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.
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.
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.
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.
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.