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Democrats Announce Plans on Immigration Reform Education Campaign

Jan 15, 2015 10:48:47 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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According to a report by NBC News, Democrats announced that they plan to engage in an immigration reform education campaign, which will involve forums and workshops that inform affected immigrants on the effects of Obama’s executive action and how to prepare and sign up for the benefits.

Several key figures behind the campaign, including members of Congress and immigration groups, attended a Capitol news conference on January 13 about the workshops. They stated that events will be held in Providence, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Charleston, and states including New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida.

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Notarios – How To Protect Yourself Against Immigration Fraud

Jan 8, 2015 4:40:45 PM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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LA Immigration AttorneyJust a few months ago, President Obama took executive action that protects millions of undocumented immigrants from immediate deportation in the United States. This comes as a huge relief to countless individuals and families living throughout Southern California who wish to establish themselves legally within the country.

Unfortunately, just as the rules have made it easier for many to secure their status as United States citizens, it has become just as easy for con-men and criminals of every shade to prey on this desire for a new life. While such crooks take on a variety of names and aliases, they are most commonly known as notaries – or notary agents. And if you are an immigrant looking for assistance of any kind, not just citizenship, beware – these notarios do not have your best interests in mind. Unfortunately there are others called “immigration consults” and even some attorneys with no immigration expertise who will try to cash in on these reforms.

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What Executive Action Means For You

Jan 5, 2015 8:01:16 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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President Obama's executive action on immigration will have a significant impact on the lives of millions of families. For example, the action defers deportations for three years for immigrants who have lived here for over five years as long as they are parents of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. It also streamlines the visa application process and redefines how customs enforcement will be handled.

While it is not possible to take advantage of the executive action just yet, there are steps you can take now. If you are an immigrant without legal residency status, you should:

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Understanding President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

Jan 2, 2015 8:46:20 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding President Obama's new executive actions on immigration. In general, the new executive actions expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), create the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program (DAPA), open up the use of provisional waivers, promote education and awareness, and modernize the immigration programs that are already in place.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications for the initiatives associated with the new executive actions. Some programs will accept applications as early as February 2015 or May 2015-- depending on which program you qualify for. This means that you have time to get your documents in order and the government has time to develop its new procedures. This is also a good time to consult with Los Angeles immigration attorney Scott McVarish.

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How Executive Action Alters the I-601A Provisional Waiver Program (aka Stateside Waiver)

Dec 19, 2014 8:17:45 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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President Obama's executive action on immigration will have a significant impact on the I-601A provisional waiver program that has been in effect since 2013. Under I-601A, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who otherwise cannot adjust their status because they entered without inspection can file a waiver of the three- or 10-year bars to readmission before they leave for their consular interview. This means that they can apply for a waiver and get an approval before leaving the country for an interview. The program is helpful to many immigrants, but it has a number of flaws. The executive action signed into law by President Obama improves this program in three major ways.

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How Asian and African Immigrants Benefit from New Immigration Order

Dec 12, 2014 8:23:05 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Executive Action

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The national debate regarding President Obama's executive order on immigration has been focused on Latinos living in the United States. The order does not, however, only affect immigrants from south of our border. The executive order that temporarily allows certain undocumented immigrants from being deported is for all immigrants including those from Asia and Africa. USA Today reports that the new immigration order won’t just benefit Hispanic immigrants, but also those from countries such as China, India, Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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