Category Archives: Immigration law

Case Analysis

By Attorney Ruby L. Powers Earlier this month, on February 2, 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals decided the Matter of Egidijus Siniauskas, 27  Dec. 201 (BIA 2018). The decision pertains to the effects of DWIs on immigration custody bond determinations. This ruling should be examined thoroughly based on the current events revolving around the number of undocumented immigrants being picked up by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Mr. Siniauskas is a native of Lithuania who overstayed his nonimmigrant visa almost 20 years ago. During this time, he had 3 prior DWI convictions between 2006 and 2007 and was arrested for his fourth offense in 2017. As it has become common the last few months, DHS took him into custody and declined to set bond. The Board of Immigration Appeals concluded that Mr. Siniaskas did not meet his burden of proof in determining whether he was a danger to the community in bond proceedings. This is important because the court has established….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Five actions to take if your TPS is about to End

There have already been some significant changes to the Temporary Protected Status program during the Trump administration’s short tenure in office. Most people recognize that the time to take some action is upon us, but what kind of action should it be? The following are five suggestions to seriously consider: 1. Do not waste any time The time for action is NOW! If you are not in possession of important documents you may need to request these documents from the federal government. That may require a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) petition. This process may take several weeks, if not months, to receive the requested documents (assuming they are in the government’s possession). If you wait too long, you run the risk of becoming out-of-status and begin accumulating unlawful presence by the time you receive a response to your request. 2. Gather all your documents For many folks who have been under TPS, for the last decade or two, documents important to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Marriage Based Petition and Adjustment of Status Green Card Approval for Filipina Client in Jacksonville Florida

CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status NATIONALITY: Filipina                                                                                                        LOCATION: Jacksonville, FL Our client is from the Philippines who came to the U.S. on a H-1B visa in December 2015. In November 2016, our client married her current U.S. citizen husband.  She retained our office for her green card application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Adjustment of Status for Parents Based on I-130 by US Citizen Daughter Approved for Antiguan Client in New York

CASE: I-130 (Petition for Mother) and Adjustment of Status CLIENT: Antiguan LOCATION: New York Our client retained us to petition for her mother for her green card. Our client’s mother came to the United States in 1987 with a B-2 visitor’s visa and remained in the United States. Our client was born in the United States in 1990. She contacted our office in November 2016 and discussed with us the green card process. After consultation, she retained our office on November 22, 2016. Once retained, our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Applications on February 24, 2017 for her mother.  Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and a work permit all came on time. Eventually, on January 27, 2018, our client’s mother’s adjustment of status applications was approved. Now, she is a green card holder... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Immigrant of the Day: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), professional basketball player

Giannis Antetokounmpo plays professional basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2016–17, he led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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