department of Homeland Security regulations, direct flights between the United States and Cuba must arrive at or depart from one of three named [...]

By |2015-05-01T12:21:30-05:00February 2nd, 2011|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary immigration status is for foreign nationals currently residing in the U.S. whose homeland conditions are recognized by the US government as being temporarily unsafe or overly dangerous to return to (e.g., war, earthquake, flood, drought, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions). TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. As the name indicates, it [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:08-05:00December 31st, 2010|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Green Card for Religious Workers

Aliens can immigrate as a religious worker to the U.S. through special immigrant category. Aliens applying for special immigrant status under INA 101(a)(27)(C) must demonstrate that their services are needed by a religious denomination in the United States. The following factors are relevant to whether a bona fide need for such services exists: The number of [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:08-05:00December 28th, 2010|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Diversity Visa Lottery Program

With the diversity visa lottery program each year approximately 50,000 green cards are offered each year to people from countries that in recent years have sent the fewest immigrants to the United States. The purpose of this program is to ensure a diverse ethnic mix among those who immigrate to the U.S. (although applicants must [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:08-05:00October 3rd, 2010|Immigration Blog|0 Comments

Lawful Prospective Immigrant (Reid-Schumer-Menendez Proposed Immigration Bill)

Lawful Prospective Immigrant (LPI): Alternative to Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR- Green Card) In response to Arizona’s strict anti-immigrant law, Senators Reid, Schumer, and Menendez introduced draft legislation which calls for illegal immigrants to receive interim “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” (LPI) status. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that there are approximately 10.8 million people currently in [...]

By |2016-11-14T23:35:10-05:00July 21st, 2010|Immigration Blog|0 Comments