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Update on VAWA Reauthorization for Abused Spouses

Domestic violence is a serious problem for any family, but it is especially devastating for immigrant families. An abuser who holds legal immigration status (either as a citizen or permanent resident) can use this to control a spouse, child, or other family member who does not. The abuser may threaten to send the family member [...]

2019-07-23T05:31:43+00:00

How long does it take for a VAWA Abused Spouse Petition to be Approved?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has immigration provisions to protect non-resident victims of domestic violence. Though other provisions of VAWA expired in 2018, the immigration provisions do not require congressional reauthorization, and therefore remain in effect. This means that non-citizens and non-residents are still entitled to legal protection in the immigration process.  If you [...]

2019-07-15T10:59:22+00:00

The Bona Fide Marriage Exemption to Removal Proceedings

Facing removal proceedings can be a frightening prospect for non-citizens, as you may be ordered to leave your life in the United States for many years. If you are in a serious romantic relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may fear that you will have to leave them if you are [...]

2019-05-13T05:48:34+00:00

Immigration Process for Military Parole in Place

What is parole in place? Parole in place is a status that allows undocumented family members of those who are in the U.S. Armed Forces the right to reside in the United States and qualify for certain benefits.  Those benefits include eligibility for employment authorization and, for some individuals, eligibility for adjustment of status.  The [...]

2018-05-29T15:31:17+00:00

The Dangers of DUI for Immigrants on Temporary Visas

Austin Immigration Lawyer News: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, however, such charge has traditionally not been a serious enough crime to trigger any immigration consequences. Such is no longer the case. The federal government has made some changes in the past few years that may make getting a DUI something that immigrants [...]

2018-06-05T10:46:56+00:00