Category Archives: Green Card

What Will Happen to Canadians and Mexicans with TN Visas if Trump Pulls the United States out of NAFTA

For most of his campaign, Donald Trump lambasted and bemoaned the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade agreements in the history of the United States. Now that he has been elected, there is a legitimate fear that the United States may withdraw from the agreement, leaving only Canada and […]

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Immigrating to the United States After Trump Won The Election

The U.S. election stunned the world. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t think anybody expected Trump to win as resoundingly as he did. I’ve already gotten dozens of emails from former, current and prospective clients asking, “how does this affect my immigration options to the United States?” The short-term answer is […]

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USCIS Filing Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase many of its filing fees. Any applications received on or after this date will be subject to the new fees: G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) — $65 […]

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Athletes Qualifying for a Green Card After Winning an Olympic Medal

You Won a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Olympic Medal.  Now it’s Time to go for the Green! Now that the 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close, thousands of talented athletes are returning home with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in hand. These athletes are among the most elite in the world – the […]

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Increased Fines for Violations of Immigration Law as of August 2016

Penalties for violations of immigration law increased on August 1, 2016 after the Department of Justice issued an interim final rule as an inflation adjustment. The rule increased fines for Form I-9 paperwork violations, for engaging in unfair immigration-related employment practices such as discrimination, document abuse and document fraud, and for knowingly hiring or continuing […]

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Options for UK and British Citizens to Immigrate to the United States after Brexit

On June 23, 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether the UK should leave the European Union – known as the Brexit referendum. White there were fierce advocates for both sides, the world expected that voters would choose to stay in the EU. However, the unexpected happened and the majority […]

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Can a Green Card Holder Use State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Over the last decade or so, twenty five states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana (also known as cannabis) in some capacity. This includes several of the states with some of the largest immigration populations, including California, New York, and Texas. Four states and D.C. have even legalized the recreational use of marijuana. However, […]

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Green Card Holders Can be Deported for Committing Minor Offenses Even After Serving Their Time

Many green card holders do not realize that under U.S. law, even after they serve their time and punishment for felony offenses committed, they could be arrested and deported from the country.   The applicable law, the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, among other things, expanded classes of deportable aliens to include […]

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Parole in Place for Immediate Relatives of Active Duty Military US Citizens

  Thousands of U.S. citizens serving active duty in the Armed Forces have spouses, children or parents who are undocumented. The USCIS and the Department of Defense recognized that their family’s immigration status may result in stress and anxiety  either in active service or as veterans. In response, Congress, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and […]

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How the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide Impacted Immigration Law

Almost a year has passed since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marriage is constitutionally guaranteed to same sex couples. At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that gay couples have “the fundamental right to marry.” This is an especially momentous occasion […]

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