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Federal Court Rules Government Can End Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

The federal administration under the guidance of President Trump is continuing its perpetual mission of limiting immigration and treating even legal immigrants like second-class individuals. The federal government won an unfortunate victory recently in federal court, as the appellate court ruled that the government was within its rights to end protected status for immigrants… Read More »

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What is PERM? Applying for a Green Card Through Your Employer

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

If you have an employer in the United States, you may be able to get your lawful permanent residence status (green card) through that employer. Several common forms of green card sponsorship through employment begin with PERM labor certification. Continue reading to learn about PERM labor certification and the steps necessary to obtain permanent… Read More »

DACA and Public charge news – Updated 8/24/2020

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

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 in light of the Supreme Court decision new DACA… 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 »

IMMIGRATION – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 10/19/2020

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 but only a limited number are being scheduled each day.   Naturalization oath ceremonies are taking place… Read More »

Naturalization

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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