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Philadelphia immigration lawyers serving the immigrant population
Philadelphia immigration lawyers serving the immigrant population

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For many immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens, attending a visa interview at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can mark the beginning of their journey to obtaining a green card. Until recently, USCIS visa interviews were routine procedures that provided immigrants seeking citizenship the opportunity to present documentation and personal testimony to […]
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Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced plans to keep undocumented immigrant children in detention longer than currently allowed, a decision that will undoubtedly have serious implications for families across the country. The move comes after the administration rolled out a plan to separate families at the border as part of their zero tolerance policy […]
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Are you living and working in the U.S. but fear being placed in removal proceedings because of an expired visa? Is your home country currently under a state of emergency? If you answered yes to both questions, you may be eligible to receive a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for the duration of your home […]
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In 2012, then President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to protect individuals who were brought to the United States as children without having gone through the proper immigration channels. It was a move used to give law-abiding citizens who came to this country unwittingly the chance to live and work […]
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For many immigrants, the military is a rewarding and meaningful path to citizenship. Through a special program issued by the Defense Department, upwards of 5,000 immigrants were recruited into the Army and other branches of the military with the promise of citizenship. Yet for an estimated 40 United States reservists and active duty personnel, that […]
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Thousands of deportation cases are back up for review, according to the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Immigration judges previously suspended the cases indefinitely, many of which were deemed low priority. In total, more than 355,000 cases that were suspended indefinitely or administratively closed may now be restarted. Increasing Number of Deportation […]
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The topic of deportation has been in the news a great deal recently. Images of parents and children separated from each other as they face removal are hard to ignore. So what happens when the threat of removal is closer to home? Who can be deported and how does the process work? Know your rights […]
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Last year, the President placed a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries in what he claims is an effort to protect the United States. The decision was backed by the Supreme Court. The specific bans vary by country and most allow for case-by-case exemptions. However, immigrant students are still feeling the pinch of limited access […]
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The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is designated for individuals possessing extraordinary talent or achievement in athletics, art, business, education, science or television and motion pictures. The O nonimmigrant classification includes categories for individuals who demonstrate these talents and achievements and those who accompany them to assist them in their skill or profession in some essential way. […]
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The United States government began looking into fraudulent naturalization cases over 10 years ago, and in 2016, found that 315,000 fingerprint records had not been uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security database. This database is used to verify immigrants’ identities when they enter the country. The findings indicated that at least 800 immigrants that […]
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