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A MAZE OF LAWS: GOVERNMENT “TYPO” ERROR PREVENTS GREEN CARD 20 YEARS LATER

By Susan E. Hill, August 18, 2017 You’ve heard this exclamation: “Why don’t all the ‘illegals’ just go ahead and get legal immigration status?”  Well, the answer is that the immigration laws throw up many technical difficulties, and work against common sense.  Take a case in point that we are working on, which has problems […]

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MORE DETAILS ON HOW ICE WILL TARGET IMMIGRANTS FOR ARREST/DEPORTATION

By Susan E. Hill, June 6, 2017 In a recent meeting with attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ICE answered questions and clarified how it is interpreting President Trump’s new directives for increased immigration enforcement. Hill & Piibe’s earlier blog discussed these directives when they were first published, and below are more details […]

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ANOTHER BIA DECISION ON PERSECUTORS: HOW MUCH PROOF IS NEEDED

By Susan E. Hill, May 18, 2017 The “persecutor bar” prevents immigration benefits from being granted to applicants who persecuted others in the past.  Today, the immigration appellate court (BIA) confirmed just how far the government must go to invoke the bar. In Matter of M-B-C-, 27 I&N Dec. 31 (BIA 2017), Interim Decision #3892, […]

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DRUNK DRIVING (DUI) HAS A WIDE EFFECT IN IMMIGRATION LAWS

By Alary E. Piibe, May 2, 2017  DUI’s are bad.  And immigration law has little tolerance for them.  The level of danger depends on the severity of the DUI conviction, the number of DUI convictions, and the immigrant’s status in the U.S. (documented or undocumented). DUI’s can be considered a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) […]

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HOW EASY IS IT TO GET A “WORK VISA?”

  By Susan E. Hill, April 21, 2017 The answer is: “not very.”  The immigration system is designed to protect American workers, and U.S. employers are expected to hire Americans first.  Foreign workers need specific work permission, and we frequently hear people refer to the term “work visa.”  But actually there are three types of […]

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HOW IS YOUR CASE DIFFERENT WITH AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER?

By Susan E. Hill, April 10, 2017 How can an immigration lawyer make a difference in your case?   “It’s just filling out forms. . .” is what many people think.  In fact, the immigration system can be very complex to navigate, with laws being cross-applied from several sources.  Also, the government will not give […]

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COURT RULES THAT TPS CAN COUNT FOR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

  By Susan E. Hill, April 4, 2017 On Friday, March 31, 2017 in Ramirez v. Brown, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that TPS (Temporary Protected Status) qualifies as “lawful status” for purposes of Change of Status and Adjustment of Status.  This clarifies an issue that will greatly help people to obtain a […]

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IN CASE OF DETENTION

By Susan E. Hill, March 21, 2017 Employers, family members and friends want to know how to help someone they care about if that person is detained.  Here’s what happens, and what can be done to help: Act quickly and have us get involved right away to determine how we can help—some people may be […]

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BRIEF SUMMARY OF NEW DEPORTATION POLICIES

By Susan E. Hill, February 22, 2017 We are preparing a newsletter with full coverage of all the new immigration policies since Trump took office last month.  But until then, here is a short summary, with some explanation of how it can affect you/your family/your business. Most of the new policies are a return to […]

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FOR EQUESTRIANS: HOW TRUMP’S NEW IMMIGRATION POLICIES CAN IMMEDIATELY AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS

By Susan E. Hill, November 17, 2016 Given that many businesses in the equestrian industry employ foreign-born talent and labor to care for, train and compete their horses, there are questions about how President-Elect Trump’s immigration policies will affect these U.S. businesses.  Since election, Trump has vowed to take the following immediate actions: (1) suspend […]

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WHAT TO DO RIGHT NOW: DONALD TRUMP ELECTED

By Alary E. Piibe, November 9, 2016 Stunned by events, immigrants awoke this morning to see Donald Trump elected to the White House.  Many are now fearful, due to President-elect Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and his promises to un-do current immigration laws. What To Expect, How To Prepare The following are benefits and laws which we […]

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NINTH CIRCUIT WILL RECONSIDER WHETHER ALCOHOLISM IS A BAR TO IMMIGRATION BENEFITS

By Susan E. Hill, October 14, 2016 On October 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to re-hear a case decided earlier this year, Ledezma-Cosino v. Lynch, No. 12-73289 (March 24, 2016).  In the earlier decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that alcoholism cannot be equated with […]

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SMART BORDER CROSSINGS– How to Protect Yourself

— By Susan E. Hill, October 5, 2016 Only U.S. citizens are guaranteed entry to the U.S. when applying to cross the border.  For everyone else there is no guarantee, and noncitizens can be questioned about the purpose of their visit.  Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are in a different category, so this questioning […]

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PROPOSED PAROLE FOR ENTREPRENEURS: NOT FOR MOST SMALL BUSINESSES

By Susan E. Hill, September 7, 2016 USCIS published a Proposed Rule on August 31, 2016 which would grant parole to “entrepreneurs of start-up entities.”  Parole allows entry into the United States without obtaining a visa, and potentially could simplify the immigration experience for qualifying entrepreneurs.  There is no anticipated date for when this Proposed […]

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EXPANDED 601A PROVISIONAL WAIVERS ARE FINALLY HERE!

By Susan E. Hill, August 29, 2016 Effective today, August 29, 2016, the 601A Provisional Waiver is expanded to cover many more immigrants! This waiver is a great convenience and it eliminates the need to spend lengthy time outside the United States. It is for people who must return to their home country to pick […]

Success Story: Border Patrol Error Almost Cost an Immigrant His Future

  The DACA program offers immigrant youth a number of benefits: it can stop deportation and you can get a work permit.  With a work permit, you can get a social security number and a better job – all without fear of being deported.  But DACA also offers a lesser known benefit.  Under the terms […]

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I Want to Travel and Work in the U.S. While Waiting for My Family Green Card

— By Susan E. Hill, June 21, 2016 We frequently hear this request when handling family-based cases.  U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition certain relatives for a green card, but there can be waiting lists and delays while the paperwork is pending.  Altogether, this means that the relative can wait for months, years and even […]

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Equestrian industry feeling the impact of H-2B visa changes

– by Susan E. Hill, June 6, 2016 Beginning in 2015, the equestrian industry has been jolted by changes to the H-2B temporary visa program.  Competition stables and farms used to rely on the H-2B visa for their foreign workers during competition season: grooms, riders, and other temporary personnel.   Now more than a year after […]

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