Immigration Consequence of Criminal Activity for Permanent Resident

Permanent residents of the United States have to realize the serious immigration consequence of criminal activity. Criminal activity often is defined as violation of federal, state or foreign criminal law. Among them, crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felonies and certain criminal conduct precludes a finding of good moral character would most likely affect a permanent … Read more

Employment Based Immigration — Recommendation Letter Drafting

People who are preparing for filing of EB1A (Person of Extraordinary Ability), EB1B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and NIW (National Interest Waiver) cases often struggle with recommendation letter drafting. They are either too busy with the research projects or teaching asssignment or they are not confident enough to draft 5 or 6 letters on the same subject … Read more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program Extended

Updates:WASHINGTON–U.C. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 12, 2009 that the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program has been extended through September 30, 2009 due to signing of the “Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill,” H.R. 1105. As a result of the extension of the Pilot Program, USCIS will continue to receive, process, and adjudicate all … Read more

2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines

The 2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines are used in calculating levels of income and assets that immigrant visa petitioners and joint sponsors must demonstrate in the I-864 Affidavits of Support. (for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia) Size of Family Unit/ Poverty Guidelines /125 Percent1 /$10,400 /$13,0002 /$14,000 /$17,5003 /$17,600 /$22,0004 /$22,200 /$26,5005 … Read more

Obama on Immigration

Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Plan (from Create Secure Borders Obama and Biden want to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry. Improve Our Immigration System Obama and Biden believe we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase … Read more

Free Attorney for Children in Immigration Court?

Read here for an article from Los Angeles Times regarding how difficult to obtain an inexpensive or free immigration attorney. The newspager reports that “Actress Angelina Jolie, Microsoft Corp. and other businesses are kicking off a nationwide project to ensure free lawyers for children in immigration court.” As a lawyer volunteer representing children in family … Read more

On Immigration

“This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. “Instead, … Read more

USCIS Changes Vaccination Requirements

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today a revised list of vaccines required for applicants seeking to adjust status to become legal permanent residents. CDC’s revised Technical Instructions to Civil Surgeons for Vaccination Requirements require the following age-appropriate additional vaccinations to adjust status to legal permanent resident: RotavirusHepatitis AMeningococcalHuman papillomavirusZoster The requirements for these … Read more