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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What is the definition of a frivolous application for Political Asylum?

I recently had a prospective client in San Francisco ask me for the definition of a frivolous asylum application.  As background, an individual may not be granted political asylum if a Judge determines that an applicant deliberately fabricated any material elements of the asylum application.  The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) in a case called Matter […]

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Immigration Blog Round-Up, week ending November 13, 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. Marrying a Member of the […]

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Where the 2016 Presidential candidates stand on Immigration?

With so much rhetoric and posturing going on, it is difficult to know where the presidential candidates stand on anything.  Fortunately,  National Public Radio has devised a chart which lists all of the Presidential candidates and where they stand on immigration issues.  It is nice to be able to look in one place and on […]

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Can I petition for my relative to immigrate to the United States?

In order to petition for your relative to immigrate to the United States, you must: 1) be in the correct legal status and 2) not have been convicted of certain crimes. I will discuss both requirements in this post. Legal Status If you are a citizen of the United States, you may petition for your […]

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If the Republicans win the election, will 428,000 DACA recipients lose the right to work?

It is happening more frequently now…a Republican candidate states that he is not going to renew DACA when it expires.  Yesterday, Marco Rubio announced that he will not extend DACA, even if there is no immigration reform provision in place.  DACA (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) permits children under the age of 30 […]

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Does USCIS conduct a credit check if I want to sponsor my spouse for a green card?

I recently received the question at my Benicia office as to whether USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) conducts a credit check of a sponsor when they petition for a spouse.  The answer is, “no,” they do not.  However, this does not let you off the hook financially.  A petitioner/sponsor sill must file an […]

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