Sometimes it's hard to leave the place you have come to love. So many people come to Los Angeles and find it’s easy to overstay their visa. There doesn’t seem to be many consequences.... until they try to get a visa or green card. Then, reality hits. Once you have overstayed your visa, it’s almost impossible to fix your status inside the United States.
USCIS conducts most interviews of immigrants seeking to change their immigration status. Our office has done hundreds of these interviews.Here are our top 3 tips to passing your interview
This analysis was prepared by staff attorney Marissa Malouff from the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. Attorney Malouff is a former USCIS officer and Department of Justice attorney who drafted the decisions for immigration judges in the Los Angeles immigration court. To schedule your consultation with her, call us at (800) 792-9889 or text us at: (213) 375-4084.
Can students work on an F-1 Visa?
Once a foreign student with a student visa has completed their academic program, the student is eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT allows a student to obtain paid or unpaid temporary employment that is directly related to the student’s major area of study. The OPT program provides students the ability to gain valuable work experience, remain in the U.S. for 12-24 months beyond the completion of their academic program and potential eligibility for certain students for some employment based visas. Some students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions may extend their STEM OPT period by 24 months after their initial 12 month OPT period.
In a move that has many foreign nationals living in Southern California excited, the Mexican government has begun issuing birth certificates through its 50 consulates based in the United States. The goal is to provide immigrants residing in the country a chance to safely apply for work permits and driver’s licenses. It may even assist them in avoiding deportation by helping them apply through President Obama’s recent executive action. As reported by ABC 7, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Meade sees this as a real opportunity to benefit Mexican citizens and their surrounding communities - economically, socially, and culturally.
According to a report by Public Radio International, on January 2, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices throughout the state of California processed thousands of driver’s license applications from undocumented immigrants. At peak hours, lines extended for hundreds of people, and in some locations, even wrapped around whole plazas.
It is projected that approximately 1.4 million immigrants will apply for licenses over the next three years thanks to Assembly Bill 60, which went into effect at the beginning of 2015. In preparation for this surge of applications, the agency has opened new branches, extended opening hours, and hired more than 900 additional employees.
President Obama took executive action on immigration reform on November 20, 2014. These actions involved significant changes to immigration policy here in the United States, and potentially will impact the lives of millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. At the heart of these changes, an increased number of immigrants will be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.
In what has been widely regarded as a bold political move by both supporters and critics alike, President Obama will lay out his temporary plan for immigration reform in a televised speech tonight at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. The announcement will also be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov.
At its core, Mr. Obama’s executive action will protect millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for over 5 years from immediate deportation. Additionally, it is expected that the President will extend coverage for “dreamers” – children who came to the country while still very young. All told, close to 5 million individuals can expect to benefit from the reforms. And while this comes as a welcome relief for families across the nation, it stands to make winter in Washington this year – at least politically - a potentially brutal one.
Approximately 10 percent of California's workforce is composed of undocumented immigrants. Many worry that these workers are vulnerable to employer mistreatment, including wage theft. A number of California laws were recently implemented to combat and deter wrongdoing against undocumented immigrants, and the Supreme Court has even ruled that undocumented workers have the right to sue their employers. However, these protections are not keeping all workers from harm.
A reporter with KQED recently interviewed an undocumented worker who suffered physical abuse at the hands of one employer and was refused pay from another. This particular victim of abuse refused to talk on tape and was worried that speaking up would cost him future employment opportunities.