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Free Live Immigration Lecture “Dream Act Deferred Action” June 30

 ON Saturday, June 30, 2012     11:00am and 1:30pm Robert Treat Hotel Crystal Room 50 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102     Deferred Action Program announced by the President for young people who were previously “DREAM ACT” candidates Mr. York will discuss how YOU may be able to apply for Work…

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6 Things You Need to Have For New Dream Act Deferred Action

1. Must be younger than 30. 2. Must have been brought to the U.S. before your 16th birthday. 3. Must have been in the country for 5 continuous years. 4. Must have no criminal history. 5. Must have graduated from an American high school, earned an equivalent degree or served in…

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Gameness and Immigration Law

“Gameness is a quality of fighting or working with traits of eagerness despite the threat of injury. To be game is to described as persevering, ready and willing, full of fight, and spirited.” Do you really want a lawyer who just talks to you for free for a few minutes?  Someone who…

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DREAM Act will not go away

What does the DREAM Act mean? Legalization for youth who came here at least 5 years ago, before age 16 and who wish to complete 2 years of college or military service. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the DREAM Act will result in $1.4 billion in deficit reduction over the…

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The Difference Between a Notario and a Notary is an Immigration Scam

(I was quoted in various media long ago on the topic. It’s good to see the federal governement getting involved.) The DoJ, DHS and FTC are now targeting immigration scams by “notarios.” Some folks who are notary publics will take advantage of the similarity in the words “notary” and “notario”…

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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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Marriage-Based Green Cards Interviews in 2 Months in NJ

In 16 years I have never seen this type of turnaround. It’s not in all Newark cases but definitely some. Now, recall that Newark covers the vast majority of applications in NJ. There is only one other Immigration office in Jersey and that is a very small building comparatively. Three…

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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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