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How humility is your best asset in business

Over the years, many of the young lawyers I’ve come in contact with – both as a teacher and as an employer- ask me what it takes to be a top lawyer. The answer that I give is never one they expect: no matter how high up the ladder you…

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Extraordinary Ability? How to be approved in 15 days for a US visa

Getting a work visa through employment is tough these days. Ask anyone in any industry. If you are a highly skilled foreign professional, athlete, or artist – who is not currently seeking a job change – you may want to consider applying for an “extraordinary ability” visa to get into the United States. This visa…

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The 3 Worst Mistakes Made by the Immigration Service (and how to fix them)

As a rule, I believe that the people at Immigration try their best. Most of them are reasonable and well-intentioned. Many years ago, I heard one Director say, “People need to remember what the word ‘Service’ means. We serve the public.” That said, our immigration system isn’t perfect. There are common mistakes that we…

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4 Main Problems (and Solutions) in Same Sex Marriage Green Card Cases

It’s now been a few years  since same sex marriage has been considered legal in the United States Let’s address some of the common problems and solutions for same sex marriage Green Card cases. Now, same sex marriage green cards between citizens and immigrants may form the basis for legal immigration. Here are…

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Facing Deportation? Here’s what you can do

It’s many people’s worst nightmare. You – or your loved one – receive a notice to appear in removal proceedings and are threatened with deportation. As I always remind people, the word was changed more than 20 years ago to “removal” by Congress. Then, President Bill Clinton signed the law. But…

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PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION: every immigrant is now high priority for deportation

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he has implemented three executive orders that have had a significant impact on immigration and specifically affecting an immigration policy known as “prosecutorial discretion.” In February the government implemented changes that essentially make everyone who is an undocumented immigrant a priority for deportation, as well…

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Thank you Mr Trump! How Trump has helped Immigration…really

Adapted from an article originally published in NewJersey.com Immigration is all over the news these days, making front page headlines with such wild claims as :”Lawmakers, After Meeting With ICE, Say ALL Undocumented Immigrants at Risk of Deportation.” Trump is making headlines all over the news for our current “immigration crisis”,  but…

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New International Entrepreneur Rule: 6 ways you can qualify

New USCIS regulations are going to into effect starting July 17, 2017. If you are an international entrepreneur, with a start-up or business you want to implement in the US, you should be reading this article now. What is the new International Entrepreneur Rule The new regulations are specifically designed…

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Why Immigration Waivers Get Denied: Top 3 Reasons

This article will discuss the newest immigration waivers – provisional waivers of the ten year bar, known as I-601As – that went into effect in March 2013. Recent reports show that about 70% of these immigration waivers are getting granted, which is not bad, but there could be a higher…

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Traveling outside the US? What you need to know about Trump’s executive order

As most of you know, this weekend President Trump signed an executive order called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  This order has wide-ranging implications for foreign refugees, particularly from seven main countries. There is confusion and a lot of panic out there about what this…

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Do Immigrants Need To Be Afraid Of Trump?

Adapted from an article originally published for the Newark Star Ledger We are on the eve of the swearing in of our new President Elect, and many immigrants in the United States are wondering what the next four years will have in store for them. Trump’s campaign was filled with numerous infamous…

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When “Easy” Immigration Cases get Difficult

People often contact us saying that they have an “easy” immigration case, but they have just run into a snag. Now they need help. Things get stressful when items such as work permits, travel documents, green cards and citizenship papers are not issued. Here is what you need to understand: based on…

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Do Immigrants take jobs from American workers and lower wages? New Study

It’s an age old question, one that many people use to fuel their distrust and dislike of immigrants and migrant workers, and it’s being furiously debated right now as a platform in our upcoming election by a very polarized Trump and Clinton. A new study published from the National Academies of…

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Can an undocumented immigrant marry a US Citizen?

The short answer? Yes. There is no law to prevent an illegal or undocumented immigrant from marrying a US citizen. Most of the laws around marriage in the United States have to do with age ( legal consent ranges from 15-17 in most states with parental consent, and is 18-21…

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New 601 A Unlawful Presence Waiver Rules: 6 main points to know

Recently we wrote about the new 601 A unlawful presence waiver rules. This new expansion of the previous guidelines is the biggest news in Immigration for millions of people in many years. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS FOR IMMIGRANTS IN A LONG TIME : This expansion will make it possible for many more…

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Newly expanded I-601A immigration waiver can keep your family together

Great news! In the name of Family Unity, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just published in the Federal Register a final rule that will expand eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the unlawful presence waiver and who can establish extreme hardship to…

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Immigration from Poland: Getting a Green Card in the US

Looking to Immigrate to the United States from Poland? The US has long been a place of refuge and opportunity for people from Poland. Here is the best advice on how to get your green card in the US if you are Polish. How Can A Polish Citizen Get A Green…

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How do I stop myself from being deported?

“Being deported” is the most frightening thing for any immigrant. I have frequently met with old clients who tell me of bad dreams they still have about being deported, long after they have become United States citizens. Millions of people are deported every year Nearly 3 Million immigrants have been removed…

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