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Is Administrative Clearance The Same As Administrative Processing

  Today, we’re talking about visa delays, 221G, and administrative processing. The question comes from one of the members of our Facebook group. It’s free to join and I’d encourage you to join if you’re interested in these sorts of things. The question says, “I am a petitioner green card holder. I filed for my …

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Can You Apply For Unemployment Insurance Benefits If You Have A Work Permit?

Can you apply for unemployment insurance benefits if you have a work permit? That’s a question I’m getting from a lot of my clients and a lot of other people right now. Unfortunately, it’s a very timely question because we currently have the global pandemic with the corona virus COVID-19. A lot of people are …

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Visa Not Issued 6-12 Weeks After Filing Mandamus Lawsuit?

  Goldstein Immigration Lawyers My name is Josh Goldstein, and I’m an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles. I help people and families across the country and around the world to get their visas out of administrative processing. I do that by suing consulates. I file writ of mandamus lawsuits against consulates around the world.   …

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Left U.S. Before Applying For Green Card? How And When Can You Return?

   Goldstein Immigration Lawyers I’m Josh Goldstein, an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles. I just got a pretty urgent email from somebody, and I wanted to explain to you exactly what they’re asking and what my answer is because I think it might be interesting for a lot of people.   The question Here’s …

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Will The Coronavirus Affect You If Your Visa Is Stuck In Administrative Processing?

   How will the coronavirus impact people who have cases and visa applications that are delayed at U.S. consulates abroad? If you’ve been waiting in administrative processing to get a visa, or you have a friend or a loved one who’s in that position, you may be wondering how the coronavirus could impact these …

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How Coronavirus May Impact People With Visas Stuck In Administrative Processing

   Today, I want to answer a question that I’m seeing right now on Facebook and in a few different places. The question is, “Embassies are closed for in-person interviews. Is that going to stop administrative processing or 221(g)?” And someone else asked basically the same question, “When the embassy is closing for the …

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Understanding Immigration Law: What is an Adjustment of Status?

As defined by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), adjustment of status is the process through which an immigrant can apply for a green card (permanent residence) while holding a valid non-immigrant visa. If you are eligible, you can adjust your status without returning to your native country. Here, our immigration attorney in Los …

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Los Angeles Times: COVID-19 Outbreak Poses Huge Threats to Our “Overloaded” Immigration System

On March 18th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important piece detailing how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is already adversely affecting our strained immigration system. Immigration judges and immigrant rights advocates are pleading with the federal government for both assistance and clarity—but, thus far, the response has been very limited. Here, our immigration attorney …

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Lawsuit: U.S. Government Should Release Elderly and Vulnerable Immigrants at Highest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk

Over the last two months, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has swept across the entire world. It is an incredibly dangerous virus, and the outbreak has led to the cancellation of virtually every large event in the country and has resulted in California closing its bars and restaurants. Governor Gavin Newsom has also called for residents 65 …

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The Trump Administration Has Created a DOJ Section Dedicated to the “Denaturalization” of Immigrants

Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign born immigrant can obtain American citizenship. While you may be familiar with naturalization, you may not have heard the term “denaturalization”—at least not until very recently. Last month, President Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a brand new section dedicated solely to investigating …

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Los Angeles Times Editorial: The U.S. Government Used Private Disclosures Made in Therapy Sessions Against a Teenage Asylum Seeker

On March 10th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important editorial highlighting the disheartening and distributing case of a 17-year-old asylum seeker who had seemingly protected disclosures he made in therapy used against him in official legal proceedings.  While the boy was told that the information he shared with mental health professionals would be …

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My Visa is Delayed in Administrative Processing: What Are My Options?

There are few things more frustrating than dealing with a delayed visa application. A delay can cause serious stress and hardship. It is one of the issues that immigration lawyers get asked about most often: What can I do to expedite my immigration case?  While the answer depends on your specific circumstances, you should know …

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Trump Administration is Pushing Another Round of Immigration Fee Hikes—It Could Cost More than $1,000 to Appeal a Deportation Order

According to a report from The New York Times, the Trump Administration is once against pushing sharp increases in immigration fees—dramatically increasing the costs of certain court filings. If they go into effect, the changes could put a deep financial strain on vulnerable immigrants. In some cases, the fees could make it cost prohibitive for …

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy—But It Will Remain in Place for Now

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump Administration’s implementation of the Migrant Protocols Protocols (MPP)—often referred to more simply as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. However, later in that afternoon, the San Francisco-based federal court voted to suspend its order, which will allow the MPP …

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How To Handle Traffic Tickets on Your Naturalization Application N-400

   How To Handle Traffic Tickets On Your Naturalization Application N-400 When you’re applying for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, how do you deal with traffic tickets? Let’s say you have a minor speeding ticket with no arrest, a parking ticket, or some other sort of motor vehicle citation. How do you handle …

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Need A Marriage Green Card Quickly In Los Angeles? Watch This!

   Need A Marriage Green Card Quickly In Los Angeles? I help a lot of people get green cards through marriage. And one of the questions that comes up a lot for my clients in the Los Angeles area is how to get legally married really quickly? In many locations in and around Los …

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Hundreds of Parents Who Were Deported Without Their Kids May Be Eligible to Return to the United States—But Immigration Advocates are Struggling to Find Them

In January, nine migrant parents who were unlawfully deported from the United States without their children made a historic return to the country. The group—which was made up of eight fathers and one mother—was greeted by family and well-wishers when they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the middle of the night. They …

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The Trump Administration is Planning “Crackdown” in Sanctuary Cities—Los Angeles Officials Strongly Oppose the Policy

According to a report from Reuters, the Trump Administration is sending teams of immigration enforcement officers to sanctuary cities all across the country—including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Chicago.  The agents—who are members of the CBP Border Patrol Tactical Unit—are being deployed to help ICE ramp up deportations. This is just the …

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Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary State Laws

According to a report from The New York Times, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against California over its new state law banning privately run immigration detention facilities. At the same time, the Trump Administration also announced legal action against New Jersey and King County, Washington. Both of those jurisdictions recently put …

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