3805418By: Paul Sloderbeck, Immigration Attorney
June 10, 2015

You’ve fallen in love and married the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. They also happen to be a United States Citizen. Some people wrongly believe that marriage to a United States Citizen will be a quick fix to their immigration problems. While for many married couples, there is a path to permanent residency for the immigrant spouse, the reality is often a little more complicated. To begin with, let me ask you a few questions.

Did you enter the United States with a Visa?

If you entered the United States with a Visa, such as a Tourist Visa, Border Crossing Card, Student Visa, or a Work Visa, you may be able to apply for permanent residency from within the United States. This is called Adjustment of Status. Your Citizen spouse can petition for you and you can apply for Permanent Residency all in one-step.

1857820By Jeremy Love, Immigration Attorney
June 01, 2015

On Tuesday May 26, a three-judge panel in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the US Department of Justice request for an emergency stay of the Texas District Court’s decision to halt President Obama’s November 2014 affirmative actions on immigration.

The court ruled 2-1 against the federal government who requested that Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) be allowed to go into action while the appeal was pending.

1617737Paul Sloderbeck, Immigration Attorney
May 12, 2015

Concerned community members travelled to New Orleans on April 17 to show their support for President Obama’s Executive Action implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA), which promised to bring relief to so many. Now, people across the nation are anxiously awaiting a decision from the three judge panel for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that heard arguments on the legality of DAPA that day.

What exactly are we waiting for?

Two things. First, we are waiting for a decision from the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit about whether DAPA can move forward while the Court makes a final decision on the merits of the program. This would allow USCIS to begin accepting applications for DAPA, perhaps within the next month or so.

1443239By Jeremy Love, Immigration Attorney
April 28, 2015

While the federal government and state governments presented oral arguments to a three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court of appeals on April 17, an anxious crowd of thousands gathered outside the courtroom and millions others across the country waited on news of the fate of President Obama’s Executive Action.   In February, a district court judge in Texas halted Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for employment authorization and protection from deportation. The federal government filed for an appeal of that decision and an emergency stay to allow the affirmative actions to begin before the appeals court hears the arguments on the merits of the case.  It is important to remember that DACA, as it was announced in 2012, is still in effect and applicants can continue to apply.  What is at stake is the 2014 announcement of DAPA and expanded DACA programs.

3092274By Jeremy Love, Immigration Attorney
February 16, 2015

We’re getting closer and closer to May, when US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for Deferred Action for Parents, part of the Executive Action announced by President Barack Obama in November.
Politicians have generated a lot of headlines over the struggle on Capitol Hill regarding the Executive Action.  So, I wanted to address concerns regarding the new Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Republicans in the House of Representatives have attacked the funding and implementation of the programs, but it is not likely that Congress can stop Obama’s executive action.

4759413By Jeremy Love, Immigration Attorney
January 13, 2015  

The long awaited executive action by President Barack Obama has finally arrived.  While there are a number of provisions, two key parts to know are Deferred Action for Parents and Extended DACA for DREAMers.
The Requirements for Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) include: 1. Have a child who is a LPR US citizen born by November 20, 2014. 2. Have been physically present in the US since January 1, 2010. 3. Not have been convicted of a felony, three misdemeanors or a significant misdemeanor.

Remember, that parents cannot file until May, but some need to get started soon in order to be prepared to file.

9703095By Paul Sloderbeck, Immigration Attorney
November 11, 2014

Mexican authorities may have recently captured and charged the drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, but the drug war continues to affect much of the country. The Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel have made inroads into Guatemala, and alongside the Mara Salvatrucha they threaten the way of life of many across Central America.

What chance do young men with few options have when faced with pressure to join these gangs? They may encounter intense threats and isolation, which spurs their decision to flee to the United States. Once in the United States, one possible form of immigration relief may be asylum, but it is a long and difficult road to get approval.