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Trump’s Executive Order (The “Muslim Ban”)

This e-mail is directed to anyone who may be affected by President Trump’s recent Executive Order restricting entry for citizens and nationals from seven specified countries. I will provide guidance on what I know and outline the many areas that

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Visa Fee increase on December 23

Visa fees are going up just in time for the holidays.  US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that new fees will take effect on Dec. 23, 2016.  Here are some of the visas that will cost more

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Recent presentation for the Professionals in Human Resources Association

Learn strategies to obtain an employment visa in the United States. Attached is the outline for my talk to the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). I spoke at PIHRA’s statewide conference in Long Beach. In the talk, I discussed

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California HR statewide convention on August 29

I’m thrilled to note that I’ll be a speaker at the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) convention in Long Beach on August 29. I’ll be discussing how to obtain an employment visa in the United States, providing a rundown

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Presentation to Los Angeles County Bar Immigration Section

Attached is my April 30, 2016 presentation to the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  I provided analysis and information about US Citizenship and Immigration’s adjudication of cases in which the green card applicant entered the United States through a port

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Here without papers? But married to a U.S. citizen? You may have options

Many immigrants from Mexico came to the U.S. as young children. Often they were driven across the border through the port of entry at San Ysidro or elsewhere, and waved through by border inspectors. This was before 9/11 and tight

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Long Waits for Iraqi Refugees

In recent days and weeks I have been contacted by Iraqis eager to bring their family members to the United States. Unfortunately, the waiting period for refugees and their families can stretch into years before a visa becomes available. This

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4-year wait for asylum interviews in Los Angeles

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services recently released a bulletin on the waiting period for interviews for asylum applicants. It’s not looking good. The waiting period for an asylum interview is extremely long, especially for Los Angeles. Asylum applicants who filed

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Getting an Asylum Interview

A client from Iraq had filed for asylum more than two years ago and was still waiting for an asylum interview. This is typical these days, as across the country asylum offices are running huge backlogs in scheduling asylum interviews.

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The Line between Legal and Illegal

What is the line between legal and illegal when discussing immigration? Everyone who comes to live and work in the United States has a story. Everyone has faced at least some stress in their efforts to establish themselves in this

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    11/16/2018

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    11/15/2018

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