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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 Los Angeles immigration attorney…

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…

Don’t Waste Your Time These Things Will Not Get Your Visa Out Of Administrative Processing

 Don't Waste Your Time. These Things Will Not Get Your Visa Out Of Administrative Processing Your visa is stuck in administrative processing. You've been told you can't get a visa because of something called 221(g), and your visa has been delayed. You're frustrated. Is there anything you can do on your own to make…

The Toughest Question On The I-485 For Marriage Green Cards (And How To Answer It)

   Have you ever violated the terms and conditions of your non-immigrant status? That's the question that I'm going to deal with today. I'm Josh Goldstein, an immigration lawyer, and I help people just like you get work visas, green cards, and citizenship. You'll find this question on form I-485, part 8, question 17.…

Not In Los Angeles I can Still Help You Get Your Visa Out Of Administrative Processing

 Not In Los Angeles? I Can Still Help You Get Your Visa Out Of Administrative Processing Here's a common question I get from people who are stuck in administrative processing: "Hey Josh. Can you help me? I'm located in Texas (or Tehran or Washington State), and you're in California in Los Angeles. Can you…

Massive Backlog: More Than 250,000 U Visa Applications are Currently Pending

According to reporting from Spectrum 1 News, the U visa backlog now stands at more than 250,000. The U visa—which provides much needed immigration protections to victims of crime who have  cooperated with police and prosecutors—is currently capped at just 10,000 per year. Unfortunately, many people who would otherwise be eligible to obtain a U…

Los Angeles County District Attorney Backs Off Hardline Stance on Immigration and Marijuana Offenses

According to reporting from The Daily Beast, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has reversed her office’s harsh stance of fighting immigration protections for individuals previously convicted of minor drug offenses, including marijuana-related offenses. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer explains the change in policy and the potential implications for immigrants charged…

Trump Administration Releases Proclamation—Seeks to Bar Visas for Uninsured Immigrants 

On October 4th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Trump Administration is rolling out a new policy proposal that will prohibit most immigrants who do not have health insurance coverage from obtaining visas. The move is just the latest attempt by President Trump to punish low-income immigrants and immigrants who use basic social…

Immigrant Detainee Dies in Southern California ICE Facility

On October 2nd, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old migrant from Cameroon, died in ICE custody in Southern California. In early September, Mr. Abienwi was detained at the United States-Mexico border, where he applied for asylum. For the last month, he was being held inside of the Otay Mesa Detention…

California Legislators Pass Bill to Ban Private Prisons — Including Immigration Detention Facilities  

According to reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Legislature has passed a bill that would phase out the private prison industry in the state. Notably, the bill — Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) — will also apply to private immigration detention facilities contracted for by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Originally, AB32 only…