Immigration Lawyer in Houston Public Charge Rule Update

Posted on February 03, 2020 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

If you follow changes in immigration law and policy, you’ve been hearing a lot about the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge rule," more scrutiny, and increased denials of applications.  If you’re worried, you’ve got reason to be. On Monday, January 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request for a stay of the nationwide injunction against public charge rule. This decision clears the way for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  to implement the rule in all 50 states except in Illinois, which has a statewide injunction of its own. As an immigration lawyer in Houston, the Public Charge Rule has been on my radar, here's some more information I put together for you.

I Had a Conditional Green Card but I Divorced and Remarried

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

Marriages don’t always work out – we all know that. It’s hard enough sorting out your differences in the process of divorce. If you add immigration issues on top of marriage issues, things can get even more complicated. The good news is if you get divorced when you’re under a conditional green card and then remarry, there’s a recent development that may make life a little easier.

Are USCIS Filing Fees Going Up in 2020?

Posted on January 07, 2020 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

You may have read that USCIS Filing Fees are going up in 2020.  We can confirm that in November 2019, an announcement was issued that the USCIS Filing Fees were going up. For some applications, the filing fee would increase less than $100. For other applications, the filing fee would increase by over $500.

These filing fee increases affect people applying for citizenship, people applying for green cards, and some people filing for temporary visas.

Filing an I-751 to Remove Conditions on my Green Card

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Nina Marie Amadi

If you're thinking about filing an I-751 to remove Conditions on my green card, this article may have some helpful information. You might be asking yourself, what is a conditional green card?  Any non-citizen who marries a United States Citizen and files for adjustment within the first two years of marriage what is called a conditional green card that will expire in two years. Prior to expiration of the green card you would need to file removal of conditions known as an I-751.

Would Becoming a Citizen Help my Foreign Spouse in the Immigration Process?

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Nina Marie Amadi

You understand that the immigration process to the United States can be complicated.  If you are a married, permanent resident of the U.S., you may be wondering, would becoming a citizen help my foreign spouse in the immigration process?  The short answer is, probably, yes.  Everyone's case is unique.  In this article we explore different scenarios and details when weighing a decision on weather or not to become a citizen before helping your spouse with their immigration process, I-130 and, possibly, I-485 Immigration Forms.

New Immigration Policy Means More Scrutiny and Denials of Applications

Posted on August 30, 2019 by Nina Marie Amadi

If you or someone you know is thinking of applying for permanent residency or naturalization, please read this article.  There is a new immigration policy involving more scrutiny and denials of applications for many immigrants for multitude of new reasons. 

It could affect young and old, people with medical conditions, and more.  New policies will allow Homeland Security to scrutinize and deny applications based on the applicant’s education, skills, finances, the number of children and other dependents in their family, and more.  

I Never Filed to Remove Conditions on My Green Card

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

You received a 2-year conditional green card, but then you let the deadline to file your I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on your green card. Maybe you just didn’t realize it was that important, or maybe you forgot when it was expiring.  Or maybe you thought you’d have to get your spouse to sign the paperwork, and you’re having marital problems and aren’t sure if that will happen. If you're searching for answers and saying to yourself, I never filed to remove conditions on my green card, this article is for you.

Is My Friend a Trafficking Victim?

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Nina Marie Amadi

We hope you never have to ask yourself “is my friend a trafficking victim?” Trafficking is a growing issue in the United States, particularly in Houston, Texas, where our office is located.  If you’re worried that a friend or loved one is a victim of trafficking, it can be hard to recognize the warning signs, and you might not know what you can do to help.

If you want to help a friend who might be a victim of trafficking, you first need to know what trafficking is.

ICE Raids for Deportation Orders in Houston

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

 

As an immigration lawyer in Houston, I have been asked several questions regarding the latest news on ICE Raids for Deportation Orders. I want to be sure that you have information about what you can do if you are concerned about friends, loved ones, or yourself.

The raids were supposed to take place Sunday, June 23rd, but were later delayed for two weeks. In tweets on June 22nd and 23rd, President Trump stated that the raids are targeted toward people who are subject to deportation orders but are not in custody – they live among in the general public.

Immigration and Spousal Abuse

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

Online dating and making friends via social media is a popular way for people to meet each other. This can even happen across country borders, with people meeting each other online and making the decision to meet in person. When a woman from another country meets an American man online, then he visits her (or vice versa) and they decide to marry, things might seem great at first - new marriage and a new home in the United States. However, not all of these stories have a happy ending. Some involve immigration and spousal abuse.

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