Under current U.S. policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowed to engage in a process called “expedited removal.” These days there are no guarantees for anyone trying to escape poverty or violence in their country by seeking asylum in the United States. But for those who make the long and difficult journey through […]
Apply for Asylum while in Legal Nonimmigrant Status
A lot of prospective clients approach our firm with questions about how to apply for asylum, while they are in the United States in a legal Nonimmigrant Status. Particularly when they are in F-1 Student Status, or when they are working in the United States on an H-1B, for example. When prospective clients ask us […]
What Does It Mean If My Asylum Status Is Pending?
Recently, the number of people seeking asylum here dramatically increased, creating backlogs and delays in processing by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which processes most asylum applications (except for those already in deportation proceedings). If you are waiting to hear from USCIS, you are not alone. As of March 2018, USCIS had […]
Seeking asylum in the U.S. under Trump
With the U.S. government constantly imposing harsh restrictions, these are scary and uncertain times for people seeking safety and freedom in the United States of America. Along with fear, there is also a lot of confusion. One of the biggest sources of this confusion is that people are getting conflicting information about who is affected […]
What Happens If USCIS Denies My Asylum Application After The Interview?
If you have applied for asylum in the United States, you are probably anxious about what will happen after your interview. Unfortunately, you won’t get a decision straight away. Instead, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will most likely ask you to come back to the asylum office in a couple of weeks. In […]
Important Notice Regarding Changes In U.S. Deportation Policies
For one, the Federal Government is no longer able to excuse certain groups of deportable foreign nationals from potential deportation as they could in the past. This means that every alien that is technically deportable (for any reason), can be deported. Secondly, the immigration authorities are now making it their general priority to deport (remove) […]
What is inadmissibility under U.S. Immigration Law?
Inadmissibility means that an individual is unable to seek admission or legal status in the U.S., due to a prior bad act or other wrongdoing by the individual. Individuals subject to the rules of inadmissibility include noncitizens, who: entered the country without inspection [without speaking to a border agent], individuals paroled into the US, or […]
Visa categories for foreign athletes
P Visas: Athletes and Entertainers There are two visa categories for foreign athletes and entertainers to come to the United States for a temporary period of time. The two categories actually mirror each other quite a bit, however the legal standards are different. O visas have a higher legal standard: extraordinary ability; while a P […]
REASONS FORM N-400 DENIED
Official reasons for denial of the N-400 or application for citizenshipBut before we do, let’s summarize the legal or “official” reasons a USCIS officer can deny an application following the initial naturalization interview. These include the applicant’s failure to demonstrate or otherwise provide acceptable evidence of: Lawful entry into the country and official recognition as […]
LGBT and Business: those who run away from Russia
Greenberg said that the attitude of the immigration services towards the Russians because of their political situation in the world has not become worse. The number of immigrants has increased – “in most cases they are victims of corruption in Russia”. Refugee status is requested by a large number of Russians, since it is easier […]