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    • POSTED: August 16, 2018
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    Fiance Visa Processing Time

    Fiance Visa Processing Time If you do everything correctly in your case and are not from a country which USCIS considers to be a high fraud area then the current wait time should be between 7 and 9 months.  Currently, most of our fiance visa cases are finishing in about 8 months. This article will […]

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    • POSTED: August 14, 2018
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    How Much is a Fiance Visa?

    How Much is a Fiance Visa? I am often asked how much is a fiance visa. Here is a current (2018) breakdown of the charges you should expect to pay during the fiance visa process.  USCIS does change the fees so make sure to double check prior to sending in your case.  The current fees […]

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    • POSTED: July 26, 2018
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    Will USCIS Check Your Social Media Accounts?

    In October of 2017  the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States.  According to the New York Times article titled: “U.S. to Collect Social Media Data on all Immigrants Entering Country“, green card holders and naturalized citizens would also have their information collected.  The data collected […]

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  • Could You Pass the Green Card Marriage Interview?

    The New York Times ran an article recently titled: “Green Card Marriage Interview: Can You Pass it?” The article correctly pointed out that the U.S. government is always on the lookout for people “gaming the system for a green card.” Never, under any circumstances should you illegally try to help someone obtain a green card. […]

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    • POSTED: April 17, 2018
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    California Roads Got Safer As a Result of Law Change

    The HuffPost ran a story about a year ago titled: ” California Roads got safer when undocumented immigrants got driver’s licenses.”  Although the story is a year old (I just happened upon it today) it is still relevant. (I understand that California just issued its one millionth license to an undocumented immigrant earlier this year.) […]

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    • POSTED: April 16, 2018
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    The U.S Needs More Workers

    The Washington Post recently ran an article titled: America needs more workers. Trumps War on Immigration won’t help.   The article talks about how the President’s Immigration policies will lead America to a labor shortage in the not so distant future. The United States, as a whole, is getting older.  In addition, the birthrate has recently […]

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    • POSTED: November 20, 2017
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    Citizenship Process Taking Longer in 2017

    According to Immigration Impact, “the average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants […]

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    • POSTED: October 27, 2017
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    Citizenship Applications Surge

    The New York Times ran an interesting article recently titled: ” Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens.” The article begins with the story of a 49 year old man who has had a green card for almost a decade talking about how he felt safe in the U.S with his green card.  He did […]

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    • POSTED: October 18, 2017
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    The U.S. will begin collecting social media data on immigrants, green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens

    DHS will begin collecting social media information from immigrants, green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens.

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    • POSTED: January 16, 2017
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    Immigration Protests in Key U.S. Cities

    The New York Times had an interesting article recently titled: “Protesters Across US decry Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Stance”.  According to the article protesters gathered around the U.S. to denounce President-elect Trump’s anti-immigration stance and his vow to build a wall on the U.S. Mexican border.  They also protested about his pledge to make it more difficult […]

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    • POSTED: January 15, 2017
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    H-1bs may change under President-elect Trump

    According to a recent Reuters article, “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been actively considering ways to revamp a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Possibilities for reforming the distribution of H-1B visas, which are used largely by […]

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    • POSTED: July 28, 2016
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    The Meaning of the Color of Your Passport

    As a Sacramento Immigration Attorney I am blessed in that I get the opportunity to regularly meet people from all parts of the World.   I always enjoy hearing about where they are from and how things are done in their home country.  I also like to hear what they like (mostly) and dislike about […]

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    • POSTED: July 21, 2016
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    Most Americans Prefer Clinton to Trump on Immigration Issues

    The Washington Post recently ran an interesting article titled: “Donald Trump’s hard-right position on immigration has outlived its political usefulness.”   In the article, the author explains how most voters trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump to handle the immigration issue in our country.  The article explains that Trump’s hard right position on immigration helped […]

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    • POSTED: July 20, 2016
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    President Obama’s Immigration Plan to be reconsidered?

    The Washington Post ran an interesting article today titled: “Obama administration asks Supreme Court to reconsider immigration plan” The article reads in part: “The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Monday to reconsider the president’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation once the court again has nine members. The court last month […]

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    • POSTED: July 19, 2016
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    Is Points Based Immigration the Answer?

    The Economist ran an interesting article recently titled: “Why points- based immigration systems don’t work.” The article began with a take on the UK Immigration Policy.  As you know the UK voted recently to leave the European Union.  Apparently during the run up to the election the Leavers promised that they would pursue an Australian-style […]

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    • POSTED: July 14, 2016
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    Supreme Court Rules on Obama’s Executive Action

    The Ruling on DAPA The Supreme Court announced a couple of  weeks that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan.   The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States. The program under consideration was called Deferred Action […]

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    • POSTED: June 28, 2016
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    Housing Secretary’s Views on Recent Supreme Court Immigration Decision

    The Washington Post ran an interesting article a few days ago titled: “Julian Castro: Supreme Court decision not definitive.”   It is a good article to read if you are interested in having a behind the scenes view of how immigration policy may play out over the coming months.  A summary of the article is below. […]

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    • POSTED: June 14, 2016
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    Billions in Taxes Paid by Undocumented Immigrants

    Yahoo Finance ran an interesting article recently titled: “Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions in Taxes: Study“. The article recognized how immigration reform is a hot button issue in the United States today.  It concluded that undocumented immigrants pay a large amount of taxes while in the United States (an estimated $11.64 billion in state and local taxes […]

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    • POSTED: March 24, 2016
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    Benefits of Immigration

    This article helps to show how Immigrants have helped shape our country for the better.

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  • Top 5 Mistakes When Applying For a Marriage Green Card

    Top 5 Mistakes When Applying for a Marriage Green Card My office receives a lot of phone calls about how to proceed when applying for a marriage green card.  We have handled these types of cases for over 20 years.  Here are the top 5 mistakes that couples make when filing these cases by themselves. […]

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