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What is our operational status during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic? / ¿Cuál es nuestro estado operativo durante la pandemia de coronavirus COVID-19?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Apr 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are open! Our attorneys and staff continue to work remotely and in the office maximizing the use of technology. For the safety of our employees and clients, however, we are limiting direct personal contact. We invite you to contact us by filling out an this form, emailing us at [email protected]

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...

Green card processing times vary across USCIS Offices

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jan 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The 2019 national average for green card processing times for family-based adjustment applications is 11.1 months, as of September 2019. That doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, the national average is just that, a compilation that doesn't fully communicate what all areas of the country go thr...

The Arrests Happening at Immigration Interviews

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immigrants all over the country are feeling anxious as news continues of people being arrested at USCIS interviews- specifically marriage interviews for green cards.  Reports of these arrests have come from Florida, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Illinois, and Calif...

DUIs, Immigrants, and the Matter of Castillo-Perez

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Nov 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Good moral character” is a term that the average person doesn’t hear much about, but if you are applying for immigration status in the United States you are quite familiar with. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the standard of “good moral character” requires adherence to the generally accepted moral conventions of the community, and criminal activity is probative of non-adherence to those conventions. A recent decision handed down by the Attorney General now creates harsher parameters for a lack of “good moral character,” commonly shown by multiple DUIs.

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