General Immigration Articles

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a form of immigration relief for certain qualified young people who came to the United States as children. Eligibly individuals may request consideration of deferred action of removal for a period of two years, subject to renewal.
  • If you are in the U.S. on a visa that was granted based on your spouse’s application, a divorce or separation may affect your lawful status and ability to stay in the U.S. You must be careful in choosing whether and when to separate or get a divorce. This article will help you weigh your options.
  • American immigration law is federal law, so many aspects are the same in all states of the United States.
  • This article provides information on Immigration Court (also called deportation or removal proceedings) and links to helpful resources for more information.
  • The U-Visa is a form of immigration relief for victims of certain criminal activities and is implemented as a tool to aid law enforcement in identifying perpetrators and aiding victims. The U-Visa grants a temporary 4 year stay for holders with some holders eventually qualifying for lawful permanent residency.
  • This article describes notario fraud, or immigration legal services fraud, and what to do if you are a victim of notario fraud.
  • This article explains the various individuals who can represent you in immigration proceedings.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief available to undocumented children living in the U.S. who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by at least one parent and meet several other eligibility requirements.
  • A Standby Guardian is a person appointed by a parent or parents of a child to take care of the child in the event that the parent (s) is mentally or physically incapable of doing so.
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