Undocumented Immigrants Pay More Taxes Than you Think!

June 13, 2016

Who are undocumented immigrants? Those who are in the United States are out of status; overstayed visas; walked across the border; smuggled in by human traffickers or have never been inspected by Customs and Border Patrol. How do undocumented immigrants pay taxes? Local taxes: sales taxes (buying goods at a store) property taxes (renting or buying a… Read more »


What is DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)?

June 13, 2016

What is DAPA? DAPA is Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. On November 20, 2014, the US President, Barack Obama, announced a new deferred action program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, DAPA.  . GUIDELINES: DAPA comes with A 3 YR work authorization ELIGIBILITY: Has, as of November 20, 2014, a son or daughter who is… Read more »


What is an Initial Legal Consultation?

June 13, 2016

What is an Initial Legal Consultation? What to expect at an initial consultation with an attorney. It is not a legal representation. An attorney/client relationship is not established. This should be presented as legal education and not legal advice. This protects the attorney and you. Is it free or is there a fee? Some lawyers… Read more »


How do YOU Hire an Immigration Attorney?

June 13, 2016

HOW TO HIRE AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY Selecting an attorney is a very important decision that an immigrant will make.  Unlike Criminal Courts, Immigration Courts do not provide free legal assistance.  Whether you are detained or undetained, documented or undocumented, in or out of status, inspected or uninspected, you should do your homework before hiring an immigration… Read more »


Why Should I Take the Risk and Hire an Immigration Attorney?

June 13, 2016

Why Should You Take the risk with an Immigration Attorney? Initially, many seek free advice but do not continue the process. I applaud those who seek information.  It is an act of courage to ask for assistance.  However, many do not take the next step by using the free information given at an initial consultation. … Read more »


What is the Next Step after an Initial Legal Consultation?

June 13, 2016

What is the Next Step after an Initial Legal Consultation? What you should expect at your second appointment with an Immigration Attorney. Second Appointment should be a Legal Strategy Session This appointment should be at least 60 minutes long. You and your attorney should have a better discussion than your initial legal consultation. There may… Read more »


What is Marriage Fraud according to USCIS?

June 13, 2016

What is Marriage Fraud according to USCIS? Why marriage fraud is not a good idea to gain legal status with USCIS. Marriage fraud is often called a fake or shame marriage. What is a bonafide marital relationship? A bonafide marriage means that a husband and wife have not entered into marriage to evade immigration laws…. Read more »


How can I be Reinstated as a Student?

June 13, 2016

F-1 Visa Reinstatement How can I be reinstated as a Student? Consider asking for assistance to do the following: Complete USCIS Form Complete SEVIS I 20 Full course of study No unauthorized employment Not deportable on any other grounds other than being out of status Definitely consider hiring an experienced Immigration attorney if the following:… Read more »


What Factors Determine your Legal Fee?

June 13, 2016

What determines your Legal Fee? Does the attorney charge a FLATE FEE? One dollar amount is paid for a typical legal case. Flat fees are usually charged when the services being provided are more predictable. Ask the lawyer exactly what services and expenses are and are not covered in a flat fee. Does the attorney charge… Read more »


What is wrong with VAWA?

November 7, 2014

Sometimes domestic violence can occur during a bonafide marriage and the couple never lived together.  The victim/self-petitioner meets all of the requirements to VAWA but never lived with the abuser/spouse.  Is this fair?  Is this what US Congress intended?  The victim/self-petitioner will not receive a green card because the victim/self-petitioner was never allowed to live with the abuser/spouse?… Read more »

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