How do I show my marriage is real in a marriage based immigration petition?

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Kimberley Marie Hudson

How do I show my marriage is real in a marriage based immigration petition? A United States citizen or Permanent Resident may file a petition for his or her foreign born spouse to become a permanent resident. The petition serves as a basis for the foreign-born spouse to get a “green card” – permanent residence – that allows the spouse to live permanently in the United States. To qualify to apply for a green card based on marriage, you and your spouse will need to show that you have entered into a “bona fide” marriage and that one of you is a United States citizen or permanent resident. You and your spouse must file a marriage-based petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by submitting a Form I-130

When filing a marriage-based immigration petition for a foreign-born spouse to live permanently in the United States, many questions may arise. This article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions. There are a few ways for a foreign-born beneficiary of a marriage-based petition to apply for a green card, including from inside the United States with USCIS, or outside the United States through a U.S. Embassy. Showing that your marriage is genuine and not just for immigration purposes is the main focus of the marriage-based petition

Can Immigration Take Away My Greencard if My N-400 is Denied?

Posted on March 13, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

 What will happen if my N-400 is denied? As immigration attorneys in the Houston area, we hear from our fair share of people who are worried about this. Houston is one of the five largest USCIS offices in nation. Anywhere from 1500-2500 people in Houston take an oath to become a U.S. citizen each month.  

Lots of people who want to apply for citizenship have concerns about what might go wrong. Many have concerns that they might have issues in their application. Some wonder if they could lose their permanent residence (their “green card”) if their application for naturalization N-400 is denied.

Do I Qualify to Get an Immigration Bond if I Have a Criminal Record?

Posted on March 02, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

If you’re worried about being detained by ICE, you’re probably also wondering, “Do I qualify to get an immigration bond if I have a criminal record?”

The answer to this question is maybe. Not everyone will qualify for a bond. Knowing if you will have issues qualifying for a bond is important – you need to know what issues you might face if you’re detailed. You also can start gathering information and evidence now that may help in your request for a bond. 

It's important to know that even if you are a permanent resident, you may be detained and placed in removal proceedings. This may occur upon your return if you travel internationally, or it may happen if your N-400 is denied and you have a criminal history that makes you deportable.

What to Do if Your N-400 is Denied

Posted on February 23, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

Applying for to become a naturalized citizen is a big deal - it’s a request for a huge set of rights and benefits. If you are approved to naturalize, you will be scheduled for an oath ceremony where you will swear loyalty to the United States. Once you naturalize, you get citizenship in the United States, which cannot be taken away unless fraud was committed in your naturalization application. It means being able to get a US passport, which may make travel to other countries easier. It also means being able to vote in elections in your state, local area, and for federal offices including the presidency. Here's what to do if your N-400 is denied.

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Buy American, Hire American

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Kathryn N. Karam

 As an immigration lawyer in Houston, I keep track of the latest changes to immigration law. On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled "Buy American, Hire American." Buy American means that all statutes, regulations, rules, and executive orders which relate to federal procurement or federal grants must show preference for goods, products, or materials produced in the United States. Products include steel, iron, and manufactured goods. For example, for steel products, the entire manufacturing process must be done in the United States. 

Abogado de Inmigración en Houston: ¿Cómo entro usted a los Estados Unidos?

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Kathryn Karam

 ¿Cómo entro usted a los Estados Unidos? Como abogado de inmigración en Houston todos los días hablo con personas que quieren aplicar para obtener la residencia permanente, muchos de estos basados en relaciones familiares. Como abogado Siempre quiero obtener toda la información específica que pueda, para saber la mejor manera de presentar un caso.

Esto siempre incluye entender como una persona llego a los Estados Unidos. Algunas veces las personas explican que usaron una visa o una tarjeta de paso fronterizo. Otras veces nos cuentan que un coyote los entro de manera ilegal. Otras veces solo dicen “yo entre ilegal.”

2017 Immigration News: Enforcement, Vetting, and a Ray of Hope

Posted on January 02, 2018 by Kathryn Karam

2017 Immigration News: Enforcement, Vetting, and a Ray of Hope.  2017 was a year packed with Immigration News. Donald Trump made immigration a major focus of his first year in office, pushing for a border wall even if Mexico doesn’t pay for it as he’d stated during his campaign, issuing instructions to the  Department of Homeland Security to implement measures to restrict legal immigration, step up enforcement measures at the border and the interior against all undocumented immigrants, and directing the Department of State and DHS to more rigorously vet visa applicants and others applying for U.S. immigration benefits.

How can I get an Immigration Bond?

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Nina Marie Amadi

How can I get an Immigration Bond? If you are arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a bond can be set either by ICE or at a bond hearing before an Immigration Judge.

If your bond is set by ICE and it is too high, your attorney may request that ICE set a lower bond. Your Attorney may submit documentation showing that you are not a danger to people or property and that you do not pose a flight risk. If ICE does not reduce the bond, or the bond amount is still too high, your attorney may file a request for a bond hearing with an Immigration Judge to ask for a lower bond.

What do I do if ICE Comes to my Door?

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

What do I do if ICE Comes to my Door? As an Immigration lawyer in Houston, I know this question has been on the minds of many immigrants. Over the last few weeks, you may have seen news stories or social media posts about ICE officers coming to homes and even motels to try to arrest someone they believe is living there. Sometimes the person they want to arrest has never been in immigration court and has no criminal record.

What Do I Do if I Have a Deportation Order?

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

What do I do if I have a deportation order?  If you have a deportation order but you haven’t left the United States, you might feel like you're in danger everywhere you go. Really, you are – there is a threat that you could be taken into ICE custody and physically removed. If you've said to yourself, I Was Ordered Deported, but I'm Still in the US and wondered what you should do, you're right to be concerned.  

If you have lived here for years, have family here, and can support yourself, you have to be aware that the deportation order can be executed and separate you from your family and your ability to earn a living. This year, the Trump administration began detaining and deporting even those who have been on orders of supervision for years after they received deportation orders, and people who have been ordered deported are a priority for immigration enforcement.