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4 Frequently Used Scams Targeting Immigrants

In November 2018, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the resolution of criminal charges filed against a South Carolina woman for defrauding dozens of foreigners who had experienced difficulty obtaining legal immigration status. According to the press release issued by DHS, the 43-year-old woman had promised her victims that she had the …Read More

5 Positive Aspects of Family-Based Immigration

Even though some forms of family-based immigration have existed in the United States since colonial times, the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965 has provided an organized and comprehensive path to residency and naturalization for relatives of foreigners who have established legal ties to the country. Up to 480,000 visas are granted …Read More

The Importance of Preserving Birthright Citizenship in the United States

In late October, United States President Donald Trump granted an interview to Axios, an online news outlet that also films segments for the cable television network HBO. In that interview, the President made a bold claim related to birthright citizenship, a legal principle known in Latin as jus soli. In essence, jus soli is established …Read More

What You Need to Know About EB-5 Visas in 2018

The challenging immigration climate under the Trump administration has also impacted the employment-based fifth-category visa, most commonly known as the EB-5 investors visa. This special visa has been around for a while, but it became a hot topic of national interest in the midst of the Great Recession, and that interest has been rekindled over …Read More

Changes to H-1B & H-4 Visas May Harm San Diego Economy

The misguided protectionist stance of the Trump administration could mean significant socioeconomic changes for San Diego, particularly in terms of its technology sector. Recently proposed revisions to the rules that govern the issuance of H-4 visas for spouses of H-1B visa recipients—who are already facing certain challenges related to their legal status in the country—may …Read More

7 Best Practices for U.S. Businesses to Manage Immigration Compliance

For small business owners in the United States, immigration compliance issues during the Trump administration have become delicate matters with a high potential of disrupting operations and becoming legal headaches. Prominent law firms around the country are retaining top-notch immigration attorneys for more than just compliance work. They’re also preparing to conduct lobbying work on …Read More

How Long Is the Process of Becoming an American Citizen?

Naturalization is the highest benefit awarded by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Foreigners who wish to receive this benefit normally have to wait a minimum of three to five years as U.S. residents before they’re eligible to become American citizens, and in some cases less than a year if they served in …Read More

5 Things to Know About Detention Centers for Immigrant Children

One of the lowest points of the Trump administration has been unfolding since May 2018, and it’s a direct consequence of the draconian policies being enacted by the chaotic White House and executed by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Child detention centers at the southern border have received plenty of news media …Read More

In 2017, More Than 600,000 Foreigners to the U.S. Overstayed Their Visas

While United States President Donald Trump continues to beg Congress for funding of his border wall campaign promise, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that more than 600,000 individuals who legally entered the country in 2017 overstayed their visas, thereby making them undocumented immigrants. The DHS report is not surprising. The reality of immigration …Read More

All You Need to Know About Voluntary Departure

In June 2018, when United States immigration officials were scrambling to comply with court orders to reunite parents seeking asylum with children who had been taken away from them at the border, CNN reported that many of these individuals were offered the option to sign voluntary departure orders. These migrant parents were told they would …Read More

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