Immigration

What Is the I-797 Notice of Action?

When submitting a request or application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will likely receive a copy of Form I-797 at some point. This form is a request for a specific type of information, depending on the variation of I-797 you receive. While it’s not possible to fill out Form I-797, this… read more

Reasons a Passport is Denied in Texas

When you are in possession of an active legitimate passport, it is the key to traveling both in and out of the country without problems. Due to an increased focus on national security, the U.S. government may deny or revoke your passport, which can lead to complications. Because of the complex legal matters involved, you… read more

ICE Arrests and Deportation Statistics for 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been a topic of public debate recently due to the Trump administration’s strict stance against illegal entry into the United States. ICE identifies and arrests illegal aliens who pose a danger to public safety or who have undermined the United States’ immigration laws. The President’s Executive Order 13,768,… read more

How to Get a Green Card Through Marriage in Texas

Though the process may take some time, it is possible for a spouse or future spouse to receive a green card and eventually live in the United States permanently. People must meet certain criteria to get a green card through marriage. For foreign citizens married to United States citizens or permanent residents, the U.S. government… read more

Can You Get Deported For a DWI in Texas?

If Texas lawmakers are strict about two things, it’s immigration laws and driving while intoxicated (DWI). It may surprise you to learn that a connection exists between DWI and deportation or immigration status in the state of Texas. It’s imperative to discuss your case with an attorney immediately after a DWI charge as an immigrant… read more

What Is Wage Theft and How Does It Affect Immigrants?

An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. It has been a maxim of American life for as long as this nation has existed. Yet for many in this country, the wages they have rightfully earned for their hard work are fraudulently kept back by their employers. This is even more likely for immigrants… read more

What Is the Child Status Protection Act?

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), individuals younger than the age of 21 are “children.” They qualify for immigration statuses under their parents’ citizenship statuses, visas, and green cards. Under old laws, dependents needed to secure their own permanent resident status before turning 21 and aging out of the “child” status eligibility protections…. read more

Can I Get Deported for Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is taken seriously in U.S. stores. They will prosecute individuals for even the smallest of theft offenses. For immigrants, shoplifting represents a real deportation risk. While not all shoplifters face deportation, the act will increase the likelihood of immigration issues. An arrest alone can warrant a residency adjustment denial. A conviction can, in certain… read more

What Immigrants Need to Know After Hurricane Harvey

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey displaced around 13 million people in Texas and Louisiana, including citizens and undocumented residents. Houston alone is home to an estimated 600,000 undocumented immigrants who are struggling with how to handle the aftermath of the storm. The massive storm made history. It caused catastrophic flooding and damage that… read more

What Happens with the Repeal of DACA?

With hashtags like #defendDACA and #StandWithDREAMers circulating around social media, it’s hard to miss the news that President Trump has opted to repeal DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The White House announced that DACA, a program the Obama administration created in 2012, is illegal and will end after a six-month grace period wherein… read more