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U.S. Embassies: New Vetting of Visa Applicants

Supplemental Questionnaire Asks About Social Media History New additions to vetting procedures include asking for social media handles.  The supplemental questionnaire now includes a section that asks the applicant to provide the user name for any websites that the applicant has used to create or share content.  This includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other...

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USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards

As part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue newly designed Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD Cards).  Although USCIS had the cards ready for distribution on May 1, 2017, USCIS will continue to issue the cards in their current format until...

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Crackdown on Illegal Migrants in Border Districts

New Policies Asking for Harsher Penalties for Illegal Entry Previously, illegal entry cases have been charged as misdemeanors.  In a recent memo to U.S.attorneys nationwide, Jeff Sessions, the U.S. attorney general, urges prosecutors to charge repeat illegal entry cases as felonies.  Similarly, the memo urges federal prosecutors to prioritize immigration-related cases.  The Trump administration argues that the...

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Waivers of Inadamissibility

Waivers of Inadmissibility Inadmissibility is a term that means a barrier to receiving a visa or green card.   Consequently, in the United States there are specific grounds that can lead to inadmissibility of entry into the U.S. Grounds for Inadmissibility: Health-related grounds Economic Grounds Criminal Grounds Moral Grounds Violation of Entry or Documentation Other...

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Admission & Immigration Law

Changes in Immigration Law Admission is an important concept in the world of immigration law.  The basic body of immigration law in the United States is the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952.  Before the creation of the INA, unorganized statutes governed immigration law.  Consequently, the INA codified and reorganized the structure of immigration...

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Deportation and Voluntary Pleading

Major cities like Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Phoenix are increasing the number of deportation proceedings in response to President Trump’s executive orders regarding illegal immigrants with pending criminal cases. Deportation and Voluntary Pleading In a criminal trial, a defendant can plead guilty, no-contest, and not guilty.  With regards to a deportation hearing, all...

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EB-5 Program for Immigrant Investors

What is the EB-5 Program? The EB-5 Visa is the Immigrant Investor Program created by Congress in 1990.  The purpose of EB-5 is to increase job creation and to increase capital investment by immigrant visitors.  In return for investing in projects in the United States, an immigrant investor can gain lawful permanent residence for themselves...