Immigration Law Changes

November  21, 2014: For details on changes to immigration law announced last night by President Obama click on: Immigration Changes

Interview with Diane Chappell-Daly in Bucknell Magazine Fall 2014

November 20, 2014: Interview  with Diane Chappell-Daly in the Bucknell Magazine, Fall 2014 on immigration law.  This article addresses the issue of undocumented immigrants and a path to citizenship. It also addresses the issue of child immigrants. To read this article click on Diane Chappell-Daly on Immigration Law

Please be aware current that immigration law proposals (Nov. 2014) involve deferred action for undocumented immigrants (sometimes called illegal immigrants).  Deferred Action is not a path to US citizenship.  It is a temporary status that defers deportation and allows those who qualify to apply for permission to work,  social security number, and a driver’s license.

Get Ready for Changes in Immigration Law

November 20, 2014: How to Get Ready for Immigration Change.

 

Immigration Changes

News Flash: Obama on Immigration Reform

News Flash: President Obama to present immigration reform measures tomorrow (11/20/14) at 8:00 PM. Watch this video to see what immigration reform could mean to many undocumented immigrants and their families.

http://americasvoice.org/uncategorized/united-dream-americas-voice-launch-ourhome-us-highlight-real-stories-people-president-inlcude-executive-action/

Conditional Residents USCIS Update

Have you recently filed Form I-751, the form to request that conditional status on your residence be removed?

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  •  If you are waiting for a decision on this application, read the following information from USCIS at  I-751 change .  USCIS has transferred some  forms from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance their workload.  USCIS states that this will not delay the processing of your case.
  • Those who have conditional permanent residence, based on marriage to a US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) must file Form I-751   to remove the condition on their residence in the ninety-day period immediately before your residence expires.

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ESTA – Visa Waiver Program


Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has announced that it will add questions to the ESTA (Visa Waiver Program) application. In 2014 38 countries are on the list for visa waivers.  For a list of the visa wavier countries click on visa-waiver-program-(vwp)-countries

A foreign national who enters the US under the Visa Waiver Program typically receives an admission period of 90 days.  Those who enter under this program are not allowed to stay in the US to change their status.  They must return to their home country to apply for a visa in a different status.  Those who are eligible for ESTA fill out an online application to allow them to enter the US  under the Visa Waiver Program without a visa.

 

In an effort to boost security, CBP announced that it has added the following questions to the ESTA application:

• Other Names/Aliases or Other Citizenships

• Parents name(s)

• National Identification Number (if applicable)
• Contact information (email, phone, points of contact)
• Employment information (if applicable)
• City of Birth

Immigration Award

I had the honor of presenting the American Immigration Lawyers, Upstate Chapter Pro Bono award for 2014 to Ann Doebler at a conference in October. Ann has worked tirelessly to help establish immigration services for the indigent. She helped to establish Journey’s End in Buffao. It now has four lawyers on its staff.

I had the honor of presenting the American Immigration Lawyers, Upstate Chapter Pro Bono award for 2014 to Ann Doebler at a conference in October.  Ann has worked tirelessly to help establish immigration services for the indigent.  She helped to establish Journey's End in Buffao.  It now has four lawyers on its staff.