Category: immigration law

Immigration reform: who will take the initiative?

It is widely admitted that immigration reform is necessary and overdue. The question is who will take the initiative? The people asking this question are those most hurt by the current system: those who fear they will be deported and have their families rent asunder. The system simply doesn’t work they say, and cite long …

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Initiative to allow spouses of HB-1 visas holders to receive work permits in the United States

One of the most painful aspects of working as an expat is being separated from one’s spouse. But there is good news for HB-1 visa holders: a new initiative by the Department of Homeland Security will allow spouses of those visa holders to receive work permits. Advocates of the plan say that it will make …

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Congress reining in family-based visas in favor or work based visa.

It’s been a common practice for decades that when one immigrant family member gets residency, he or she petitions for other family members to join him. In fact, tens of thousands of these petitions are filed each year. But there are been a push to cap these petitions so that the demand for works visas …

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How to avoid being deported: adjustment of status

  For those who are in removal proceedings, in some cases they can ask the courts to change their residence status to permanent. Those most likely to have their status adjusted  are those with family ties, in particular if are a parent or spouse. Applicants must otherwise be judged admissible.  It allows for immediate change, …

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How to avoid deportation: Cancellation of removal for permanent residents

A permanent resident in the United States is defined as a foreign national who has been granted the permission to reside in the United States for the rest of their lives. Even though their status is permanent, they are not citizens, and therefore their legal status remains under the auspices of the DHS. This means …

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Deportation Defense: You May Not Be Removable as Charged

If you are an undocumented resident, you have more legal challenges when it comes to avoiding removal, but you can still get the the court system to work for you. There are defenses that you can use to win your case (or at least buy some time), One of which is denying that you can …

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HB-1 Visa cap reached in days

HB-1 work visas are among the most sought after visas the U.S provides, especially for IT professionals. On 1 April the US Citizenship and Immigration Services began to accept applications for this coveted doorway to high paying jobs in the U.S. On April 5 the government announced that the Congress mandated cap of 65,000 had …

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New bill will create state specific Dreamer Act

There has been some foot dragging on offering in-state tuition to American offspring born to undocumented aliens. A new bill introduced by Colorado representative Jared Polis called the Investing IN States to Achieve Tuition Equity (IN-STATE) has been introduced to provide $3/4 billion in student aid to states that establish tuition rates for undocumented children …

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Stalled immigration reform is now affecting businesses

It’s not easy finding quality labor these days in Colorado. Just ask Angela Carlson, who has been trying for weeks to find laborers for the construction business she and her husband own. Building projects are on the upswing, which means the labor market gets tighter as the opportunity to make money increases. Carlson is concerned …

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Colorado Republicans voice support for immigration reform bill

Almost everyone is in accord that immigration reform is a necessary step in Colorado and the rest of the nation. Of course the question is exactly what kind of reform will it be. Many undocumented aliens are fearful that a Republican victory over the reform (which is appearing less and less likely) will sent them …

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