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October 2016 Archives

Spectacles No Longer Allowed in Visa/Passport Photos

Starting November 1, 2016, Consular Affairs (CA) will no longer accept photos of applicants for visa and passport purposes that are wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances. CA has stated that a soft one-month enforcement period will be implemented however after November 30, 2016 they will not accept any photographs with eyeglasses.

Ineffective Counsel Defense May Not Always Work

If you are an immigrant in this country, we cannot stress enough the importance of having adequate counsel when facing a criminal matter. In 2010, under Padilla v. Kentucky, the United States Supreme Court declared that criminal defense attorneys had to counsel noncitizen clients about the deportation risks associated with a guilty plea. When the deportation risk is clear the criminal defense attorney must give correct advice. However, when the deportation risk is not clear then the criminal defense attorney need only make you aware that pending criminal charges may carry a risk of unfavorable immigration consequences. Failure to do so was a violation of an individual's Sixth Amendment right to be advised by counsel.

USCIS Processing Times vs Real Time

For those who have played the waiting game with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you understand the frustrations encountered during the processing time. With the extensive volume of petitions and applications for immigration benefits coming through USCIS each year, the cycle time leaves all parties involved wondering when it will be completed. This often means that immigrants, their families, and even employers are left in limbo and at the mercy of USCIS.

Calls for Temporary Protected Status for the Northern Triangle Increasing

Temporary protected status establishes a temporary safe haven in the U.S. for nationals of a foreign country where the Secretary of Homeland Security determines with respect to that foreign country that:

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