Domestic violence can have significant immigration consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator. For the victim, domestic violence may be a basis for obtaining legal immigration status, such as through the U visa or the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition
Driving while drunk and under the influence is a serious offense and can have significant immigration consequences for non-citizens.
Today, we are continuing our discussion we started with Newsletter # 5. In that newsletter, we discussed reasons clients use for failure to appear for their court hearings. We are addressing the language barrier and failure to inform the court of change of address issues.
This is a popular and frustrating topic for all clients and attorneys, so we are addressing the issue. We are also addressing this issue because we received many questions regarding the processing time for work permits in our last newsletter.
The primary cause I see for clients receiving an order of deportation or removal is their inability to appear at their immigration court hearings or their lack of knowledge about it. Some clients don’t appear in court because they are afraid.
Selecting the right attorney or law firm to work with is very difficult and requires careful consideration of several factors. The first mistake clients make in choosing an attorney because of their title is a big mistake because not all lawyers are born equal.
The forgiveness application or application for “pardon” or what is legally called an “application for unlawful presence waiver” or I-601A waiver (see an image of the first page) is an application that makes it possible for you to remain in the U.S. during your green card process.
The last immigration reform law from Congress was in 1996, followed by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, or IIRIRA.