USCIS Increasing Application Fees Beginning December 23, 2016

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be raising the fees associated with immigration applications beginning on December 23, 2016. Any applications mailed on or after December 23, 2016 will need to include the higher fee. On average, there will be a 21% increase in fees! On a positive note, there will be a three-level […]

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 […]

USCIS Expands the I-601A Provisional Waiver

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Certain individuals who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States can only apply to become a Lawful Permanent Resident by departing the U.S. and consular processing. Often one major hurdle for applicants is that those who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for certain periods of time, will trigger a three […]

DACA and the presidential election

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Since it was first implemented in August of 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offers reprieve from deportation and work authorization for certain undocumented young adults in the U.S., has positively impacted the lives of its recipients. Through DACA, hundreds of thousands of eligible youth have been able to obtain better employment opportunities, […]

The Cuban Adjustment Act and the 2016 Presidential Election

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The 2016 presidential race has been fraught with such drama and contention that watching the never ending debates has become a regular source of entertainment (and pain) at my house. Please don’t misunderstand, we are all too cognizant of the importance of this election, but it seems as though the media began their ultra-superficial non-stop […]

We can do better

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On December 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its plans to begin nationwide raids aimed at undocumented adults and children beginning on January 1, 2016. My office was closed that day in observance of the holidays. Returning to work the following Monday, our phones were ringing off the hook. People were calling […]