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Biden Administration Bars Immigration Enforcement in “Protected Areas”

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Historically, federal immigration officials have been willing to use any and all means to root out unlawful immigration. Many of their tactics were meant specifically to intimidate non-citizens and deter immigration. Immigration officers might, for example, conduct a raid on a school or a church, places where people feel secure, in order to remind… Read More »

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Common Reasons for Denial of N-400

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

For many non-citizens working and living in the United States, naturalization is the ultimate goal. They hope to become full-fledged citizens, taking advantage of all of its benefits, rather than staying in the country with a green card and maintaining citizenship elsewhere. To become a citizen after holding a green card, the noncitizen must… Read More »

Migration and the search for a better life

Why Do People Seek Asylum?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

People do not seek asylum lightly. Most people prefer to remain in the country in which they were born and raised. Even if they do travel outside of their country, people typically rely on the traditional visa systems for immigration–tourist visas, school visas, work visas, marriage, etc.–and go through the typical channels to stay… Read More »


Can I Return to the US After Being Deported?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Deportation from the United States is not only disruptive to a person’s life and livelihood; it can also carry additional, long-term consequences. If you are deported for one reason or another, does that mean you are permanently banned from the country? Does deportation prevent you from ever obtaining legal status or citizenship? To learn… Read More »

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Marriage Fraud Penalties for a US Citizen

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

There’s a common pop-culture trope about getting married “for the Green Card.” For many people who face imminent deportation, marriage seems like a viable option for relief: Marry a U.S. citizen and the non-citizen can obtain permanent status and eventual citizenship. The U.S. government does not restrict who citizens may marry, and so long… Read More »

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What Are the Consequences for Making False Claims to Citizenship?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Citizenship offers numerous advantages to immigrants, including even immigrants with lawful permanent residence. Obtaining citizenship requires going through a legal process after an eligible immigrant has spent years in the country. It may be tempting to attempt to bypass the legal process by lying about your current citizenship status on important forms or documents…. Read More »

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Methods to Stop Deportation

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Deportation can upend your life. Even immigrants who have legally resided in the U.S. for many years can suddenly face deportation after a minor criminal conviction or other triggering event. There are ways to stop deportation, however, depending on the nature of the immigrant and the grounds for deportation. Continue reading to learn about… Read More »

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Immigration Marriage Fraud and How to Prove Marriage is Genuine

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Permanent residence status and eventual citizenship are very helpful incidental benefits to marrying a U.S. citizen. The federal government is always on the lookout for anyone they believe may be abusing the system by entering a “sham” marriage solely for the purposes of immigration. Non-citizens looking to obtain their green cards after marrying a… Read More »

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Non-Citizen and U.S. Citizen Divorce: What Happens?

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

U.S. lawful residency and eventual citizenship are wonderful secondary benefits to marrying a U.S. citizen as a non-citizen. Immigration officials are, however, always on the hunt for anyone who appears to be “gaming the system” by marrying a citizen solely to obtain a green card. What happens if you enter into a marriage with… Read More »

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Biden removes Trump’s public charge changes

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

The Biden Administration has announced that they will be removing former President Trump’s changes to the immigration law that created a “wealth test” to prevent some people who may have collected public benefits or were likely to collect public benefits from obtaining permanent residence.   USCIS will now revert to the pre-Trump laws and regulations… Read More »

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