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Immigration Problems for Non-Citizens Accused of Crimes in New York City

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

The most commonly thought of problem associated with being accused of a crime for those who are not citizens (including legal residents) is DEPORTATION. Deportation is the forced removal of a person from the United States, usually returning the person to the country of citizenship. Certainly deportation can have life changing effects on people’s… Read More »

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ASYLUM CASES: EXPERTS

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

Asylum Cases: Experts What is the purpose of an expert witness? Although a client’s testimony alone may be enough to prove an asylum case, almost universally additional evidence is needed to carry the applicant’s burden of proof. While general country conditions documentation may help prove the case, an expert can be helpful when your… Read More »

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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

U.S. businesses use the H-1B visa to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as science, engineering or computer programming. H-1B workers’ spouses and children are admitted to the U.S. with H-4 visas. Normally, an H-1B can work in the U.S. for a maximum of… Read More »

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Know Your Rights When It Comes To Your Immigration Court Case

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

Click to view PDF: Know Your Rights When It Comes To Your Immigration Court Case

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SCOTUS United States v. Texas Deadlock

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

While today’s split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, what it does mean is that these important, commonsense policies will remain blocked for now. The fact remains, DAPA and DACA+ are initiatives that are lawful, constitutional, and consistent with decades of actions taken by presidents of both parties, from Eisenhower to Obama. The Supreme… Read More »

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Asylum Interview and Questions

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

Asylum Interview and Questions The asylum interview can be the most important part of the asylum application process. It is your opportunity to tell your story in your own way. Once you enter the asylum interview office, the asylum officer will greet you and ask you to stand and raise your right hand. The… Read More »

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What to Do If Someone is Apprehended by ICE

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

On May 12, 2016, Reuters reported that immigration authorities are planning another surge of arrests aimed at families and unaccompanied children who are 18 years of age or older. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) states that these operations “are limited to those who were apprehended at the border after January 1, 2014, have been… Read More »

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Your Relative Had Children After I-130 Approved – Can They Immigrate Too?

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (“green card” holder) who wants to bring a relative to the U.S. on a “family preference” visa, you don’t need to file a separate “I-130” visa petition for any children your relative has – you can just list the names of the children on… Read More »

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Applying for US Citizenship with a Criminal Record

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

If you are applying for citizenship (naturalization) in the U.S. and have a criminal record, you should consult an immigration attorney first as the laws in this area are highly complex. Certain types of crimes will not only prevent a person from qualifying for U.S. citizenship, but could result in the applicant being placed… Read More »

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Can a TN individual from Canada establish a business in the United States and then have the business sponsor that individual for TN status?

By Svetlana Prizant | Categories: General

TN visa regulations do not authorize a Canadian citizen to establish a business in the United States and then have the business sponsor that individual for TN status. Even if the sponsoring company is a separate legal entity, a Canadian citizen may not obtain TN status if he or she substantially controls the sponsoring… Read More »

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