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Why You Should Go to Jail – and Not on Probation


I Do Not Want to Go To Jail!

Most people would do anything to avoid going to jail. When you’re at court looking at the armed deputy, all you’re thinking about his how to avoid leaving in the deputy’s shiny, cold handcuffs. Going on probation for 6 or 12 months seems very tempting, even as the judge is listing off all of the probation appointments you have to attend (and pay for), the restrictions on your movement and travel, the constitutional protections you have to give up, all the community service you have to do, the fines you have to pay, the drug tests you have to take, and the classes you have to complete (and pay for as well).

None of that matters in the moment because you do not want to go to jail. You barely even hear the judge remind you that if you violate anything at any time, if you get a speeding ticket or simply are late to a drug test, you will be arrested and go back to jail for up to the entire remainder of your sentence. You think that probably won’t happen. Even if you do mess up, the judge might give you a pass just one time. He might even terminate your probation early. You will tell yourself anything to not go to jail.

Taking Probation Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Going to Jail

Probation is hard, in fact it can be harder than jail. The system is designed so that any mistake you make will cause you to go back to jail just to come out a couple of days or month later back on probation!

Probation is owned and operated by private companies that make their money by keeping people on probation. They want you coming in every month to pay them fines, take the classes they recommend, and pay for your drug tests.

Probation is a test many can’t win. Probation officers don’t answer their phones – at all. Ever. If you have a probation appointment, you must attend it. There is no way to change it without seeing your officer in person, and he will probably only see you during your pre-scheduled probation appointment. If you can’t go to your appointment, they will arrest you and you will go to jail.

If you fall one dollar behind on fines – you go to jail.
If you are 5 minutes late for a class – you go to jail.
If you get a ticket – you go to jail.
If you don’t complete every hour of community service at the super-speed rate your judge requires – you go to jail.

How Bad is Jail?

If you live in a small county or a county that is well-funded, jail isn’t always terrible. You get three meals a day, exercise, and have nothing you have to do. If the prosecution is recommending a couple of days or weeks in jail, research the jail, and consider taking the offer!


If you are not a citizen of the United States, please consult with an immigration attorney before completing any criminal case.

Anna Erwin, Esq.

Mi Familiar Esta Pidiendo Por Mi Pero Acabo de Enterarme Que Tengo Una Orden de Deportación—¿Que Puedo Hacer?

Una orden de deportación en su record le impedirá obtener una tarjeta verde (Green card) si eso es lo que desea hacer. Algunas veces, las personas no saben que hay una orden de deportación en su contra. Esta orden puede tener varias décadas o puede originar de esta misma semana. Las razones son varias: los abogados de estas personas no les informaron de sus fechas de corte y ellos no fueron; las personas nunca recibieron noticia de la corte por el correo postal; estas personas faltaron intencionalmente a sus fechas de corte; etc.

El remedio para deshacerse de esta orden deportación va a depender de la razón por la cual esta orden surgió en primer lugar. Una consulta con un abogado traerá a la luz el tipo de evidencia que el solicitante necesitara para pedirle a la corte que termine esa orden deportación. Algunas veces se deben meter mociones, formas, y evidencia formal con la corte que ordeno la deportación. Los jueces no se toman a la ligera este tipo de mociones y no ven con buenos ojos el hecho de meter varias mociones en un solo caso porque esto podría dar la impresión de que el solicitante quiere tener varias oportunidades cuando usualmente los jueces solo dan una. La mejor manera de lidiar con esto es hacerlo bien la primera vez.

Un abogado también tiene la habilidad de negociar con los abogados que representan al gobierno (la fiscalía)--estos abogados algunas veces suelen oponerse las mociones que un solicitante mete con la corte. Comunicarse con la fiscalía es importante para mejorar los chances de obtener una aprobación en una moción.

En dado caso que un solicitante sospeche que tiene una orden de deportación en su record, el solicitante puede hacer una búsqueda de su historial inmigratorio con el Departamento de Justicia (las cortes), la agencia de deportación (ICE), o la agencia de aduanas (CBP). La búsqueda se hace como una petición FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), la cual puede hacerla el solicitante o con la ayuda de un abogado.

Si usted o un conocido esta pensando en aplicar por una Green card o sospecha que hay una orden de deportación en su contra, llame para hacer una consulta con un abogado de inmigración quien puede orientarle sobre los siguientes pasos a tomar.

Johanna Cochran, Abogada
404-949-8170
jcochran@immigration.net


My Relative is Petitioning for Me But I Just Found Out I have a Removal Order Against Me—What Can I do?

A removal order in your record will not allow you to get a green card. Sometimes, people do not know that a Judge issued a removal order against them in the past. The removal order may be decades old or may be as recent as this week. The reasons are many: their attorneys did not inform them of their hearing dates, so they did not show up at the hearing; they never received the hearing date in the mail; they intentionally missed the hearing; etc.

The remedy to getting rid of this removal order will depend on the reason a green card applicant has that order in the first place. A consultation with an attorney can shed light on the type of evidence the applicant will need to ask a court to terminate the removal order. Sometimes motions, forms, and proper evidence need to be filed with the court that issued the removal order. Judges do not take these motions lightly and it is highly discouraged to file several motions in a given case for fear of giving the impression that the applicant thinks he or she deserves multiple bites at the apple. The best way to deal with this is to do it right the first time.

An attorney can also negotiate with the attorneys representing the federal government—these attorneys will sometimes oppose to a motion filed by an applicant. Communicating with the attorneys for the government is important to improve an applicant’s chances to get an approval on a motion.

In the event that an applicant suspects he or she may have a removal order on record, the applicant can search his or her own immigration history with the Department of Justice (the Courts), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The search is done as a FOIA request (Freedom of Information Act), which can be one by the applicant himself or with the help of an attorney.

If you or someone you know is thinking about applying for a green card or suspects there may be a removal order on his record, have this person consult with an attorney to determine what steps he or she should take to avoid a green card denial.

Johanna Cochran, Associate Attorney
404-949-8170
jcochran@immigration.net

Cómo detener la inmigración indocumentado

En medio de la interminable temporada política, escuchamos mucha retórica sobre inmigración, y qué candidatos van "hacer" algo para arreglar lo que cada uno considera un sistema roto de inmigración (no fallido, sólo roto). La mayoría de los candidatos, sin embargo, puso una condición sobre la fijación de este quebrado sistema diciendo que: "En primer lugar, hay que asegurar la frontera y al final la inmigración ilegal, hasta entonces vamos a hablar de ello". Lo que se tarda en lograr esta condición previa para resolver un problema reconocido.

Hay dos tipos de inmigración "ilegal" a Estados Unidos. La primera es lo que todos ya consideren la inmigración ilegal--los que entran a Estados Unidos sin una visa a través de nuestros miles de millas de las fronteras. Propuestas para solucionar este tipo particular de gama de la inmigración ilegal de caimanes y fosos, en automático disparando ametralladoras a muros de "la bella", a ilimitado número de agentes de la patrulla de frontera.

El segundo tipo de la inmigración "ilegal" implica a individuos que entran a Estados Unidos legalmente visados o el programa visa waiver (ESTA), y que luego se quedan más de su tiempo asignado (normalmente 6 o 3 meses). Soluciones propuestas a este tipo de inmigración ilegal incluyen chips RFID, vigilancia por agentes de inmigración, inmigración nuevas estaciones de control de salida, y quien incluso buscar y localizar.

Lo que nadie parece hablar acerca de cómo estas soluciones propuestas que tienen para detener la inmigración ilegal. ¿Cómo se pone 20.000 más agentes de la patrulla de frontera detiene inmigración ilegal? ¿Frenar? Seguro. ¿Detenerla completamente? Ni de chance. Y, si nuestros "líderes" no incluso tratarán de resolver con nuestro sistema de fijación hasta que haya cero inmigraciones ilegales nunca tendremos una reforma migratoria. Pensar cuando escuche a un político decir que no considerará cualquier arreglo al sistema hasta que la frontera este «segura», (lo que signifique.)

Pero hay una manera de detener la inmigración ilegal, la clase ambos indocumentada, y el tipo de visa que quien. ¿Por qué tenemos la inmigración ilegal en el primer lugar? Eso es simple. Tenemos inmigración ilegal porque las personas quieren vivir en los Estados Unidos pero no tienen un método legal viable para inmigrar. Se trata básicamente sobre la oferta y la demanda. Como aprendimos en la reciente tragedia en California, gente decidida a hacer nos dañó no es necesario venir ilegalmente, pueden utilizar nuestro sistema roto de inmigración legal actual para venir aquí.

Gente quiere venir a ver a su familia que ya está aquí, en un trabajo que apoya a su familia de una manera que no puede hacer en su país de nacimiento y que no está siendo llenado por un nativo ciudadano de Estados Unidos, o porque tienen miedos que queda en su país de origen es tan peligroso para sus vidas que corren el riesgo de venir sin visado. También hay inversores, empresarios y profesionales cualificados y los trabajadores que necesitamos y queremos tener en los Estados Unidos para crecer nuestra economía y mantener nuestra condición de líder del mundo libre. Francamente, deberíamos estar muy preocupados si alguna vez llega el día que nadie quiere venir a los Estados Unidos. Preguntemos a Corea del norte como funciona eso.

Sabiendo por qué las personas vienen ilegalmente significa que podemos crear un sistema para lidiar con la inmigración de una manera que asegura nuestras fronteras, asegura nuestra libertad y asegura nuestro bienestar económico y social. ¿Cómo? Abordando las fallas en nuestro sistema de inmigración legal al mismo tiempo nos ocupamos de las cuestiones relacionadas a asegurar la frontera. Como el Congreso que está mostrando ahora mismo como votar soluciones parciales a nuestro programa de inversionistas inmigrantes EB-5, H-1B, visas L-1 y el programa de exención de visado, estamos completamente capaces de lidiar con la inmigración legal mientras fortalecemos nuestras fronteras y aplicación. Un político que te dice que no podemos incluso hablar de inmigración legal o legalización incluso hasta después de que la frontera está asegurada no es más que un político cobarde.

Por ejemplo, nuestro sistema de inmigración legal actual permite a los empleadores a patrocinar hasta 10.000 tarjetas verdes al año (a nivel nacional e incluyendo cónyuges e hijos) para "los trabajadores no calificados". Conoce como las personas que trabajan en el procesamiento de las plantas, hoteles, restaurantes y jardines de pollo. Obviamente, en Georgia hay cientos de miles de indocumentados inmigración haciendo estos trabajos. Sin embargo, si un empleador quisiera "patrocinar" a tales trabajadores, el tiempo de espera es inmenso. ¿Por qué un empresario que necesita a alguien hoy para hacer el trabajo, espere 10 años para que la persona comience a trabajar? Ves el problema con nuestro sistema jurídico actual. Los números de visas disponibles, los tipos de visas disponibles y la "línea" para visas disponibles todos nos dicen lo mismo, un sistema de inmigración primero creado casi 65 años hace y la últimas actualización hace 25 años, no puede y no funciona para un 21 economía del siglo.

¿Lo que tenemos que hacer para detener la inmigración ilegal? Tienen un sistema de inmigración legal que es más fácil que inmigrar ilegalmente. No estoy hablando sobre fronteras abiertas, sino más bien de un sistema de inmigración legal controlada que es dirigido por las fuerzas del mercado juntadas a nuestra tasa de desempleo. Necesitamos un sistema de inmigración legal que realmente refleja las necesidades de la familia del siglo XXI, los empleadores y los inmigrantes. Habrá algunos que quieran detener toda la inmigración, que desea tomar un "tiempo fuera". Pregunte a Japón lo que ha trabajado. Nuestra realidad es que un sistema funcione de la inmigración legal, con suficientes visas y procesos simplificados que coincide con los trabajadores y los empleadores, que reduce los tiempos de espera para familiares inmediatos a intervalos cortas, que representa nuestras obligaciones al aceptar refugiados y asilados y que perdona a gente de hace décadas de errores y les permite ser traído en el doblez de la tela americana será parte del mantenimiento de la grandeza que los Estados Unidos de América.

Estamos mejores que la retórica que escuchamos de nuestros candidatos presidenciales. Como los votantes que deben exigir hombres y mujeres de integridad, coraje y visión para conducirnos. Esperemos que obtengamos lo que necesitamos.


¿Tengo que presentar una enmienda de H-1B para mi empleado que está cambiando los lugares de trabajo?

A principios de este año USCIS aclaró cuando se requiere una enmienda de H-1B es cuando un empleado H-1B cambia lugares de lugar de trabajo.

En la parte crítica de su decisión, cuestión de Simeio Solutions, LLC, la oficina administrativa de Apelaciones de USCIS sostuvo que los empleadores están obligados a presentar una enmienda de H-1B cuando el empleado de H-1B cambia su lugar de empleo a una ubicación del lugar de trabajo fuera del área estadística metropolitana (MSA). La celebración de Simeio entró en vigor el 19 de agosto de 2015.

USCIS considera el cambio en la ubicación del lugar de trabajo fuera de la MSA a ser cambio de material de la aplicación de condición laboral (ACV). Como requisito previo al empleo de un trabajador de H-1B, el empleador debe presentar una recibir una LCA certificada desde el Departamento de trabajo, que asegure que los empleadores paguen a empleados de H-1B el mayor entre el salario que prevalece para la clasificación profesional en el "área de empleo" o el salario real pagado por el empleador a otros empleados con experiencia similar y calificación que realizan los mismos servicios de acuerdo con la ley federal de inmigración.

Estados USCIS, "[t] él proceso de certificación de ACV pretende proteger los salarios de los trabajadores de Estados Unidos mediante la eliminación de incentivos económicos o las ventajas en la contratación de trabajadores extranjeros temporales. También asegura que los salarios pagados a los empleados de H-1B están en línea con los salarios pagados por semejantemente situado los trabajadores de su misma área geográfica."

Por ejemplo, el salario base anual promedio de un ingeniero de software con una licenciatura y uno a tres años de experiencia trabajando en San José, California será más alto que un ingeniero de software igualmente experimentado en Dubuque, Iowa. La parte de requisito de MSA del CLP toma esta realidad económica en cuenta.

La decisión de Simeio establece un requisito lógico para asegurar que los fines de la aplicación de condición laboral seguirán lograr no importa de donde trabaja el empleado de H-1B. Los patrones de H-1B deben presentar una petición de visa H-1B modificada para los empleados de H-1B que cambian su lugar de trabajo a una ubicación del lugar de trabajo fuera de MSA en la petición de H-1B aprobada vigente.

Transferencia de empleados puede empezar a trabajar en el nuevo lugar de trabajo en cuanto a la archivada la enmienda y no tienen que esperar a que la enmienda sea aprobada. Además, USCIS ha declarado que los patrones de H-1B no están obligados a presentar una enmienda, si el nuevo lugar de trabajo es dentro de la misma MSA; el empleado de H-1B sólo trabajarán en la nueva ubicación para un corto período de tiempo (30-60 días); o si el empleado va a trabajar en lugar de no-trabajo para un seminario, conferencia o asignación fuera del corto.

Los empleadores con los patrones de H-1B deben consultar a un abogado de inmigración para decidir si presentar una enmienda de H-1B es necesario para dar cabida a un cambio de lugar de trabajo de su empleado de H-1B.


Publicado por Keith Jensen

How To Stop Illegal Immigration

In the midst of the never ending political season, we hear much rhetoric about immigration, and what candidates will "do" to fix what everyone considers to be a broken (not failed, just broken) immigration system.  Most of the candidates, however, put a condition on fixing this broken system by saying that:  "FIRST, we must secure the border and end illegal immigration, then we will talk."   What will it take to accomplish this precondition to solve a the acknowledged problem.

There are two types of "illegal" immigration to the United States.  The first is what everyone already considers to be illegal immigration--those who enter the United States without a visa through our thousands of miles of borders.  Proposals to fix this particular type of illegal immigration range from alligators and moats, to automatic firing machine guns, to “beautiful” walls, to limitless numbers of border patrol agents. 

The second type of "illegal" immigration involves individuals who enter the United States legally on visas or the visa waiver (ESTA) program, and who then overstay their allotted time (typically either 6 or 3 months).  Solutions proposed to this type of illegal immigration include RFID chips, monitoring by immigration agents, new immigration exit control stations,  and even searching for and locating overstays. 

What no one seems to talk about is how these proposed solutions are supposed to stop illegal immigration.  How does putting 20,000 more border patrol agents stop illegal immigration?  Slow it down?  Sure.  Stop it completely?  Not a chance. And, if our “leaders” will not even attempt to deal with fixing our broken system until there is zero illegal immigration we will never have immigration reform.  Think about that when you hear a politician say that they will not consider any fix to the system until the border is "secure," (whatever they mean by that.)

But, there is a way to stop illegal immigration, both the undocumented kind, and the kind that results from visa overstays.  Why do we have illegal immigration in the first place?  That is simple.  We have illegal immigration because people want to live in the United States but do not have a viable legal method to immigrate.  It’s basically about supply and demand.  As we learned in the recent tragedy in California, people intent on doing us harm do not need to come illegally, they can use our current broken legal immigration system to come here. 

People want to come to either be with their family that is already here, work in a job that is going to both support their family in a way that cannot be done in their birth country and that is not being filled by a native born U.S. citizen, or because they are afraid that remaining in their home country is so dangerous to their lives that they risk coming without a visa.  There are also investors, entrepreneurs, and skilled professionals and workers who we need and want to have in the United States to grow our economy and maintain our status as the leader of the free world.  Frankly, we should be very worried if the day ever comes that no one wants to come to the United States.  Ask North Korea how that works out.  

Knowing why people come illegally means we can create a system to deal with immigration in a way to secures our borders, secures our freedom, and secures our economic and societal well-being.  How?  By addressing the flaws in our legal immigration system at the same time we deal with the issues related to securing the border.  As Congress is showing right now as it votes on piecemeal fixes to our EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, the H-1B and L-1 visas, and the Visa Waiver program, we are fully capable of dealing with legal immigration while we strengthen our borders and enforcement.  A politician who tells you that we cannot even talk about legal immigration or even legalization until after the border is secured is nothing more than a political coward.

For example, our current legal immigration system allows employers to sponsor up to 10,000 green cards a year (nationwide and including spouses and children) for "unskilled workers.”  You know them as the people who work in chicken processing plants, hotels, restaurants and landscaping.  Obviously, just in Georgia there are hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigration doing these jobs.  Yet, if an employer wanted to "sponsor" such a worker, the wait time is immense. Why should an employer who needs someone today to do the work, wait 10 years to have person start working?  Do you see the problem with our current legal system.  The numbers of visas available, the types of visas available, and the "line" for available visas all tell us the same thing--an immigration system first created almost 65 years ago, and last updated 25 years ago, cannot and does not work for a 21st century economy.  

What do we need to do to stop illegal immigration?  Have a legal immigration system that is easier than immigrating illegally.  I am not talking about open borders, but rather about a controlled legal immigration system that is directed by market forces coupled to our unemployment rate.  We need a legal immigration system that actually reflects the needs of the 21st century family, employer, and immigrant.  There will be some who want to stop all immigration, that want to take a "time out."  Ask Japan how that has worked.  Our reality is that a functioning legal immigration system, with enough visas and a simplified processes that matches willing workers and employers, that reduces wait times for immediate family members to short processing intervals, that accounts for our treaty obligations in accepting refugees and asylees, and one which forgives people for mistakes made decades ago and allows them to be brought into the fold of the American fabric will be part of maintaining the greatness that is the United States of America.

We are better than the rhetoric we are hearing from our presidential candidates.  As voters which should demand men and woman of integrity, courage, and vision to lead us.  Let's hope we get what we need.  



Do I Have to File an H-1B Amendment for My Employee Who Is Changing Worksite Locations?

                
Earlier this year USCIS clarified when an H-1B amendment is required when an H-1B employee changes worksite locations.

In the critical portion of its decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office held that employers are required to file an H-1B amendment when the H-1B employee changes his or her place of employment to a worksite location outside of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Simeio holding took effect on August 19, 2015.

USCIS considers the change in the worksite location outside the MSA to be material change of the Labor Condition Application (LCA). As a prerequisite to employing an H-1B worker, the employer must submit a receive a certified LCA from the Department of Labor, which ensures that employers pay H-1B employees the higher of either the prevailing wage for the occupational classification in the “area of employment” or the actual wage paid by the employer to other employees with similar experience and qualifications who are performing the same services in accordance with federal immigration law.  

USCIS states, “[t]he LCA certification process is intended to protect United States workers’ wages by eliminating economic incentives or advantages in hiring temporary foreign workers. It also ensures that wages paid to H-1B employees are in line with the wages paid by similarly situated workers in their same geographical area.”

For example the average annual base salary of a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree and one to three years of experience working in San Jose, California will be higher than a similarly experienced software engineer working in Dubuque, Iowa. The MSA requirement portion of the LCA takes this economic reality into account.

The Simeio decision sets forth a logical requirement to ensure the purposes of the Labor Condition Application continue to be achieved no matter where the H-1B employee works. H-1B employers must file an amended H-1B petition for their H-1B employees who change their place of employment to a worksite location outside of MSA provided in the existing approved H-1B petition. 

Transferring employees may begin working at the new job location as soon as the amendment is filed and they do not have to wait for the amendment to be approved. Also, USCIS has stated that H-1B employers are not required to file an amendment if the new worksite is within the same MSA; the H-1B employee will only be working at the new location for a short period of time (30-60 days); or if the employee is going to work at non-worksite location for a seminar, conference, or short off-site assignment. 

Employers with H-1B employers should consult an immigration attorney to decide whether filing an H-1B amendment is required to accommodate a change of work location for their H-1B employee.  

La Visa "U" para víctimas de crimen -- un importante atraso ha surgido

El programa de visas "U" creado como parte de la violencia contra la mujer ley (VAWA) era y es, una buena idea y una herramienta eficaz para la aplicación de la ley. Como sociedad, queremos que la gente, (incluidos los indocumentados) presenten e informen sobre los crímenes, tanto como víctimas y testigos, para traer la aplicación de la ley en situaciones y lugares que pueden ayudar a las víctimas inocentes, castigan a los delincuentes y combatir el crimen. La visa "U" está disponible para 10.000 personas al año que son víctimas o las víctimas indirectas de delitos violentos por lo general. Una vez que se emite la visa "U", el individuo se convierte en condición jurídica de los Estados Unidos, y después de tres años en este estado pueden solicitar la residencia permanente (una Green card). Dicho esto, el programa en sí, como todos los otros programas del Congreso tienen un número limitado artificialmente de los visados, se ha convertido en una sombra de si mismo.

En el liberado  año fiscal 2015, USCIS avisa al público que más de 110.303 solicitudes de visa "U" están pendientes de decisión por el USCIS. También hay peticiones de visas U de 17.694 que realmente fueron aprobados durante el año Fiscal 2015. El USCIS aprueba alrededor 80% de las solicitudes de visa "U" que recibe (en promedio). Esto significa, que si el USCIS recibe cero aplicaciones de visa "U" en el año Fiscal 2016 (que por supuesto no va a suceder), habrá cerca de 100.000 personas con peticiones aprobadas de visa de "U" esperando las 10.000 de visa "U" que pueden realmente ser emitidas cada año. Significa para los nuevos solicitantes en ejercicio 2106, habrá al menos un 10-12 años espere para el otorgamiento de la condición de visa "U", con residencia permanente por lo menos 13 años.

No es lo peor de estos números. Cada año para los últimos seis años hemos visto un número creciente de peticiones de visas "U" presentada. En el año Fiscal 2015, USCIS recibió solicitudes de 52.666. Este número solamente en casi 5 años en fuente de visas "U"! Si esta tendencia continúa, al final del año Fiscal 2016, habrá un suministro de 15 años para la "U" visa aprobada peticiones, con residencia permanente y ciudadanía después de casi una década más allá de eso. Veinticinco años; pensar en eso.

¿Qué hace USCIS para solicitantes aprobados si hay no hay peticiones de visas "U" disponibles para ser distribuido? Pone a estos individuos en estado de "Acción diferida", que técnicamente no es un estado. Este estado viene sin el derecho a viajar (algo que tiene un portador de estatus de visa "U"). Y, mientras que un solicitante aprobado con "Acción diferida" puede recibir un permiso de trabajo, el permiso por lo general debe ser aprobado cada dos anos. Es esencialmente décadas de temporalidad con la esperanza de una resolución que años.

Así, una vez más, tenemos un Congreso creando un programa que comenzó con buenas intenciones, pero que terminó en crisis. Las víctimas del delito son personas reales. Vienen adelante buscando ayuda de aplicación de la ley y buscando la justicia en nuestro sistema jurídico. Por desgracia, estas víctimas de la delincuencia no recibirán a justicia oportuna del sistema de inmigración... 

The "U" Visa for Crime Victims--A Major Backlog Has Arisen

The "U" visa program created as part of the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) was, and is, a good idea and an effective tool for law enforcement.  As a society, we want people, (including undocumented people) to come forward and report crimes, both as victims and witnesses, in order to bring law enforcement into situations and locations that can assist innocent victims, punish criminals and fight crime.  The "U" visa is available to 10,000 people a year who are harmed as victims, or indirect victims, of typically violent crimes.   Once the "U" visa is issued, the individual is converted to legal status in the United States, and after three years in this status can seek lawful permanent residence (a green card).  That said, the program itself, like every other program that Congress caps with an artificially limited number of visas, has become a shadow of its former self.

In just released Fiscal Year 2015 numbers, USCIS let the public know that more than 110,303 "U" visa applications are pending decision by the USCIS.  There are also 17,694 U visa petitions that were actually approved during Fiscal Year 2015.  The USCIS approves around 80% of the "U" visa applications that it receives (on average).  This means, that if the USCIS receives zero "U" visa applications in Fiscal Year 2016 (which of course is not going to happen), there will be about 100,000 people with approved "U" visa petitions waiting for the 10,000 "U" visa slots that can be actually issued each year.  That means for new applicants in Fiscal Year 2106, there will be at least a 10-12 year wait for issuance of the "U" visa status, with permanent residence at least 13 years away.

That is not the worst of these numbers.  Each year for the last six year we have seen an increasing number of "U" visa petitions filed.  In Fiscal Year 2015, USCIS received 52,666 applications. This number alone is almost a 5 year supply of "U" visas! If this trend continues, at the end of Fiscal Year 2016, there will be a 15 year supply for "U" visa approved petitions, with permanent residence and later citizenship almost a decade beyond that.  Twenty Five years; think about that.

What does USCIS do for approved applicants if there are no "U" visa petitions available to be distributed?  It puts these individuals on "Deferred Action" status, which, technically speaking is not a status.  This status comes without the right to travel at this time (something that a "U" visa status holder has). And, while an approved applicant with "Deferred Action" can receive a work permit, the permit typically must be approved every two years.  It is essentially decades of temporariness with the hope of a resolution that is years away.

So, once again, we have a congressionally created program that started with good intentions, but has ended up in crisis.  Victims of crime are real people.  They come forward seeking law enforcement assistance and seeking justice under our legal system.  Unfortunately, these victims of crime will not receive any timely justice from the immigration system..

Should I Hire An Attorney Only to Fill Out or Review Immigration Forms?

No. An attorney who only reviews and fills out forms is not only acting unethically but is also doing you a disservice. When an attorney signs an immigration form he or she has duly reviewed and prepared, this attorney is certifying that all information on the form is correct and is assuming responsibility for the case.

An attorney who does not sign a form he has reviewed is not accepting responsibility for his work and is not trustworthy. In fact, notarios do the very same thing when they fill out forms on behalf of other people. Mistakes happen when people avoid consulting with an attorney (or fail to hire the attorney) to review their case because no case is the same, and not everyone will complete a form with the same information or provide the same type of evidence to Immigration Services or the Court.

Attorneys are bound by the Code of Federal Regulations ("CFR") to sign all forms they have prepared and reviewed. The CFR (which is the authority attorneys follow in and outside of the courtroom) discusses the issue of professional conduct involving the preparation of immigration forms without signing them. The CFR warns that an attorney can be subject to suspension, reprimands, and even disbarment if he or she “fails to submit a signed and completed Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative” when he or she has engaged in “practice or preparation” as defined in 8 C.F.R. § 1001.1 (i), (k). “Preparation” includes the incidental preparation of papers, and “practice” includes “appearing in any case, either in person or through the preparation or filing of any brief or other document, paper, application, or petition on behalf of another person or client before or with DHS, or any immigration judge, or the Board [of Immigration Appeals]:”

According to the CFR, an attorney who engages in any of the practices above can be subject to disciplinary sanctions:

Subpart G—Professional Conduct for Practitioners—Rules and Procedures

§ 1003.101
(a)   Authority to sanction. [A]n adjudicating official or the Board may impose any of the following disciplinary sanctions:
(1)    Disbarment . . . ;
(2)    Suspension . . . ;
(3)    Public or private censure; or
(4)    . . . [O]ther disciplinary sanctions[.]


We see many clients come through our doors whose forms are riddled with errors that need to be corrected (this means more money needs to be spent by the client) or whose cases were delayed because their forms had incomplete information. In some cases, client’s cases were even denied because the information provided was false. A thorough consultation with an attorney where representation is sought is worth the time and money to avoid delays in your case. 

Johanna Cochran, Associate Attorney
404-949-8170
jcochran@immigration.net

How to Prepare for a Fiancé Visa Interview

A visa interview at the U.S. consulate in an intending fiancé’s home country is the crucial step in an intimidating process. Many couples attempt to navigate the process on their own, however after a few years of experience I have come to realize that the fiancé petition and consular processing is one of the more complex immigration processes and is best handled by a seasoned immigration attorney (lest you turn completely grey before your fiancé can even get to the States - not very attractive for wedding photos).

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for the interview process.

  1. Make sure you are completely familiar with your I-129F visa petition. It’s been a few months since you’ve filed it. Review it and even bring it with you to your interview.
  2.  Double check that all the requirements are met by the consulate and you bring everything you will need with you to the interview. Some consulates have their own unique requirements, so be sure to verify that you have checked all the boxes. Make sure to bring the original medical test (very important), copy of security clearance, copy of the interview notice, copy of birth certificate (originals should have been filed). It would help to bring the entire visa application along with original documents has been filed in advance of your interview with the consulate. Also remember to bring your valid passport, keeping in mind it should be valid for at least 6 months beyond intended date of entry into the U.S.;
  3. Take extra documents that evidence your relationship with your fiancé that you may have. Recently taken photos, skype records, social media posts, any wedding planning evidence, etc. You should have already submitted these in advance, but take anything that you have not submitted or that is more recent. Also be sure to take a copy of the visa application package that you have submitted just in case;
  4. Try to arrive to the consulate early and make sure you are completely prepared. Do not make any arrangements to travel, dispose of property, or resign from employment until your visa is approved;
  5. Practice some interview questions beforehand with your fiancé. This is your chance to REALLY get to know him or her, some questions can be detailed. Here are some sample question:
    1. When did you meet your fiancé?
    2. How did you meet your fiancé?
    3. How long have you known each other?
    4. Who proposed to whom?
    5. What made you decide to get married?
    6. Have you ever been to the United States?
    7. Have you met your fiancé’s parents?
    8. How do your parents feel about your fiancé?
    9. Where and when was your fiancé born?
    10. Does your fiancé have siblings? Where do they live?
    11. Where does your fiancé work?
    12. Where does your fiancé live?
    13. What is your fiancé’s phone number?
    14. When did your fiancé divorce?
    15. Describe your wedding plans.
    16. Did you bring proof of any wedding planning?
    17. Describe your life plans subsequent to your wedding.
    18. How have you maintained your long distance relationship? 


Once prepared, you can relax and go with the flow. If the interview goes well, the immigrant will typically receive his or her visa within a few days. However it can take a few weeks if there are added security checks (the uncertainty is not fun if you’re wedding planning but welcome to the world of U.S. immigration law). If approved your immigrant visa is valid for up to six months from date of issuance unless your medical examination validity expires sooner. Plan to arrive to the U.S. before your visa expires.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that while the fiancé visa process can be stressful and daunting, it is good training for a happy marriage – if you can get through this together without strangling someone, you can get through pretty much anything!

¿Puedo viajar fuera de Estados Unidos si mi solicitud de tarjeta verde está pendiente?

La respuesta corta es "depende". En general, viajar fuera de Estados Unidos mientras esté pendiente su solicitud de tarjeta verde se considera abandono de la solicitud. Esta regla general está sujeta a algunas excepciones claves.

En primer lugar, los solicitantes de tarjeta verde de los L-1 o H-1B (con visas válidas) pueden viajar mientras que su aplicación está pendiente de aprobación: (1) que están regresando a los Estados Unidos para reanudar el trabajo con el mismo empleador y (2) estar en posesión de un visado válido de L o H. Dependientes de la visa L-1 y H-1B los titulares también pueden viajar mientras sus solicitudes de residencia estén pendientes si los dos criterios antes mencionados se cumplan.

En segundo lugar, los titulares de visa K-3 y K-4, cónyuges de ciudadanos estadounidenses y sus hijos menores de edad, también pueden viajar si están en posesión de una visa K-3/K-4 vigente a su regreso a los Estados Unidos.

Finalmente, los solicitantes de la tarjeta verde en posesión de la "libertad condicional avanzada" permiso de viaje de USCIS, puede viajar mientras esperan la adjudicación de su tarjeta verde. Libertad condicional anticipada y autorización de empresas de trabajo temporal ofrecen al solicitante en un documento (formulario i-766) para los solicitantes de la tarjeta verde.

Al considerar el viaje durante la aprobacion de su solicitud de tarjeta verde, o cualquier otra inmigración presentación, es importante buscar al Consejo específico de un abogado de inmigración.


Publicado por Keith Jensen 

7 THINGS THAT SCARE ME MORE THAN SYRIAN REFUGEES

Despite attempts by media outlets and politicians to create mass hysteria and fear regarding the “flood of dangerous Syrian refugees” headed our way, I remain calm.  Mainly I am calm because I understand (at least in general terms) the vetting process that refugees must undergo before they ever set foot in the U.S.  I also understand that this is a slow trickle, not an unmanageable flood of refugees.  I am also comforted by the history of U.S. refugee resettlement, and that while no systems of checks is 100 percent perfect, that history shows that our system is exceptional at weeding out threats.  In fact, off the top of my head, I can think of seven things that scare me more than Syrian refugees.
  1.       Hamburger Helper Hand.  I still have nightmares about that little bastard even as an adult.  Seriously, the thing can be hiding anywhere and jump out and grab you at any second.  When I had to use the bathroom at night when I was younger, I would jump from the second bunk and hit the ground running so he couldn’t grab my leg.  He could be under your bed or desk just waiting to grab your leg, or even worse, he could be hiding behind the toilet just waiting for the right moment to pounce.
  2.      Heights.  I don’t think I’m alone in this one.  Few things make me immediately nauseous and dizzy like being more than ten feet off of the ground.  Ziplines, glass elevators, the swing rides at fairs, and ski lifts all suck.
  3.      Compressed Air.  I don’t know if I have suppressed memories of balloons or bike tires exploding in my face when I was little or what, but I feel my blood pressure rise every time I have to inflate a tire, balloon or ball. 
  4.      Electricity.  I guess this has more to do with electrical wires.  I didn’t always have this particular fear, but I have had trouble forgetting a shock I received while trying to fix an outlet in an apartment I lived in.  Ever since then, even if you show me you turned off the breaker, I will still get shaky if I have to start manipulating wires.
  5.      Bus Without a Bathroom.  This fear goes back to elementary school.  I was mortified when, in front of everyone, I had to ask a bus driver to stop somewhere so I could pee while on a fieldtrip.  Ever since then, if I step foot on bus to go somewhere with a group of people and don’t see a bathroom, I’m in trouble.  Chaperoning my kids on their fieldtrips brings back a rush of memories and fear.  This fear was later reinforced when I had bad falafel when driving across Israel on a bus with no bathroom, and had to force the driver to make an emergency stop in a particularly dangerous spot in the West Bank.
  6.      Flying.  I don’t care how many times people try to explain the physics of flight, or how turbulence is just like driving down a bumpy road in a car, I will never understand or be comfortable with a huge heavy airplane floating above the earth at hundreds of miles per hour.  It does not make sense!
  7.      Floating Band Aids at Swimming Pools.  What was the band aid covering?  Was it a small blister or paper cut, or was it a herpes sore or a chicken pox scab?  Did it float close to my mouth?  I’m breaking out in cold sweats just thinking about this.


There is a lot of good information out there on the refugee resettlement process and the history of refugee resettlement in the U.S.  Political talking points are designed to draw attention, often by fear or outrage.  Throughout the debate I hope that we can make sure we get the facts from all sides before coming to our own conclusions.  Here are two articles that I recommend.  CATO and WAPO We may not come to the same conclusions on every point, but at least we will be informed in coming to our own conclusions.  

I Missed My Hearing in Immigration Court--Is Everything Over for Me Now?

No; but the reason you missed your hearing is important. Most of the time (at least in Atlanta, where our firm is), if a person does not show up to his or her hearing, the Immigration Judge will order this person removed (or deported). A person who is removed without having attended his hearing has an in absentia order and only exceptional circumstances will make the Immigration Judge reopen that person's case and continue proceedings. 

Examples of what can be considered "exceptional circumstances" are: lack of notice (the Court sent you a hearing notice in the mail but you did not get it and it is not your fault), ineffective assistance of counsel (your attorney at the time did not communicate to you the date of your hearing and as a result, you missed it), medical issues (for example, you happened to be in the hospital the day of your hearing and there was no way you were able to physically attend). 

How do you know if the Court did in fact mail you a copy of your hearing date? By reviewing your file in immigration court or searching your immigration history with the Department of Justice (the department that oversees the immigration courts). An attorney can help you with all this. If you had a bad attorney who did not tell you of your court hearing, talk to a second attorney who may be able to help you by explaining your situation to the judge (these types of motions to reopen--as they are called--are easily denied if you don't follow the specific guidelines set by the Court for them). Similarly, if you had medical issues and missed your hearing, an attorney can help you get your entire medical record and effectively argue to the Court that your case warrants a second chance in Court. 

On the other hand, if you missed your court hearing because you simply forgot, you changed your address but never notified the Court, or you simply did not want to attend your hearing, you may have a very difficult time getting a second chance in Court. People who have very sympathetic factors like sick children, U.S. Citizen spouses who have filed petitions, etc., may alleviate some of these negative factors. 

If you or someone you know missed a hearing in court, have him contact an attorney who can determine if reopening is an option.

Johanna Cochran, Associate Attorney

FAQs on Syrian Refugees, From an Immigration Attorney's Perspective

On Monday, Georgia Governor Deal, as well as 30 other States, called for a moratorium on Syrian refugee resettlement into their States. And just moments ago, lawmakers in the House voted to essentially halt a program aimed at resettling Syrian refugees, a bill that President Obama has vowed to veto, stating on Monday that the U.S. is fully capable of vetting refugees, adding that the Syrian refugees are themselves the victims of terrorism and “slamming the door in their face would be a betrayal of our values.”

This news has sparked much debate and controversy, and needless to say has also fueled anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.  Let’s take a moment to discuss. Here are some questions I get quite often:

·         Question: What is a refugee?
·         Answer: It is important to understand that refugees are a special category of immigrants, unlike any other. A refugee, as defined by the Refugee Act of 1980 (which was an amendment to the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act), is any person who is outside their country of residence or nationality, or without nationality, and is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion into the United States’.  This is a very narrow definition, and does not include the thousands of immigrants who enter our borders daily through a variety of other methods, whether temporarily as students or visitors, or permanently as greencard holders.  An individual may enter the U.S. on a visitor visa and then apply for asylum once here, for example. 

·         Question: But refugees pose a security threat because they’re not really vetted, right, because of the urgency that makes fleeing their countries imminent?
·         Answer: Not at all. Refugees are the most security vetted immigrants to the United States. After being designated refugees, refugees go through several months of screening, often over a period of up to two years. Security screenings are rigorous and involve the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies. Then if they go all those hoops (and they are still alive), Immigration and Customs Enforcement can enforce the laws against them if there are any violations once they’re admitted. Chances are if there is someone who intends to harm this country, they are not going through the screening process just outlined, and I would argue that it is in the interest of national security to allow individuals entering the country to be thoroughly vetted.
Further, what we are debating over is 10 thousand individuals, but a vast majority of refugees are women and children. Since most refugees enter with their families, we are talking about 2000 families (assuming an average of 5 people per family).  Compare that with the rest of the world, primarily Turkey and Lebanon, and we are taking just a drop in the bucket.

·         Question: Do States have the legal authority to prevent refugee resettlement in their State?
·         Answer: The short answer is NO, States cannot unilaterally block resettlement. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, the President has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. The federal government’s power to admit refugees was created in order to provide a permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the U.S. of refugees of special humanitarian concern and governors do not have the legal authority to determine who lives in their States. However, while immigration matters remain exclusively a federal concern, in reality we must recognize that while States may not prevent refugees from entering their borders, they play a large role in the distribution of federal funds to non-profit organizations that serve refugees, and curtailing such funds would make it very difficult for them to resettle.  Further they can try and put pressure on the federal government to amend immigration laws to restrict refugees or somehow subject them to increased security measures.  

·         Question: If they don’t have the authority to stop Syrian refugees from entering their states, why are these governors even trying?
·         Answer: Because they can. It’s not the right thing it’s the politically popular thing, and it’s an unfortunate way to govern. Public officials should instead avoid knee-jerk reactions that only politicize tragic events such as that in Paris last Friday. Misplaced blame creates an atmosphere of fear. Instead we should stand in solidarity with the Syrian refugees who are themselves victims of ISIS.

·         Question: Even if refugees are not terrorists, they will at the least commit crimes, take our jobs, and otherwise harm our economy.
·         Answer: This is a myth. Refugees, and I would argue that Syrians immigrants specifically, are among the most educated, hardest working immigrants. They are professionals and business owners, and at the local level provide increased demand for goods and services. Countless studies have shown that welcoming refugees has a positive or at least neutral effect on the host community’s economy and wages. A long list of innovative and important Americans were once refugees, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Jerry Yang of Yahoo. Steve Jobs of Apple was himself the son of a Syrian migrant. 

·         Question: Syrians are just taking advantage of the generous refugee laws in our country and the general insecurity in their country and using it as an easy way to immigrate to the United States.
·         Answer: We tend to miss the point sometimes. Syrian refugees are refugees, which mean they are fleeing FOR THEIR LIVES. They are not trying to come to the U.S. to benefit from the prosperity we enjoy, but rather the security we take for granted. Indeed the Syrian refugees would much rather be home than in a strange country. They flee with nothing more than the clothes on their back, leaving behind everything they’ve built over the course of their entire lives, only to have to start from scratch. Syrian refugees are fleeing exactly the kind of terror which unfolded on the streets of Paris, only they have been confronted by violence just like this for almost five years. They do not bring terror with them. Rather, they are fleeing it.


The Syrian crisis has been called the greatest humanitarian disasters of recent times. The image of the body of a young boy washed up on the shores of the Turkish beach echoed around the world last September has become a symbol of the world’s failure to act, humanity’s failure to help. I happened to be on vacation on the exact same beach where the boy’s body had washed ashore, exactly one year before. I cannot even imagine that the beautiful sea that I admired from my cabana on the beach has become a place where you can witness such heart wrenching images.  
Innocent civilians, many of whom are young children, have experienced the worst trauma and torture. The tragic irony is by blocking resettlement is to victimize a people that are attempting to flee the same monsters we fear, sending a message that only plays into the hands of those whose aim is to divide us.  Whether legally or morally, this is not the American way.



Can I Travel Outside the U.S. if My Green Card Application Is Pending?

The short answer is “it depends”. Generally, traveling outside the United States while your green card application is pending is considered abandonment of the application. This general rule is subject to a few key exceptions.

First, green card applicants in valid L-1 or H-1B status (with valid visas) may travel while their application is pending if: (1) they are returning to the United States to resume employment with the same employer and (2) they are in possession of a valid L or H visa. Dependents of L-1 and H-1B visa holders may also travel while their green card applications are pending if the two above-mentioned criteria are met.

Second, K-3 and K-4 visa holders, spouses of United States citizens and their minor children, may also travel if they are in possession of a valid K-3/K-4 visa upon their return to the United States.

Lastly, green card applicants in possession of “advance parole” travel permission from USCIS, may travel while they await the adjudication of their green card. Advance parole and temporary employment authorization are provided to the applicant in one document (Form I-766) for green card applicants.

When considering travel during the pendency of your green card application, or any other immigration filing, it is important to seek the specific counsel of an immigration attorney.

El soltero que podría FALLAR en una entrevista de inmigración

Si vives en América, entonces es probable que estes por lo menos vagamente familiarizado con el programa de televisión de la realidad americana popular, el soltero. La serie, que se estrenó primero en ABC en 2002, gira en torno a un soltero y una piscina de chicas disponibles para él. Durante el transcurso de la temporada, el soltero se supone que debe trabajar en la eliminación de posibles "candidatas" y proponerle matrimonio a su selección final. Y es un trabajo duro. El soltero somete a una serie de fechas y retos y mientras tanto él tiene que ganar no sólo una docena de señoritas y a los millones de espectadores, pero también tiene que centrarse en la elección de su "alma gemela". Y por supuesto el proceso de eliminación no estaría completo sin una cuota de drama y conflicto, cuanto más mejor (para la clasificación de ratings). Es toda diversión y juegos para los fanáticos del show que disfrutan de participar en el proceso, el Soltero que debe a quien y a quien no debe elegir. El episodio final de la temporada por lo general termina con una "ceremonia entregando la última rosa" donde el bachiller elimina al finales tres mujeres y propone su selección, regalarle la rosa final. La premisa del show esta en mostrar bajo la enorme presión para tomar la decisión más grande de su vida y tan públicamente y en un corto período de tiempo.

Como un abogado de inmigración, yo nunca he sentido el deseo de ver al soltero (realmente no hay falta de drama y conflicto en mi vida no me apetecen más.) Pero después de mi entrevista de inmigración más reciente, no pude evitar preguntarme cómo los matrimonios de el soltero terminan cuando se cierran las cortinas y el espectáculo. Por supuesto no todas las series de el Soltero terminaron con una propuesta y un matrimonio, pero yo apuesto que las parejas felices que casadas después del  breve show – aunque riguroso – no serán capaces de pasar las en una básica entrevista de inmigración. Las preguntas que llegan diariamente a las parejas casadas con el fin de evaluar la buena fe de su relación serían deshacerse de incluso la más avezada pareja felizmente casada.

De hecho, quiero dar una sugerencia para una secuela de El Soltero. "Ustedes realmente son casados" show, inspirado en los cientos de entrevistas de inmigración que he visto. ABC, si buscas drama y conflicto para su próxima show televisivo, no busque más. Para un toque adicional, tratar de separar a la pareja y la comparación de sus respuestas. Sólo para dar una idea, aquí hay algunas preguntas que usted podría oír (la mayoría de estas la hemos oído anteriormente):



1. Cuál es el nombre de tu suegra
2. A qué hora tu marido va a trabajar y cuánto es su jornada
3. Cómo se escribe el nombre de la ciudad en donde su esposa nacio
4. Que comiste en la cena el jueves pasado
5. Cuáles son los nombres de los amigos más cercanos de su marido
6. Qué día hace 3 años se mudó a su segundo Apartamento
7. Quien propuso matrimonio a quien
8. Cuántas citas pasaron antes de decidirse a casarse
9. Por qué decidió casarse
10. Qué día y mes su esposa ingreso por primera ves a Estados Unidos hace diez años
11. Cuál es el nombre de tu suegro
12. Qué tipo de torta  se sirvió en la boda
13. Cuántos relojes de alarma programa en la mañana
14. Cual es la comida menos favorita de su esposa
15. Alguna vez ha tenido una discusión que dio lugar a que uno de ustedes durmiese en otra habitación
16. Qué hiciste para celebrar el cumpleaños de su marido el año en que se casarón
17. Lo que tu esposa escucha en el coche
18. Qué empresa ofrece su servicio de TV por cable
19. Cuando termina su actual contrato de arrendamiento
20. Cuántos hijos quieren tener
21. Cuando es la última vez que fue a una cita y lo que hicieron
22. Quien pasa la mayor parte de tiempo en la cocina
23. De qué color son las cortinas de tu cocina
24. Cuanto fue lo más tarde que los invitados se quedaron en su boda
25. Donde guarda el papel higiénico de repuesto
26. Cómo le gusta su marido tomar su café, cuántas tazas él toma


Yo he estado casada por 11 años pero te puedo decir de hecho que mi esposo no sabe dónde guardamos el papel higiénico de repuesto y no tengo ni idea de lo que tenía para cenar ayer por la noche, no importa la semana pasada. Me imagino que alguno de los concursantes en el soltero que literalmente se reunieron en conjunto requerirá de toda una vida para aprender la respuesta a estas preguntas (si el matrimonio dura ese tiempo) - y aun así algunos no pueden y nunca sabran – pero eso está totalmente bien porque no son inmigrante. Si eres un inmigrante que busca una tarjeta verde basada en su matrimonio con un ciudadano americano, usted no puede permitirse el lujo de no saber cada pequeño detalle sobre su cónyuge. Así que adelante, inmigrantes o no, si está casado o con su cónyuge haga la prueba de ver si se pasa una entrevista de inmigración! Lo más probable es que el soltero fracasaría definitivamente.


Publicado por Hiba Ghalib