It was recently reported that President Trump intends to remove a discretionary immigration benefit to Military Families that, among other things, primarily prevents them from being deported while members of the military are deployed. If Trump proceeds with this action, he will be depriving our military families, many of whom are immigrants, from the peace…

Extraordinary Ability & the O Visa If you are a non-immigrant with an extraordinary ability in science, art, education, athletics, or business who is wanting to come to the United States for a particular job, performance, or project, you may be eligible to receive an O Visa. Some of the advantages of an O Visa…

Being Present In the United States Without Permission Is Not a Crime So, you or someone you know doesn’t have “papers,” or permission to be in the United States. A co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, or a family member. Maybe you aren’t sure whether they have papers, and you suspect that they do. Are they…

Next year, USCIS likely will introduce H-1B cap registration and the H-1B cap season, as we know it, will cease. Employers and attorneys will no longer be required to prepare entire petitions for cases that may not actually be selected and adjudicated. Instead, employers may enter the H-1B lottery by providing a small amount of…

Washington State and North Idaho have been experiencing an uptick of immigration arrests and detentions. After the Spokane Sector of Border Patrol hired approximately 35 new agents, Spokane and central and eastern Washington immigrants have been greatly impacted. Many times, agents will hang out around and in courthouses to arrest and detain targeted immigrants. Usually,…

Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced.  But enforcement must be done in a smart, fair, just, and humane manner, with full due process protections as required by our Constitution. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) actions should meet these fundamental standards. Congress can hold these and all of the…

Are you constantly wondering and asking why your immigration application is taking so long? Are you a longtime client and are seeing longer waits and higher costs? Please read Deconstructing the Invisible Wall. This will help you understand how the Trump administration policies have created substantially longer waits and other hurdles for those who wish…

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued the executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, effective March 16, 2017. This order revokes the previous executive order issued on January 27, 2017 under the same name, which has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer,…

Noncitizen immigrants who reside in states that have decriminalized marijuana must be wary of using and possessing marijuana even when it is according to state law. It’s still a federal offense to possess marijuana — federal law governs our immigration system. For example, a noncitizen could be found to be inadmissible or deportable just by…

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