Looking forward to removal of the “Invisible Wall”

As an immigration advocate, I breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear that Joe Biden will be our next President. For the last four years, there has been an unending assault of anti-immigrant policies and actions taken.  While there was much rightful attention given to the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration started building the “invisible wall” to reduce legal immigration. This did not Read More

What is happening with TPS and can I get a new or extended Employment Authorization Document

Clients have recently been asking about obtaining an extension of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work authorization.  There is much pending litigation concerning TPS and we just don’t know what will happen with these cases. This update is written to provide my clients and their employers as much information as possible at this time.  In one case – Ramos vs Nielson, the court enjoined Read More

RBG vs ACB on immigration issues

We mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) for many reasons. When I heard that she had died, I gasped out loud.  It was difficult to catch my breath. For me, it is very personal because I started working as an attorney at a time when women practicing law was an oddity. When I was an undergraduate studying economics there were, more often than not, no other women in my classes. At the University of Florida law Read More

Vote

Now is the time to register if you are not yet registered - The deadline to register to vote is October 5th. If you are already registered the time to request a mail ballot is now. Today I am writing about the process of voting and what the vote means to a first-time voter. Also, I am inviting you to attend (virtually) a Constitution Day Celebration that I have been working on organizing. Vote411 – This is a Read More

USCIS filing fees for common applications will rise substantially on Oct 3rd

On August 3rd USCIS announced new filing fees which will be effective as of October 3rd. While a few of the application fees will be slightly reduced, filing fees for Naturalization and Adjustment of Status to Permanent residence will be substantially increased. The current filing fees for a Naturalization petition including the required biometrics fee is $ 725 per person. The new fees will be $ 1200 per person. Read More

Avert the USCIS Budget Crisis but make USCIS Accountable

Before I get into the specifics of this blog, it is important to explain the function and funding of USCIS. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the governmental agency that handles applications for permanent residence based on family or employer petitions, handles non-immigrant matters for students, temporary workers, religious personnel, issues work permits and adjudicates Read More

Office Reopening, USCIS reopening and Black Lives Matter

We hope that you are well. Natalie and I are well and have been working remotely. As of June 4th, we will reopen our physical offices but request that you make an appointment or call before coming to the office.  As always you can contact us by phone or email, and we can arrange virtual appointments. Please let us know how we can help during these difficult times. In the midst of the Pandemic and feeling the Read More

Don’t let the virus silence your voice – How to Vote Carefully in the time of Covid-19

Register or Verify your Voter’s Registration and Sign up for Vote by Mail. Also Check your Signature so that your vote is counted and Track Your Ballot. In June of 2018, I wrote a blog entitled “Voting is a right of U.S. Citizens as Well as a Responsibility”. It can be found here. I bring this up again because of the importance of voting in these unsettling times. We need to be prepared in the event we do not Read More

Our Survival Infra-Structure is staffed by Immigrants

In February, I wrote a blog – No Farmers, No Food. No Immigrants, No Farmers – that discussed the importance of Immigrants to American’s getting feed.  A client of mine who is a real estate developer wrote and said I had forgotten to discuss the importance of  immigrants to the construction industry. I thanked him for an idea for a future blog which will be written in due time but when I received an email from Read More

We are all in this together

We are all in this together, we always have been but the behavior of some has often not reflected this fact of life. Our current health care crisis has taught this lesson to some.  Previously, few were concerned about whether or not food service workers were paid sick leave.  We all know that if sick pay is not available, people will come to work sick, infecting other workers and the customers. Now many Read More