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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

A New EB-5 Bill

In September, Republican Bob Goodlatte, the Chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced H.R. 5992. This bill, which also has cross-party support, proposes some important reforms to the EB-5 program. The EB-5 program is an immigrant investor program that gives investors and their immediate family members an opportunity to obtain green cards if a qualifying... READ MORE

The Presidential Candidates on Immigration

We are rapidly approaching the 2016 presidential election. On Tuesday, November 8th, tens of millions of Americans will go to the polls to select our next president of the United States. The next president will have many important issues on his or her plate. Immigration policy is no doubt one of the most important. Notably,... READ MORE

Is Your Green Card Expiring?

Check the expiration date marked on the front of your green card. If it is coming up soon, you should take action to renew it. Your time until expiration will vary depending on what type of legal status you have. For instance, if you are a permanent legal resident, that date is most likely ten... READ MORE

2016 Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer Scholarship Award Winner

We are proud to award the 2016 Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer scholarship to Melissa Candell, a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Melissa deserves recognition for her outstanding academic record. And by overcoming obstacles and helping others, Melissa’s story reflects the values and attributes that the immigration lawyers in our office strive to achieve.... READ MORE

5-Year Nonimmigrant Waivers are Coming

Starting around January of 2017, the United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will begin issuing nonimmigrant waivers that are valid for periods of five years. This includes both new waivers as well as waivers that are set to be renewed. Currently, nonimmigrant waivers are typically issued for shorter increments, usually only two years. With... READ MORE

The “Ten Year Scare” Immigrants are Forced into

In 1996, the United States Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). The legislation had wide-ranging ramifications; it affected everything from border security to criminal racketeering regulations. It also included harsh provisions related to undocumented immigrants. Specifically, it dramatically restricted the rights of any person who has overstayed their visa or entered... READ MORE