General Immigration

Eric Schmidt on Immigration

“U.S. Government Immigration Policy Downright Stupid” In an article on Entrepreneur.com. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discussed various matters including his clear disgust with the current immigration climate in the U.S. Schmidt was eager to vent his frustrations about the immigration bill stalling on Capitol Hill and stated: “The policy of America to deny visas to technically… Read more »


Gay Marriage and Immigration Green Card Filings

Same-Sex Couples Can File For Green Card Immigration Benefits As DOMA was overturned today in a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act) , the next question for same-sex couples is how to apply for immigration benefits in order to process Green Cards and convert a foreign national spouse into a U.S. Permanent Resident. Note… Read more »


Another Account of Non-Attorneys Scamming Artists

As reported on by the Hollywood Reporter, another non-attorney providing O visa legal services has been charged with multiple counts of cheating artists after promising to get O-1 visas. As provided in part by the article: “The Saskatchewan native allegedly operated a Los Angeles-area immigration consulting business that sought O-1 visas on behalf of aspiring… Read more »


GOP finally turning on anti-immigration organizations?

Groups including FAIR and NumbersUSA are among these organizations who have always help agitate the anti-immigration sentiment based on unfounded arguments rooted in bigotry. The Republican party has had close ties with many of these organizations over long periods of time. It appears that the political pressure on Republicans though may finally help expose these… Read more »


Immigration Reform—Small Steps Forward

As repotted by ABC news, tinyurl.com/b7es78w , the bi-partisan group of Senators knows as the “Gang of Eight” have taken steps towards provided a framework for immigration reform. As provided by the gang of eight: “Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration… Read more »


What controls the length of my stay in the U.S., my visa stamp or I-94?

I have often seen this extremely important question arise as a result of what I believe to be unclear instructions and explanations given to individuals when they present themselves at U.S. Consulates or at ports of entries such as airports when entering the U.S.  The misunderstanding arises when individuals believe that the validity dates indicated on… Read more »


DHS Ombudsman: Independent Channel For Grievances With USCIS

It’s not Superman – it’s the DHS Ombudsman! The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, provides independent analysis of problems encountered by individuals and employers interacting with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and proposes changes to mitigate those problems. The Ombudsman’s Office strives… Read more »


Airport Screening: Beware CBP Computer Snooping

Beware broad authority of immigration officials to search computers and other personal devices at airports U.S. ports of entry – airports, seaports, land-crossings- are monitored by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents (CBP), established as an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2003. Although CBP is the largest law enforcement agency… Read more »


Global Entry Program Now Available

CBP has begun processing applications for the Global Entry Program for expedited entry clearance Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify… Read more »


Approved Green Card: Can I Travel?

My green card application has been approved – I need to travel tomorrow – what do I do? We often see cases where the Adjustment of Status (green card) application is approved within one or two days after the interview and the client is all set to travel and does not have time to wait… Read more »