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Removal of a Conditional Resident Status

July 3, 2020

A lawful permanent resident is commonly referred to as being a green card holder.  Lawful permanent resident status generally lasts until one of the following occurs: the non-citizen naturalizes and becomes a United States citizen, the non-citizen receives an order of removal from the country, or the non-citizen voluntarily chooses to give up the lawful permanent residency. Where a person adjusts status to a lawful permanent resident within two years of a lawful marriage to a U.S. citizen, a green card will be valid for 2 years.  These individuals are known as conditional permanent residents. Ahead of a conditional residency expiration, however, an application known as Form I-751 or the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence will need to be filed in order to extend the status to an indeterminate Lawful Permanent Residence.

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The Effects of a DUI Criminal Record on a Bond Hearing in Immigration Court

July 3, 2020

When detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the experience can be frightening and traumatic.  For any person who is in custody at an immigration detention facility, getting back home to loved ones is of utmost importance. One way a person can gain release from detention at the early stages of the proceedings is through the payment of bond.  By paying a court ordered bond amount, an individual assures the court that he or she will appear at all future court proceedings related to the case.  If an individual complies with the terms of bond and appears at all future court proceedings, the bond amount paid will be reimbursed.  However, failure to appear at future court proceedings will result in bond revocation and the money paid will be kept by the court.

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COVID-19 Forces the Suspensions of Premium Processings for All I-140 and I-219 Petitions

March 26, 2020

As of Mar. 20, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services made an announcement on the sudden and short-term delay of the premium processings for all I-129 as well as I-40 petitions due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The agency will not be accepting recent requests for the premium processings, however, will process petitions that have previously received I-907 Forms, also known as the Petition for Premium Processings, and is in compliance with the premium processings criteria. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website reports that the agency will not be able to mail notices with pre-paid postage envelopes with regard to petitions. Instead, the agency will send petition notices using pre-paid envelopes.

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Violence Against Women Act: How the Law Continues to Protect Undocumented Victims of Domestic Abuse 25 Years After It Was Passed

December 18, 2019

The Violence Against Women Act, which passed into law in 1994, was intended to protect those harmed as a result of domestic crimes. Moreover, it was also designed to reduce the stigma that is often associated with domestic abuse. In the past three decades, Congress has made a number of changes to national immigration laws in effort of offering protections for undocumented individuals harmed by domestic violence or crime.

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What You Should Know About P-1 Visas for Athletes

December 18, 2019

P-1visas are available to those interested in entering the country to perform at specific athletic competitions as athletes either individually or as a part of a team. The performance, however, will need to be internationally recognized, which will be explained later in this article. Here, we will provide a general overview of P-1 visas and what you will need to do if you wish to petition for the visa.

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