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    USING TRIP TO FIX MISTAKES THAT AFFECT TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES

    Ideally, travelers to or within the United States who have a valid tourist visa should not have their travel interrupted by immigration officials, Border Patrol agents, or employees of the Transportation Security Agency. Unfortunately, the United States government sometimes makes mistakes. When the mistakes are made by agencies within an organization as massive as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the mistakes can be difficult to rectify. One resource for travelers who face border issues is the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). Travelers can use TRIP to alert DHS to government mistakes that delay or disrupt travel plans.

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    IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR NANNIES

    Many parents benefit from the assistance of a nanny. When people who are living abroad return to or visit the United States, they may want their nanny to join them. Nannies become part of the family, and finding a new or temporary nanny in the United States can be difficult and disruptive.

     

    Other parents live in the United States but find it difficult to locate a reliable nanny who is willing to accept long-term employment. Those parents might look to nations that have a history of training caregivers to work abroad.

     

    Unfortunately, some parents bring a nanny to the United States on a tourist visa that does not allow the nanny to work. They may encourage the nanny to work illegally and to overstay a visa. That can create legal problems both for the parents and for the nanny.

     

    Bringing a nanny to the United States to work legally is possible, but it often requires careful planning. Getting advice from an immigration attorney is the best starting point.

     

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    Know Your Rights When Traveling Near the United States Border

    From north to south, the United States spans about 1,500 miles. From east to west, the distance is about 2,800 miles. Many undocumented immigrants believe that the rules that govern their lives will be the same, no matter where they are along those two dimensions. Yet within 100 miles of the East and West Coasts, as well as the Canadian and Mexican borders, a different set of rules may apply.

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    Have you been a victim of crime in the United States? Humanitarian Visas for Crime Victims

    Victims of crimes that occurred in the United States may qualify for a “U visa.” The visa is available to victims and their family members when a law enforcement agency needs the victim’s assistance to investigate or prosecute a crime that caused mental or physical harm. An immigration lawyer can help crime victims obtain a U visa as a pathway to obtaining a green card. The U visa is meant to encourage crime victims who are not legal immigrants to report significant crimes to the police. Before the U visa program was created, crime victims often feared that they would be deported if they reported a crime.

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    Immigration Policy is Unchanged For Most People Seeking Entry Into the USA

    President Trump has stirred controversy with his immigration policies, but the controversy has given birth to unwarranted and misplaced fears. For the most part, immigration during the Donald Trump presidency is proceeding just as it did during the Barack Obama presidency. Taking a closer look at the new policies should ease the minds of potential immigrants who fear that the path to permanent residence in the United States has been blocked. For most people, the path to living and working in the United States is no differentthan it was in the past.

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    How to obtain E-2 treaty investor status

     

    Dear Client:

    Per your questions, as we mentioned before there is no hard and fast rule and no set minimum level of investment, though obviously the higher the amount of investment the more likely it is that E-2 application will succeed. Just to review please refer to information below.

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    Final Rule Issued for Family Unity Waiver of Unlawful Presence

    The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the final rule intended to significantly reduce the length of time that U.S. citizens must be separated from “immediate relatives” (parents, spouse and children) who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents (LPR) in limited circumstances. The final rule permits those who qualify to apply for a provisional waiver of unlawful presence before leaving the U.S. for immigrant visa interviews in their country of origin. The rule is intended to reduce the period of time that U.S. citizens are kept away from those upon whom they depend and will become effective March 4, 2013.

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    K-1 checklist for nonimmigrant fiancée or fiancé visas

    • Copy of sponsor/petitioner’s U.S. passport (all pages) or certified copy of birth certificate, if born in the United States,or naturalization/citizenship certificate, if born abroad.
    • Certified copy of beneficiary’s birth certificate and translation.
    • Two passport-style photographs of each of you
    • Photographs of both of you together taken within the last two years. (Please label them as to date and place taken, and names of any other persons in photograph.)

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    The Impact of Criminal Convictions on Immigration Status

     

    If you are undocumented and charged with a criminal offense, you must deal with unique challenges because convictions of many criminal offenses can severely impact your immigration status. Although many presume that only serious felonies impact one’s immigration status, even minor offenses or driving under the influence can adversely impact you if you are a non-citizen. If you are a lawful resident, a criminal conviction can still result in removal proceedings. If you are merely in the process of obtaining a Green Card, a criminal conviction can raise moral character issues and derail your application.

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