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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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What Criminal Offenses Make You Deportable

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

If you are an immigrant living on a visa in the United States, you could be subject to deportation for a variety of reasons. Until you are naturalized as a citizen, a criminal conviction can lead to deportation. Not all crimes carry deportation as a penalty for otherwise legal immigrants, however. Continue reading for… Read More »

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President Biden’s Sweeping Immigration Reforms Have Already Started

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Immigration advocates have faced blessed little good news for the past four and a half years. With the new federal administration, however, and with a new Democratic Congress, there is hope for the future. President Biden has announced his intention to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, including a significant revival of the Deferred Action for… Read More »

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President Biden’s Immigration Plans

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

President Biden has stated that he intends to immediately send a bill to congress proposing many promising and bold immigration reforms. President Biden’s plan includes: Temporary residence for DREAMERS (DACA holders) for five years followed by naturalization in three years. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders to receive permanent residence. Doing away with the three… Read More »

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DACA Still Under Fire Despite Court Rulings

By Gladstein & Messinger, P.C. |

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program put into place by former President Obama that shields immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the country at a young age. President Donald Trump has made it a mission to end the program during his term, and DACA opponents have continued these efforts… Read More »

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