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July 2015 Archives

Does everyone need a visa before coming to the US?

We often discuss the challenges that many people face when it comes to becoming a citizen or securing permanent residence in this country. The process can be long, complicated and very frustrating, especially because people are typically trying to navigate it for the very first time.

Proposed waiver program is met with considerable contention

The subject of immigration is perhaps one of the most fiercely debated subjects in the U.S. People have strong opinions on how and if we should make changes or protect existing measures that allow people to come and live in the U.S. from other countries. What this means is that virtually every move made or proposed by the government regarding immigration will be closely scrutinized.

Defenses to deportation: part two

In our last post, we explored various ways of potentially avoiding deportation before removal proceedings are underway. In this post, we will continue discussing defenses to deportation that may be more applicable in the event that you or a loved one has already been through a removal hearing.

Defenses to deportation: part one

Unless a person has gone through the complicated -- and lengthy -- process of becoming a U.S. citizen or securing an appropriate visa, his or her status in this country will likely be of serious concern. People without permission or proper documentation can face swift and harsh penalties should immigration agencies learn of their status and many people will be detained and faced with the possibility of deportation.

How big of a problem is crime involving undocumented immigrants?

We have been reading about proposed immigration reforms quite a bit in the news recently. Whether they come from presidential candidate hopefuls like Donald Trump or citizens in another state who are struggling to come to terms with a homicide involving an undocumented immigrant, there is certainly a group of vocal advocates looking to change the system. Many are citing crime rates as the driving force behind the need for dramatic change.

Understanding asylum and adjustment of status this 4th of July

With Independence Day coming up this weekend, people all across the U.S. are looking forward to celebrating the things that make this country what it is today. Primarily, people focus on the freedoms and protections we have that people in other countries are not as lucky to have.