USCIS Processing Delays have reached Crisis levels

USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the U.S. Some of the services that they provide include naturalization, management of the process that allows legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens to petition for residence for close relatives and management of the process that allow individuals to work in the U.S. – temporarily or permanently. USCIS is entirely funded by filing fees. NO Read More

It is H-1B season!

H-1B visas are available to allow U.S. businesses to hire professionals on a temporary basis for three years. The visa may thereafter be renewed for an additional three years. To qualify, the person hired must have at least a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific occupational specialty and must be offered a position that requires that specific degree. The occupational specialties that are generally accepted Read More

Happy New Year

This month has been busy with a lot of immigration-related news. I hope that 2019 has been good to you so far. USCIS remains open during the government shutdown. I have received many questions about whether immigration is still working during the shutdown. The answer is yes, for the most part.  Offices remain open and interviews continue to be held. USCIS will continue to accept petitions and applications for Read More

Reality Check – We are not being invaded by caravans of criminals entering through open borders.

At the end of  President Obama’s term, the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. was at its lowest level since 2007 with the sharpest declines occurring during the Obama presidency.  The Great Recession played a part as well as the sharp rise in deportations. Thankfully most of the deportations during this time were of those with a criminal history. That is not the case at this point. The  Pew Read More

Searching for Naturalization  Records through USCIS

This month I thought I would write about something a bit lighter in nature than most of my blogs.  Given that we are all immigrants, many wish to learn more about their family histories and to obtain copies of immigration related historical  documents. One way to start is to obtain naturalization records and certificates for your ancestors. Prior to 1906, foreign nationals could be naturalized in any court of record Read More

Voter suppression by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

There is much talk in this country about voter suppression. Typical voter suppression tactics include purging voters, gerrymandering, instituting voter-ID laws, closing polling places and preventing felons from voting.  I will not discuss the voter suppression tactics in general but would like to point out the voter suppression that is occurring via USCIS slow walking applications for legal residence (which can lead Read More

Crimes and Immigrants – the Myth

Every month I struggle with what to write in my monthly blog. There is no shortage of subjects. The problem I have is to decide what of many topics to use and to try not to make it too political but with immigration issues, it is really impossible to stay away from political commentary. Just reading the morning papers give me numerous ideas and then I look at my inbox with emails from AILA (the American Immigration Read More

Welcome Home Campaign

Recently there has been so much bad news about new immigration policies and procedures that it is hard to decide what to talk about in this blog. Every day brings new things to be outraged about. While the assault on “illegal” immigration continues to escalate, the assault on legal immigration continues under the radar. I am writing an article on what commentators have called the “invisible wall” – all of the ways, Read More

Rally to keep families together

On June 30th, I attended a rally to show support for keeping families together. It was at the Government Center in Key Largo and was co-sponsored by the Upper Keys Action Network, the Upper Keys Democrats and Keys to Peace. It was hot, humid and sunny but meaningful to those who attended.  Some brought signs, and some made signs from materials we had available. Because many people come to the Keys to retire, many Read More

Voting is a right of U.S. citizens as well as a responsibility

Register or update your registration and request vote by mail ballots if you think that will make it more likely that you vote. As an immigration attorney, I have spent decades helping people obtain U.S permanent residence which can lead to citizenship after five years (or three if married to a U.S. Citizen.) At the oath ceremonies, new, very proud U.S. citizens are provided information on voter registration. Read More