Gift ideas for the holidays – What to give to a new U.S. citizen?

As I was driving through Walnut Creek, on the way to BART, I was passing by a lot of stores and thinking about how crowded they looked.  Then I began thinking about my blog.  While I do not know what to give as gifts to the people closest to me, I have a few ideas […]

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Five Tips to Prepare for your Asylum Interview

With delays of two years, at a minimum, from the date of filing to the date of the asylum interview, at least in San Francisco, it is important to be well prepared for the interview.  In most cases, this will mean updating the supporting documents to show that country conditions are still the same if […]

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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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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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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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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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