NOTARIOS ARE NOT LAWYERS

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What is the Difference Between an Immigration Attorney and a Notario/Notary Public? A notario (notario publico) translates to “notary public” in English. In the U.S., a notary public is a person who is authorized to witness the signing of documents. They may not give legal advice or provide immigration legal services. Florida law requires notaries […]

What is an Immigration hold

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En Espanol What is an ICE Hold? In Jacksonville, Florida, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) has an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), allowing JSO officers to collaborate with ICE by performing certain tasks usually reserved only for federal agents. Jacksonville has a jail […]

Cuban Deportations

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  Dramatic Increase in Removal of Cubans   For decades Cubans fleeing communist Cuba have found a safe haven in the U.S. In 2014, President Obama began restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, opening up communication between the governments. At the very end of his term, President Obama suddenly ended what was known as the “wet […]

New Green Card Rules will affect people receiving Public Housing, Food Stamps and other Government Assistance.

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  On Monday, August 12, 2019,  the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the final rule regarding who will be considered a “public charge” and therefore inadmissible to the U.S.  pursuant to INA § 212(a)(4). While there has long been a public charge ground of inadmissibility, the new rule greatly expands the types of […]

Parole in Place For Military Families

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What is Military Parole in Place (PIP), and how can it help my family? Military parole in place (PIP) allows certain close family members of persons who have sacrificed for our Nation through their service in the U.S. military to lawfully reside in the U.S. This applies to the family of service members who are […]

Removing the Conditions of Your Residence

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En Español  Foreign nationals who have been married to their U.S. Citizen spouse for less than 2 years will be granted conditional residence, instead of permanent residence, if their request for residency based on marriage to their spouse is approved. This is a way for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to again determine that […]

5 FAQ’s About Immigration Bonds

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En Español What is an immigration bond? When a person is detained and held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), their immigration and criminal history is reviewed and a determination will be made whether the person qualifies for a bond. Payment of the bond is required for the person to be released […]

Increase in the Detention of Immigrants

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En Español Under the Trump Administration, all persons in the U.S. without permission, regardless of their criminal history, connection to U.S. citizens, or lengthy residence in the country are considered priorities for detention and deportation. This marks a sharp shift away from the policy of the previous administration which prioritized criminals and threats to our […]

DACA Is Alive and Well, Renew NOW!

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En Español On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration’s reason for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary and capricious.” Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not have a […]