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U.S. Citizens Married to Undocumented Spouses Sue Government For Not Receiving Stimulus Checks

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 05, 2020 | 7 Comments

At Valverde Law, we believe a U.S. citizen is no less a U.S. citizen and entitled to all rights and benefits under the law, even if married to an undocumented spouse. An estimated 16.7 million people live in mixed immigration-status households, meaning they have a spouse or a dependent who is an undocumented immigrant. None of those households were able to receive the $1,200 stimulus check given by the federal government after the CARES Act was passed.

Possible Expanded Opportunities for Employment Authorization for F-1 Students During the Pandemic

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ordinarily, students on F-1 visas are very limited in their employment opportunities. Typically international students are only allowed to work on their college campuses. Under 8 CFR 214.2(f)(9), however, USCIS has discretion to allow students on F-1 visas to request employment authorization to work off-campus due to severe economic hardship because of unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.

Can I Collect Unemployment if I am an Immigrant?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

U.S. citizens and non-citizens have lost their jobs in the economic fallout caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Applications for unemployment benefits have skyrocketed across the country. A record 3.3 million people in the United States applied for unemployment benefits during the week of Marc...

What to Know about the New Form I-944

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Starting February 24, 2020, most green card applications for lawful permanent residence filed in the United States will require a Form I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency.  Since 2019 something known as the public charge rule has been in and out of the courts- a rule put in place to ensure th...

Norfolk Sheriff’s Department Ends Agreement with ICE

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Oct 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Norfolk Sheriff's department has ended its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)- an agreement that paid the local sheriff's department to keep suspected illegal immigrants locked in the county jail until federal authorities could transfer them to a long-term facility. IC...