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Bringing Your Fiancé to the U.S.

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With the ever increasing popularity of social media and on-line dating sites, more people are meeting that special someone via the internet. If your perfect partner happens to live abroad, there may be immigration options available for you to be together in the U.S. The fiancé visa, a K-1 visa, allows a foreign national to […]

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Applying for U.S. Citizenship

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A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can apply to become a U.S. citizen though a process called naturalization. While many permanent residents must maintain their resident status for at least five years before applying for citizenship, persons who are married to U.S. citizens, including certain applicants who obtained their residence following approval of a self-petition under […]

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Duval County’s 287g program

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As of the writing of this entry, there are only a few counties in Florida counties with a 287g agreement (can be seen here). These agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies are expected to increase significantly throughout Florida under the Trump administration. While pitched to localities as enhancing community […]

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Choosing an Immigration Attorney

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Four things to consider when choosing your immigration attorney. Immigration law is complex and is constantly changing.  Find an immigration lawyer who practices only immigration law. Someone who dabbles in immigration, or does an immigration case here or there is probably not an experienced immigration attorney. Find an attorney with experience in your particular type […]

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Getting a Florida Drivers License

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Many foreign nationals may qualify for a Florida Drivers License or Florida Identification card if they are able to provide specific documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For example, persons with pending U-visa applications, applications for adjustment of status, persons with valid tourist visas, and even people who have an upcoming hearing, can […]

Celebrating Pro Bono

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The Law Office of Karen Winston is celebrating Pro Bono Week! Providing pro bono representation to underserved immigrant communities is an important part of the Law Office of Karen Winston’s mission and values. Karen was selected as a “2016 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chapter Pro Bono Champion,” for her demonstrated commitment to pro bono […]

Eleventh Circuit Gives Hope to Detainees Subject to Prolonged Mandatory Detention

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In Sopo v. Attorney General, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the mandatory detention statute at U.S.C. § 1226(c), “authorizes detention for a reasonable amount of time. When this reasonable period is exceeded, the government must provide a bond hearing to determine whether the person’s continued detention is permissible. Such continued detention would […]