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Gateway to US Work Authorization

For many foreign nationals, the American dream begins with a work permit earned through a US visa. Without this, foreigners cannot survive in the land of capitalism. What every potential immigrant needs to know is that not all visas merit a work permit. Tourist visas—such as an ESTA, or B1 / B2 visas—are out of the question. The same goes for traveling to the U.S. with a...

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Florida Civil Law Notary

What is a Florida Civil Law Notary?   The Florida Civil Law Notary appointment is a program in which Florida Attorneys who practice international law receive the ability to authenticate an act or attest to the validity of a document. A Florida Civil Law Notary, also known as an International Notary, may even perform regular notary...

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E-2 Visa Adjust Status vs. Consular Processing

If you are outside the United States, the only way to immigrate to the U.S. is to obtain an immigration visa from a U.S. consulate (which by definition is always overseas). There is generally a bar on adjusting status if you enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. This is unless you are an...

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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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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...

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Executive Order: Expedited Removal

President Trump’s executive order on January 25, 2017 directs the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of “expedited removal”.  Expedited removal is the process that allows immigration officers to quickly deport some non-U.S. citizens without a trial or hearing.  This process applies to applicants of admission to the U.S trying to enter the U.S.,...