This is a Presidential Election year. It is February, and we have been hearing lots of campaign promises since last summer. Back then, many of us thought Donald Trump was an entertainer using the presidential primaries to increase his popularity. Now we know that Mr. Trump’s campaign is not going away – he appears to be prepared to accept the Republican party nomination later this year. He has also shown that he has no problem with a blanket ban of all Muslims from entering the United States, regardless of whether they are Syrian refugees. He also believes every undocumented person has to be deported, albeit “humanely.” On the other political side of the race, Hillary Clinton has indicated she supports immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented people in the United States, but has supported President Obama’s recent initiative to arrest and deport Central Americans who entered the United States illegally, many of who came to flee violence in their home countries and to seek refuge.
Have you received a Notice of Intent to Deny in an immigration case and need help figuring out what to do next? Think for a moment about your taxes. How do you feel when you file income tax returns? Do you get excited about the refund you’re expecting?
Immigration lawyer: Customs and Border Protection Announces New Electronic Data Entry Program for Visitors from China
Until late 2014, visitors to the United States from China had to apply for visitor visas, which were valid for only one year. This meant that Chinese visitors had to renew their visas every year to be able to continue visiting the United States. While this might not sound like a big inconvenience, business visitors who periodically attend meetings in the United States, and investors reviewing investment opportunities were required to apply for new visas – and risk being denied the visa – each year. For anyone not familiar with the process of applying for a visitor visa, U.S. immigration law presumes that everyone is seeking to immigrate to the United States. In other words, everyone applying for a visa intends to live in the U.S. permanently.)
When we watch our favorite TV channels (take, for example, HGTV’s House Hunters International), we see happy folks making a decision to move to another country, and simply arriving there. The important decisions are what type of house to live in, what’s the best location, and how much do I have to pay for it? As we watch, few of us stop to ask if these people, who are often Americans, applied for the right visa, obtained an immigration lawyer, were vetted through security clearances, and if their purpose for being in this new country accords with their legal status. (When was the last time you asked yourself, Are they authorized to work in Costa Rica? Are they allowed to own a business in Mexico?)