August 3, 2013

Unlawful Presence – Does it Apply to Me?

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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 having an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative filed on his or her behalf), or (2) Enter the United States.
Immigration

August 1, 2013

United States Asylum Cases (By the Numbers)

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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? http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/17/17708693-for-asylum-seekers-path-to-citizenship-is-paved-with-peril?lite
Immigration

June 19, 2012

Five Things to Know About Immigration Reform

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Washington (CNN) — The full Senate formally kicks off debate Tuesday on the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill — a plan which, if enacted, will create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. Among other things, the measure aims to strengthen border security while raising the cap on visas for high-skilled workers and establishing a new visa program for low-skilled workers on America’s farms and elsewhere. “This
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