Immigration Law

I was one of the first attorneys to practice immigration law in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I have been proud to serve the immigrant communities of NEPA for the past 8 years. I was part of the legal team that challenged and defeated Hazleton’s “Illegal Immigration Relief Act”. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Immigration law is a complex and confusing maze of statutes, regulations and court decisions. The stakes are very high, and the process of obtaining or changing immigration status can be complex and confusing. Get all the information you can before proceeding.

permit parents of US citizens and Permanent Residents who have been in the US since January 1, 2010 to apply for deferred action as well – Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

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11/21/2014 President Obama announced yesterday that he plans to make some changes to our immigration laws that would permit some undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and get work authorization.  The changes haven’t happened yet, and we do not know exactly what they will look like.  Although Congressional Republicans are mad, I do […]

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On June 15, 2011, the Obama administration announced that is would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants, specifically undocumented immigrants who entered the US when they were children and have been here for a specific length of time – and that it would let those immigrants get permission to work in the US. Let’s start with […]

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Adjustment of status cases can appear simple, after all it’s just a matter of filling in some forms, right? Not always.  Adjustment of status cases based upon family relationships – children, parents, spouses, etc. can be complex.  An experienced immigration attorney can help to make sure that your loved one is eligible, and can help […]

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When USCIS approves your work authorization, you may receive a Social Security number from your local Social Security office.  You should get a Social Security number immediately, even if you do not plan to work.  Your Social Security number will allow you to establish a joint bank account with your US citizen spouse, and place […]

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First, thank you again for placing your trust in me.  I will do everything in my power to get you the result you desire.  I will do my best to keep you informed of developments, and I ask that you do the same.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or relate any information, […]

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In marriage adjustment cases, the final step before Permanent Resident status is granted is an interview of the applicant and beneficiary, conducted by USCIS staff at the closest USCIS District Office. For residents of eastern Pennsylvania, the office is in Philadelphia. The purpose of this interview is to determine to the satisfaction of the USCIS […]

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Basic information you need to know to help achieve and maintain legal status in the United States. A must read for every non-citizen.  

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An American citizen or permanent resident may petition to bring family members into the United States, including fiancés or spouses. Fiancés United States immigration law permits citizens and permanent residents to petition to bring their alien fiancés into the United States for purposes of marriage. In order to obtain a fiancé visa for the alien, […]

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      A person may become a U.S. citizen in one of two ways, either by birth or through naturalization. There are several circumstances in which a person is born a citizen of the United States.Anyone who is born in the United States including most cases Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, […]

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An alien who entered the United States “with inspection” may, under some circumstances, adjust his or her status and become a Permanent Resident of the United States without leaving and reentering the United States.  One of these situations is when the alien marries a United States citizen. The process for adjusting the status of an […]

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Immigration is a hot topic these days, and the law regarding immigration is very complex. Knowing some of the basic concepts can make it easier to follow the debate. Citizens. Most of the people in the United States are citizens. All persons born in the United States and its territories including Puerto Rico, are citizens […]

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If you think your “notario” is a lawyer, you are probably wrong – and that can make a big difference in your legal case.  There is a lot of confusion in Latino communities about “notarios” and lawyers. In some countries, including many in Latin America, “notarios” or “notarios publica” are required to be attorneys. That […]

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Immigrants who receive permanent resident status based upon their marriage to a United States citizen actually receive conditional permanent resident status. Their permanent residents is condition upon their marriage to the United States citizen. In order to remove the conditions from the permanent resident status, in immigrant must apply to the USCIS to remove those […]

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I believe that I was the first immigration lawyer to practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and it has been my honor to help local immigrant communities for the last eight years. I was part of the legal team that challenged and defeated Hazleton’s “Illegal Immigration Relief Act”. You can learn more about the Hazleton case here: […]

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