Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Policy Change

As recently as last month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Office (USCIS) offered some clarification regarding the requirements for obtaining an SIJ classification – otherwise known as a Special Immigration Juvenile classification. The United States Congress established the SIJ classification in 1990. The main purpose of this classification was to pave the way [...]


Dangers of Visa Waiver/ESTA under New Rules

The Department of Homeland Security administers the Visa Waiver Program – also known as the VWP. This program allows citizens of 38 countries to travel from their home countries to the United States – for tourism or business purposes – for a maximum of 90 days, without needing to first obtain a travel visa.  The [...]


Lawful Permanent Residence for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has helped address a weakness in current immigration law. Many applicants for lawful permanent residence rely on a parent or spouse to sponsor them. But this person could also be abusing them, which makes it impossible to get away without jeopardizing one’s immigration status. Fortunately, VAWA has made it [...]


Deportation Defense for Victims of Domestic Violence

If you are in removal proceedings but are currently being abused by a spouse or parent, then you might qualify for cancellation of removal under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It is not easy to claim protection under this statute, so meet with a seasoned Austin immigration attorney for assistance with your case. VAWA [...]


What Do I Do if I Have Been Found Inadmissible?

Foreign nationals face many hurdles to receiving legal status in the United States, often because they are deemed “inadmissible” under the law. Being found inadmissible will bar a foreign national from entering the United States or, if they are already here, from adjusting status to become a legal permanent resident. Fortunately, you might be able [...]