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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 ...

Asylum Backlog, Decision Delays And Follow Up

28 October 2019

Author: New York Asylum attorney Alena Shautsova Asylum cases that were filed before January 2018 may be pending for a very, very long time: years. At times, a person appears for an interview, but the decision is taking much longer than the usual two weeks. If you need to submit additional evidence before your interview, in New York, new materi ...

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 ...

Asylum Based On Political Opinion

25 September 2019

Author: USA Asylum Lawyer Alena Shautsova A person applying for asylum in the US has to present his/her claim based on one of the enumerated grounds. Political opinion is one of them. Many actually refer to asylum benefit in the US as “political asylum.” It is surely one of the most popular grounds, but not the only one. Typically, when we say ...

New Trends In Naturalization Proceedings: Good Moral Character

19 September 2019

Author: US Citizenship Attorney Alena Shautsova I read an article recently that a former political prisoner of Cuba, who advocated against Fidel Castro, was actually detained in Cuba, and later released on the request of the US government and was able to come to the US, was denied US citizenship. USCIS denied him naturalization petition, and the ...

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 ...

Expansion Of Expedited Removal: New Attack On Due Process Rights

05 August 2019

Author: Tomas Greenberg, Alena Shautsova   It’s no secret that the current U.S. administration has been cracking down on immigration, and a new policy released by President Trump has only further strengthened these efforts. The policy expands the process of expedited removal—when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) quickly removes ...

Asylum For MAVNI Applicants

05 August 2019

Tomas Greenberg, Alena Shautsova   The U.S. government launched the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interests Program (MAVNI) in 2009 to recruit immigrants with language or medical capabilities to the U.S. armed services. Although the program shut down in 2016, a data breach in the military between July 2017 and January 2018 accidental ...

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 ...

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