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May 15, 2023
Marjorie M. Filice

Applying For Social Security Number After Arrival in United States: What You Need to Know

Social Security Numbers (SSN) are identification numbers given to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and nonimmigrants on temporary visas who are authorized to work in the U.S. Nonimmigrants who do not have permission to work in the U.S. are not...

June 28, 2022
Ana Valenzuela


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows any individual to submit a request to any federal government agency to obtain documents pertaining to themselves or others.  In representing an individual, an attorney may often recommend that you submit a “FOIA...

May 17, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

Supreme Court’s in Niz-Chavez v. Garland may allow thousands more to qualify for cancellation of removal

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Niz-Chavez v. Garland may allow thousands of noncitizens to establish eligibility for the discretionary relief of cancellation of removal. On April 29, 2021 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Niz-Chavez v. Garland, holding that, to constitute...

June 25, 2020
Marjorie M. Filice

How Immigrants Should Evaluate and Minimize Their Risks While Protesting

Recent events have many of us wondering how to get involved in protesting racism in this country. For our immigrant clients who are not U.S. citizens, we wanted to share some guidance about participating in organized demonstrations. Whether or not...

April 13, 2020
Jeffrey Cohn

Deportation Relief for Detained Immigrants: Withholding of Removal, Stays of Removal, and Bond Hearings

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to light the dire living conditions in many U.S. immigrant detention facilities. Many immigrants are rightfully fearful that remaining in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody could be harmful to their health during the...

March 27, 2020
Zeena Barazanji

USCIS Extends Deadlines for Response to Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, USCIS announced a new measure today regarding Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May...

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As you know COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, is spreading across the United States.  Our primary concern is your health and well-being.  While the U.S. government and its agencies have not yet announced any changes to immigration-related policies, deadlines or appointments...

October 16, 2019
Beata Leja

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Deportation of Lawful Permanent Resident After He Was Convicted of Unlawfully Possessing Xanax

In Najera-Rodriguez v. Barr, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, held that an Illinois state conviction for possession of a controlled substance under a 720...


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