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

Applying for US Citizenship with a DUI on Your Record

When you're applying for US citizenship, a DUI on your criminal record is not an automatic disqualification. Even so, the DUI may have an impact on the outcome of your application, depending on your circumstances—and the discretion of your immigration officer. The offense will mainly come up as a reflection of your character. How exactly does that work? Applicants looking to become naturalized US citizens must Read More

Investing in America: A Brief Introduction to Investment Visa Options

Like many countries, the United States has a special category of visa available to foreign investors who want to invest in American businesses in exchange for conditional or permanent residency. Investment visa requirements vary from one type to the next, but they enable qualifying foreign nationals to contribute to the U.S. economy and become future citizens. EB-5 Investment Visa This particular visa is called Read More

Simplified Dissolutions: 6 Key Benefits of Signing a Marital Settlement Agreement

If you and your spouse decide to divorce in Florida, you have the option of drafting and signing a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), which is a voluntary contract detailing the terms and conditions of your divorce settlement. It covers important separation areas such as: Division of marital assets and debts Child custody and visitation Child support Spousal support Marital Settlement Agreements are Read More

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