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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2011 – H-3 visas can be a promising way for foreigners to get American training. The program allows foreigners to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of two years to train in any field except for graduate medical training. Once training is completed, the foreign national must go back to their home country. “Many individuals seek this type of visa because their home country doesn’t have this type of training,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Their careers will be boosted in their homeland after receiving the training.” H-3 can only be […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2011 – It looks like old ground will be revisited in the ongoing debate over immigration reform. Indeed, politics does make strange bedfellows. “It appears that some interesting things are taking place in terms of political alliances over immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have joined forces and are quietly working with an eclectic assortment of groups, conservative and liberal, to get support for their immigration reform proposals – […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2011 – Last year, more than 11,100 military personnel became U.S. citizens. This is the largest number of naturalized since 1955, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics reported. Current members of the U.S. armed forces and recently discharged members can seek expedited application and naturalization. Many spouses and unmarried minor children are also eligible. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and specific individuals in the National Guard and the Reserves can also qualify. In Texas where there so many military bases, an experienced immigration attorney can help with […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2011 – A new Government Accountability Office report found that U.S. agencies and Canadian agencies are not routinely sharing intelligence nor routinely engaging in other cooperative efforts necessary to protect the northern border between the U.S. and Canada. The border between the U.S. and Canada stretches out for roughly 4,000 miles through farmland, mountains and lakes, leaving large areas unwatched that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls a “higher” terrorist threat, according to the report. The report said that due to the limited law enforcement coverage in “vast stretches” of the northern […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2011 – Couples that are currently near the two-year mark on their I-551 Conditional Permanent Resident green card need to be aware of what the U.S. government will want to make their card into a true permanent resident card. The government monitors the couple’s status to see if the marriage is going well and will last. Unfortunately, there are enough violators who are U.S. citizens that marry a foreigner to help them out. So any foreigner who does want the permanent classification that lasts for 10 years will need to file a I-751 […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2011 – While the country may thrill to the cry of equality for everyone, the reality is that is not going to happen anytime soon. “You may recall that the basic idea behind the founding of America was that everyone would have a fair crack at living the dream in the U.S. Unfortunately, two camps got into the fray – the left and right. The left says all illegal immigrants deserve amnesty and that the other guys push for deportation and detention. One wonders where the middle of the road common sense went,” […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2011 – Now the nation sees it and now it does not. Like a shell game, the border fence that never really was now exists as a stinging reminder of how out of control comprehensive immigration reform was. “Really, what were people thinking when it came to the border fence?” asked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “It was originally proposed as an invisible fence on the U.S.-Mexico border during the George Bush era, when the powers […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently revised the Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, also known as Form N-648. Immigrants suffering from disabilities or impairments can apply for an exception to waive the English and civics requirements. The USCIS is holding public info sessions in regards to the N-648 changes, but it is highly recommended to have an experienced immigration attorney review an individual’s case. The new form is touted to help immigration officials understand a medical professional’s diagnosis of the particular disability and how it affects naturalization guidelines. The new […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2011 – The twixt and tween of politics may make a hash out of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Getting consensus will be a bitter battle. “While the president has been heard to tell the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he will be pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year, one has to wonder how he honestly thinks he is going to be able to accomplish that. Since the elections, the whole face of the House has changed. It is almost back to the table to start from scratch,” said Larry S. Rifkin, Miami immigration […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – One of the safest large cities in the United States may go under the spotlight as the governor of a budget-stricken state goes on the offensive against illegal immigration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry stated in early January that he believes immigration enforcement is a duty of both state officials and federal authority, mirroring Arizona’s controversial stance on the issue. Meanwhile, the city of El Paso, Tex. – which sits right on the Texas border with Mexico – ranks as the safest large city in the United States due to the mutual […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2011 – States these days are insisting they have rights when it comes to doing what they want in relation to comprehensive immigration reform. Over the years, virtually every year since the U.S. came into existence, every state has stood on its soapbox and insisted that it had rights. And indeed they do. However, these days, the rights seem to override or overshadow the right of the federal government to make changes needed for the country when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). “State’s rights have always been a cry to battle […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2011 – The United States Government Accountability Office recently completed a comprehensive study of the H-1B visa program. Congress asked the GAO to investigate several aspects of the H-1B program to ensure that the program was serving its purpose. The H-1B program allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. Congress asked the GAO to examine the employer demand for H-1B workers and how the cap of 65,000 H-1B visas per fiscal year affects employers’ bottom lines and their ability to maintain their business in the U.S., rather than shuttering […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2011 – When most Americans think of immigrants, they think of Mexicans or Latinos because of the latest Arizona anti-immigration laws and the anti-immigration sentiment that is running through the fabric of the country. However, the immigrant experience actually runs the gamut as they come from all over the world. But imagine every imaginable variable thrown into the spoke of a bicycle wheel. That is how far and wide the human drama continues as the stories of each complex and unique immigration story develops. Heartbreaking stories, such as the one about an uninsured […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2011 – The U.S. Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for January of 2011, bringing bad news for foreign nationals who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. based on a qualifying family relationship. Priority dates, each immigrant’s “place in line” for a visa with which to immigrate to the U.S., retrogressed, or moved backwards, meaning that immigrants will face a longer wait until they are eligible to join their relatives to the U.S. Priority dates had been moving forward in past months, giving some families hope that they would be reunited […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2011 – “In supreme frustration, many states either have or are considering passing their own rigorous immigration laws to combat illegal aliens. While the idea may be a valid one, the legislation, often passed without viewing the complete bigger picture, may ultimately end up illegal, immoral and potentially unenforceable,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The latest state to weigh in on this matter is Virginia, who plans to roll out its version of CIR in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2011 – One of the missions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Fraud Detection and National Security proponent, is maintaining the integrity of the legal immigration system. They perform a variety of fraud detection methods, such as conducting interviews and investigations of immigrants seeking citizenship. One method of fraud detection tools they now use is searching social networking sites such as Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Classmates.com, and others, to mine for information. People use these sites to stay connected with friends and families and in some cases to feed their narcissistic tendencies just […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2011 – The voting patterns this year were unusual and likely predictive of the face of the government in 2012. African American voters stuck with the Democrats, while Hispanics voters supported Republicans. “One of the more interesting things to note as fallout from the mid-term election is the election of two Republican governors, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada. Even more interesting is a recent remark made by Francisco Canseco, an elected majority seat holder in Texas, offering his thoughts on CIR. In a nutshell, he does not think […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2011 – In a landmark court case for immigrants, the Ninth Circuit recently found that an alien in removal proceedings has the right to review a copy of his A-file from the government as part of preparing for an immigration hearing. “Finally, as a result of this Ninth Circuit’s holding, aliens in removal proceedings in the Ninth Circuit will be able to see a copy of their A-file in advance of a hearing,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. In Dent v. Holder, Sazar Dent, a Honduran […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2011 – Already in more than 650 jurisdictions and in 32 states, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to expand the two-year Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program called “Secure Communities” to every state by 2011. Unlike other local/ICE partnerships, there is no need for Memoranda of Agreement between local law enforcement agencies, or the need for local law agents to be deputized in order to enforce immigration laws. ICE also plans to extend its reach to 3,100 state and local jails nationally by 2013. Secure Communities allows ICE to have access to […]


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The National Visa Center released its annual report of immigrant visa applicants in the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences in early November, 2010. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz breaks down the numbers and advises applicants on what steps to take. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2010 – The majority of immigrant visa applicants are eligible based on either employer or family sponsorship. Most categories receive more applicants than the limit every year, so additional applicants are placed on a waiting list, with priority based on filing date. On the employment side, “Priority Workers […]


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