Immigration Law Blog

  • 2018 NYS Budget Includes Immigrant Representation Fund

    In April 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State’s 2018 State Budget was passed. In that budget, money was set aside for programs such as free tuition for some students at SUNY and CUNY schools, the legalization of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, and $2.5 billion in funding to create 100,000 […]

  • What should employment visa holders know about income taxation?

    Each year, the United States accepts thousands of foreign nationals into the country for purposes of temporary employment. The vast majority of employees within the United States are obligated to pay taxes on their income, unless they live in Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming, as those states do not have an […]

  • USCIS Works to Halt H-1B Program Fraud

    Earlier this year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a plan that aims to combat fraud in the H-1B visa program. An H-1B visa is for foreign nationals who have been labeled “highly-skilled” in the arts, technology, education, business, entertainment, athletics, and other fields. However, the U.S. government has suspected that there are flaws in […]

  • What are the two ways to obtain asylum?

    Millions of people across the world are unfortunately impacted by persecution in their national countries due to their religious beliefs, race, social or political affiliation, or nationality. The United States offers relief from those affected by this persecution through asylum, which allows these individuals to enter the U.S. and seek safety. There are two ways […]

  • TPS Temporarily Extended for Haiti

    On May 22, 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, announced an extension for Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status. The extension is limited, only for an additional six months beginning on July 23, 2017. This additional time for protection will end on January 22, 2018. This decision comes after discussions with the Haitian government stating […]

  • Beware of Office of Inspector General Scam Calls

    Unfortunately, immigrants have a tendency to be the target of scammers in an attempt to take their money. A lot of these fraudulent individuals will call or email you pretending to be someone from the United States Department of Homeland Security or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. There is a new fraudulent call going […]

  • Who is permitted to serve as an interpreter in a USCIS interview?

    The majority of people going through an immigration interview at the USCIS initially spoke a language other than English. A language barrier can make an interview of this sort quite difficult. However, one way to make a USCIS interview run more smoothly is to bring in a language interpreter. It is important to note that not […]

  • What should foreign national entrepreneurs know?

    If a foreign national who wishes to come to the United States and start a business, they are able to do so. In order to so, there are a number of steps that you need to be aware of. The processes differ slightly for those who plan on permanently living in the United States and […]

  • Trusted Traveler Programs Offered Through DHS

    The Department of Homeland Security understands that many people living in the United States have obligations that require them to travel outside of the country. They have offered a new set of programs that allow frequent travelers to join a plan that makes it easier to go through customs and border protection. There are a few […]

  • How can a citizen help a relative obtain permanent residency?

    A lot of citizens in the United States have relatives that aren’t yet lawful permanent residents but wish to help them do so. A citizen of the United States is allowed to petition for certain relatives to become permanent residents with a Green Card. Citizens can petition for their spouse or their children. If a […]

  • 2018 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

    On April 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for H-1B visas that are used for temporary skilled workers from foreign countries. Just days later on April 7, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has already reached the 65,000 visa cap for the 2018 fiscal year. In addition, the USCIS […]

  • FAQ’s About Obtaining Citizenship

    A lot of permanent residents who are looking to obtain citizenship status in the United States are unsure of the necessary steps to take to start the process. There are a number of different requirements that a person must fulfill in order to begin the naturalization process. Some of the eligibility requirements for naturalization include […]