What Are the Eligibility Requirements of the H-1B Visa?

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in occupations that require practical or theoretical application of highly specialized knowledge.



As outlined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are strict requirements that must be met to acquire an H-1B visa:

1.       There must be an employer-employee relationship between the employer and the foreign national;
2.       The position must qualify as a specialty occupation;
3.       The specialty occupation must relate to the foreign national’s field of study;
4.       The employer must pay the employee a fair wage; and
5.       Unless numerical limits do not apply, an H-1B visa must be available when the petition is filed.

If you own a business and intend to hire an employee through the H-1B visa program, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa attorney in Atlanta who will explain the eligibility requirements and ease the paperwork and reporting required by you and the foreign national. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Let’s take a closer look at the eligibility requirements of the H-1B visa:

1. Employer-Employee Relationship

In most situations, establishing an employer-employee relationship requires that the U.S. employer can pay, hire, supervise, fire and control the employment of the H-1B worker. In certain cases, the majority or sole owner of the petitioning organization or company can establish the employee-employer relationship if the petitioning entity has the right to control the beneficiary’s employment.

2. Position Qualifies as Specialty Occupation

In order for the position to qualify as a specialty occupation, one of the following criteria must be met:

·         The position normally requires a bachelor’s degree or higher degree, or its equivalent;
·         The requirement of the degree is common within the industry, or the position is so unique or complex that only a person with at least a bachelor’s degree in the specific area could fill the position;
·         The employer usually requires employees in that position to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent; or
·         The duties are so complex and specialized that the necessary knowledge is usually associated with obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher.

3. Occupation Relates to Foreign National’s Field of Study

You can prove this requirement by submitting:

·         A comprehensive explanation of the service or product of the company, or the duties of the position, or the nature of the role and how the degree complements the role;
·         Expert opinions about how the degree complements the role;
·         Online resources that describe degrees normally related to the position; or
·         Evidence to prove that similar companies require similar degrees for similar occupations.

4.  Employer Pays a Fair Wage

The employer must pay the employee the actual wage or prevailing wage for the occupation – whichever is higher.

5. Unless Numerical Limits Do Not Apply, H-1B Visa Is Available When Petition Filed

Each fiscal year, there is a numerical cap of 65,000 H-1B visas. However, your petition may be exempt from the cap if it is one of the first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of a person with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. There is a lottery every April for those applying for both types of H-1B visas.   However,  if the beneficiary is employed at or petitioned for a higher education institution, or its related or affiliated nonprofit entities, a government research organization, or a nonprofit organization, then the petition is not subject to the numerical cap.

If you have questions about the H-1B visa, contact an Atlanta immigration lawyer from Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule an initial consultation.


ACTUALIZACIÓN de la ampliación del programa de exención provisional – Quien NO es elegible.


Tras la nueva actualización del recién ampliado programa de exención provisional que entró en vigor el 29 de agosto de 2016, es importante aclarar que es y quien no es elegible para solicitar esta exención.

En concreto, un individuo con una orden final de expulsión ahora puede solicitar una exención 212 de la orden de expulsión en los Estados Unidos, y con la aprobación, puede continuar con la solicitud de exención provisional.

Pero, no es así de simple. Existen ciertas restricciones dentro de esta disposición. Tenga en cuenta que hay una diferencia significativa entre la salida voluntaria y dictar una orden de expulsión. Si a un individuo se le dictó una orden de alejamiento por un juez de inmigración, será elegible para la exención 212. Si, por lo contrario, aceptan la salida voluntaria, pero no pueden retirarse, esto se convierte en una orden final de expulsión, esa persona NO será elegible para presentar una exención 212 ni provisional.

Además, sobre el tema de las ordenes de exención en ausencia - si una persona está sujeta a una orden de exención en ausencia, significa que no estaban en la corte cuando se les ordenó retirarla porque no recibió el aviso, o decidieron no ir, ellos tampoco serán elegibles para una exención 212 y una exención provisional si iniciaron el proceso al 1 de abril de 1997. Esto significa que cualquier persona que tenga una orden de exención en ausencia basado en ser colocado en las actualizaciones antes del 1 de abril de 1997, seguirá siendo elegible para la opción 212 y exención provisional, aun cuando la orden de expulsión se produjo después del 1 de abril de 1997.

Cada uno de estos puntos son muy complicados y la base para su elegibilidad puede variar de un caso a otro, por lo que siempre es importante hablar con un abogado de inmigración sobre su elegibilidad antes de continuar con este proceso.

Póngase en contacto con Daniela M. Claffey al 404.949.8151, o por correo electrónico a Dclaffey@immigration.net para cualquier pregunta.

UPDATE to the Expanded Provisional Waiver Program – Who is NOT Eligible!


As an update to the newly expanded provisional waiver program that went into effect on August 29, 2016, it is important to clarify who is and is not eligible to file for this waiver.

Specifically, an individual with a final order of removal may now file a 212 waiver of the removal order in the United States, and upon approval, move forward with the provisional waiver application. 

But, it’s not that simple.  There are certain restrictions within this provision as well.  Keep in mind there is a significant difference between voluntary departure and an order of removal.  If an individual is issued an order of removal by the Immigration Judge, they will be eligible for the 212 waiver.  If on the other hand, they accept Voluntary Departure, but fail to depart such that it turns into a final order of removal, that person will NOT be eligible to file a 212 and provisional waiver. 

Further, on the topic of in absentia orders of removal – if a person is subject to an order of removal in absentia, meaning they were not in court when they were ordered removed either because they didn’t receive notice, or they chose not to go, they also will NOT be eligible to file a 212 and provisional waiver if they were put into proceedings after April 1, 1997.  That means anyone who has an in absentia order of removal based on being placed into proceedings before April 1, 1997, will remain eligible for the 212 and provisional waiver option, even if the removal order occurred after April 1, 1997.    

Each of these points are very complicated and the basis for eligibility can vary from case to case, so always important to speak with an immigration attorney regarding your eligibility before moving forward with this process. 

Please contact Danielle M. Claffey at 404.949.8151, or by email at dclaffey@immigration.net with any questions.

Una razón del por qué la presidencia de Trump podría destruir la inmigración en América.

Mucho se ha dicho acerca de las declaraciones del candidato Trump acerca de los inmigrantes, los "mexicanos", y "la pared." Muchas personas, especialmente los inmigrantes recientes y aquellos que saben de ellos, han tenido una reacción visceral sobre esas declaraciones y consideran a Trump "anti-inmigrante" no apto para dirigir una nación de inmigrantes. Pero tengo que decirle, que estas declaraciones nativistas no son la razón por la que una Presidencia de Trump destruiría la inmigración en América. Hay otra razón; la causa primordial de la marcha de Trump hacia una América amurallada, aislada del resto del trabajo, centrada en sí mismos, y limitante en la integración y el crecimiento—Es el senador Jeff Sessions.

Correcto. El senador Jeff Sessions, el primer senador en saltar a bordo del expreso Trump. Pregúntese, por qué el puesto de senador de los EEUU, con tanto que perder, llega a ser acogedor,en tan corto tiempo para un candidato en las primarias. La respuesta es simple. Trump habló de la conversación que el senador Sessions se sobre entiende. La política del perro silbato del nativismo, limitada población, y la separación de clases. Trump ha dicho en repetidas ocasiones, ya que el senador Sessions se unió a su campaña, que Sessions sería un buen secretario de seguridad para nuestra patria, y que también serviría como su asesor principal en asuntos exteriores y de seguridad nacional. Este hecho, debería preocupar profundamente a cualquier persona que entienda el fondo y las creencias de senador Sessions.

Empecemos por lo sencillo. Entonces, al procurador Jeff Sessions(por Alabama) se le negó la Judicatura del Tribunal del Distrito Federal por el Senado de los Estados Unidos en 1986, ya que se le acusó de hacer numerosos comentarios raciales y tomar acciones basadas en la raza contra miembros de su propia oficina. Es posible que desee ver el video de Kennedy SenatorTed reclamándole a Jeff Sessions, por sus acciones y su completa incapacidad para responder a estas acusaciones. Por lo tanto, sabemos esto-  Se ha comprobado que Seassions ha cometido actos manifiestos de racismo en el pasado.

 Posteriormente, Sessions fue elegido como Fiscal General en Alabama durante dos años y luego ganó una elección para el éxito como senador demócrata HowellHeflinin en 1996. En su página Web el senador Sessions dice mucho acerca de su postura sobre el tema de inmigración, y si llegara a ser Secretario de Seguridad Nacional de Trump,.se verían cambios masivos en la forma en que nuestras leyes y reglamentaciones actuales operan en lo que se refiere a los inmigrantes legalesEstos cambios no solo serían  un aumento más en la aplicación, sino cambios profundos y preocupantes en una limitada inmigración legal.

Desde el sitio web del senador Sessions deja claro que quiere reducir la inmigración legal en los Estados Unidos:

El senador Sessions está comprometido con la reforma de inmigración que sirva al interés nacional –no los intereses especiales - que frena el flujo de inmigración sin precedentes que está minando los salarios y las perspectivas de empleo de las personas que viven y trabajan aquí hoy”.

La razón que da es la misma razón de derecho de todo el movimiento anti- inmigración; para "proteger al trabajador Estado Unidense”

Pero, no hay evidencia  que la reducción de la inmigración legal protegería o crearía más empleos para los nativos. De hecho, los números confirman simplemente lo contrario, que la inmigración legal; incluso crea más empleos para los trabajadores estadounidenses.

Sessions  se opone claramente al programa  DACA y DAPA del presidente Obama:
 “Sessions también ha sido un líder oponente de las amnistías ejecutivas inconstitucionalesdel presidente Obama, que da puestos de trabajo y beneficios a los trabajadores ilegales a expensas de la lucha de las familias."
Al llamarlos "amnistías ejecutivas" (sea lo que signifique)  trata de denigrar el proceso por el cual Obama está creando las prioridades de deportación a luz de los propios fracasos de Sessions para asignar fondos suficientes y cumplir con la promesa de los $400 billonesde dólares de Trump (y el intento de Obama) para deportar a todos los indocumentados.

El senador Sessions ha patrocinado repetidamente la legislación que  limita los derechos de todos los inmigrantes para impugnar su expulsión, y ha pedido a ambas administraciones republicanas y demócratas  " hacer cumplir " la ley de inmigración, a pesar de no patrocinar los proyectos de ley en 20 años para aumentar la financiación.

Sessions también recibe una A + de anti- población, grupos nativistas NumbersEE.UU. en sus calificaciones sobre la reducción de la inmigración legal a los Estados Unidos.

Con esta comprensión exacta que las creencias del senador Sessions están en el contexto de la inmigración legal, imagínalo junto a sus subordinados implementando estas políticas como secretario de Seguridad Nacional. Y, también tiene que saber cómo Trump respondió a las preguntas de Jeff Sessions sobre la inmigración legal, en el destacado sitio web Numbers USA.:

Pregunta 4: Una súper mayoría de los votantes republicanos dicen que la inmigración es demasiada alta. Cada año, en piloto automático, dejamos a un millón de inmigrantes con Green Card, 700.000 trabajadores extranjeros, medio millón de estudiantes extranjeros, y 100.000 refugiados y asilados. Por los precedentes históricos se debería reducir el récord de inmigración, en lugar de continuar creciendo más allá de todo precedente histórico. ¿Va a apoyar la legislación para reducir las cifras de inmigración, y se opone a la legislación que aumentaría el número?
 RESPUESTA: Voy a apoyar la legislación para reducir los números, sin oponerme a la legislación para aumentar los números. He presentado un plan detallado para lograr este objetivo en mi sitio web. Mis reformas sugeridas incluyen un requisito para dar todos los puestos de trabajo abiertos primero a los estadounidenses  - en lugar de importar sustitutos extranjeros.
 Así que, ahí lo tienen. El senador Sessions es la razón por la cual una Presidencia de Trump destruiría la inmigración paraAmerica. Si eso no es suficiente para ti, tal vez se puede imaginar, la siguiente es una breve lista de lo que sin duda puede suceder con la reducción administrativa de la inmigración legal de los EE.UU., si Jeff Sessions fuera el responsable de seguridad nacional:
 • El final de la Libertad Condicional en lugar de permitir a los familiares de los militares de Estados Unidos ajustar su estatus;
• El final de la DAPA y DACA, y la recreación del status de indocumentado para esos grupos;
• El final de la libertad condicional anticipada como una admisión legal para fines de ajuste;
• El límite de EB-5 por el uso de las revisiones a los procesos y reglamentos que dificultan EB-5 en Centros Regionales, si no imposible operar;
• El aumento de escrutinio no regulado de H-1B, L-1 y E-2 para aplicaciones de negocios internacionales y los que buscan expandirse en los EE.UU.;
• Restringir la interpretación de presencia legal y la expansión de lo que constituye la presencia ilegal para fines de ajuste y proceso consular;
• La expansión de la lectura restrictiva de la ley para los inmigrantes individualescon extraordinaria y excepcional habilidad e interés nacional;
• El límite de ayuda para los menores de edad en el marco del programa de Inmigración Juvenil Especial; y
• Un número creciente de RFE y negaciones de solicitudes de visa de inmigrantes EB-2 y EB-3 en el contexto de la educación y  requisitos de experiencia y capacidad de pago de salarios por un cambio continúo de la interpretación de la legislación vigente.
 

Esta es solo una lista parcial; muchos lectores pueden imaginar otros cambios del proceso interpretativo de la dirección del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Sessions ambos en el procesamiento de la inmigración legal, y también en las áreas de aplicación y de admisión.
  
Al final del día, cada uno de nosotros votamos como estadounidenses sobre temas y asuntos que son más importantes para nosotros. Dicho esto. El tema de inmigración es una preocupación primordial que la mayoría de los estadounidenses simplemente no entiende. Es muy fácil comprar el retóriconativista "nosotros vs. Ellos" y la culpa de nuestros problemas y sufrimientos en el "otro". Sin embargo, miraba sin prejuicios, la única conclusión apropiada a la que se puede llegar es que la inmigración legal ha sido la "cosa" que hace grande a Estados Unidos. La inmigración legal en su nivel actual  aún deja a millones de personas en "línea" para entrar en nuestro país. Y, la inmigración legal es el elemento vital para unir a las personas a los EE.UU, que crean puestos de trabajo, familias completas, y estimulan nuestro crecimiento económico. Escuchar a alguien como al senador Sessions, cómplice de un movimiento anti-inmigración thenon-conservadora, es exactamente lo contrario de lo que un verdadero líder en América (y el hijo de un inmigrante) deben hacer. Después de una / presidencia Sessions Trump, mi mayor temor sería una América debilitada, que esta"brillante ciudad sobre la colina" se viera empañada y sofocada por los que tienen miedo del futuro, y los que están protegiendo a un pasado mítico que nunca existió. Piense en eso cuando esté listo para votar.


USCIS Proposes New Rule - International Startups Get Ready!

We welcome today’s announcement by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which released the “International Entrepreneur Rule”. This is a proposal of a new rule which will allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for temporary permission to enter the United States (parole). This proposed rule has significant implications, not only for the thousands of potential entrepreneurs who may not ordinarily consider investing in the United States, particularly if unable to obtain a visa in the first place, but for our economy. USCIS acknowledged the benefits America has enjoyed in today’s proposal. “America’s economy has long benefited from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, from Main Street to Silicon Valley,” said Director León Rodríguez. “This proposed rule, when finalized, will help our economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S.”
The proposed rule would allow entrepreneurs to apply for entry to the United States and an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their startup entity. A request for re-parole (up to 3 additional years) would be considered if the entrepreneur and the startup entity continues to establish a significant public benefit, which can be demonstrated through substantial increases in capital investment, revenue, or job creation. The Department of Homeland Security would review the applications on a case-by-case basis, but generally the eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises should have:
1)      Significant (at least 15%) ownership interest in the startup and have an active and central role to its operations;
2)      A recent startup (formed in the U.S. within the past 3 years);
3)      A startup that has demonstrated substantial potential for rapid business grown and job creation. This can be evidenced by the following
a.      Receiving significant investment of capital (at least $345,000) from certain qualified U.S. investors with established records of successful investments;
b.      Receiving significant awards or grants (at least $100,000) from certain federal, state or local government entities; or
c.       Partially satisfying one or both of the above criteria in addition to other reliable and compelling evidence of the startup entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.
This would not be the only way an entrepreneur could try and obtain, through their investment in the U.S. economy, an immigration benefit. Some may be familiar with one such program: EB-5 Investor Visa. The Eb-5 visa is discussed in more detail HERE however this proposed rule does not replace the Eb-5 program, which requires an investment of $1 million (in certain cases as low as $500,000) in exchange for lawful permanent residency for the foreign investor and his/her family. Contrasted with the rule proposed today, the EB-5 visa requires a more significant financial investment and the conditions are stringent and particular and will potentially take more time to adjudicate, however significantly the Eb-5 visa offers a benefit that cannot be compared: permanent residency.
This program would be perfect for the startup that is serious about investing in the U.S. and wants the ability to personally oversee their startup but is not yet ready or interested in permanent residency, or at least not right away.

There will be a 45 day commentary period following the publication in the Federal Register. We will post an update on this blog with more information as it develops and we urge the public to comment in support of the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule when released. We have witnessed our world grow increasingly smaller with advancements in science and technology in the past few decades. Forward-thinking immigration rules such as the one proposed can only position the U.S. for all kinds of growth in an ever-shrinking world.  

New Rule Opens USCIS Provisional Waiver Process to Additional Applicants – Insights from a Atlanta Immigration Attorney

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 29 a final rule to expand the provisional waiver process to individuals who meet the statutory requirements for immigrant visas, and whose family members are lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.


According to USCIS, the purpose of the provisional waiver process is to encourage family unity. It enhances administrative efficiency and makes it easier for eligible individuals to complete immigration processing while they are abroad and away from their families.

The final rule is an extension of a process that was established in 2013 to encourage family unity. It allowed eligible relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional waivers of the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility, provided that the applicants’ U.S. citizen relatives would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver was denied.

If you would like to speak with an Atlanta deportation lawyer about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your situation and explain you and your family’s options for immigrating to the United States.

Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn more about the USCIS expansion of the provisional waiver process:

When Does the New Rule Go into Effect?

The final rule was announced on July 29 and goes into effect on Aug. 29, 2016. USCIS announced its intention to update its Policy Manual to explain how it determines “extreme hardship,” as this is an eligibility requirement for the provisional waiver application.

Before the new rule, it was only possible for spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for the provisional waiver before leaving the United States for processing of their immigration visas. The new rule extends eligibility to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver. Many of these individuals would have been denied the provisional waiver according to the original 2013 rule.

In order for the application for the provisional waiver to be successful, the applicant must prove that his or her lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen parents or spouse would face “extreme hardship” if he or she could not return to the United States. Also, the final rule includes modifications to the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-601A). The modifications will be enacted with the final rule, and the new form will be available on the USCIS website here on Aug. 29, 2016.

If you intend to apply for the provisional waiver under the new rule, then you should not submit your application until the rule goes into effect on August 29. Otherwise, your application will be denied by USCIS.

If you have questions about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Mr. Kuck is the former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the former President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL).


Our firm has filed and won hundreds of provisional waiver cases over the last 3 years.  We also represent people in the defense of ICE I-9 audits and Department of Labor (DOL) Audits. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the EB-5 Visa? Atlanta Immigration Attorney Explains

U.S. Congress created the EB-5 visa program in 1990 to stimulate the economy by encouraging capital investments from foreign investors. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in order to qualify for an EB-5 visa, the immigrant must invest in a new commercial enterprise. The enterprise must have been established after Nov. 29, 1990; alternatively, the investment could be in a commercial enterprise that was established on or before Nov. 29, 1990 if:

·         The existing or purchased business is reorganized or reconstructed in a manner that creates a new commercial enterprise; or
·         The investment expands an existing or purchased business to create at least a 40-percent increase in the number of employees or net worth.

If you are interested in obtaining an EB-5 visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. There are strict regulations that determine a person’s eligibility for an EB-5 visa. You will have to provide extensive documentation and prove that your net worth or income is sufficient to support your planned investment. Also, you will have to prove that your capital investment was acquired legally.

Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta. Until then, read on to learn more about the eligibility requirements for the EB-5 visa:

What Qualifies as a “Commercial Enterprise?”

A commercial enterprise is a for-profit activity created for a lawful business. Examples include:

·         Sole proprietorships;
·         Partnerships;
·         Holding companies;
·         Joint ventures;
·         Corporations; and
·         Business trusts or other entities that can be either privately or publically owned.

EB-5 Visa Job Creation Requirements

The investment must preserve or create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for qualified workers in the United States. The job creation must take place within two years – or in certain cases, within a reasonable timeframe after two years – of the investor becoming a Conditional Permanent Resident in the United States. In order to qualify for “preserving” jobs, the investor must preserve jobs in a “troubled business” as defined by USCIS.


EB-5 Visa Capital Investment Requirements

The following may be considered “capital” for EB-5 eligibility:

·         Cash;
·         Inventory;
·         Equipment;
·         Other tangible property;
·         Cash equivalents; and
·         Indebtedness secured by assets owned by the immigrant entrepreneur, provided that the entrepreneur is primarily and personally liable and the assets of the commercial enterprise are not used to secure the indebtedness.

The fair-market value will be used to value all capital. If an asset was acquired illegally, then it cannot be part of the capital investment. Also, the immigrant cannot borrow the investment capital.

In most cases, the alien entrepreneur must invest at least $1 million in the United States to fulfill the capital investment requirement of the EB-5 visa. However, an investment of $500,000 may be sufficient if made in a rural or high-unemployment area.


If you believe that you may qualify for the EB-5 visa program, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. An Atlanta immigration attorney will help you gather and present the necessary documents and proof of eligibility. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

What Is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals? 3 DACA FAQs Answered by an Atlanta Immigration Attorney

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy that allows eligible immigrants to request deferred action and employment authorization for two years. After this period, they must request renewal of DACA.



If you would like to speak with an immigration attorney about DACA, obtaining a Green Card or other immigration concerns, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Our firm has filed and won thousands of cases over the last 27 years. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

Until then, read on to learn the answers to three FAQs about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:

1. What are the eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you can request consideration of DACA if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

1.       You were younger than 31 on June 15, 2012;
2.       You were younger than 16 when you entered the United States;
3.       You have been a continuous resident in the United States since June 15, 2007;
4.       You were in the United States on June 15, 2012 and when you made your request for consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
5.       You did not have lawful status on June 15, 2012, which means:
a.       You did not have lawful immigration status on or at any point before June 15, 2012;
b.      Or your parole or lawful immigration status that you obtained before June 15, 2012 had expired as of June 15, 2012.
6.       You obtained a certificate of completion or graduated from high school, or you are currently in school, or you obtained a General Educational Development certificate, or you were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States or Coast Guard;
7.       And you have not been convicted of a significant misdemeanor, felony, three or more misdemeanors, and you are not a threat to public safety or national security.

2. Can I request a renewal of employment authorization and deferred action under DACA?

Yes. Your request for renewal of your employment authorization and deferred action under DACA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approves your request, you will receive deferred action for two more years. You may also receive employment authorization for that period if you demonstrate an economic necessity for employment.

3. If I am in immigration detention under Immigration Customs Enforcement, can I request consideration of DACA?

No. You cannot request consideration of DACA if you are in immigration detention under ICE.  However, if you meet the guidelines for DACA, you should discuss your situation with your immigration lawyer and see if DACA remains a possibility.


If you would like to speak with a DACA lawyer in Atlanta, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

El fraude de inmigración – Nunca se desaparece

A medida que los inmigrantes pasan por el largo viaje de obtener un estatus legal en los Estados Unidos, van a llenar  formularios innumerables, cuestionarios, solicitudes y peticiones. Los inmigrantes pasan a través de entrevistas e incluso las visitas judiciales. En todo momento, toda la información presentada de un inmigrante debe ser verdadera y correcta. La ley establece que durante cualquier parte del proceso, si se encuentra a un inmigrante, falsificando un documento, o presenta información a sabiendas incorrectas para adquirir una visa u otra documentación, la admisión en los Estados Unidos, o cualquier otro beneficio, él o ella no serán elegible para el estatus legal en los Estados Unidos. En otras palabras, cualquier tipo de fraude, si se trata de mentir sobre una fecha o el uso de documentos falsos, en el proceso de obtención de visa u otra documentación, la admisión en los Estados Unidos, o cualquier otro beneficio, hará al inmigrante no elegible para un estatus legal.

A veces, la inmigración otorga una visa o residencia permanente legal sin saber que el inmigrante
cometió fraude en el pasado. El Tercer Circuito en Saliba v. Atty Gen., No 15-3769
(3d Cir. June 14, 2016 ) resolvió que la inmigración puede negar la condición de inmigrante debido
a un fraude pasado, aun cuando la inmigración no captó el fraude antes y previamente concedió la
condición de inmigrante . En Saliba, un inmigrante falsificó documentos para obtener el estatus de
protección temporal. La inmigración no sabía sobre el fraude y concedió al inmigrante el estatus de
protección temporal. Durante años, el inmigrante tenía estatus legal y luego se convirtió en un residente
permanente. Con el tiempo se solicitó la ciudadanía. Inmigración descubrió el fraude del inmigrante
cuando solicitó la ciudadanía y le negó la ciudadanía basado en los años del fraude. El Tribunal de
Justicia confirmó que la inmigración podría negar la ciudadanía por un fraude pasado, incluso después
de la concesión del estatus de los inmigrantes en el pasado.

Un inmigrante puede solicitar una exención de fraude, aunque los padres y cónyuges tengan estatus
legal en los Estados Unidos, pero el inmigrante debe buscar la exención en el momento de solicitar la
admisión o su status en los Estados Unidos. Un inmigrante no puede buscar esta renuncia al solicitar
la ciudadanía.
 
Si usted o algún conocido ha cometido fraude de inmigración en el pasado, debe obtener el
asesoramiento de un abogado con experiencia antes de continuar con su caso de inmigración para
evitar consecuencias adversas en el futuro.

Anna Erwin
Associada

Immigration Fraud – It's Never in Your Past

As immigrants go through the long journey of obtaining legal status in the United States, they will fill out innumerous forms, questionnaires, applications, and petitions. Immigrants will go through interviews and even court hearings. At all times, all of the information an immigrant presents must be true and correct. The law states that during any part of the process, if an immigrant lies, falsifies a document, or presents knowingly incorrect information to procure a visa or other documentation, admission into the United States, or any other benefit, he or she will be ineligible for lawful status in the United States. In other words, any type of fraud, whether it’s lying about a date or using fake document, in the process of getting visa or other documentation, admission into the United States, or any other benefit, will make the immigrant ineligible for lawful status.

Sometimes immigration grants a visa or lawful permanent residency without knowing that the immigrant committed fraud in the past. The Third Circuit in Saliba v. Atty Gen., No 15-3769 (3d Cir. June 14, 2016) found that immigration can deny status to an immigrant due to past fraud even if immigration didn’t catch that fraud before and previously granted the immigrant status. In Saliba, an immigrant falsified documents to get Temporary Protected Status. Immigration did not know about the fraud and granted the immigrant Temporary Protected Status. For years the immigrant had legal status and then became a permanent resident. He eventually applied for citizenship. Immigration discovered the immigrant’s fraud when he applied for citizenship and denied him citizenship based on the years-old fraud. The Court confirmed that immigration could deny citizenship for past fraud even after granting status to the immigrant in the past.

There is a waiver of the fraud that an immigrant may seek though parents and spouses that have lawful status in the United States, but the immigrant must seek the waiver at the time of applying for admission or status in the United States. An immigrant cannot seek this waiver when applying for citizenship.

If you or anyone you know has committed immigration fraud in the past, get advice from an experienced attorney before continuing with your immigration case to avoid harsh consequences in the future.

Anna Erwin

Associate