What to Know About Employment-Based Permanent Residence Interviews

Every year, thousands of immigrants are offered job opportunities in the United States by American employers. While many immigrants are granted temporary work visas, others seek permanent status through their professions so they can live in the United States permanently. However, the process (not the law) for earning a green card through employment-based sponsorship has undergone many changes over the past several Read More

What Are My Rights as a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?

Are “natural-born” U.S. citizens treated equally under the law as “naturalized” citizens? That’s a question you may be asking if you or a friend has applied for U.S. citizenship. While living in the U.S. has many benefits, the rights afforded to citizens are often the most important aspect of gaining citizenship. Fortunately, there aren’t many differences between the rights afforded to natural-born and naturalized Read More

5 Ways You Can Effectively Prepare for Your USCIS Interview

If you are seeking U.S. citizenship or permanent residence (“green card”), you will likely find yourself sitting in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview at some point. While these interviews can be stressful enough, failing to fully prepare can make a difficult process even more nerve-wracking—or worse, cause your citizenship or permanent residence application to be denied. Avoid many common Read More

A Guide to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

When it comes to immigration issues in the United States, one term that tends to strike fear in the minds of immigrants is “ICE.” But, what is ICE, who are they, and what exactly do they do? Read on to find out more. What is ICE? ICE refers to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security. As its name suggests, ICE is primarily responsible for enforcing Read More

What is a Stay of Removal?

Removal proceedings involve a process wherein an immigrant may be forced to leave (i.e., deported) from the United States. A “stay” halts or postpones the order for removal from the U.S. It is important to note that stays are temporary, not permanent. Stays of removal are sometimes automatic, and others are discretionary.  This means that the Judge (or, in certain circumstances, an immigration officer) can choose Read More

The Demise of DACA: What Should You Do Now?

On September 5, 2017, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (Attorney General of the United States) announced President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. These young immigrants were brought to the United States as children by their parents or other relatives and have been continuously residing in Read More

An Overview of Labor Certification in the U.S

Employers must jump through certain hoops to offer work to United States immigrants. For example, with few exceptions, companies are required to first obtain a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor in order to sponsor a foreigner for permanent residence (“green card”) based on an offer of employment. Certifying the Labor Certification Application As part of the labor certification process, the Read More

Immigration Law 101: Understanding Deferred Action

The term “Deferred Action” is particularly relevant in the context of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that essentially puts off any deportation efforts regarding certain children and adults who arrived in the United States at a certain age and have been residing in the United States for a specified period of time.. However, deferred action can also apply to other situations that affect Read More

Immigration for Athletes: Understanding Your Options

Obtaining a visa for an international athlete can be tricky, but it certainly is possible. Athletes will generally either use the P-1 visa or the O-1 visa. The P-1 visa is for those who are internationally recognized athletes while the O-1 visa is used for those with “extraordinary ability” in athletics. However, the P-1 visa is often easier to obtain simply because it requires a lower standard of proof.. Choosing Read More

The U and T Visas: Helping Immigrant Victims of Crime

Some immigrants flee to the United States because they are victims of heinous crimes in their home country. To aid these immigrants, the U and T visas offer individuals the opportunity to stay in the United States when they are victims of particular types of crimes in the United States or where the crimes violated U.S. laws. T Nonimmigrant Status T Visas are designated for those who are victims of human Read More