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STATUS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM

download (19)We have seen a lot of ups and downs with the immigration reform bill. It appeared there was a real chance for a comprehensive bill last July which would address a number of issues. However, since that time, Senator Rubio has changed his position of supporting a comprehensive plan in favor of taking the major issues step by step. Of course, many in Congress support that idea because they remember what happened in the last amnesty bill. The border was not controlled and now the situation is worse. With the problems in the Affordable Health Care Act, and the “lame duck” status of the President either here already, or about to be here, it is questionable at this time that Congress will address the immigration issue.

Last week, the White house would not rule out future executive orders to achieve immigration reform, although for the time being the President is acknowledging that congressional action is needed for comprehensive reform.  He stated that if he could solve all of the immigration problems without passing laws in Congress, then he would do so, but “we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition”. Activists have been pressuring the President to act without Congress, as he has done for “Dreamers”, and other immigrants facing deportation. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced another change. Spouses, children and parents of active duty members of the U.S.
Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and former members of the U.S. military or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve may now apply for “parole in place”. This means that if spouses, children or parents even entered the U.S. without inspection, they may apply for parole and, in many cases, this could lead to lawful permanent resident status.

The President was heckled during recent events in San Francisco while discussing immigration reform. Although there are many reasons to address immigration issues, it is our hope that the President will be reluctant to go too far in the use of Executive Orders and that he, instead, will work with Congress to bring about reform. He is right. This is a nation of laws and just because the issues are difficult does not mean our Chief Executive should simply do what is politically expedient.

 

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10.03.2013
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The Government Shutdown’s Effect on Immigration

We were glad to see the USCIS continue to operate and hold marriage case interviews and see people at the window. However, all immigration court cases have been delayed, with the exception of the of people who are in detention.

For detailed information about the effect of the shutdown, see http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=35062.

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Immigration Team Formed to Assist Foreign Nationals

In an effort to assist foreign nationals moving to the Bradenton-Sarastoa area, Goldman & Loughlin has partnered with Wagner Realty and other professional firms to provide immigration, real estate, business brokerage and international tax planning services. The concept is that if an investor decides to purchase or start a business in the United States, these other services are needed. While we provide immigration advice, the investor will want to identify a real estate agent to locate a home for the family, a business broker to assist in finding the right business, a real estate attorney to handle the transactions and a professional to handle tax issues.

According toInman News, Florida cities account for 6 out of the top 10 hotspots for global homebuyers. In the Bradenton-Sarasota-Norport area, over 77% of the foreign national homebuyers are from Canada, with Ontario ranking first out of all Canadian provinces for home-purchase activity.

Goldman & Loughlin is well suited to handle clients in Orlando, and Tampa, as well as cities on the Gulf Coast south to Naples.

For more,see  http://www.usimmigrationteam.com/blog/

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01.21.2012
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USCIS Proposes a Dramatic Change for Waivers

USCIS-Proposed-Change-Unlawful-Pesence- WaiversUSCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas recently proposed a regulatory change in the processing of Waivers of Inadmissibility, which could potentially affect thousands of immigrants and their families. The purpose of the regulation is to reduce the time that US citizens are separated from their spouses and children in certain cases. Under the current regulations, a person who has entered the United States illegally, and was not paroled into the US, or eligible for amnesty under previous law, may have to return to their home country and wait for a visa to be issued. The problem is that if the person has accumulated unlawful presence, the person may be subject to a bar of 3 or 10 years before being able to return to the US. Read More Here…

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04.27.2011
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Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents: Immigrant Profile No. 2

Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents

Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents My story is pretty typical of many Mexicans who have come to America to find work, and send money back home to help other family members.  Back in 1992, it was easy for migrant workers to come across the border to work in the fields for large companies. At first, I worked in Texas, then over the year have worked in a number of states. Read More Here…

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04.17.2011
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Cancellation of Removal: Immigrant Profile No. 1

Cancellation of Removal: Immigrant Profile No. 1

Cancellation of RemovalI came to America from Kingston, Jamaica when I was 12 years old. I had lived with my aunt since I was a baby because my mother had left me to marry someone in the United States. She was able to get her green card through this marriage, and eventually my step father filed a petition for me to join them. I graduated from high school, but had no interest in college. It was really a subject that was never discussed. For the most part, I did some construction work or found odd jobs here and there. I was laid off two years ago, so started my own car detailing business. I have a license, pay taxes most years, and still live with my mother, but I have a girlfriend and a seven month old baby who live in an apartment. Read More Here…

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03.21.2011
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Green Card Through Marriage

Thinking About Applying For A Green Card Through Marriage?

Green Card Through MarriageIt is absolutely lawful to apply for a green card through marriage with a United States citizen or permanent resident. This particular marital relationship with a foreign national is sometimes referred to as a green card marriage. It’s essential to recognize, that a so called green card through marriage is only legitimate under immigration regulations when it isn’t just a charade to get an immigration status. It, however, should also be noted that the laws concerning applying for a green card through marriage are frequently misunderstood.

In a nutshell, it is perfectly legal to apply for a green card through marriage knowing you”ll receive an immigration benefit, provided that the primary reason for the marital relationship was specifically based on mutual love and affection. It is only unlawful where acquiring an immigration status is the only true purpose of the marital relationship. Read More Here…

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Immigration News Updates

Bradenton Immigration Law FirmArizona’s efforts to crackdown on public benefits for illegal aliens results in lawsuit

In an article by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, it was reported that Gov. Jan Brewer and top Republican leaders lashed out Tuesday at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for its lawsuit challenging a new law designed to crack down on illegal immigrants getting public benefits. Read More Here…

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