201602161521276460Desperate times call for desperate measures!  We have all heard this phrase many times in our lives. But the reality is that these desperate measures often produce disastrous results.  In the context of immigration law, the desperate act of marrying someone solely for a green card almost always ends very badly. Read the rest of this entry »

201602091133532315By Attorneys Anda Kwong & Nancy E. Miller

For some, the path to the American Dream does not go smoothly.  One may have been fighting for status for years only to hear the immigration judge order him removed.   Is it over?  Is there any hope? Read the rest of this entry »

2016020210225559751By Attorney Nancy E. Miller

Being convicted of a crime that immigration law categorizes as an aggravated felony is devastating.  The relief available to a non-citizen in this situation is extremely limited. An immigrant may face removal even if he has lived here most of his life and even if the crime categorized as an aggravated felony is neither aggravated nor a felony under state law. Read the rest of this entry »

201601290922251514By Attorneys Ben Loveman & Nancy E. Miller

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court threw a life-line to the Obama administration’s deferred action programs known as DAPA and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. citizens and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, respectively) agreeing to hear the case in this Court term.  Of course, the Court’s decision to hear the case is just a first step and is not an indication that the Court will overrule the lower court decisions or allow DAPA to be implemented. For those hoping that DAPA and expanded DACA will be implemented, we continue to urge that you explore all options available as many other changes to the immigration landscape have opened new pathways to residency and other benefits over the last several years. Read the rest of this entry »

201601191010245497By: Attorneys Angela K. Ho & Nancy E. Miller

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently proposed a new rule that would allow students in F-1 status or Optional Practical Training (OPT) who have studied in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields (STEM) to extend their OPT work authorization to 24 months. In total, this proposed rule would allow students in these STEM programs to stay and work in the U.S. for up to three years after their program ends. Students in non-STEM programs are typically granted 12 months of OPT work authorization after graduation. Students in STEM programs were originally granted an additional OPT extension of 17 months, provided they were eligible for the program extension. Read the rest of this entry »

201601121203244743By Attorneys Gregory J. Boult, Robert L. Reeves & Nancy E. Miller

As the New Year begins, there is hope that comprehensive immigration reform will legalize the status of millions, thus permanently uniting them with their families here in the United States. Unfortunately, the year has not begun on a positive note and the outlook for passage is not good. As 2015 came to a close, the Department of Homeland Security revealed plans to physically deport thousands of Central Americans while moving to stringently enforce the Real ID Act in a manner which could affect the ability of many individuals, both documented and undocumented, from entering federal facilities and boarding commercial airliners even with a valid state-issued driver’s license. Is this a portent of things to come?  It is certainly possible. Read the rest of this entry »

201601051156267179By Attorneys Devin M. Connolly & Nancy E. Miller

The year 2016 is upon us and it is time to look forward and make plans for the upcoming year.  Will 2016 be the year you resolve your immigration problems?  Will 2016 be the year you consult an experienced and knowledgeable immigration firm about your immigration rights in the U.S.? Read the rest of this entry »