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

Facing Deportation? 4 Possible Defenses

Even when you are facing removal proceedings, you may have certain defenses that may allow you to avoid deportation. In today’s political atmosphere, deportation is an increased concern; so, knowing and understanding these defenses can be important for you or your family. Argue That You Are Not Removable You can make the argument that you should not be in removal proceedings by contesting the charges of Read More

What to Do and What NOT to Do If ICE Comes Looking for You

With the current uncertainty surrounding immigration laws in the United States, it is now more important than ever to understand your rights regarding Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities. Use the following quick Do’s and Don’ts list to help. DO… Remain calm and rational. Do not give them a reason to detain you by acting unreasonably or threatening. If they force their way into your home, Read More

5 Potential Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

The H-1B visa cap of 65,000 (plus an extra 20,000 for U.S. master’s holders) will soon be reached, and many hopeful immigrants who want to work in the United States will not be able to obtain the visa they need. For those thousands of unlucky individuals that the cap will affect, there may be other options that would allow them to work in the U.S. L Visas – Transferring Employees Organizations that have Read More