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Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass

Immigration Reform Debate Must Regain a Moral Compass

NEW YORK — The buzz filling Blackberrys, busy halls and spacious deal-making rooms in Washington appears to signal that spring arrived early this year for immigrants. In the last week…

When Marital Bliss Becomes Domestic Abuse

When Marital Bliss Becomes Domestic Abuse

An estimated 1.3 million women in the United States fall victim to physical assault by an intimate partner each year. More than twice that number suffers verbal and emotional abuse…

Expanding Borders, Diminishing Rights

Expanding Borders, Diminishing Rights

Many people may believe that if they are traveling domestically inside the United States, they cannot be questioned about their immigration status. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true.

Immigration Fraud & Misrepresentation and the Use of a §212 (i) Waiver

Section 212(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides a discretionary waiver for immigrants who are subject to a ground of inadmissibility based on fraud or misrepresentation in procuring…

Preserving Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Occasionally, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR”) may choose to be absent from the United States frequently and/or for extended periods of time due to business or family demands.  Frequent…

Attorney General’s Order Provides Hope for Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

On September 22, 2008, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey issued an important order relating to victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).  Mukasey instructed the Federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)…

Attorney General to Review Requirements for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims

The U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey (AG) recently issued notice that he will review three Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) cases from last spring on the issue of right…

Community Theatre Teaches ICE Raid Survival Skills

Community Theatre Teaches ICE Raid Survival Skills

SAN JOSE, Calif. — From the Aztecs to the Greeks, civilizations around the world have used theatre as their primary means of mass communication. Important messages crucial to the survival…

Affidavit of Support – Form I-864

The Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, is one of the most commonly required applications (and most difficult to understand) relating to the family-based lawful permanent resident process.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offences

Foreign nationals (including lawful permanent residents) with criminal convictions often face collateral, immigration consequences that are far more serious than the punishment of jail time, probation or fines. One of…

Family-Based Immigration: Bringing a Spouse or Fiancé to the United States

The period of time between engagement and marriage is filled with questions, including trivial ones like: “Who should we invite to our wedding? How do I lose weight for it?…