Immigration Benefits for Victims of Crimes

Many immigrants are scared of reporting their experiences as victims of crime because they believe they will risk deportation from the United States if they come forward. U.S. law provides several protections and options for legal and undocumented immi­grants who have been victims of a crime. There are specific protections for victims of domestic violence, …

TPS ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS, I.E. OBTAINING YOUR GREEN CARD WITH TPS

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration benefit for immigrants present in the United States, whose countries have experienced a humanitarian crisis. The relevant TPS countries are Syria; Sudan; South Sudan; Somalia; Honduras; Nicaragua; Nepal; Haiti; El Salvador; and Yemen. Each TPS designated country has its own specific requirements for qualification. Click here for more info. …

Applying for Citizenship with Arrests or Citations

In order for immigrants to apply for citizenship, applicants must, among other qualifications, proof of GMC (Good Moral Character). Immigration is assessing whether the lawful permanent resident has good character and follows state and federal laws in order to qualify for naturalization. To be a person of good moral character means that the individual will …

File for Citizenship Now or Pay More Later

On October 2, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase filing fees for naturalization applications from $720 to $1,160 or $1,170 for online applications. The fee waivers associated with citizenship applications will also become significantly more difficult to obtain. Previously, one could get a fee waiver by simply showing they were receiving a …

DACA: Dead or Alive?

In 2012 under the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created to assist some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children. DACA allows these individuals to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and obtain work authorization. This program …

Why the New Public Charge Rule Has Made it Harder for Immigrants to Obtain Green Cards

On August 14, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), published new rules which expand the current definition of public charge. This impacted thousands of immigrants who wish to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States (a green card) or to extend their …

Non-immigrant Student Visa Holders Face Roadblocks Under Trump Administration

On March 7, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency regarding the spread of Covid-19 in America. The spread of the virus has had a big impact on the nation’s education system. This school year’s abrupt halt with in-person learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic has left many international students pondering what to do concerning …

DACA Stays – Dreamers’ Dreams Come True…At Least For Now

This year’s presidential election has one more significant stake – the fate of DACA recipients, otherwise known as “Dreamers.” The Supreme Court on June 17, 2020, rejected Donald Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program, handing a major victory to about 700,000 immigrants — most of whom entered the U.S. illegally as children more than …

Victims of Human Trafficking May Qualify for Green Cards

In October 2000, Congress created T nonimmigrant status (often referred to as the “T Visa”) to fight against human trafficking and to provide immigration relief for those who are trafficked into the United States. T nonimmigrant status is a temporary immigration visa that allows certain victims of an extreme form of human trafficking to remain …