PROVISIONAL WAIVER HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SPOUSES OF PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND SOME OTHERS

As of Aug. 29, 2016, certain spouses of permanent residents are now also eligible to participate in the provisional waiver program.  As a reminder, this waiver was initially implemented in 2012 for spouses of U.S. citizens who had entered the country without permission.  It allows spouses that meet certain criteria to ask for this waiver […]

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For Asylum applicants:

We would like to inform you that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has expanded the validity of work permits from one to two years for all applicants with pending Asylum claims. This change applies to work permit applications that were filed on or after October 5, 2016. All applications that were filed before that […]

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President Obama’s Executive Order may benefit up to 5 million immigrants.

We have the pleasure of informing you of some great news! On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an executive order that may benefit up to 5 million immigrants that may include you and your friends, family and loved ones. Here at Bankston Immigration, we want to keep you, as our client, as informed […]

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Good time to apply for political asylum (at least in the San Francisco Asylum Office)

As you may have seen in the news, the Russian government has recently passed a law banning the promotion of a gay lifestyle to minors. LGBT advocates are attributing increased violence against gays in Russia to the passage of this law. Indeed, if you have been following the news, it seems that life for gays […]

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The new provisional waiver and how it has affected my clients

Yesterday, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new rule.  Currently, there are many people in the United States who are married to U.S. citizens but entered the country illegally. These people are required to leave the country and apply for a visa at the consulate in their home country if they wish […]

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Prospects for bi-national same-sex couples in 2013

In my practice, I have a lot of gay clients.  I also deal with a lot of spousal petitions.  Today I want to discuss two developments, one potential and one definitely happening, that will affect US citizens and their same-sex spouses. The first development will affect many undocumented individuals who are married to US citizens. […]

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We need stronger protections for biometric information

Biometrics are physical identifying characteristics of a person.  The most common type is fingerprints.  This also includes iris prints, voice prints, and DNA.  Most of my clients need to get biometrics taken during their time with me.  I send off fingerprints to the FBI regularly to check for criminal records.  The Department of Homeland Security […]

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