New York Lawyer's Legal Updates

USCIS Sends Hidden Messages To VAWA Applicants Who Know Where To Look!

17 March 2020

Author: VAWA Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Recently, USCIS adopted a practice to issue C(31) EAD for VAWA cases. The EAD is being mailed to you without any explanation. There are no other notices, until some months later a person receives a notice of deferred action approval. The employment authorization category under the c(31) is reserve ...

How To Avoid Rejections Of Submission By USCIS

13 March 2020

Author: Alena Shautsova USCIS continues to update its policy manual to reflect the latest changes in how it is processing various requests for US Immigration benefits. When a person submits his or her package to USCIS, at times it gets rejected. Why would USCIS reject a submission? What would be a filing date when a person corrects the mistakes ...

New Travel Ban: Questions And Answers

03 February 2020

Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova On January 31, 2020, President Trump expanded travel ban by adding six new countries to the list of countries nationals of which cannot come to the U.S. without waivers. This new ban, unlike the previous ones, concerns Immigrant visas only. Which countries are included in the new travel ban 2020 ...

Immigration Amnesty For Liberians And Parole In Place: Unexpected Gifts From NDAA 2020 Bill

22 December 2019

Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova President Trump is hard on Immigration issues: under his administration, we have all heard news of family separation, travel ban, and expansion of expedited removal. Yet, on December 20, 2019, he signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, a military spending bill, that contained one ...

Former Conditional Residents Will Be Able To Readjust Without The Court Proceedings

22 November 2019

Author: New York Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova When a person receives the status of a permanent resident before his or her marriage is more than 2 years old, or if a person is an investor, he or she usually will become a conditional resident, with the residency given for 2 years. That condition from the residency will have to be removed b ...

Trump’s Health Insurance Plan For Immigrant Visa Applicants

07 October 2019

Author: Alena Shautsova President Trump recently announced that starting November 3, 2019, all Immigrant visas for those who are not exempt from the public charge rule should be denied unless a person can demonstrate that he/she will have approved health insurance coverage in the US within 30 days of entry or can cover the medical expenses. To a ...

New Public Charge Rule

12 September 2019

Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova Will you or our family member be regarded as a public charge under the new rules that come into effect on October 15, 2019? The answer is crucial: if it is a YES, it means you or your loved one may not be able to receive a green card (permanent residency) in the United States or even come to ...

Green Card Based On Marriage To The USC

23 July 2019

Author: Alena Shautsova One of the ways to obtain a US permanent residency without leaving the US is through marriage to a US citizen. However, not everyone will be eligible for this route. Here are the most common issues that arise when someone is marrying a US citizen: 1. BONA FIDE MARRIAGE The first requirement for adjustment would be to pr ...

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: How To Serve Your Parents

15 July 2019

Author: Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a good option for children (under 18 or 21 depending on the state law) who were abandoned, neglected or abused by one or both parents and who now are seeking legal status in the US. The first step in obtaining the status would be to go through Family court proceedi ...

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