As an Immigration Lawyer in Houston, I sometimes get asked, What is a Sham Marriage? Sham marriages are a way people avoid complying with immigration laws. A few years ago, sham marriages came into the spotlight with a hit movie, The Proposal, in which the two main characters conspire to enter into a sham marriage for the purpose of tricking immigration authorities. However, it isn’t just a movie plot – sham marriages occur in everyday life, too. They don’t always end up with the two people falling in love, like in the movie. And they don’t always have a happy ending, where everyone can just move on with their lives.
Every day, people call our office and end up asking us, "why should I pay for a consultation with an immigration lawyer? There are lawyers offering free consultations – I can just talk to one of them."
We tell callers yes - that’s true – you can! So if other attorneys offer free consultations, why do we charge for our consultations? And why should you pay for a consultation with one of our attorneys? There are some good reasons to pay for a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer.
If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you are thinking, I need to bring your spouse to the U.S.A., there’s a process to do this. Dealing with marriage and immigration issues can take time, and when you want to relocate to the USA together, it can feel like a long process. Doing things right is the best way to make this happen as quickly as possible.
If you're asking yourself, can I Apply for a Green Card if I Have TPS? You can apply for a green card if you have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and you have a separate basis to apply, but TPS by itself doesn’t give someone a pathway to apply for a green card. If you have TPS, your options for getting a green card depend on your situation. Since Donald Trump took office, his administration has announced that it is ending TPS for multiple countries. If you have TPS, you have reason to be worried – we don’t know what we can expect regarding the future of the TPS program. This means that if you have another avenue to apply for a green card – or any other legal status – it’s a good time to take a look at your options and see what you can do.
You might be wondering, do I have to register to file an H1B Cap Petition? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a new program that will require employers to register to file H-1B cap petitions for prospective employees. The new procedure, which has not yet been implemented, is intended to make the H-1B cap petition filing process easier and more manageable for employers and for UCSIS adjudicators.
The year 2018 is coming to a close, and the government shutdown that began on December 22nd remains in effect. It is uncertain when the shutdown might end, as President Trump has indicated that he will not sign a bill to find the government unless it includes funding for a border wall or fence. While this has a direct effect on employees in some government jobs, many are also wondering, what happens to my immigration case during a government shutdown?
Here is some information about the shutdown and how it might affect your immigration case:
Hace unos meses comencé a aprender acerca de un tipo diferente de solicitud de visa que puede ayudar a las personas que necesitan una opción para obtener estatus legal en los Estados Unidos. Mi oficina trabaja con muchas personas que han dicho que no hay nada que pueden hacer sobre su estatus migratorio. Conseguir a través del sistema de inmigración de Estados Unidos no es fácil, pero no importa lo que le han dicho, si hay una manera, queremos ayudarle a encontrarlo. Hay opciones para arreglar papeles.
A few months ago, I started learning about a different type of visa application that can help people who need an option to get legal status in the U.S. My firm works with many people who have been told that there’s nothing they can do about their immigration status. Getting through the U.S. immigration system isn’t easy, especially if you are looking for immigration options for victims of crimes, but no matter what you’ve been told, if there’s a way, we want to help you find it.
Immigration lawyer, Kathryn N. Karam, P.C., was recently invited to talk to Harris County, Constable Alan Rosen about Immigration and crime. This short chat also covers why it's important to report crimes if you are undocumented and what happens if an undocumented person reports a crime. Here's the link to the video interview on Facebook. Her talk begins about 39 minutes into the show. Below you will find the transcript of the video interview with some helpful topic titles to help you find information quickly.