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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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Immigration Reform: 7 Things You Must Know

It has been lurking in the news for years, but over the last ten months or so, immigration reform has truly stayed among the biggest stories. Here’s everything you must know, based on my 18 years of experience in the immigration field and countless studies, both long term and in…

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Immigration Attorneys: Who Needs Them? 3 Answers

Every so often, someone will tell me: “I have a friend or relative who ‘handled’ an immigration matter without an attorney.” Here are three answers that I always give, followed by a little real world experience to give some insight as to why this idea is not best. If you…

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Where is Your Immigration Office Located?

Our phones ring. A member of our team answers. One of the first questions the caller asks is “Where is your immigration office located?” The clients live in New Jersey. Or New York. Or Pennsylvania. And then there’s everyone else. We field calls, and emails, from immigration clients all over…

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6 Ways to Get a Green Card

People always want to know, when they call, email and ultimately consult with our immigration firm: “Mr. York, how do I get a green card?” So let’s look at some numbers. For example, in 2011, a little more than 1 million people became Green Card holders, also known as permanent…

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What Percentage of Immigration Cases Do You Win?

Everyone asks. They all want to know. I have been listening to this question for 18 years. “What Percentage of Immigration Cases Do You Win?” So I finally sat down and did my best to figure it out. In the citizenship realm, we have successfully handled nearly all of our…

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Deferred Action – the 1st Anniversary

So as we commemorate the 1st year of DACA, we read now that Senator Marco Rubio – Republican from Florida and pro-immigration reform politician – has warned that lack of action by Congress may lead to President Obama signing an executive order granting amnesty. My initial response is “um, probably…

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George W. Bush emerges again on Immigration Reform

Former President George W. Bush spoke out this week – to push Congress to do what he repeatedly favored throughout his time in the White House – to reform immigration. Bush spoke of fixing the “broken system” and giving people “respect.” The fact that reform never passed during his eight…

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The Effect of US v. Windsor on Immigration Law for Same-Sex Couples

Since the US Supreme Court’s ruling was issued today against DOMA, it looks like same-sex couples will be considered for marriage-based green cards. Applications – previously denied only because a couple is gay – should be granted. A marriage in a state or country where that ceremony is legal should confer eligibility to apply for lawful permanent…

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Defending the Detained Immigrant

Immigration Detention is at an all time high. There is so much media coverage given to immigration law. However, other than the occasional story about private corrections agencies that lobby for certain immigration policy, little is said about the massive numbers of folks in the custody of the Department of…

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A Very Important Immigration Decision from the 6th Circuit

“This case illustrates the archaic and convoluted state of our current immigration system.” So begins a very important June 5th decision from the 6th Circuit, which has authority over immigration cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In Flores, et al. v. USCIS, et al.  the ruling is that border…

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A unique approach to problem solving

Q: What makes us different than other immigration law firms? A: Frequent Team Review of Cases! Instead of one attorney you get the combined efforts of four experienced immigration lawyers and two law students, all concentrating on solving your problems. We have discovered that if 2 brains are better than…

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While we wait for reform, here’s what we can do under current immigration law

Asylum. Grant rates are higher than ever. We have won a number of complicated cases recently based on religious beliefs, social groups, and political opinion. Business immigration. Plenty of opportunities, even with current regulations. Citizenship. Too many green card holders procrastinate filing for naturalization. Do not put it off, any…

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A Look at the Senate’s New Immigration Plan

I have been a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for well over 15 years. AILA has done excellent work in many areas, advocating on behalf of foreign nationals from all over the globe. This week, AILA took a look at the bill known as the Border…

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Immigration Reform and Same Sex Marriage

Two of the most anticipated developments this year are what Congress will do about immigration reform and how the Supreme Court will rule on same sex marriage. It is very significant that there is much intersection between these issues, despite little connection being drawn publicly between them. If the High…

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Immigration Detention: From Pickup to Release Seminar airs April 3

AIRING APRIL 3 at Noon EST on LawLine.com When your immigrant client is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the three main questions that are often asked are: (1) what is the distinction between criminal and non-criminal detention, (2) is your client a candidate for bond, and (3) how…

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A Change Is Gonna Come

I have written and spoken for years about how our representatives favor certain ideals.  The media sometimes distorts things, but it is now clearer than ever that we are starting to see a change coming. Today, a group of conservative members of the House voiced agreement with Tea Party member…

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Latest on Immigration Reform

Here is the most up-to-date information on proposed immigration reform. There is most definitely a sense of urgency. The Senate should see a new bill – several hundred pages long no doubt – within a month. If nothing is introduced by then, the House of Representatives will try to move,…

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Anything Is Possible

As we stand closer to immigration reform, I talk to many people who are disillusioned and unsure. “We have been here for more than a decade,” they say, “and we work hard, pay taxes, have US born kids, but still we await our green cards.” I reply to them that reform may be…

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