Video (in Spanish): The 10 year and permanent bars for unlawful presence.

In this video I explain, in Spanish, Section 212(a)(9)(C) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. This law is commonly known as the 3/10/permanent bars for unlawful presence. DISCLAIMER: This explanation is nowhere close to legal advice. It's simply a superficial review of how this law is a trap for the unwary, and anyone who [...]

By |2019-02-18T19:55:34-06:00February 18th, 2019|

Client Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About The Death of DACA

As you already know, the post-Obama administration abruptly terminated DACA on September 5, 2017. Rather than review how the Department of Homeland Security will phase out DACA (a process detailed in their own FAQs), I rather address some of our Dreamers’ concerns as expressed to us during real consultations. Q1: Will USCIS share my information [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:16-06:00September 7th, 2017|

Passport Requirements for US Citizens

The elections are over, Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to plan your year-end vacations. While you choose your destination (Canada? Cancun? The Amalfi Coast? Montevideo?), remember that you’ll need the following documents to return to the U.S.: US Citizens: If you fly (no matter your age) you'll need a passport. If you return [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:17-06:00November 11th, 2016|

Understanding the IDENT Biometrics Identification System

Accurate information about an alien’s entries and departures and past unlawful presence is critical in the preparation of today’s immigration case. Prior to 1998 we relied on the FBI’s central fingerprints database to find a person’s encounters with our immigration authorities. Now, however, such reliance is misplaced because since 1997, the Department of Homeland Security [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:18-06:00January 20th, 2016|

Free Presentation – New Visa Bulletin

Francisco never bothered to learn the intricacies of the Visa Bulletin, and when it was his turn to apply for the green card, he completely missed the opportunity. And today, Francisco is still undocumented. Patricia, on the other hand, learned to read the Visa Bulletin. She checked frequently, and when it was her turn, she [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:18-06:00September 16th, 2015|

Provisional Waivers Two Years Later

Today we’ll look at the provisional waiver program (the so called “Form I-601A”) and how it fares on its second anniversary. What is the provisional waiver? The provisional waiver is an alternative to the waiver for unlawful presence that an immigrant normally requests after an interview at a U.S. consulate (i.e. in another country.) It’s [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:19-06:00April 22nd, 2015|

The 10-Year Bar and the Waiver for Unlawful Presence

Most of my consultations nowadays involve the 10-year bar for unlawful presence and the necessary waiver application. Below is a greatly simplified explanation of a very complicated issue. As in everything immigration, the law implementing the 10-year bar includes exceptions, and exceptions to those exceptions. That’s why it’s imperative for you not to self-diagnose. It's [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:19-06:00April 15th, 2015|

Teleconference after the President’s Address

Tonight, at 8:00 p.m., Thursday November 20, 2014, we'll host a questions and answers teleconference to discuss President Obama's announcement of executive action to extend protection to maybe millions of undocumented persons. To participate in this teleconference, please dial 1-860-970-0010, then when prompted enter the conference number (831-946-341) followed by a “#”. Again, we'll start [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:20-06:00November 20th, 2014|

The Five Most Common Myths About VAWA Self-Petitions

Note: This article is about the VAWA self-petition for battered spouses, and not about the U-visa for victims of certain violent crimes. This article is based on the countless consultations with battered spouses and numerous presentations on the immigration options for victims of domestic violence I’ve done over the years. These are what I think [...]

By |2017-10-08T08:35:22-06:00October 23rd, 2014|
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