Monthly Archives: June 2014

Michelle Obama on Immigration: Top Priority

  Michelle Obama sounded off yesterday on immigration, while participating in the swearing-in of 50 new U.S. citizens. The First Lady of the United States participating to express her ongoing support for stalled efforts in Congress to overhaul United States immigration law. “Today, here in Washington, folks are still debating whether or not to fix […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

How To Get a U.S. Work Permit?

In order for an individual to work in the United States, you must be legally authorized to do so. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident (Green Card holders) may work legally in the United States without a work permit. Other individuals must first obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work in the U.S. With […]

Commonly Asked Questions During Immigration Interview

Most applicants for a United States visa (both immigrant and nonimmigrant) and applicants for Adjustment of Status for family-based cases like marriage, will be required to attend an interview. Depending on whether you are inside or outside the United States will determine whether your interview will be at a USCIS local field office or at […]

Steps to Take if Your Loved One is Taken into ICE Custody

We get a lot of frequent inquiries about this topic; what should I do if my relative has been taken by ICE? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the agency responsible for enforcing immigration laws and detaining and deporting immigrants. The first thing to do is to not panic. It is important to understand what […]

H1B Visa, H1-b Visa, H1b Approval, H1-B Approval, Immigration Service, Immigration News

Requirements for Form I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Prior to March 2013, an undocumented immigrant seeking to obtain a Green Card through marriage had to first leave the United States and seek an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his or her home country, which could result in obtaining a 3 or 10 year bar from admission into the United […]

Replacing or Renewing Your Green Card

At JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles get asked this quite often: “how do I replace or renew my Green Card?”. If you are a lawful permanent resident or a “Green Card” holder, there are certain circumstances in which you need to know how to renew or get a […]

U.S. Border Officials Continue to Process Hundreds of Undocumented Children

United States Customs and Border officials will indefinitely continue processing hundreds of immigrant children from Central America, caught crossing the border illegally from Mexico to into Texas. The Obama Administration and immigration authorities have only provided few details about how they are dealing with the influx of immigrant children, but our Los Angeles immigration attorneys […]

No Immigration Reform Plans for GOP in June

The Republican-lead House of Representatives outlined their legislative priorities for June, which unfortunately did not include any topic on immigration. Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles obtained a memo dated Friday, June 6, 2014, from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) outlining the House’s legislation priorities for June. The legislation includes items such as […]

Court Rules Grant of TPS is an Admission for Adjustment of Status Purposes

Exciting news came last week when a decision from a District Court held that a noncitizen’s grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualifies as “inspection and admission”into the United States. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), inspection and admission to the United States are requirements to be eligible to become a U.S. Lawful Permanent […]

USCIS Announces Renewal Process for DACA

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced today the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned. By filing the new version of Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, eligible applicants will be able to renew their […]