Kathryn N. Karam

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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.

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.

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.

What is a Sham Marriage?

Posted on June 06, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

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.

Qué debo hacer si ICE viene a mi puerta?

Posted on April 08, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

  

Why Should I Pay for a Consultation with an Immigration Lawyer?

Posted on March 08, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

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. 

I Need to Bring My Spouse to the USA

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Kathryn N. Karam

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.

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