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Republicans Amnesia

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In the wake of the pretty sound Obama’s defeat of Romney in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee (RNC) published what it called the “most comprehensive post-election review” ever made after an electoral loss. “Growth & Opportunity Project” (or Autopsy Report) they labeled it. You can find it here: http://goproject.gop.com/rnc_growth_opportunity_book_2013.pdf  The 100-page report was actually a well-done autopsy of the RNC after the loss….

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The E Visa and the benefits for your spouse and children

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Many immigrants wanting to live in the United States do not have a family member that can petition for them or an employer that can sponsor them. Many of these immigrants, have an urgent need to seek an alternative country, one with more political stability, in which they can do business and safely care for their families. They do not have the luxury of the…

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On Cuban Adjustment

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The Cuban adjustment Act (CA) is a law that gives Cubans citizens and their spouses and children the possibility of getting a green card. CA is to be distinguished from asylum. Asylum is an entirely different process. CA is its own world and has its own requirements. To obtain CA you need to: Have been physically present in the US for at least one year…

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Matrimonio y Green Card

By | Admissibility, Blog, Green Card, immigration, Immigration Law, LPR, misconceptions, Noticias, Peticion familiar, Residencia | No Comments

Constantemente me preguntan lo siguiente: Mi novio y yo nos amamos muchísimo. El es ciudadano americano. Si nos casamos, ¿en cuanto tiempo me llega la residencia? La respuesta sincera a esta pregunta es: Nunca. Existe una gran confusión acerca de como opera el gobierno americano. Esto evidentemente requeriría una clase de un semestre entero, pero trataré de dar una explicación simple por ahora. La palabra…

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Marriage and Green Card

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I am constantly faced with the following question/fact pattern: My boyfriend and I love each other a lot. She is a US Citizen. If we marry, in how long will they send me my green card? The truthful (kind of mean) answer to this question is: Never. There is a huge confusion out there as to how the US government is organized. This would obviously…

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Lawful Permanent Residents, Criminal Convictions, and Travel

By | Admissibility, Admission, Blog, Deportation, DHS, Green Card, ICE, Immigration Law, Lawful permanent resident, LPR, NTA, Removal, Travel Abroad | No Comments

It is not uncommon that I receive a call from a long time Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) who travels abroad for vacation or business who, to his/her surprise, is detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). When CBP detains an LPR, instead of admitting her and letting her into the country, it is usually because they have concerns regarding the “admissibility” of that LPR. Concerns…

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Approved petition versus available visa—a very common confusion.

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One of the common confusions for those seeking to immigrate to the United States (or bring a family member) is the one that relates to the connection between approved petitions and available visas. They are not the same thing. Often times the immigrant or the petitioner of the immigrant has an approved petition (Form I-130) in her hands and believes that that alone entitles them…

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What is and what is not “Immigration”?

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Out of the dozens of questions regarding immigration law issues from clients, potential clients, acquaintances, family, or friends; perhaps half of them are not related to immigration. There is a generalized confusion as to what is Immigration. To be clear, the way I am using the word “Immigration” here is the way lay people refer to the word. It is often a noun that describes…

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Do I qualify for the 10-year rule?

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No, because it doesn’t exist. People ask me this question frequently. There is this misconception out there that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has a 10-year rule, which entitles some to get green card if they have been living in the country for 10 or more years. To understand where this belief comes from we need a little bit of background. There are two…

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