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Delays in I-129 Petition Receipt Notices – But don’t worry, they’re coming.

Filed in Immigration by on May 24, 2012
Delays in I-129 Petition Receipt Notices – But don’t worry, they’re coming.

Via USCIS “Due to the high number of recently filed I-129 petitions with USCIS, customers may experience a longer than usual period of time to receive a receipt notice from USCIS.  Usually, customers can expect to receive their receipt notice within 30 days of delivery confirmation.  However, due to an unexpectedly high volume of I-129 […]

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Aggravated Felonies – An Aggravating Problem!

Aggravated Felonies – An Aggravating Problem!

Sometimes when an alien (The word given to foreigners who do not have US citizenship… not my word!) has committed crimes, they appear in immigration court the first time to be told that they have no relief available to them because they have committed an “aggravated felony”.   They immediately contact their criminal defense attorney […]

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H-1B Cap Count – You still have plenty of time to get that H-1B for October!

Filed in Employment, Immigration by on April 25, 2012
H-1B Cap Count – You still have plenty of time to get that H-1B for October!

Each year, 65,000 H-1B visas are available for persons subject to the numerical limitations or “cap”.  In addition, 20,000 potentially additional visas are available for those with U.S. master’s degrees or higher.  Once these numbers have been met, no more cap-subject H-1B visas will be provided for the 2013 fiscal year. The current count on […]

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Annual Legal Permanent Resident Statistics – Still coming despite the economy!

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 10, 2012
Annual Legal Permanent Resident Statistics – Still coming despite the economy!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Annual Flow Report for U.S. Legal Permanent Residents for 2011 (see link, below).  In 2011, the United States welcomed 1,062,040 new Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), most of them through family-sponsored petitions.  The numbers are up slightly from 2010, but still below 2009.  This post is mostly to […]

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What is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude and Why Should I Care?

Filed in Immigration by on March 28, 2012
What is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude and Why Should I Care?

Well, you found yourself in immigration proceedings because of those shoplifting charges.  They said you committed something called a “Crime Involving Moral Turpitude” (CIMT) and that you were removable (deportable).  You don’t understand… didn’t you do your time for that crime?  Yeah, the judge warned you that there might be immigration consequences, but you basically […]

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Notorious Notarios

Filed in Immigration by on February 12, 2012
Notorious Notarios

One of the cultural and legal differences that exists between the United States and Latin American is the infamous notario.  In many Latin American countries, notarios are required to take special exams, and often they are required to be attorneys prior to becoming a notario.  Many Latin Americans then come to the United States believing […]

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New Waiver Proposal May Mean Families Get To Stay Together!

New Waiver Proposal May Mean Families Get To Stay Together!

On December 21st, 2011, I wrote about getting green cards for a spouse that entered illegally across the border.  In that post (Consular Processing – Getting a green card for your border jumping spouse), I noted that if you were not admitted into the United States at a port of entry, such as an airport […]

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Naturalization Statistics 2010 through 2012

Naturalization Statistics 2010 through 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released their n-400 Application for Naturalization data for the fiscal years 2010 through 2012.  I only mention these because often people are curious how long it will take them to become naturalized (become a U.S. citizen) after applying for it.  Well, although you can check processing times online, they are […]

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Consular Processing – Getting a green card for your border-crossing spouse

Consular Processing – Getting a green card for your border-crossing spouse

Update: In early 2013, this process changed for certain people.  Please see my post Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver is a Reality! for more information about the change and whether it applies to you and if it will make consular processing a more attractive option. Consular Processing is not straight-forward for everyone! Prior to reading this article, […]

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Special Immigrant Juveniles – A pathway to permanent residence for minors

Special Immigrant Juveniles – A pathway to permanent residence for minors

Minors are treated differently from adults in a very important section of the immigration law in that they have a way to obtain permanent residence even if they entered unlawfully.  If a minor is a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) under the immigration law, he or she may adjust status (read: acquire their permanent resident status/green […]

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