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Deferred Action for Dreamers – 10 Reasons Why It Is Best

Like you – we as immigration lawyers – continue to hold our breath that Congress will finally act to change the current immigration law. Meanwhile there are still Two Million people who should consider Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“Dreamers”). 1. Deferred Action may not be a green card, but…

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Deferred Action – 10 Things You Must Know Now

The Dream Act still has not passed, but Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals went into effect in August 2012. Here are ten things you must know about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: You can be over 31.  Only immigrants 31 years old or older on June 15, 2012 cannot apply. There are close…

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The Best Immigration Attorney Advice on U Visas

In October 2000, a new category of immigration benefit became available to victims of violent crimes, the U Visa. The policy grew out of concerns that undocumented immigrants would be afraid of deportation if they called law enforcement to report a crime. Our government realized that the U Visa would effectively accomplish…

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What is a Naturalized Citizen and Why Does it Matter?

Let’s get one thing straight.  If you are born in the United States, you are automatically a United States citizen.  That law has been binding since the 1800s, around the time that slavery was abolished. And even before that era, most people born were considered citizens by virtue of their…

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New Jersey Same Sex Marriage Immigration – The 7 Things You Must Know

New Jersey Same Sex Marriage Immigration – The 7 Things You Must Know

You may have already concluded that Same Sex Marriage Immigration just improved in New Jersey. The state has become the 14th where gay couples can marry legally. New Jersey joins California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, along with the…

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Top of the mountain

Who are the Best Immigration Lawyers?

The best immigration lawyers try to be perfect They demand the most from themselves They are dedicated to their clients They treat clients like family   The best immigration lawyers are committed to winning They know that there are no guarantees but They make no excuses and They do everything…

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How to Win Your Immigration Waiver – 9 Things You Must Know

Whether you are seeking a green card as: an applicant outside the US, applying for an immigrant visa at a consular office OR a person applying for adjustment of status in the US   You have a definite problem to overcome if you need an immigration waiver. Immigration waivers are…

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Review of New Developments in Same Sex Marriage Immigration

With a new sense of freedom, many couples consisting of US Citizens and immigrants have begun to consider green cards through same sex marriage immigration. If you are someone enjoying this new liberty, read on. This new development emerged just a few months ago with the new Supreme Court case,…

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H-1B Visas – The 3 Worst Things According to Immigration

H-1B Visas – The 3 Worst Things According to Immigration

Not too long ago, Immigration finally caved in on a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The purpose of the legal proceedings:  To Discover So-Called “Fraud Indicators” Used by the Government to Review Petitions for H-1B Visas. However, the reality emerged as the papers were uncovered. In 2008,…

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The Best Immigration Lawyers Always Return Phone Calls

I have told this story before, but it bears repeating. More than eight years ago, my father, who was my greatest teacher, died. He battled cancer on four different occasions between ages 50 and 63. He had one of the best oncologists, a man who saved his life several times….

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Green Cards through Marriage: 5 Points You Need to Cover

Whether you: Marry a US Citizen after arriving in the US from a foreign country OR You are a US Citizen who marries an immigrant, You have the same concerns about green cards. Here are 5 essential points you need to cover: The citizenship examination has 100 questions to study,…

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4 Best Immigration Lawyer Practices

4 Best Immigration Lawyer Practices

The following four tips work best for immigration lawyers to help you: Take on cases that others say are impossible.  The longtime UFC world champion Anderson Silva famously said: “I’m not the best. I just believe I can do things that people think are impossible.”  This quotation has inspired me…

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5 Things You Must Know About Same Sex Marriage Immigration

1. Hundreds of same sex couples filed for green cards through marriage before the groundbreaking 2013 US Supreme Court decision in Windsor. Good news: the Immigration Service is reviewing cases filed since early 2011 and reopening prior denials. 2. More good news: Same Sex couples who filed in the last 3 months are…

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The Best Immigration Attorneys of All Time, Part 1

Over the better part of two decades, I have always been fascinated with immigration history. Just as sports and entertainment reporters compile stories on the greatest athletes and musicians, I thought it would be compelling to talk about the The Best Immigration Attorneys of All Time. Certainly one of the…

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6 Ways to Tell Who Is the Best Immigration Lawyer

When you have an immigration problem, common sense dictates that you want to find the best lawyer you can to solve it. Here are 6 Ways to Tell Who Is the Best Immigration Lawyer: 1.       Ratings Among Peers.  There are many peer ratings surveys.  Best Lawyers.  Super Lawyers. Martindale Hubbell. Lawyers.com….

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Top 4 Complaints About Immigration Lawyers

THESE ARE WITHOUT QUESTION THE Top 4 Complaints About Immigration Lawyers: “They don’t return my phone calls”  By far the Number One complaint.  My own take on this is to reply to all calls as soon as possible and by that I mean same day, or within 24 hours, which I…

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The 4 Worst Immigration Scams

We hear them all too often. Here are The 4 Worst Immigration Scams: Fake Lawyer.  So many folks have no idea that the person they have hired is not a real attorney. These “notarios,” as they are commonly called, regularly commit crimes by practicing law without a license. Worse for their…

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12 Things You Must Know About Deportation Defense

It’s incredible.  People are supposed to know their rights.  But Immigrants sometimes are unaware. Here are 12 Things You Must Know About Deportation Defense: 1.      You have a right to a hearing. Nobody served with a Notice to Appear in Removal Proceedings can just be deported. Often denials of green…

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The Most Important Review of Immigration Attorneys You Will Ever Read

You need to know. What should you look for in your immigration lawyer? The purpose of this article, the Most Important Review of Immigration Attorneys you will ever read,  is to ensure that: (a) you will be happy with legal services and (b) your chances of winning a case are maximized….

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3 Problems with Your Immigration Case and How to Fix Them

It’s funny. What the public calls “loopholes,” I call “practicing good law.” And when you have an immigration problem, you need a loophole or good law, but you had better find a solution.  Or you might find yourself fighting to stay in the United States. These are 3 Problems with Your…

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Immigration Lawyer Guarantees versus Immigration Lawyer Realities

By law an attorney cannot promise an outcome, or how long a case will take. That rule has not stopped many people from allegedly promising they will win. At least that’s what some folks tell me. “Another immigration lawyer guarantees he will win,” they proclaim. Sometimes I think, “OK, there’s…

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