You might be surprised to learn that marriage fraud is big business. For example, in 2020 a California resident by the name of Chang Yu “Andy” He was arrested for coordinating sham marriages between Chinese nationals and U.S. citizens in exchange for cash. How much cash? $10,000 up front, then $25,000 when the Chinese national…

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Visitor’s visas are called “B” visas, and they’re the most common type of visa that USCIS issues. They come in two forms: the B-1 visa for business visitors and the B-2 visa for people who are coming to the United States either to visit family members, or as tourists. A B visa lets you be…

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USCIS announced that the original lottery conducted earlier this year did not result in sufficient numbers of selections to reach the yearly numerical cap.  They will be conducting a second lottery among those who filed their registration to fill the cap.  Selectees will be notified via their online USCIS account if they are chosen in…

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Once you successfully complete the process to become a United States Citizen it is very difficult to take your citizenship away from you.  However, there are a limited number of circumstances in which it is possible to revoke your United States citizenship. Here’s what you need to know.  You can have your citizenship revoked if…

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Many clients hesitate to hire an immigration attorney because they fear the costs involved.  Yet the costs of not having an attorney can be much, much higher. In many cases there is not much margin for error on these applications. If you make too many mistakes, you may not be able to immigrate at all.…

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Many people who have successfully obtained green cards or who have successfully become lawful permanent residents have family members that they would like to bring over to live with them in the United States. In addition, there are many US Citizens who fall in love with and marry foreign partners who would like to ensure…

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USCIS has updated its policy for Employment Authorizations granted to Applicants for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence.  Because they are taking over a year to issue decisions on Adjustment of Status applications, they will now issue initial Employment Authorizations which are valid for 2 years instead of 1 year.  This change will only affect…

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The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced today that a phone scam is “spoofing” the phone number for their offices 703-305-1247.  The caller claims to represent the Court and requests personal information from the victims.  The EOIR will never call individuals from this phone number and will never request personal information over the phone.  Never…

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The Biden Administration has overhauled the guidance for government attorneys in the Immigration Courts concerning Removal Proceedings.  They have instructed the attorneys to exercise discretion on any matter involving an immigrant who arrived in the US prior to November 1, 2020.  In many of these cases, it is now possible to close or dismiss the…

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Here in Pennsylvania medical marijuana is legal at the state level, even though recreational use remains illegal. It is easy to find medical marijuana dispensaries. This reality has led many immigrants who live and work here in the state of confusion and has even gotten them into trouble. After all, it’s hard to imagine the…

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