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Effect of a Prior Sham Marriage on Future Marriages

Posted on Jul 20th, 2017
Marriage fraud can have a number of bad consequences on the immigrant who intends to benefit from it. Anyone who is thinking about engaging in marriage fraud or has entered a marriage which may appear to be fraudulent to a USCIS adjudicator should, at the very least, consult with an immigration attorney. However, the truth is that many people will get away with marriage fraud. Many immigrants will receive a Green Card, receive citizenship, and go on to live happily…… Read More »

Which Existing Employees Are Subject to I-9 Verification Procedures?

Posted on Jul 19th, 2017
Employers generally know that the I-9 is an important form, and an employer running a serious business knows that, generally, the employer needs to have a new hire complete the I-9 form. However, in many instances, it is not necessary for a new hire to complete the I-9. In some instances, it would actually be more prudent, from the employer's perspective, for a new hire not to complete the I-9 form. There can be some complex considerations  surrounding how to deal with an…… Read More »

Measuring the One-Year Deadline for Asylum

Posted on Jul 19th, 2017
Measuring the one-year deadline is critically important for people who want to apply for asylum. The general rule about the one-year deadline is easy to state: apply for asylum before one year from the date of your most recent arrival. The general rule is easy to state, but the exceptions to the rule and how they apply are not simple. Whether it makes sense to submit an application without certain "required" things is not so easy to state is also…… Read More »

What is “Expedited Removal”?

Posted on Jul 4th, 2017
Expedited Removal is a process that immigration officials use to deport immigrants who have entered the US illegally or who attempt to enter the US without the necessary documents (e.g., a passport, a visa, a border crossing card, etc.). As the name "expedited removal" suggests, the deportation will probably occur very quickly. While many non-expedited removals require a number of years as they work their way through immigration courts and appellate reviews, expedited removals take much less time. Expedited removal…… Read More »

Tell Immigration Officials You Have Changed Your Address

Posted on Jul 1st, 2017
It is important to tell the government if and when you change your address. However, some people view this requirement as something that does not need to be strictly complied with. Perhaps the law requires an address change, but there are a lot of things the law “requires,” the thought process goes. This thought process sometimes results in unfortunate consequences. Sometimes, a failure to properly make an address change leads to the denial of some request for an immigration benefit,…… Read More »

Who Must Have an I-864 Affidavit of Support?

Posted on Jun 25th, 2017
The affidavit of support is a document that many people seeking to become a permanent resident must submit or have submitted on their behalf to immigration officials. There are general rules about who must have an I-864, but there are exceptions to these general rules. Immigrants who must comply with the affidavit of support requirement include: Immigrants seeking permanent residence based on their family relationship (unless an exception applies); Immigrants who are seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status…… Read More »

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