Immigration

U. S. Immigration law is complex and requires guidance in order to avoid pitfalls at every step of the process. Below are some resources that can be helpful in understanding Immigration law.

Breaking News:

USCIS to Offer Parole to Certain Military and Veteran Family Members 

November 15, 2013 -- Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members.  The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.”  

“Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a noncitizen who is in the United States without authorization to remain here, at least temporarily.  The memo says that “absent a criminal conviction or other serious adverse factors,” spouses, children and parents of active duty members, members of the reserves, and veterans should be granted parole in one-year increments.  The new guidance also clarifies that some individuals granted “parole in place” may be eligible to apply for permanent residency (i.e., adjust status), if they are otherwise eligible. 

For more information, see Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog

 

Spouses of U.S. Citizens may apply for waiver of unlawful presence while in the U.S.

Starting March 4, 2013, certain relatives of American citizens who are in the country without legal status who need a waiver of unlawful presence before being eligible for a green card can get a decision on their case before leaving the United States. For more information, see:

Six Things You Need to Know About Stateside Processing of I601A Provisional Waivers

 

Government Agencies:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services -- information about Immigration benefits, download forms and access information about ongoing cases.

U.S. Department of State -- information about Visas, passports, locating an Embassy or Consulate, download forms.

U.S. Department of Justice: Executive Office for Immigration Review -- information about cases filed before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), download forms and access BIA decisions.

U.S. Consulate -- Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- Consulate in Mexico that processes immigrant visa petitions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- information about enforcement and detention of immigration violators.

Immigration Organizations:

American Immigration Lawyers Association -- national association of attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Find immigration attorneys in your area and information about immigration law.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network -- information about immigration law and legal services to low-income immigrants.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center -- education and resources.

American Immigration Council -- education and resources.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation -- Priority Date Calculator on their site allows you to check whether a priority date is current.

Immigration News / Advocacy:

Deportation Nation

The Dream Act Portal

America's Voice

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Reform Immigration for Texas

Dream Activist

United We DREAM

Waco Dream Act Alliance

Stop the Deportation of Daniel and Luis

Blogs:

Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog

Immigration Law Prof Blog

Greg Siskind

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Facebook:

Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog

Carl Shusterman

Detention Watch Network

Southern Poverty Law Center

University Leadership Initiative

Waco DREAM Act Alliance