Preconceived Intent – Is the 30/60 Day Rule Dead? Immigration News

One of the more difficult concepts when reviewing a potential new immigrant’s chances for applying for permanent residence in the United States is that of preconceived intent.  When applying for a temporary visa in the United States, a person must actually have an intention to remain in the United States on a temporary basis and […]

Supreme Court’s Decision in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project

A New Look on the Travel Ban The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision last week in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, et. al. that overruled prior decisions affecting the “Travel Ban” Executive Orders. In short, SCOTUS ruled the following: The Travel Ban is Back, Unless There is a Connection with United States […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti May Conclude on July 22, 2017

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for processing the majority of immigration applications within the United States, recommended the conclusion of the TPS program for Haitians. Temporary Protected Status is a temporary humanitarian measure that allows certain foreign nationals to remain […]

New Bill To Limit Family Based Visa – Immigration Law

Bill Introduced in the Senate to Lower Family Based Immigration and Terminate the Diversity Visa Lottery On February 7, 2017, the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act was introduced in the Senate. If this Act passes into law, it would: • Cancel the visa category that allows United States citizens to file relative […]

Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, shortly before close of business, an executive order was signed concerning the much discussed temporary ban of refugees and foreign nationals from certain countries. As of this time, the signed copy has NOT been released by the White House. Shapiro Law Group, PC has obtained access to a leaked, unsigned […]

Changes to Immigration Documentation Laws and Border Security

In the past week, several executive orders have been signed by the new administration with making major changes to Immigration. The first was focused on internal security in the United States. A new focus has been created on persons in the United States without documentation, whether they entered the country without inspection or overstayed their […]

Diversity Visa Lottery Program Dates Released!

The United States has long been known as a “melting pot” of nationalities, cultures, and ethnicities. In order to keep the United States diverse, Congress enacted a program called the “Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.” This program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) each year to random applicants from across the world. The eligible […]

Immigration Expands Eligibility Effective August 29, 2016!

Immigration Expands Eligibility for its Provisional Waiver Program, Effective August 29, 2016!  Expansion of the Waiver Program May Allow over 100,000 Eligible Applicants for Permanent Residence to Pursue Permanent Residence While Staying with their Families Longer Normally, if a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR, or “green card” holder) wants to sponsor their family […]

Syria Designated for TPS through March 31, 2018 – Renewals AND New Applications Accepted!

Immigration has announced that nationals of Syria will be eligible to renew their Temporary Protected Status starting immediately through September 30, 2016, or apply for the first time through January 30, 2017. Temporary Protected Status (also known as TPS) is a measure taken by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration) there is a significant […]

I-9 Compliance – Immigration Fines & Laws For Employers

Employer I-9 Compliance More Necessary than Ever as Fines to be Increased to a Record Breaking High Effective August 1, 2016, civil fines for immigration-related violations are set to increase dramatically. These new fines will be applied to all penalties issued by the Department of Homeland Security after August 1, 2016 and any violations that […]

United States v. Texas: What Will the Supreme Court Decide?

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court hearing on April 18, 2016, concerning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the guessing game has begun. Many pundits predict that because we are in an election year and the High Court is equally divided 4-4 between conservatives and liberals (due to the recent death of Justice Antonin […]