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Is It Beneficial To Act As A Defense Witness If You Are Deportable?

21 September 2012

Author: US deportation lawyer Alena Shautsova It looks like the question should be answered in negative. The US Department of Justice has demonstrated that a defense witness can “pay” for his willingness to provide exculpatory evidence. The situation involves immigrants without a status who voluntarily participate in a criminal trial by offering t ...

USCIS Answers Important Questions Regarding DACA

15 September 2012

Author: US immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova The USCIS just published its answers to the most important questions that many DACA applicants have been struggling with from the beginning of the program. The answers clarify the following questions: New - Q2: May I travel outside of the United States before USCIS has determined whether to defer a ...

Sexual Harassment At Work

10 September 2012

Author: NY lawyer Alena Shautsova As life shows, a person can become a victim of sexual harassment at any place: big or large firm, private or public sector. Recent news on the subject just prove the point read the story here. Frequently, victims do not go forward against their employers being afraid of scandals, future retaliation, and gossips. ...

New Visas to Russia Will Be Cheaper and For a Longer Period of Time

10 September 2012

Author: US visa lawyer Alena Shautsova Recently, the US and Russia came to an agreement that they both will simplify the application process for tourist and business visas to these countries. The agreement will enter into effect on September 9, 2012. Please see Russian citizens may visit for specific ins ...

May the Migrant Workers Apply for DACA Relief?

05 September 2012

Author: Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova While the USCIS accepting applications from hundreds of undocumented young people, many still will not qualify as they cannot produce proof of school attendance or being currently in school. This is particularly true for migrant workers, those who come to work seasonally. In addition, this category of ...

Tough Economic Times See Increases in Discrimination Claims

02 September 2012

Author: Discrimination lawyer Alena Shautsova As economic conditions change, sometimes job markets favor employees and sometimes they favor employers. The supply/demand ratio in the current market shows a greater supply than demand for employees, and unemployment rates are higher than the nation has seen for decades. Such conditions make it an emp ...

Deferred Action Application for Childhood Arrivals

29 August 2012

Author: Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova With an announcement of the new Obama supported Immigration policy for young undocumented immigrants, millions received hope to stay and work in the country legally. The deferred action application process calls for submission of certain forms published on the USCIS website, as well as supporting documen ...

Discrimination Lawsuit brought by DOJ against Interstate Farm Company

25 August 2012

Author: Law Office of Alena Shautsova Work-authorized non-citizens brought a lawsuit against Rose Acre Farms through the Department of Justice (DOJ) that alleged discriminatory employment practices. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as explained by the DOJ, does not allow employers to require additional or other than specified documentat ...

Deferred Action

21 August 2012

Author: Law Office of Alena Shautsova As the USCIS published instructions to the new deferred action program for young people (Form I-821D), many applicants should be aware of possible pitfalls. First, the instructions specify that the deferred action will be available for those applicants who do not have a record of felony or serious misdemeanor ...

Two Extremes: California's TRUST Act And Arizona's Immigration Law

17 August 2012

Author: Law Office of Alena Shautsova The California Senate passed AB1081, called the TRUST Act. This bill seeks to prevent law enforcement officials from referring undocumented immigrants to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) unless the courts convict the individual of a violent crime or felony. The nickname for this bill is the "anti-Arizona ...

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