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Popular States to Move to if You are Immigrating to the United States

The United States is the most popular destination in the world for immigrants. According to data provided by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), approximately 1.3 million foreign born individuals moved to the U.S. in the year 2014 alone. People come to the U.S. from all over the planet for a wide variety of different reasons.... READ MORE

Common Obstacles to Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

According to research conducted by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), around 1.3 million foreign born individuals move into the U.S. each year. While not all migrants are interested in ultimately obtaining American citizenship, many of them are. The good news is that getting U.S. citizenship is a possibility for many people who have entered the... READ MORE

Undocumented Immigrants and Minor Crimes

If an undocumented immigrant is arrested for a minor crime, he or she could potentially face dramatic and highly adverse consequences. The definition of a minor crime can vary based on jurisdiction and circumstance, but it could include things such as petty theft, traffic violations, littering, loitering, riding LA metro transportation without paying the fare... READ MORE

Importance of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

On October 3rd, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) into law. Prior to the passage of this legislation, the United States actually used a nationality based quota system for admitting immigrants. The quota system, which was first enacted in the 1920s, severely restricted immigration into the United States from many... READ MORE

USCIS Filing Fees are Going Up

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is raising the filing fees for immigration applications. The fees will be about 20% higher and will apply to all applications received on or after December 23, 2016 (just in time for the holidays!). Here is a sample of fee increases (I’ve added in the biometric fee, which... READ MORE

Travel Warning for Those with DACA

“I have DACA and Advanced Parole. Can I travel outside the U.S.?” With Trump as President-Elect, the future of the DACA program is, at best, uncertainty. My advice is that those who currently have DACA status should not travel internationally, even if they have been granted Advanced Parole. As an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, I... READ MORE