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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Requirements for Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents

  I am currently working on a cancellation case for an individual from San Francisco. As I work on the case, I am going to write posts on different aspects of this form of relief. This post will discuss the basic statutory requirements for cancellation of removal for permanent residents. (There is another form of […]

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Immigration Blog Round-Up, Week Ending November 27, 2015

Every Friday I include a round-up of blog posts from the past week related to Immigration law.   I feature blogs published by solo practitioners or small law firms from across the United States.   If you would like to be included, please contact me. Interview recording of Author and Columnist Ruchika Tulshyan, Published by Tahmina […]

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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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Interfaith service in Benicia, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

With so much hatred going on in the world right now, it is nice to report on something positive.  For almost 20 years, Congregation B’nai Israel, the synagogue in Vallejo, and St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Benicia, have come together at Thanksgiving to hold an interfaith service.   The location alternates between the two congregations each […]

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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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Immigration Blog Round-Up, week ending November 19, 2015

Every Friday I am going to include a round-up of blog posts from the past week related to Immigration law.   I hope to feature blogs published by solo practitioners or small law firms from across the United States.   If you would like to be included, please contact me. Large Age Differences and Proving a Bona […]

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Do you have the “Vibe?”

When I first heard about “VIBE,” I thought my colleague was joking.  It turns out it is real and the word as used by Immigration is not short for vibration or groove.  “VIBE” stands for Validation Instrument for Business Services Enterprises.  In 2012, United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (“USCIS”) contracted with Dun and Bradstreet […]

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Only white Christians allowed – if 26 governors have it their way

According to an article in the New York Times today, governors in almost half of the states in the United States have told President Obama that they do not support his plan to accept 10,000 refugees into the United States from Syria and they do not want the refugees to enter their states. There are two […]

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How do I bring my brother or sister permanently to the United States?

I am writing the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to bring family relatives to the United States permanently. The first post I wrote provided general information on bringing family relatives to the United States. (See my post, “Can I petition for my relative to immigrate to the United States?“) This post […]

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