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Immigrants who entered the United States without inspection (e.g., without a visa or not through a port of entry) cannot adjust their status in the United States.  To obtain a #greencard  you must first file for a     601-A waiver, have it approved, then move forward with your application for permanent residency. Contact our skilled and aggressive immigration attorneys for more information.

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USCIS begins issuing a newly designed green card and work authorization card.

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Deportation is one of the most serious actions the U.S. government can take against a non-citizen living here in the U.S. If you are subject to a removal order, it is critical that you understand your rights, your options, and the importance of having knowledgeable counsel by your side.

Don't be afraid to apply for citizenship, but before you do, consult an attorney. Certain criminal convictions will make you ineligible, others may even have your case referred to immigration court and may result in deportation. In this new political climate, secure your place in the United States by applying for citizenship. Speak with a skilled and experienced immigration attorney today. Mention this post for free phone consultation.

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Trump's Muslim Visa Ban

Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning visitors from seven Muslim countries, including: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The executive order suspends visas for nationals of these countries, including visas already issued, for at least 30 days. The visa ban does not affect United States Citizens who hold dual nationalities of the countries listed above or Permanent Residents that reside in the United States.

Who is Affected?

Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and who are currently outside of the United States, and who hold an immigrant or non-immigrant visa, cannot enter the United States for 30 days until Trump revamps the so-called "extreme vetting process."

What is the Difference Between an Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa?

There are two types of visas, immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Non-immigrant visas are used for short stays with an intention to return to your country of origin. The most common non-immigrant visa is the B1/B2 tourist visa, other non-immigrant visas include investor visas and H-1Bs.

Immigrant visas are visas issued based on family-based petitions to enter the United States as a permanent resident. The distinction between an endorsed (entry stamp) immigrant visa, and the lack of a stamp, make a difference.

I have a Green Card and am Outside the United States, can I re-enter?

Yes, if you have a green card and were previously in the United States, you do not fall under the ban. This is because the ban covers immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Once a non-immigrant visa is stamped (endorsed) upon entry in the United States, it is no longer considered a visa, but rather, proof of permanent residency. Therefore, you are no longer traveling on a visa, but instead, traveling as a permanent resident.

I Just Received My Green Card From the Embassy, Can I Travel?

No, at least not for thirty days until there are further instructions. You are still considered to be entering the United States on a non-immigrant visa, and you do not become a permanent resident until you actually enter the United States. Since you cannot enter the United States, you are not a permanent resident, and must wait thirty days.

I am in the United States and a national of the countries listed in the Executive Order. Must I leave?

No, the executive order does not rescind your visa, but rather, bars you from entry into the United States for at least thirty days. You can stay in the United States until your I-94's expiration date.

I just received my visa after a very long wait and background check, can I still try to enter?

No, the plain language of the executive order bans you from entering the United States on any immigrant or non-immigrant visa. The best idea is to delay travel until further instructions from the US Department of State.

If you are a person who is willing to take a risk, and received your visa 72 hours prior to or after the visa ban, it may be worth the risk. There are conflicting reports of such individuals being admitted to the United States.

Is the Executive Order a permanent ban? Will I ever be able to enter the United States?

For now, the 30 day ban is in place so that the US Department of State can begin implementing the "extreme vetting process". It is not meant to be a permanent ban, but many rightfully fear that it will turn into a permanent ban. At this time, the best advice is to remain vigilant and voice your protest.


We are all greatly saddened to see President Trump take such drastic arbitrary and discriminatory action. Acts of terrorism have occurred from people of all religions and all nationalities. If you are a United States Citizen or permanent resident and wish to voice your protest, please contact your local congress person's office immediately. The National Iranian American Council is actively seeking to end this discriminatory action.

The Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, PC focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law, serving people throughout the world, in their desire to pursue the American Dream.

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President-elect Trump, soon to be President Trump, will be inaugurated on January 20. Since Donald Trump's election, our office has been inundated with calls regarding the "new changes" that Trump threatened on the campaign trail; clients have been brought to tears by his election and are afraid. But should they be?

As with every presidential election, immigration remains a hot topic. Many believed Obama would bring landmark pro-immigrant changes during his tenure as president. Instead, he deported more immigrants than any other US President, a total of 2.5 million immigrants. Since President Reagan, Democrats and Republicans sound like they have different approaches to immigration--but do they really? Looking back almost forty years, whether Democrat or Republican, the solution has always been forgive-and-get-tough, namely implement harsher immigration legislation in exchange for amnesty. Although by now we should know that amnesty in exchange for tougher immigration laws always reaches a dead-end, they have been an excellent mechanism for a path to citizenship. We should be cautious, however, to not immediately jump at an amnesty proposal if that proposal means long term immigration policies that hurt the immigrant community, but more importantly, hurt the United States at large.


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Understanding the Deportation Process
Do you know what your rights and options are if you are subject to a deportation order? Learn more at our firm blog:

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Are you an immigrant currently living in the United States? You may need to file an Adjustment of Status application. Learn more:

Need help applying for asylum? Attorney Ashkan Yekrangi discusses the 6 steps to follow in his blog. Learn more:

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Asylum FAQ
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