Rally to End Title 42 Expulsions and Welcome Asylum Seekers With Dignity

There will be an Immigration Rally today at the federal building in San Francisco!  Several immigrants’ rights groups together with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will be holding a rally to urge President Biden to end Title 42 at the border.  Title 42 is an obscure provision of a public health law that the Trump […]

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What is a “skill” for purposes of filling out Form I-944, “declaration of self sufficiency?”

There is a new form that is now required to be submitted with all adjustment of status applications filed in the United States. This form is known by Form I-944 and the title of it is “Declaration of Self Sufficiency.” This form must be submitted with every application where public charge applies. The draconian form […]

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How to change your name in California, Part One

changing your name

My immigration clients often end up with documents that have different names on them.  They will have a passport with one name and a driver’s license with another.  When it comes time to apply for a green card, they want to change their name to match the name on their driver’s license but USCIS will […]

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USCIS changes policy on approval of visa petitions for widow(er)s

A few days ago, USCIS released a new policy memo on the approval of visa petitions for widows/widowers.  The new policy allows a spouse of a deceased petitioner to continue with the immigration process even if the surviving spouse has remarried.  (Under prior interpretation of the law, a surviving spouse could not immigrate if he […]

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What immigrants can be thankful for this Thanksgiving

It seems the news is all bad in terms of immigration – stories about closing our borders, or denying the admission of Syrian refugees, or talk of eliminating birthright citizenship.  With this kind of news, it seems that the situation is hopeless for immigrants. It does seam bleak.  Nevertheless, I decided to focus on the […]

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Can I show the USCIS officer my Facebook page at my green card interview?

A common question I receive from my clients when applying for a green card based on their marriage is whether they can bring in their phone to the interview and show the officer their Facebook page.  Or, my clients ask it another way, “Can’t the officer just go online and look at my Facebook page?” […]

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