Basic Tips from an Immigration Lawyer: Arrests, Charges, and Convictions

What is the difference between being arrested, charged, and convicted? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre ser arrestado, acusado y condenado? An arrest is when you are confined by law enforcement, either in handcuffs or in jail. A charge is when a prosecutor believes you committed a crime and wants a ju...
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New U-visa policy: immigration attorney explains what changes and what stays the same

Last week, USCIS issued a new policy on U-visas. The new policy requires USCIS to determine whether each pending U-visa and each newly filed U-visa is a “bona fide” case. If USCIS decides the case is “bona fide,” the filer (and any derivatives) will be eligible for a work permit while waitin...
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Immigration Court

Immigration Court Update: New ICE Memo Looks to Expand Prosecutorial Discretion

On Friday evening, June 4, 2021, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) finally dropped its long-awaited memorandum about its priorities for immigration court cases. In the memo, ICE recommitted to using prosecutorial discretion to reduce the number of cases at immigration courts. The ICE memo te...
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Supreme Court decision opens doors for immigrants to possibly cancel their deportation

Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision, Niz-Chavez v. Garland, that will allow many individuals in immigration court to apply to cancel their deportation. The case was about a form of relief called Cancellation of Removal, which allows individuals in immigration court an opportunity to cancel th...
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