An Overview of the PERM System

Most foreigners who are offered permanent resident status (“green card”) through permanent employment in the United States must be certified for Alien Employment by the U.S. Department of Labor. This certification is commonly known as labor certification.  In 2005, the Department of Labor streamlined the labor certification process through PERM (or Program Electronic Review Management), and all employers are now Read More

Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion

You may have heard the term prosecutorial discretion but don't understand what it is and how it might affect your immigration case. Our blog is here to clear things up. What is prosecutorial discretion? Essentially, prosecutorial discretion is the authority of a given agency (for example, ICE) to determine if—and to what extent—it will prosecute a case. For example, if a law enforcement officer decides to not Read More

6 Tips for People Considering Investing Using EB-5 Investor Visas

HISTORY: Created by Congress in 1990, the EB-5 Program was designed to stimulate the U.S. economy via job-creating and foreign capital investments.   REQUIREMENTS: The EB-5 program is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and allows for entrepreneurs, their spouses, and their unmarried children under 21 years of age to apply for permanent residence (aka a “green card”) if Read More

5 Steps You Should Take After You Receive a Notice to Appear

You’ve just received your Notice to Appear... now what? The Notice to Appear (NTA) is the official document that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sends you when starting the removal (deportation) process against you.  Getting an NTA means that you must appear in Immigration Court to go through the removal process or defend yourself against it. 1) Make note of the court date. The bottom of the NTA Read More

An Overview of the J-Visa

The J-1 Visa Defined The United States government issues temporary non-immigrant visas to people from all over the world to work, get educated, or train in the U.S. on a temporary basis. The idea behind the J-1 visa is for foreigners to learn (i.e., exchange culture and skills) in the U.S., and then take what has been learned and apply it to their jobs in their home country. The J-1 visa not as difficult to obtain Read More

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