Important Issue on the Horizon for Same-Sex Couples: Your Foreign-Born Children May be Denied Citizenship

Like many heterosexual couples, many same-sex couples living in America today are made up of one partner who is a U.S. citizen and a partner who is a citizen of another country. For heterosexual couples living abroad, any child born of the partnership is automatically granted U.S. citizenship because one of the biological parents is a U.S. citizen. As same-sex couples are coming to learn though, this is not the Read More

How Exactly Does a Criminal Conviction Affect an Immigration Case?

The short answer to this question is that it depends. It depends on what crime the conviction is for, your immigration status, and where the conviction was made. What is certain, however, is that if you have a criminal conviction, no matter how minor or far back in the past, it is very important to have experienced legal counsel helping you with your immigration application from the beginning. What was the Read More

Understanding the Stay of Removal

For immigrants who have been issued an order of deportation and those who are unable to reopen their case, the Stay of Removal offers one more chance to stay in the United States a little longer. A stay order temporarily stops the deportation from taking place during which time the immigrant is allowed to remain in the country legally. The Automatic Stay of Removal A Stay of Removal can be issued automatically Read More

Know Your Rights if You, a Friend, or a Family member is Detained by ICE

When you, a friend, or a family member has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the whole process. You may be uncertain about how to handle the immigration authorities, how to find your detained loved one, or how to get through the legal process without making any mistakes. The first thing you should keep in mind: don't panic. Read up on these essential tips to Read More

Spying on Immigrants in 2017: How the DHS is using Social Media to Monitor American Immigrants

If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gets its way, the social media information of immigrants, including naturalized citizens and permanent residents, may be collected and placed in a person’s immigration file. In September 2017, DHS published a rule in the Federal Register stating its intention to add a person’s “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” to the Read More

Trump Has Dismantled DACA: If You are a Recipient, What’s Next for You?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established by President Obama in June 2012 as a form of relief for undocumented individuals. It was meant to help individuals who immigrated to the United States as children, giving them a limited time to stay in the country and get work authorization. On September 5, 2017, President Trump gave the orders to start winding down DACA. That means the program will phase Read More

Understanding Conditional Permanent Residence

If you recently entered the United States as either an entrepreneur or as the new spouse of a US citizen, you may have noticed that your permanent residence status is called “conditional.” This essentially means that your ability to stay in the US will expire if you don't meet certain conditions, so it's important to understand the basics of conditional status. What exactly is conditional permanent residence status, Read More

A Short Guide to Getting Your Child Support Order Enforced in Florida

While parenting delivers plenty of rewards, co-parenting often comes with a long list of challenges. When your child's other parent refuses to pay child support in accordance with an existing court order, it can add even more stress to an already taxing situation. It's not just about money—it's about providing for your child's basic needs. What legal steps can you take to make sure you're financially stable enough to Read More

Florida Immigration Law: 6 Possible Deportation Defenses

Has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered you to appear in immigration court? If so, don't start packing your bags just yet. Your Notice to Appear (NTA) may state that you are “removable” (or deportable) from the United States, but you still have a chance to avoid deportation. When DHS wants to deport you, it must include the reason in your NTA. The two most common reasons for deportation are criminal Read More

How to Deal with a Belligerent or Uncooperative Spouse During Divorce

Is your soon-to-be ex giving you trouble? Divorce is already challenging enough, but a belligerent spouse can make it even more of a struggle. Whether your spouse argues about the past, keeps dragging out simple issues, or even pits your kids against you, know that there are ways to get through it without kicking up a storm. Here's how to keep your bitter divorce battles at a minimum. 1) Stay calm and Read More

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