Friday, October 2, 2015

Immigration: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

I am an attorney at the Law Offices of Michael M. Felix and I am happy to report that we are now preparing Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers so that our clients can present these waivers during their Immigrant Visa interviews at American Embassies and/or Consulates abroad. We currently have a 100% success rate with Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers.

As you may already be aware, foreign nationals who are not eligible to apply for Permanent Residency inside the United States must travel abroad and obtain an Immigrant Visa. However, foreign nationals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence normally face a 10 year ban punishment which is imposed when they attend their Immigrant Visa interviews abroad. Fortunately, foreign nationals can apply for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver prior to attending their Immigrant Visa interviews and avoid being subjected to this 10 year ban punishment.
Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, the foreign nationals must meet the following criteria:

1. The individual must be an immediate relative of a U.S. Citizen (spouse, child or parent)
2. The individual must ONLY be inadmissible due to one count of unlawful presence
3. The individual must be able to demonstrate that a denial of the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.C. Citizen relative.

If you would like to discuss your case in hopes of obtaining a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, please call me today at (562) 464-6934(562) 464-6934 for a free consultation.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The US Senate Approves the Immigration Reform Bill, Now on to the House!

Today, Thursday, June 27, 2013 marks the first step in the Federal Government's attempt to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The Senate approved a 1200 page Immigration Reform Bill that basically promises to create a path of citizenship for the millions of undocumented individuals in the United States dependent on the Federal Government's approval of stricter border security rules.

While today's approval in the Senate is historic in the Federal Government's attempt to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Bill must be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually signed into law by the President before it is officially enacted into federal law.

If you have any questions about today's news regarding Immigration Reform, please call our office at (562) 464-6934.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SCOTUS' Decision on DOMA and its Impact on Immigration Law

I wonder what effect the US Supreme Court's (SCOTUS) ruling today will have on immigration laws.

Today, SCOTUS ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. DOMA was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The Act prevented federal recognition of same-sex spouses who had been married in states permitting same-sex marriages.

While it is still to early too tell, it will be interesting to see if and how the federal government will incorporate today's SCOTUS decision in immigration law.

Immigration law, itself, has had an interesting improved extreme hardship waiver was made available in March, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications continue to be processed efficiently, and most importantly, the federal government is on the brinks of deciding on a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

I anticipate the federal government will make its decision regarding comprehensive immigration reform by August of this year. It will be interesting to see whether the federal government will incorporate today's SCOTUS decision in the comprehensive immigration reform. Until then, wait we shall...