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Removing the Conditions of Your Residence

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 the marriage […]

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5 FAQ’s About Immigration Bonds

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 […]

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Increase in the Detention of Immigrants

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 […]

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DACA Is Alive and Well, Renew NOW!

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 valid reason […]

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Benefits of Immigration Bonds

En Español Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials are being very aggressive in enforcing immigration laws. As a result, more and more foreign nationals are being arrested and placed in immigration detention for removal proceedings. However, in some cases, the detained individual may be eligible for a bond. A bond allows the individual to be […]

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USCIS – Mission Statement (New Policy)

En Español On February 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was directed to re-write its mission statement. Per the new policy, part of the change included removing the phrase “a nation of immigrants.” The following day I had the honor of attending a Naturalization Ceremony for one of our beloved paralegals. […]

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The Immigration Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

En Español In addition to public safety considerations, driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a crime in every state in the U.S. A DUI conviction may cause serious immigration problems for a foreign national. For people without lawful status in the U.S., an arrest for a DUI in Jacksonville will result in […]

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Obtaining Permanent Residence through Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may be able to apply for permanent residency based on that marriage. The pathway to becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S. can be achieved in two ways, depending on how the foreign national entered the U.S. If the foreign national was lawfully admitted to […]

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Bringing Your Fiancé to the U.S.

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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