Immigration Law Blog

Until Gay Marriage is Legal, Why Not?

The AG’s recent decision in Dornan shows the government’s interest in exploring how civil unions might allow a US citizen partner to petition for an immigrant partner.  It would seem to me that an interim solution to the problem facing gay couples from two different nations who wish to reside lawfully in the…

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Only 8000 H-1Bs filed in April 2011

A visa program designed to supply skilled foreign workers has slowed sharply, attracting about 50% fewer petitions so far this year than last year, and 80% fewer than in 2009. Several factors have contributed to the decline in H-1B visas, including more opportunities for skilled workers in their home nations…

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“What do you charge?”

Sometimes when the phone rings, the first question that a potential client asks is our fees for a case. Now, I understand that people have a budget.  But let’s be real for a second.  If you are worried about staying in the US, it’s kind of a big deal.  And…

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The Immigration Numbers Game, Year 2011.

According to a new study, a two-decade rise in undocumented immigration peaked in 2007, with an estimated 12 million people in the country illegally or overstaying a legal entry. That compares with 3.5 million in 1990.  The nation saw the trend reverse in 2008 and 2009, dropping to just over…

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Good Service

A friend was selling her house and located a neighborhood attorney. He quoted her a fee. She retained him. Once hired, he ignored her phone calls. So she called me. “I don’t understand,” my friend commented, “all I want is an answer to a few questions.” I replied that I…

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Bust the fake immigration lawyers

We have been dealing with these hack notarios for years in NJ. The New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper interviewed me awhile back on this very topic. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas discussed the initiative with a group at the National Association of Attorney General conference in Washington. Mayorkas asked the attorney generals…

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Billions and billions in tax revenue from paperless immigrants

MANY PEOPLE without green cards have been doing this for many years: paying their taxes. We have represented thousands of people who did so for a decade or more before getting lawful residence. The government issues ITINs much more easily than working papers: Illegal immigrants are pouring into tax-preparation offices…

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Luckier Than Most Lawyers

We are very, very lucky. We love what we do. We love winning. We chose this work, many years ago. People need us. There’s no greater look than the one on the person’s face when he gets his permanent residence or she takes the oath of citizenship. It’s wonderful to…

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More Green Cards Ordered this year

LaserCard Corporation announced receipt of an order for approximately $8.6 million for optical security media cards to be issued under the Department of Homeland Security’s US Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) program. Delivery is scheduled for completion in August, 2011. “The Green Card has set new standards in security and…

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International Human Trafficking in the news, again

Note: The story below is about events in Canada; if a similar situation arises in the US, the victims are eligible for T visas. under Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Among the community of migrant farm workers in Kingsville, the van-load of Thai women stood out from the crowd. It was…

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The all time deportation record

The US deported more illegal immigrants than ever before during the first 2 years of President Obama’s administration. “In both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more illegal immigrants than ever before, with more than 779,000 removals nationwide in the last 2 years,” Homeland Security Secretary…

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Where you live affects your chances of deportation

The Obama administration says its top immigration enforcement priority is deporting illegal immigrants who pose a threat to the community–namely, convicted criminals. But local law enforcement officers have employed part of the 1996 law that lets them enforce federal immigration law–a provision known as 287 g–without recourse to that standard,…

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Number of undocumented unchanged

There were an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the US in March 2010, the Pew report finds, a number statistically unchanged from the year before. “The US economy is still doing better than the Mexican economy, and the figures suggest these immigrants are finding enough here to hang…

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Deportation Costs $12,500 Per Person

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Kumar Kibble has announced that cost at a House subcommittee hearing. The hearing focused on whether the Obama Administration is doing enough to round up people working illegally in the U.S. ICE deported almost 393,000 people from the US in 2010, an alltime record….

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The NJ State Bar Foundation asked me …

to speak at a school. So I did it. It was very cool. They handed me a microphone and put me in the auditorium and I spoke for 90 minutes and answered questions about Immigration Law (I know, shocking). I am used to talking to lawyers and professionals, which is…

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