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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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Good news for TPS and adjustment of status

Here’s the scenario: A person has temporary protected status (TPS).  However, before getting that status, he accrued more than one year of unlawful presence in the U.S.  With TPS, he can travel internationally if he applies and received advance parole.  However, if he leaves the country, he will trigger the 10-year-bar.  This bar is triggered […]

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I-601 Hardship Waivers: What’s the Buzz All About?

Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) announced a new policy for I-601 hardship waivers. This has been getting a lot of buzz recently.  I have gotten several calls to my law firm because of the announcement. This topic usually comes up while answering one of the more common questions undocumented people might have.  “I’ve […]

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