Immigration Backlogs

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Despite the high processing fees and large amounts of government resources devoted to the immigration system, there are still lengthy backlogs. For example, the current posted processing times for the I-526 stage of the EB-5 program indicate USCIS is working on cases filed on March 16, 2012. That is 19 months! These are wealthy individuals…

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2015 Diversity Visa Program begins October 1, 2013

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting applications for the Diversity Visa lottery.  The 2015 will provide 50,000 visas in this category to immigrants from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States.  Natives of the following country are not eligible to apply: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born),…

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Danielle Rosché advocates for immigration reform in San Diego Union-Tribune

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Danielle Rosché, an associate attorney at Feldman Feldman & Associates, recently published an Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune in which she advocates for further pressure to be placed on Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) after his recent waffling support for immigration reform.  To read Attorney Rosché’s entire article, click here (“Issa needs to decry vitriol, push…

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Happy One Year Anniversary, DACA

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Yesterday marked one year since United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), created via an Executive Action by President Obama.  Of the more than 500,000 application filed, 74% have been approved, 1% has been denied, while the other 25% are currently under review.  This 1% reflects…

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I’ve Been Granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Now What?

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

For people who have had their applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals approved – congratulations!  After years of living in the United States as undocumented you now have valid work authorization and the ability to remain in the United States throughout your DACA time, barring any unforeseen complications.  You may think that you are…

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USCIS Officially Indicates that Same-Sex Marriages will be Treated Equally

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, released an official statement indicating that a petition based on a same-sex marriage will be entitled to the same immigration benefits as an opposite marriage.  Her exact words were: “Effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on  behalf of a same-sex…

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, June 26, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in United States v. Windsor, a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA prohibited the U.S. federal government from recognizing valid same-sex marriage licenses for federal reasons including immigration benefits.  Same-sex marriage licenses are currently issued by 13…

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