K-1 Fiance Visa – A Summary and Introduction

Here is a good summary of K-1 Fiance Visas: Overview: What Is a K-1 Fiance Visa? The fiancé(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days […]

Introduction to Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming article in the Johnson County BarLetter: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he would take “executive action” to significantly expand the Administration’s 2012 Deferred Action program.  This expansion extends “protection from deportation” and other benefits to over one-third of the approximately eleven million individuals living in […]

Upcoming Webinar – Worplace Effects of the Recent Executive Order on Immigration

Thanks to Validity Screening Solutions for coordinating my upcoming Webinar!   Workplace Effects of the Recent Executive Order on Immigration Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:00 pm CST Register now by clicking HERE This webinar will explain the elements of the President’s wide-reaching November 2014 Executive Order, paying particular attention to the fact that it allows millions of potential employees […]

National Immigration Project

I have found that the following website contains quite a bit of useful immigration information:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – An Introduction

Here is a portion of an article on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that I recently wrote for the Johnson County Bar Letter.  The full text can be found here: On June 15, 2012, a significant change to immigration law occurred when Janet Napolitano, Secretary of DHS, issued a memorandum titled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion […]

Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security

Here is an excerpt of an article I recently completed for the Johnson County Bar Association Bar Letter:         Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security                 DHS is a cabinet department of the U.S. government, and is comprised of the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection […]

Criminal Convictions and Immigration Law: The Implications of Padilla v. Kentucky for Criminal Defense Attorneys and their Clients

For non-citizens, criminal charges and convictions may carry severe consequences, up to and including removal from the United States.  Therefore, it is very important that such clients  consult with criminal defense attorneys who are familiar enough with immigration law to recognize when to seek the advice of a competent immigration attorney.   Excellent criminal defense advice […]

Immigration Status and the Effect of “Unlawful Presence”

Here is a copy of an article I wrote for the Johnson County Bar Letter:     One of the most important – and troublesome – concepts in immigration law is that of “unlawful presence.”  A person is “unlawfully present” if he or she is present in the United States “after the expiration of the […]

Unlawful Presence – Does it Apply to Me?

One of the recurring themes I’ll examine on this blog is the idea of “unlawful presence.”  With certain exceptions, under current immigration laws, a person “unlawfully present” in the United States for a certain period of time is ineligible to: (1) adjust his or her status to that of a Lawful Permanent Resident (e.g., by […]

United States Asylum Cases (by the numbers)

For many people, an Application for Asylum is the only immigration option. Compare the number of times asylum is granted to the overall number of asylum cases; do the numbers seem reasonable?