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How Long Can I Stay in the U.S. with a Work Visa?


An Employment Authorization Document (EAD), also called a “work permit” or “work visa,” is a document issued by USCIS allowing a person from outside of the United States to legally work within the country for a certain period of time. Typically, EADs are valid for one year, but the length of time the visa is good for depends on current immigration status. Of course, a person will not…

Seeking Asylum in the United States: What You Need to Know


If you live in fear of persecution in your country based on your nationality, race, religion, or political beliefs, you may be able to apply for asylum in the United States. The U.S., a country that truly champions freedom and liberty, accepts tens of thousands of legally qualified refugees into the country each year. If you are seeking asylum for yourself and your family, you should act quickly…

What is the Immigration Lottery?


The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program; also called the “Green Card Lottery”) is a congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving permanent resident status. According to USCIS, the DV Program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available each year, drawn randomly from among all entries, to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Most people who are drawn live outside of the…

Supreme Court Split Over “DAPA” Decision


This week, the Supreme Court voted 4-4 on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) executive order, solidifying that immigration is clearly one of the most divisive issues in the nation. Because the justices failed to reach a decision in this matter, the action was not affirmed and will remain unresolved. If passed, the order would have deferred deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born…

Undocumented Immigrants Pay $11.6 Billion in Taxes Every Year, Study Shows


A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found that undocumented immigrants in the United States pay roughly $11.6 billion in taxes every year. This number includes local and state taxes. On average, undocumented immigrants pay about 8% of their incomes in taxes. About Half of Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Research suggests that half of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S….

The Justice Department States Judge In Immigration is Overstepping Boundaries


On Tuesday, May 31, the Obama administration engaged in a feud with a federal judge who was hearing a challenge to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The Obama administration stated that the judge overstepped his authority when he imposed sanctions on government attorneys for what the judge stated were ethics violations. During the judge’s ruling, the judge demanded that the department provides the names of tens of…

How to Apply for a Work Permit While Your Green Card Application is Pending


According to federal laws, a person is not automatically authorized to work in the United States even if they have filed Form I-485, which is an application to become a permanent resident. If an individual is awaiting a status adjustment or permanent residency approval, they must receive an Employment Authorization Document, commonly referred to as a work permit, before they can legally work in the United States. Because…

Senate Republicans File Supreme Court Brief Against Obama’s Immigration Actions


Members of the Senate GOP have filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration. The key objection among GOP Senators is that Obama is in essence making laws directly from the White House while cutting out the involvement of the other two government branches. This, they claim, is a significant threat to the separation of powers set…

Is Immigration Really That Important to GOP Voters?


So Republican voters really care so much about immigration. To hear the Republican candidates debate the best manner in which to fix our immigration system, you would think that most voters are in favor of rescinding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and deporting every single undocumented immigrant from the United States on the day after inauguration. Is that really so? In an article entitled, GOP Cares a…

Pozo Goldstein, LLP Featured in Law Firm Suites Article


Law Firm Suites, a website dedicated to helping lawyers achieve success, recently published an article on how to effectively market a law firm. The article included tips on how to create professional and informative videos to be used as marketing and branding tools, as well as a list of common mistakes that should be avoided. We are honored that Pozo Goldstein, LLP’s “Immigration Court” video, which can be…

Obama’s Call for Immigration Reform


After a laborious first term plagued with an economic downfall, mortgage crisis, and health care crusade—during which immigration was left neglected in the back burner—newly re-elected President Obama is regrouping and redoubling his efforts to tend to this problem, making immigration reform an ambitious centerpiece of his agenda. He held meetings at the White House with labor leaders and progressive leaders along with CEOs from a wide range…

Bernie Sanders’ America


Bernie Sanders new campaign ad features the famous ballad “America” beautifully done by American favorites Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel and has made a hit and is causing a lot of discussion. Click Here to see the commercial. The ad itself is a sixty-second musical montage featuring families with children, middle-aged couples, a same sex couple embracing, idyllic farm scenes and finally campaign rallies featuring the American flag. Mr….

Supreme Court to Review DAPA Case


Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced that it has decided to hear the case regarding the President’s immigration program that he proposed to the nation in November 2014. Since that time, a federal judge in Texas and the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, blocked this executive action from going forward, alleging that the President usurped his authority. The appeal is now at the fate of the…

President Obama’s State of the Union Address and Immigration


In his eighth and final State of the Union Address to the nation last night, President Barak Obama mentioned Immigration Reform in the first moments of his speech. For Americans eager to hear words of encouragement regarding his plan on the immigration topic during the remainder of his term of presidency, many were disappointed. The President touched briefly on his position that the Immigration system in the United…

Mass Deportations in 2016


Back in 2014 and 2015, thousands of refugees fleeing violence in their countries, streamed across the United States’ southern borders. In many cases, unaccompanied minors were part of the migrants. Each person was given a hearing date to appear before an Immigration Judge to determine if their fear rose to the level of political asylum. To be granted political asylum, one must show that they will be harmed…

Washington warns people to steer clear from “Notario” Scams


With the new and exciting laws for undocumented individuals that President Obama announced last month, comes a warning for unsuspecting families who may be headed for sham and unethical “notarios.” It is vital that anyone seeking to benefit from the new laws that could potentially grant status, must consult with a reputable and well established immigration attorney. Only that way the individual’s particular set of circumstances can be…

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Passport Stamp is Not Evidence of Lawful Reentry


In a decision dated July 9, 2010, Anderson v. Napolitano, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considered a case where the petitioner self-deported after being charged with committing crimes involving moral turpitude. She was deported in 1994 and in 1996, reentered the United States using a Nigerian passport and her married name. When she appeared for inspection at the airport, the immigration inspector stamped her passport with an…

FaceBook Founder Commits Ten Million Dollars for Immigration Reform


Mark Zuckerberg, the young CEO of Facebook is launching a project designed to facilitate efforts in bringing immigration reform to reality by 2017. The group is called, FWD,us. Some of the things the group will be funding is TV ads, advertising campaigns, and polling to mention a few. It is estimated that Zuckerberg’s contribution to this effort could total 10 million dollars. This, on the heels of the…

Christians in Iowa Support Immigration Reform


Christian leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa have come together to ask politicians to take into account the human rights aspect of the current immigration system and consider a humanitarian reform. It was pointed out by these leaders, that with the current presidential race underway immigration has become a hot topic amongst the candidates. To date, the Republic candidates have all attacked the issue of immigration and portrayed it…

13 States Take Immigration Issues into Their Own Hands and the Outcome Looks Beneficial


Recently, 13 different states have taken action in regards to immigration rather than waiting for Congress take action at the federal level. These states have allowed immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. In addition, these states have decided to mesh these undocumented immigrants in the mainstream economy in hopes of improving the state economies. One representative from the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities states that this approach, a…

Immigration Faces Tough Road Following Yesterday’s Election


The mid-term elections that took place yesterday were a landslide for the Republican Party in most parts of the country. This is not good news for supporters of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, whose political leanings tend to be Democratic. The Republican Party has articulated its opposition to any Immigration Policy that President Obama intends to promulgate. A spokesperson for the Republican Party announced that the election results of…

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender “Pods” not enough to keep people safe in immigration detention facilities


Since the announcement of Caitlyn Jenner redefining herself as a transgender woman, the topic has been brought to the forefront of the news in the United States. The plight of these individuals is finally being discussed and addressed with the American public on a daily basis. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender individuals, commonly known and grouped together as LGBT are finding it difficult to survive in immigration custody,…

Protest at York Immigration Detention Facility


Earlier this week a group of immigration advocates, mainly women, organized a protest and march that began at the York County Prison and would ultimatly end in Washington D.C., more than 100 miles away. The activists’ main objective was to raise awareness of the plight of the millions of immigrants living in the United States who may be facing deportation. The women planned their march to coincide with…

Father-Daughter Marriage Fraud Ring Exposed


In Pasadena, California earlier this week a fraudulent immigration scheme was uncovered when a father and daughter were arrested for arranging fake marriages for immigration purposes. The father and daughter pair are alleged to have been involved in arranging more than 70 fake marriages, as far back as 2006 to the present year. The father, Jason Shaio and the daughter, Lynn Leung are accused of setting up a…

Violence Against Asylum-Seekers in Germany a Growing Concern


As conditions in countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans continue to worsen, particularly Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a wave of asylum-seekers have relocated to Europe in search of safety. So far, Germany has accommodated more migrants than any other country in Europe, accepting as many as 180,000 people in the first half of this year. While the country is doing all it can to…

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