Mission accomplished – I want to share this with you!

Hey! It’s Josh here again. “A real-life struggle…” I’m used to describing my client’s struggles this way, as the obstacles & situations they have to overcome are almost always…BEYOND BELIEF! However…Today I want to share a real-life struggle I faced in 2020. Why? Well, simply put, I completely FAILED 3 times before FINALLY accomplishing a …

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Report: Public Health Experts Worry Immigration Fears May Prevent Undocumented People from Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

In recent weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two COVID-19 vaccines—one from Pfizer and one from Moderna. On December 14th, the first shipment of the vaccine arrived in Southern California. It is a desperately needed glimmer of hope on the horizon, as Los Angeles County recently set another new high for COVID-19 hospitalizations. …

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The Holiday Season is the perfect occasion to say what I admire about you!

Not an update, but more of a virtual hug from me to you. Hey! It’s Josh here again. This year has definitely been a ride…In fact, I’d dare to say it’s probably been the most important year for immigration in recent history. Good news, bad news, mixed news…However, despite all of these changes, there’s one …

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What Does the Biden Presidency Meet for the Future of TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

On December 14th, 2020, the Electoral College officially affirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. With President-Elect Biden set to assume office in a little more than a month, large and swift shifts are expected on immigration policy. There are major implications for the future of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Here, our Los …

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United States Senate Passes the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020

On December 2nd, 2020, the United States Senate passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020. It represents the biggest legislative step yet in what has been a winding road for the proposed reform. If signed into law, the bill would eliminate national origin caps for employment visas, potentially reducing backlogs and wait times …

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My Visa Was Denied After Being Delayed in Administrative Processing—What Should I Do Now?

The visa application process can be slow. Many applicants run into frustrating and prolonged delays. Administrative processing has sometimes been referred to as a “black hole” for visa applicants. Essentially, the term “administrative processing” is government-speak for a temporary refusal pending a further investigation of the application. In this context, a refusal is not the …

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California Lawmakers: State Should Expand Health Coverage to Undocumented Immigrants

As reported by The Sacramento Bee, several top California legislators are pushing the state to expand health coverage to undocumented immigrants. They are actively seeking support from Governor Gavin Newsom. If passed into law, Assembly Bill 4 (AB 4) would give all low-income adults in California the right to enroll in Medi-Cal—regardless of their immigration …

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A Federal Judge Orders the Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate the DACA Program—What it Means for You

On December 4th, 2020, there was another major development in DACA litigation. A federal judge ordered the full reinstatement of the program. As reported by The New York Times, Judge Nicholas Garaufis vacated the Trump Administration’s July order preventing new applicants from applying for protection. Here, our DACA lawyer provides an overview of the federal …

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Los Angeles Times Sues Federal Government, Seeking Records on Abuse in ICE Detention Facilities

On December 1st, 2020, the Los Angeles Times confirmed that the organization has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in an effort to seek records and information from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claim was filed after a recent investigative report revealed allegations …

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California Federal Judge Throws Out President Trump’s New H-1B Visa Rules

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, a federal judge in Oakland, California has blocked President Trump’s new restrictions on H-1B visas. District Judge Jeffrey S. White ruled that the Trump Administration failed to demonstrate “good cause needed to skip the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).” Here, our …

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Supreme Court Set to Review Trump Administration’s Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Official Census Count

According to a report from ABC News, the Supreme Court of the United States is set to review a Trump Administration plan that would exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from the official census statistics. In effect, the outgoing administration proposal would shift billions of dollars of federal funding out of communities with high numbers of …

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How to BREAK THROUGH visa delays at the National Visa Center!

Everything you need to know Hey! It’s Josh here again. It’s no secret: The National Visa Center is a source of TREMENDOUS FRUSTRATION for people going through a VISA petition process. In other words…It seems their job is to keep you stuck FOREVER. (Which would make president Trump very happy…) That’s why today, I want to share …

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KQED-FM Report: Many California Immigrants Hopeful Biden Administration Will End Travel Bans

On November 16th, 2020, KQED-FM published an important story on the “huge relief” that many immigrants across California are feeling in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Particularly in California’s large Iranian-American community, there is hope that the incoming Biden Administration will relax or eliminate President Trump’s travel bans. The harsh travel bans have made …

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Governor Newsom Pardons Ten Immigrants, May Help Spare Them From Facing Deportation for Decades-Old Offenses

According to a report from KTLA 5, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently pardoned ten immigrants convicted of decades-old criminal offenses. In doing so, he may help to spare them from being deported from the United States. The immigrants were identified as ‘at-risk’ by state authorities. Notably, the pardons were issued as part of a larger …

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AP Report: Large, Quick Shift on Immigration Policy Expected Under Incoming Biden Administration

On November 10th, 2020, the Associated Press (AP) published a report noting that significant, swift changes are expected on federal immigration policy in the initial days of the Biden Administration. As President-Elect, Joe Biden is informing allies that he plans to use executive authority to roll back many of President Trump’s most controversial immigration orders. …

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Disrupted By COVID-19, California Churches Offer Safe Place for Asylum Seekers

On November 8th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published a story on several California churches that are stepping up and providing safety and protection to vulnerable asylum seekers. While these churches are facing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now using the space and the resources that they have available to assist vulnerable …

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Four Things to Know About President-Elect Joe Biden’s Immigration Platform

On November 7th, 2020, several news organizations declared Joe Biden the presumptive president-elect of the United States. He was able to score crucial victories in Michigan, Wisconsin, and several other swing states. The repudiation of President Trump represents a dramatic shift in the course of our country, particularly in the area of immigration law. As …

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These MASSIVE immigration changes are coming in 2021

Wondering what this new administration will do for your case? Hey! It’s Josh here again. It happened folks. After 4 long years of intensified racism, hate speech, xenophobia and lack of government support for immigration…Donald Trump has lost the Presidential Election. Which means…There’s finally a glimmer of change when it comes to immigration. As always, …

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