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DACA and Public charge news

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

This week has seen some big news in immigration. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) – On July 28, 2020 Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland security released a policy memo in response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision declaring the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA improper.  The hope was that… Read More »

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Supreme Court Rules Trump Administration Can’t Unilaterally End DACA

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Following right on the heels of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision granting federal workplace anti-discrimination protections to employees based on their gender identity and sexual orientation, the Court again shocked the nation by declaring that the current federal administration cannot simply end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without proper cause. Read on… Read More »

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What Is a 212(h) Waiver?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

The United States sets a high bar for anyone seeking to immigrate, whether by obtaining a work visa, a student visa, asylum status, or some other route to lawful presence and if desired, eventual citizenship. One important requirement for most applicants for visas or citizenship is that the applicant has no criminal history. There… Read More »


By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have re-opened effective 6/4/2020.   Bio-metric appointments (fingerprinting) at USCIS Application Support Centers are scheduled to reopen on 7/20/2020.    Citizenship interviews and green card interviews are taking place (as of 7/6/2020) but seemingly only a limited number are being scheduled each day.  It does… Read More »


What is the Process of Naturalization in the U.S.?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Naturalization refers to the process by which a person who is not born in the United States becomes a U.S. citizen. There are multiple pathways to citizenship, but once a person is eligible, there are a few steps that everyone must generally take to complete the naturalization process. The measures include applications to and… Read More »

Trump’s New Immigration Ban – What To Know

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of any individual seeking to enter the United States as an immigrant who: – Is outside the United States on the effective date of the proclamation; – Does not have a valid immigrant visa as of April 23, 2020; and – Does… Read More »

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How to Renew a Green Card

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Individuals with permanent residency status in the United States, meaning people who have their green cards, must still jump through the occasional legal hoop to ensure that they do not face any unnecessary legal challenges. Your green card has an expiration date. When it expires, you are still a lawful permanent resident, but you… Read More »

Immigration Corona Virus (Covid-19) update 4/1/2020

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

As of today, 4/1/2020, US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains closed for all in-person appointments until 5/4/2020.  This includes bio-metric appointments, citizenship interviews and swearing-in ceremonies and green card interviews.  Any appointments during this period will be re-scheduled. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in person check in appointments are also cancelled.  Phone check-ins continue…. Read More »

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How Long Do Deportation Proceedings Take?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

If you or a loved one are under investigation or facing deportation, there are a few steps that will occur before the process is finalized. You will have the chance to challenge your removal in court. Read on to learn about the deportation process. If you have concerns about your citizenship status or if… Read More »

Corona Virus Immigration Update March 18, 2020

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Gladstein and Messinger, Queensimmigrationlaw.com, remains open to assist our clients with all immigration matters.   We will continue to provide in-person consultations.  Phone or video consultations can be arranged for those staying home.  Call us at (718) 793-7800. Last night it was announced by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Immigration Courts, that starting… Read More »

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