What To Do If You Are Worried About Your Immigration Status

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Before we jump into what to do if you are worried about your immigration status, it might help to take a look back at the recent immigration raids that have been happening around the United States. 

In the last month, an immigration raid in the areas surrounding Houston provoked fear and concern in the undocumented immigrant community and from immigrants’ rights advocates.

Prior to this recent raid in areas surrounding Houston, ICE had conducted raids in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. ICE described a raid in the Austin area in February as part of an “Enforcement Surge.” However, speculation developed that the raid was actually a form of punishment against the city of Austin after its sheriff limited her office’s cooperation with ICE. 

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: What you Need to Know about Texas SB4

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Dollar Hoang

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: H-1B Visas

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Dollar Hoang

As an immigration lawyer in Houston, H-1B visas are on my radar. On March 19th, CBS 60 minutes covered the H-1B visas and its “outsourcing of American jobs to foreign workers, often at lower pay.” The show interviewed individuals who claimed they were required to train H-1B workers who then replaced them for less pay. 

Trump's Travel Ban 2.0

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Dollar Hoang

Trump's Travel Ban 2.0

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order stating that citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya would be banned from entering the United States. The order did not differentiate between visa holders, people with green cards or even dual citizens.

Lawyers in various jurisdictions filed lawsuits to stay the enforcement of the order. As the 9th circuit court of appeals considered a lower court’s decision to stay execution of the order, the Trump administration asked the court to hold its ruling so that the administration could issue a new order that was more carefully considered.

Órdenes Ejecutivas de Inmigración Decretadas por el Presidente Trump

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Las Órdenes Ejecutivas de Inmigración decretadas por el Presidente Trump generan cambios importantes. Aparte de la “prohibición de ingreso” (travel ban) ya mundialmente conocida, el Presidente Trump ha hecho otros cambios a la ley de inmigración. Dos ejemplos incluyen la detención masiva de personas capturadas en la frontera y la definición más amplia de “criminal”, que determina quién será deportado como “extranjero criminal” (criminal alien).  

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Immigrant Intent

Posted on March 06, 2017 by Michael Grasso

 

As an immigration lawyer in Houston and a U.S. citizen, I realize that many people who grew up here seem to think that a person who wants to go somewhere can just go – we watch TV shows about people moving to other countries and never see episodes where they’re not given their visas.

Why do people trying to legally come to the United States get denied that opportunity?

This past week, the denial of visitor visas to a Tibetan women’s soccer team made international headlines. It appeared that the team was deemed not to have a “good reason” to come to the United States to participate in a soccer competition to which they had been invited. While there are questions about the political motivations for denying a Tibetan team visas, the situation illustrates the huge amount of discretion consular officers have to deny visitor visas to applicants.

Our firm gets lots of inquiries from people who know what they want: to come to the U.S., to get a green card, to work for an employer, etc. But those intentions by themselves aren’t enough to know the best course of action. It’s important for people seeking entry into the U.S. or immigration benefits to understand if their actions make sense with their visa classification or the other applications they submit.

As the Tibetan soccer team’s situation shows, your intent will be inferred from the documentation and actions you take. So if your intent is to immigrate to the United States and live here long-term, it’s important to understand that applying for a visitor visa may result in a denial.

Or not – if you are issued a visitor visa and you want to remain in the U.S. long term,  you may have issues at the port of entry, or when filing a subsequent immigration application. Understanding the idea of immigrant intent and when it is permitted is the first step in deciding your best course of action.

 

Trump's Executive Orders for Immigration

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Dollar Hoang

 

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President Trump’s Executive Orders for Immigration institute wide-ranging changes. Beyond the “travel ban” that has garnered most of the focus, President Trump has also made many other changes to the immigration landscape through his executive actions. His actions range from detaining more individuals who are caught crossing the border to broadening the definition of “criminal” for purposes of who will be a priority for deportation as a “criminal alien.”

A Breakdown of Trump's Travel Ban

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Here’s the latest breakdown of Trump's Travel Ban.

Notario, Form Filler, or Immigration Lawyer?

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Kathryn Karam
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Trying to decide whether to hire a notario, form filler, or immigration Lawyer to help you? Some people hire a lawyer; some work with notorios or form fillers; others seek the help of family and friends who have gone through the process before.

Sometimes people feel like their cases are relatively simple, so it doesn’t make sense to spend money hiring an attorney if it’s cheaper to just work with a form filler or a notario. But, before you entrust anyone with your immigration case, ask yourself these questions:

Notario, Rellenador de Formularios o Abogado de Inmigración?

Posted on February 02, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

  ¿Tratando de decidir si contratar a un notario, rellenador de formularios o abogado de inmigración para ayudarle? ¿Qué hacen la mayoría de la gente cuando necesitan ayuda con inmigración? Algunas personas contratan a un abogado; algunos trabajan con notarios o con un rellenador de formularios; otros buscan la ayuda de familiares y amigos que han pasado por el proceso de antes. Pero antes que confiar a alguien con tu caso, hágase estas preguntas: