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Extreme Vetting in the Real World

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, Opinion, U.S. Immigration News

We’ve heard a lot about “extreme vetting” for visa applicants – for those coming to the United States. It started in March with diplomatic cables sent from DC to Embassies and Consulates around the world. No one was certain what extreme vetting would look like. Visa applicants, especially immigrant...

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Travel Ban 2.0

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Blog, U.S. Immigration News

A lot has happened since I last wrote. The item most people are likely curious about is the Supreme Court’s decision to allow parts of Executive Order 13780 (“Travel Ban 2.0”) to go into effect. There’s been a lot written about this already, so I won’t reinvent the wheel....

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Updates on the USCIS Atlanta Field Office

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, Opinion

The Atlanta USCIS has been suffering since January. They lost their Field Office Director and a Branch Chief to promotions and a second Branch Chief was out for medical reasons. The folks left behind did their best to continue on, but it’s been difficult. It’s rough in any organization...

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Is It Safe?

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Blog, Opinion, Strategy

“Is it safe?” I’ve been asked that question a lot lately. “Is it safe for me to apply for DACA?” “Is it safe for me to go to an interview on my I-130 petition even though I have a removal order?” “Is it safe for me to move while...

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Attorneys Provide Advice and Clients Know Their Needs
Working Together on a Well-Timed Embassy Appointment

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Opinion, Strategy

About three years ago, Adele came into my office asking if we could bring her husband, Domingo, into to the United States through a family-based immigrant visa process. Domingo had been in the U.S. before, but had left to take a job overseas. The only problem was that Domingo...

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Human Trafficking – Looking Beyond the Stereotypes Led to Success

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Blog, Human Trafficking, Interesting Events and Cases

When most of us think of human trafficking, we think of forced sex workers and unpaid laborers slaving away in horrific conditions. We don’t think about the university student who is forced by the head of the school to manipulate computer systems, falsify information, and create programs to hide tuition...

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New I-130 and I-130A Forms from USCIS

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog, U.S. Immigration News

Over the past few months, USCIS has introduce a slew of new forms. It seems as though every area of immigration has been impacted – from employment to family to humanitarian. Sometimes change is good. This doesn’t appear to be one of those times. Today, we’ll focus on the new I-130 and I-130A. The I-130...

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It’s the Small Victories

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog, Strategy

Sometimes, we only focus on the finish line, failing to pay attention to the milestones that cross our path along the way. Every case has a series of steps – be it work card production, processing through the National Visa Center, or simply getting through the mailroom – that...

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Why Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Strategy

Since the election of Donald J. Trump, we’ve noticed an increase in calls from people who want to become naturalized U.S. citizens. There are great personal reasons why someone would want to become a citizen: being able to vote in federal elections, hold public office, and being able leave...

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Representing A Scared VAWA Recipient at Her Recent Order of Supervision in Atlanta
Guest Post from Attorney Pepper N. Glenn

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog, Domestic Violence, Strategy

Representing A Scared VAWA Recipient at Her Recent Order of Supervision in Atlanta  Guest Post from Attorney Pepper N. Glenn

I know many of you out there are worried about your next reporting date with ICE under your Order of Supervision in Atlanta. I cannot paint a pretty picture for you and tell you that it is all going to work out fine, but I do want to share...

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How to Protect Yourself in These Uncertain Times

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in U.S. Immigration News

There are many different ways that non-U.S. citizens can protect themselves right now. It all starts with education, though. Be smart if you have any interaction with ICE or law enforcement. If you have a way to gain status or obtain U.S. citizenship, don’t delay in moving forward with...

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New DHS Memos Take the Heart Out of Immigration Law

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, U.S. Immigration News

Although the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos were leaked over the weekend, I didn’t want to add to the confusion by posting about something not verified.  But the news is out there and as far as we can tell, these memos are already in effect.  How do...

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Good News (I-765V) and Tragic News (Arrest at TPO Hearing) for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog, Domestic Violence, Opinion, U.S. Immigration News

There’s been a lot of fear and panic in the immigrant community lately – and understandably so. For a few short paragraphs,  though, let’s talk about a positive development that happened earlier this week.  Then we have to return to reality with some shocking news out of Texas. First...

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What I’m Telling My Clients

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Opinion, Strategy, U.S. Immigration News

People ask me what I’m telling my clients right now. Below is EXACTLY what I’m telling them – it’s going out in an email tomorrow, as soon as the Spanish version is prepared. There have been a lot of changes to immigration policy over the past week and we...

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What Do We Do Now?
Living in the Immediate Aftermath of President Trump’s Executive Order

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog, Opinion, U.S. Immigration News

There are a lot of questions and not a lot of answers to the Executive Order issued on Friday, January 27th. What follows is not meant to be legal advice. I strongly encourage you to consult with a qualified immigration attorney if you have a specific issue you’d like...

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January 25, 2017: Anti-Immigrant Day

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Opinion, Reform, U.S. Immigration News

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 will go down as a dark day for our country. It is the day that religious minorities were singled out, that we turned our backs on people who need us the most, that you are guilty until proven innocent, and when show became more important...

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Case Number Three

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Interesting Events and Cases, Strategy

Klinke Immigration “opened” on October 1, 2012, but the office was just an empty shell. There were desks to build, software to install, curtains to hang. On October 2nd, my friend and fellow-attorney allowed me to use his office to meet a potential referral in his office in Canton....

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Through the Looking Glass:
Looking Back at 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Interesting Events and Cases, Lawyer Information, Opinion

It’s hard to believe, but it’s the last day at the office for 2016. The last few weeks have been particularly busy with the fee increases at USCIS and the change in nearly all of the forms. Looking back at 2016, though, I see that we were busy throughout...

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What’s Going On With My Naturalization Case?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in U.S. Immigration News

If you filed a N-400 in the past four to six months, you probably had one of two things happen. You either had your case processed much faster than you imagined or your case seems to be moving at a glacially slow pace. If you’re in that second category,...

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I Know These Three Things
Certainty and Thankfulness in an Uncertain Time

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Blog, Lawyer Information, U.S. Immigration News

It has been a rough couple of weeks, I won’t lie. The calls started immediately after the election results were in. There were potential clients saying that they’re worried that they or their loved ones will be deported because Donald Trump won the election; and there were calls from...

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