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What Requirements Apply to a Person With a Conditional Green Card?

 Posted on August 11, 2022 in Immigration

Grand Prairie immigration lawyerImmigrants to the United States have a number of options for receiving authorization to live in the country permanently. Most of the time, when a person receives a Green Card, it will be valid for 10 years, and it will be renewable. However, there are some situations where a conditional Green Card will be issued that will only be valid for two years. If you have received a conditional Green Card, it is important to be aware of the special requirements that apply to you in order to maintain your legal status in the United States.

When Are Conditional Green Cards Issued?

10-year Green Cards may be issued to those who are approved for certain types of family-based and employment-based visas. Conditional Green Cards may be appropriate in the following situations:

  • Green Cards based on marriage - If a couple applies for a K visa that will allow a foreign fiancé(e) to come to the U.S. for the purpose of getting married, a spouse will receive a conditional Green Card. If a couple had been married for less than two years when applying for an Immediate Relative visa, a conditional Green Card will be issued to the foreign-born spouse. The child of a foreign fiancé(e) may be included in a K visa application, and they will also receive a conditional Green Card.

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When Is Withholding of Removal Available in Immigration Cases?

 Posted on July 21, 2022 in Immigration

Grand Prairie Deportation Defense LawyerThere are a variety of situations where immigrants to the United States may face deportation. A person may be accused of entering the U.S. illegally, remaining in the country after the expiration of a visa, or otherwise violating immigration laws. There are a number of potential defenses against deportation, and in many cases, immigrants may apply for asylum based on the fear that they will face prosecution if they are forced to return to their home country. However, those who do not qualify for asylum may be able to apply for another form of humanitarian relief known as withholding of removal.

Asylum Vs. Withholding of Removal

A person may qualify for asylum if they are currently in the United States and meet the requirements to be considered a refugee. Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home countries, and they must have experienced persecution, or they must have a credible fear that if they are returned to their home countries, they will be persecuted because of their religion, race, political opinions, or membership in certain groups. A person who is granted asylum will be protected against deportation, they will receive authorization to work in the United States, they will be eligible for government aid, they may ask for permission to travel outside the U.S., and they may be able to file petitions on behalf of family members who are seeking to immigrate to the United States.

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Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Removal Orders and Bond Hearings

 Posted on July 13, 2022 in Immigration

irving-immigration-attorney.jpgThose who have been detained by U.S. immigration officials will often be unsure about their options for avoiding deportation. People in this situation face many difficulties, especially if they have entered the United States seeking safety and fear that they and their families will be placed at risk of harm if they are forced to return to their home countries. While immigrants may have options for defending against deportation, some recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court may make it more difficult for them to properly address these issues and be released from detention.

Immigration Bonds and the Post-Removal-Order Statute

In two recent cases, the Supreme Court looked at whether immigration officials can hold people indefinitely and whether those who are being detained have the right to request bond hearings. One of the laws addressed in these cases, Section 1231 of the U.S. Immigration Code, is known as the “post-removal-order statute.” Under this law, once a deportation/removal order is issued, a person must be held in detention for at least 90 days. However, if the person is not removed from the United States after 90 days, they may be released and placed under supervision.

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Court Ruling May Allow for Increases in Deportations

 Posted on June 29, 2022 in Immigration

irgving deportation defense lawyerFor undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the threat of deportation is ever-present. This threat increased significantly during the presidency of Donald Trump, who put policies in place in which nearly all immigrants without legal status could be subject to arrest and placed in removal proceedings. During the presidency of Joe Biden, more measured policies have been put in place, decreasing the number of deportations. However, a recent ruling by a federal judge may have limited the administration’s ability to carry out these policies, potentially putting more immigrants at risk of deportation.

Deportation Prioritization Policy Ruled Illegal

In September of 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo detailing how deportation cases would be prioritized by immigration officials. The policy outlined in this memo allowed for prosecutorial discretion in these cases, and it stated that officials would focus on cases in which immigrants could present threats to national security, threats to public safety, or threats to border security. Officials were also instructed to take other factors into account in deportation cases, such as how long a person had lived in the United States, whether they had any children who were U.S. citizens, and whether they were of advanced age.

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Expulsions of Immigrants May Continue Under Title 42

 Posted on June 08, 2022 in Immigration

irving immigration lawyerSince March of 2020, immigration officials have used a rule known as Title 42 to expel many immigrants who have entered the United States illegally without going through the standard deportation procedures. Title 42 was implemented by the administration of President Donald Trump, and it was put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the stated intent of preventing the spread of infections by people entering the United States from other countries. While the administration of President Joe Biden has announced that it intends to lift this policy, a recent ruling by a federal judge in Louisiana has put a halt to these plans.

Judge Orders Title 42 to Remain in Place Throughout the United States

When the Biden administration announced in April of 2022 that it planned to lift Title 42, several states filed a lawsuit against the administration seeking to keep the order in place. They claimed that lifting the order would force the states to use taxpayer money to address issues related to illegal immigrants, including for law enforcement, healthcare, and education, and this would constitute “irreparable harm.” Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, who was appointed by Donald Trump, agreed, and he issued a preliminary injunction preventing the administration from lifting Title 42.

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When Can Prosecutorial Discretion Be Used in Immigration Cases?

 Posted on May 11, 2022 in Immigration

irving immigration lawyerWith millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, immigration courts have a significant backlog of cases. Because of this, and in an effort to ensure that immigration officials are properly addressing issues that may affect the safety of people in the U.S., the administration of President Joe Biden has taken action to allow for an increased use of prosecutorial discretion in deportation cases. 

What Is Prosecutorial Discretion?

Immigration officials may evaluate a case to determine whether to enforce immigration laws, and in some cases, they may choose to dismiss a case, pursue an administrative closure, or agree to stipulations such as releasing a person on an immigration bond or continuing a case until a later date. During removal proceedings, a person may request prosecutorial discretion and ask for a case to be dismissed or for other forms of relief.

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How Can I Receive a Stay of a Deportation Order?

 Posted on May 06, 2022 in Immigration

irving immigration lawyerThere are many situations where immigrants living in the United States may run into trouble with immigration officials. In these cases, the threat of deportation can be very worrisome, especially if it could result in a person being uprooted from their home and community, taken away from their loved ones, and forced to resettle in another country. While there are a number of potential defenses that may be available, once a deportation order is issued, a person may worry that they will have no way to avoid removal from the United States. However, it may be possible to pursue an appeal of a deportation order, and a person may be able to receive a stay that will temporarily prevent their removal.

BIA Emergency Stay Requests

When an order is issued that prevents government officials or other parties from taking certain actions, this is known as a “stay.” After a deportation order is issued by an immigration court judge, the immigrant subject to this order may request an emergency stay while they are pursuing an appeal. A person must file a written request for an emergency stay with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and their request may be considered if all of the following are true:

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How Can an Immigrant Defend Against Expedited Removal?

 Posted on April 15, 2022 in Immigration

immigration lawyerImmigrants often enter the United States seeking a better life and hoping to take advantage of opportunities that will allow them to live in safety and financially support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, there are many situations where immigrants may be subject to deportation. In some cases, immigration officials may use “expedited removal” proceedings to ensure that a person will be required to leave the country without the opportunity to have their case heard by an immigration judge. In these situations, it is important to understand exactly what expedited removal is and the potential defenses that may be used.

When Is Expedited Removal Used?

Generally, expedited removal applies to immigrants who attempt to enter the United States without documents that authorize them to do so. In 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order expanding the use of expedited removal and allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use this process for all undocumented immigrants who had been physically present in the U.S. for under two years and who entered the country illegally. However, the administration of President Joe Biden has rescinded this expanded use of expedited removal, and as of March 2022, the process is once again limited to cases where immigrants are apprehended near the border. In most cases, expedited removal will apply to those who first arrive in the United States or were apprehended within 100 miles of the border within 14 days after their entry. It may also be used if a person arrived in the U.S. by sea and was apprehended within two years after their date of entry.

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New Immigration Policies May Speed Up the Asylum Application Process

 Posted on April 06, 2022 in Immigration

dallas immigration lawyerImmigrants come to the United States for many reasons, and in some cases, a person or family may flee from a country where their safety has been put at risk. These immigrants may seek humanitarian relief and ask to be granted permission to remain in the United States rather than being returned to a country where they are likely to suffer harm or be killed. Asylum is one of the most effective forms of humanitarian relief, and it may apply to a person who has entered the U.S. and has a credible fear that they will suffer persecution or other forms of harm if they were returned to their country of origin. 

Title 42 and Asylum Cases

Unfortunately, the ability of many immigrants to claim asylum protections has been limited in recent years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of President Donald Trump implemented a policy known as Title 42. This rule was intended to prevent Covid infections from being spread by immigrants entering the United States, and it allowed immigration officials to expedite the removal of people who did not have the proper documentation. Since it was implemented in March 2020, Title 42 has been used to expel around 1.7 million people from the U.S.

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When Can a Person Avoid Deportation Through Cancellation of Removal?

 Posted on March 02, 2022 in Immigration

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_300476897.jpgImigrants will often establish lives in the United States alongside their family members, and they may maintain steady employment, pay taxes, and build ties to their communities. After living in the U.S. for multiple years, potential deportation may completely upend a person’s life and cause a great deal of difficulty for them and their families. Fortunately, immigrants may have multiple options in these situations, and in some cases, a person may qualify for cancellation of removal, which will allow them to receive an adjustment of status and become lawful permanent residents.

Eligibility for Cancellation of Removal

Deportation is also known as removal. Those who qualify for cancellation of removal will be able to avoid being deported, and their legal status may be adjusted to lawful permanent resident, allowing them to receive a Green Card. Those who currently have a valid green card but are involved in deportation proceedings due to deportability or inadmissibility may receive a cancellation of removal if they have been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, have lived in the United States for at least seven years, and have not been convicted of an aggravated felony.

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