¿Qué significa la derogación de "Wet Foot, Dry Foot” de Obama para los exiliados cubanos? 

Con sólo ocho días en su administración, Barack Obama ha introducido otro cambio profundo en las políticas de inmigración estadounidenses. El presidente Obama ha revertido la política de "Wet Foot, Dray Foot" de 1995 que otorgó residencia permanente a los cubanos que llegaron a los Estados Unidos después de estar en el país durante un año y un día.



De inmediato, los cubanos que intenten ingresar ilegalmente a los Estados Unidos y no califiquen para ayuda humanitaria estarán sujetos a deportación. Según el SUN SENTINEL, la medida mantuvo varios meses de negociaciones entre Cuba y Estados Unidos, siendo este un paso hacia el final de las hostilidades entre los dos países.



Si usted o un ser querido está enfrentando procedimientos de deportación, comuníquese con Kuck Immigration Partners. Hay una variedad de estrategias disponibles para combatir o retrasar los procedimientos de deportación. Por ejemplo, usted puede calificar para el asilo o la retención de deportación, o incluso una suspensión de la misma. La mejor manera de aprender sus opciones es discutir su caso con un abogado de inmigración.

Charles Kuck es un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta que representará compasivamente sus intereses. Llame hoy al 404-816-8611 para programar una cita. También puede visitar USAttorneys.com para obtener más información sobre las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos.

¿Sobrevivirá la derogación de “WET FOOT, DRY FOOT” a la presidencia de TRUMP?

Aunque el presidente electo Trump no ha anunciado su política hacia Cuba, la derogación de "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" será una cuestión de controversia cuando entre en la Oficina Oval. Por un lado, Trump prometió luchar duro para los cubanos antes de su elección; Por otro, la derogación de "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" complementa su compromiso de detener la inmigración ilegal a los Estados Unidos.

No todos los cubanos están descontentos con el cambio de la política

No sorprende que muchos cubanos estuvieran angustiados después de enterarse de la derogación de “Wet Foot, Dry Foot". Sin embargo, algunos de los exiliados mayores están a favor de la decisión. Afirman que mientras que los cubanos mayores huyeron del país hace décadas intentando escapar de la represión política, los cubanos más jóvenes que ingresan a Estados Unidos están más motivados por intereses económicos.

De acuerdo con el Miami Herald, al menos 54.000 cubanos ingresaron a Estados Unidos a través de puntos fronterizos o por mar sin visas en el 2016, lo que hace la derogación de "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" .


¿Quién califica para el asilo en los Estados Unidos?

Como se mencionó anteriormente, la derogación de "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" no afectará a los cubanos que califican para el alivio humanitario. Sin embargo, hay requisitos de elegibilidad estrictos que deben ser cumplidos para calificar para el asilo. El hecho de que una persona tiene un temor general de las condiciones peligrosas en un país o una persona está involucrado en una disputa privada no significa que él o ella califica para el asilo.

Sin embargo, puede calificar si no puede o no quiere regresar a su país de origen debido a la persecución que pasa por temas relacionados con:

• Religión;
• Carrera;
• Nacionalidad;
• Opinión política; o
• Afiliación a un determinado grupo social.

Si desea averiguar si usted o un ser querido califica para asilo en los Estados Unidos, comuníquese con Kuck Immigration Partners. Llame al 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta con un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta.

Actualización de este viernes sobre Tuición Estatal para los beneficiarios calificados  DACA - Malas noticias

El Tribunal de Apelaciones de Georgia acaba de otorgar a la Junta de Regentes la Moción de Emergencia por Supersedeas. Esto significa que la orden del juez Tusan que otorga  tuición estatal está suspendida durante la apelación. Probablemente no habrá clases en el estado este semestre. Esto me entristece profundamente y sé que cada uno de ustedes está conmovido por esta noticia.

La Junta de Regentes volvió a retrasar su educación y frenó sus esfuerzos para que ustedes puedan mejorar por si mismos, sin otra razón que castigarlos por cómo sus padres los trajeron a este país. No dejes que te depriman. No dejes que te derroten. Continuaré luchando en tu nombre, y haré todo lo posible para prevalecer en la Corte de Apelaciones, y si es necesario, en la Corte Suprema de Georgia.

No vamos a renunciar a ti, No te rindas. ¡Mantén la fe!

Permanezca atento aquí para más actualizaciones, o en mi página de Facebook, Charles H. Kuck, y usted será notificado de todas las actualizaciones sobre Tuición Estatal. 

¿Puedo presentar el formulario I-751 si estoy separado de mi cónyuge? Un Abogado especialista en Green Card te explica. 

Si usted se casó con un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos y se le concedió una Green Card dentro de los dos años de su fecha de matrimonio, entonces usted será un residente permanente condicional de los Estados Unidos durante dos años. Para eliminar las condiciones de su residencia, deberá presentar un Formulario I-751, es una petición para retirar las condiciones de su residencia 90 días antes de la expiración de los dos años de residencia condicional. Si su solicitud I-751 tiene éxito, entonces su residencia legal en los Estados Unidos se extenderá por 10 años.


Cuando presenta el Formulario I-751, debe especificar si está "casado" o "divorciado", pero no hay opción para "separado". Para las parejas que están tomando un descanso, presentar el Formulario I-751 puede ser confuso y un pequeño error que podría comprometer su capacidad de permanecer en los Estados Unidos.

Aquí es donde un abogado de inmigración puede ayudar. Charles Kuck es un abogado de Green Card en Atlanta que evaluará su situación y explicará los pasos que debe tomar al intentar eliminar las condiciones de su residencia en los Estados Unidos. Llame al 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta en Kuck Immigration Partners.

Mi divorcio está pendiente y no vivo con mi esposo. ¿Debo presentar el formulario I-751 como si estuviera casado?

No. Si su divorcio está pendiente y usted no vive con su cónyuge, es fraudulento presentar el Formulario I-751 como si estuviera casado y comparta la misma dirección con su cónyuge.

En algunos casos, un divorcio pendiente no se finalizará hasta que expire el plazo de dos años del formulario I-551. Esto es común porque los procedimientos de divorcio en algunos estados toman por lo menos seis meses.

En esta situación, mucha gente piensa que es una buena idea presentar el Formulario I-751 tarde o después de que sus procedimientos de divorcio estén completos, pero no lo es. Si bien los oficiales de USCIS pueden excusar la presentación tardía si usted proporciona una explicación razonable de por qué no presentó la petición a tiempo, no hay garantía de que ocurra. Generalmente, la mejor práctica es archivar el formulario como casado, pero indicar en un archivo adjunto que usted está separado y persiguiendo el divorcio.

¿Qué sucede si mi cónyuge y yo estamos tratando de resolver nuestros problemas conyugales?

En esta situación, a menudo es mejor aún divorciarse lo antes posible para evitar posibles complicaciones al presentar el Formulario I-751. Una vez más, es fraudulento decir que usted y su cónyuge están casados y viven en la misma dirección si esto no es cierto. Dependiendo de los detalles de su caso, puede ser mejor divorciarse, indicar que está divorciado en el Formulario I-751, y luego tratar de resolver sus problemas de relación y posiblemente volver a casarse.

Como puede ver, la eliminación de las condiciones de residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos a menudo es un proceso complicado. Un abogado de Green Card puede proporcionar una guía legal basada en los hechos particulares de su caso y ayudarle a evitar errores que conduciría a una negación de su petición al formulario I-751.

Charles Kuck es un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta que le ayudará a entender las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos. Llame al 404-816-8611 hoy para programar una consulta en Kuck Immigration Partners.

What Does Obama’s Reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Mean for Cuban Exiles?

With just eight days left in his administration, Barack Obama has introduced yet another profound change to U.S. immigration policies. President Obama has reversed the 1995 “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted permanent residency to Cubans who reached the United States after they were in the country for a year and a day.

Effective immediately, Cubans who try to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal. According to the Sun Sentinel, the move followed several months of negotiations between Cuba and the United States, and it is a stepping stone toward an end of hostilities between the two countries.

If you or a loved one is facing removal proceedings, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. There are a myriad of strategies available to fight or delay deportation proceedings. For example, you may qualify for asylum or withholding of removal, or even a stay of removal. The best way to learn your options is to discuss your case with an immigration lawyer.

Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will compassionately represent your interests. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about U.S. immigration laws.

Will the Reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Survive the Trump Presidency?

Although President-elect Trump has not announced his policy toward Cuba, the reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” will be a matter of contention when he enters The Oval Office. On one hand, Trump promised to fight hard for Cubans before his election; on the other, the reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” complements his commitment to stopping illegal immigration to the United States.

Not All Cubans Are Unhappy with the Policy Change

Unsurprisingly, many Cubans were distraught after learning about the reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot.” However, some of the older exiles are in favor of the decision. They assert that, while Cubans who fled the country decades ago were trying to escape political repression, younger Cubans who enter the United States are more motivated by economic interests.

According to the Miami Herald, at least 54,000 Cubans entered the United States through border points or by sea without visas in 2016, which makes the repeal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” arguably the most profound change to U.S. immigration policy during the Obama Administration.

Who Qualifies for Asylum in the United States?

As previously mentioned, the reversal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” will not affect Cubans who qualify for humanitarian relief. However, there are strict eligibility requirements that must be met in order to qualify for asylum. Just because a person has a general fear of dangerous conditions in a country or a person is involved in a private dispute does not mean that he or she qualifies for asylum.

However, you may qualify if you are unable or unwilling to return to your home country due to past persecution related to:

Religion;
Race;
Nationality;
Political opinion; or
Membership in a particular social group.

If you would like to find out if you or a loved one qualifies for asylum in the United States, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Atlanta.

Friday Update on In-State Tution for Qualified DACA Recipients--Bad News

The Georgia Court of Appeals just now granted the Board of Regents Emergency Motion for Supersedeas.  This means that Judge Tusan's order granting in-state tuition is on hold during the appeal.  There will likely be no in-state tuition this semester.  This is deeply saddens me and I know that each of you are heartbroken by this news. 

The Board of Regents has again delayed your education and stymied your efforts to better yourselves for no reason other than to punish you for how your parents brought you to this country. Do not let them get you down.  Do not let them defeat you.  I will keep fighting on your behalf, and I will do everything possible to prevail at the Court of Appeals, and if necessary, at the Georgia Supreme Court. 

We will not give up on you, Don't give up on yourself.  Keep the Faith!

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Thursday Update on In-State Tuition Final Order for Qualified DACA Recipients

Tonight I am finalizing our Emergency Motion for Contempt, seeking to hold the Board of Regents in Contempt for failure to comply with Judge Tusan's Final Order of December 30, 2016.  The Court of Appeals has not yet ruled on the Board of Regents Amended Emergency Motion for Supersedeas (stay of the final order). Even by the Board of Regents erroneous calculation, their 10 day period to comply with the Final Order ends tomorrow.

I do not know when Judge Tusan will rule on our Motion for Contempt.  Monday is a federal and state holiday (MLK Day).  I expect, that absent the grant of a stay by the Court of Appeals stopping the effect of Judge Tusan's order, that on Tuesday, January 17, the Board of Regents will accept in-state tuition payments from qualified DACA students.  I am also working, along with the leaders of GUYA, the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance, to develop a plan so that everyone who should have been able to pay in-state tuition this semester will still be able to do so, and to take the classes they want to take.  We will know all these answers by Tuesday.

The only thing we don't know is whether the Georgia Court of Appeals will grant the Board of Regents a reprieve before Tuesday. Let's pray they do not.   Keep the Faith!

Can I File Form I-751 If I am Separated from My Spouse? Atlanta Green Card Lawyer Explains

If you married a U.S. citizen and were granted a green card within two years of your marriage date, then you will be a conditional permanent resident of the United States for two years. In order to remove the conditions of your residency, you will have to file a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 90 days prior to the expiration of the two years of conditional residence. If your Form I-751 petition is successful, then your legal residency in the United States will be extended for 10 years.



When you file Form I-751, you must specify whether you are “married” or “divorced” – but there is no option for “separated.” For couples who are taking a break, filing Form I-751 can be confusing, and a small mistake could compromise your ability to remain in the United States.

This is where an immigration attorney can help. Charles Kuck is a green card lawyer in Atlanta who will evaluate your situation and explain the steps you should take when trying to remove the conditions of your residency in the United States. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation at Kuck Immigration Partners.

My Divorce Is Pending and I Do Not Live with My Spouse. Should I File Form I-751 as If I am Married?

No. If your divorce is pending and you are not living with your spouse, it is fraudulent to file Form I-751 as if you are married and share the same address with your spouse.

In some cases, a pending divorce will not be finalized until the two-year Form I-551 deadline expires. This is common because divorce proceedings in some states take at least six months.

In this situation, many people think it is a good  idea to file Form I-751 late – after your divorce proceedings are complete, but it is not.  While USCIS officers may excuse the late filing if you provide a reasonable explanation for why you did not file the petition on time, there is no guarantee that will happen. Generally, the best practice is to file the form as married, but indicate in an attachment that you are separate and pursing divorce.

What If My Spouse and I Are Trying to Resolve Our Marital Issues?

In this situation, it is often still better to get divorced as soon as possible so you can avoid potential complications when filing Form I-751. Again, it is fraudulent to say that you and your spouse are married and living at the same address if this is not true. Depending on the specifics of your case, it may be better to get divorced, indicate that you are divorced on Form I-751, and then try to resolve your relationship problems and possibly remarry.

As you can see, removing the conditions of permanent residency in the United States is often a complicated process. A green card lawyer can provide legal guidance based on the particular facts of your case and help you avoid mistakes that would lead to a denial of your Form I-751 petition.

Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will help you navigate U.S. immigration laws. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation at Kuck Immigration Partners.

Wednesday Night Update on In-State Tuition for DACA Recipients in Georgia

More news today.  The most important is that Fulton County Superior Court Presiding Judge Gail S. Tusan denied the Board of Regents' request to stay (or not enforce) her order compelling the Board of Regents to give in-state tuition to DACA recipients while the case in on appeal.  That is great news.  But it is not all the news.

As all of know the Board of Regents has, to date, refused to obey the Court's order.  I believe the Order was effective as of December 30, 2016, when it was issued (even though we did not get it until January 3, 2017).  Board thinks they have until January 14 to comply with the order because of a Georgia law that allows 10 days from the date of a "judgment" before it goes into effect.  I don't believe that law applies because of the type of case we filed and won (it was equitable mandamus relief, not a judgment).

The Board of Regents has also, again, tonight asked the Georgia Court of Appeals to allow them to not follow Judge Tusan's order while the case is on appeal.  I have again responded, in an opposition to the Board of Regents, tonight as well.  Copies of the Motion and my opposition will be posted here tomorrow.  

Here is the plan going forward.  If the Board of Regents' request for a stay of Judge Tusan's order is not granted tomorrow, Thursday, January 11, 2017, we will file an Emergency Motion for Contempt with Judge Tusan on Thursday evening.  Under any interpretation of the law, there would be no legal excuse for the Board of Regents to not accept in-state tuition from qualified DACA recipients on Monday, January 16, 2016, unless the Court of Appeals grants them a stop of Judge Tusan's order.  

I know how frustrating it is that a state agency, like the Board of Regents, will not follow what is quite clearly now the law. Especially when they have, for so many years, hurt DACA recipients by intentionally misinterpreting the law when they were told in 2013 what the law was.  They no longer have an excuse.

If I have to force the Board of Regents to comply, I will do everything possible to ensure that any fees paid as out-of state tuition after December 30, 2016 are refunded to you.  I will do everything possible to ensure that you will be able to take the classes you want and need to take THIS semester, and I will do everything possible that your school helps you get caught in those classes if you were forced to not enroll because of cost.  

I have received your emails and messages.  I know what you are going through. 

Know this:  

There are people supporting YOU, rooting for YOU, and sacrificing for YOU.  Don't give up the fight, because we are not going to give up on you.  


Tuesday Evening Update on In-State Tuition for DACA Recipients in Georgia

I wanted to give you all an update of the in-state tuition case.  It became clear throughout the day, as I received email after email from qualified DACA recipients around that state, that the Board of Regents has no immediate intention to comply with the Judge's Final Order granting in-state tuition, and they have not updated the individual schools on the lack of an automatic stay in this case.  This has saddened me greatly, and has also forced us to move forward with our case in a way I did not imagine it going.

We have also not yet received a decision on either of the Board of Regents motions for "supersedeas" (the stay of the court's order in this case--putting the case on hold).  We have consistently argued to the Board that there is no 10 day period of automatic stay, there is clearly no automatic stay because they are appealing, and either way, 10 days have run since the Court's order on December 30, 2016.

Because our clients and other DACA recipients are being irreparably harmed by their inability to pay in-state tuition, if necessary, we intend to file with the Court an Emergency Motion for Contempt, asking the Judge in this case to hold the individual members of the Board of Regents in contempt of court for their failure to obey her mandamus order.  I do not know when this case will actually be filed or heard, and it will become moot should one of the Supersedeas motions be granted.

I cannot tell you when the Court will hear the case, or what outcome we will have. As for now the Board of Regents is not accepting in-state tution payments.  That does not mean you should stop trying.   But it does mean we will not stop fighting for you.  There are many people fighting for your right to go to school and receive your education. You need to keep fighting too!

If you have questions,feel free to email me at ckuck@immigration.net

Monday Night Update on In-State Tuition For DACA Recipients in Georgia

I just finished and filed our Opposition to the Board of Regents Motion for Emergency Supersedeas (the request for a stay of the Judge's order effectively granting in-state tuition). You can read it here.

As we have said previously, if there is a 10 day hold on the Superior Court's Final Order, today was the last day.  We have not received any decision from the Superior Court on the Board of Regents' Application for Supersedeas from Friday, January 6, 2016 either. That means that the Final Order should go into effect tomorrow, January 10, 2017.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PAYING IN-STATE TUITION TOMORROW, JANUARY 10, 2017?

Honestly, I do not know what the Board of Regents will do.  They may take the position that since the Court's order was not sent to us by the clerk until January 3, 2017, they they have more time to comply, and that would force us to file a Contempt Motion with the Superior Court (again if there is no ruling on the Supersedeas or Stay).  If you are denied paying in-state tuition tomorrow,  please email me at ckuck@immigration.net.   I will answer to you as quickly as a can.

While I respect the Board of Regents desire to take advantage of every legal maneuver to preserve the status quo, they should also respect their students enough to accept the Court's Order and to not deny them the benefit their own policy gives to the you, the students.  Everyone day that passes without this order being in effect, is another day that education is denied to these students.

We will keep fighting until we win.