Great News! Registration for Temporary Protected Status Now Open for Venezuelan Nationals

As of March 9, 2021, eligible Venezuelan nationals and those who were previously habitually residing in Venezuela may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S.  Successful applicants will be allowed to lawfully reside in the U.S. until Sept. 9, 2022.  What is TPS? Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a legal status for individuals from certain countries to temporarily stay in the U.S. Those under Read More

What a New Administration Means for Immigrants and U.S. Noncitizens

If you’ve been paying attention to current events, it’s been hard not to notice Washington, D.C.’s focus on immigration reform. In his first week in office, President Biden signed a number of executive actions relating to immigration policies. Additional President Biden made a push for Congress to tackle immigration reform by sending Congress a proposed comprehensive immigration bill.  First-Week Executive Orders Read More

How Your Immigration Status Affects Time Sharing (Child Custody)

Making the decision to divorce your spouse and going through with the process is — without question — a major life event. The stress and intense emotions you experience might be compounded by either your own immigration status or your spouse’s, not to mention worrying about the fate of your children. Who will they live with? If you are denied time-sharing, will you get a chance to see them before they become Read More

USCIS is Accepting New DACA Applications Once Again

  There has been a flurry of activity surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the past few weeks. The latest update is that, after a ruling and subsequent order from Senior U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, USCIS is accepting new applications and work permits for DACA as of Dec. 7, 2020. The order stems from an opinion issued by Judge Garaufis on Nov. 14, which ruled Read More

What Does it Mean to Have ‘Good Moral Character’ in the Eyes of the USCIS?

We know you’re an honest, hard-working individual. Your friends and family know how great you are. Unfortunately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needs some substantial proof before they allow you to become the upstanding citizen everyone knows you will (eventually) be. If you’re aiming to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must show this to immigration officials by proving you have “good Read More

Enforcing Holiday Time Sharing During the Pandemic

The holidays should be a time filled with family, laughter, and glad tidings. Unfortunately, this is far from the case for thousands of families around the country, especially divorced or separated parents. In fact, the holidays could be a rather contentious period for some because of child custody orders; who gets to spend the most time with the kids? How can one enforce equal time sharing during the most wonderful Read More

Immigration Law Mythbusting: Why The Wrong Help Can Hurt Your Immigration Case

There’s a common misconception that’s prevalent throughout Spanish-speaking immigrant communities, which we would like to address in today’s blog. At the heart of the matter, is the word “notario,” which can refer to an attorney in Spanish and resembles the word “notary” in English. Unfortunately, some ill-intentioned people have used this confusing translation to scam immigrants by leading immigrants to believe Read More

Lost Your Job? Dealing with Alimony and Child Support Obligations During the Pandemic

Over the last several months, millions of people across the United States have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Losing your job, and the loss of financial stability that comes with this, can have a huge impact on your ability to make court-ordered alimony and/or child support payments. Your ability to pay can also be deeply impacted by reduced hours or lowered wages.  With the stress this Read More

Attorney Nora Rotella Recognized as a Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer

Rotella & Hernandez is excited to share that one of our founding partners Attorney Nora Rotella has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite™ as a Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer. Nora was one of 112 attorneys to receive the most votes in a special category for attorneys under the age of 40 who have shown outstanding leadership in the law and within their community. See Read More

Attorney Patricia Hernandez Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Rotella & Hernandez is excited to share that one of our founding partners Attorney Patricia Hernandez has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite™. Patricia was peer-selected as one of only four of Florida's immigration attorneys as Florida Legal Elite. Now in its 17th year, Florida Legal Elite presents Florida's top licensed and practicing attorneys. Honorees were Read More

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