September 16, 2014

John Lennon was not the only DREAMer

John Lennon - Not The Only DREAMer
John Lennon’s US immigration case was not won without challenges

The possibility of executive action on immigration (and deferred action for parents of DREAMERs) was in the news recently. Unfortunately, not for the reason that many immigrants had been hoping for.

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September 9, 2014

Avoiding Unscrupulous Immigration Consultants

Beware Unscrupulous Immigration Attorneys

In the past, I have written about people of modest means who have been bamboozled by unscrupulous attorneys, “consultants,” and “notarios.” For example, I wrote about the fraudulent asylum applications submitted by attorneys and paralegals in New York City. Unfortunately, even wealthy investors can be victims of scams.

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September 3, 2014

Immigration Court Overload in 2014

Immigration Court Snapshot

Over the last several months, I’ve been breaking down the process of what happens in immigration courts. This week, KPCC took a closer look at the busiest immigration court in the nation: Los Angeles.

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August 26, 2014

Countries of Origin of Legal Immigrants

Most Common of Origin of Legal Immigrants (2012) - Slate

Where are most legal immigrants coming from?

The research shows some interesting results.

Not too long ago, we took a look at an interesting map of the United States that showed the potpourri of languages that are spoken across the United States when you you look beyond English and Spanish. This week, we take a look at another map:

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August 12, 2014

What Does an Immigrant Look Like? Meet Adri-Anne Ralph

Adri-Anne Ralph, Singer-Songwriter Meet Adri-Anne Ralph

This week, I continue my quest to answer the big important questions in life, starting with “I’d like to refer more clients to you . . . What does an immigrant look like?” Some of you may recall that I took my first foray into this journey by introducing

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August 5, 2014

Immigration Due Process

Immigration Due Process - Romben Aquino Blog

Recent cases involving unaccompanied children are being expedited, some without sufficient notice

Immigration judges across the country have been instructed to prioritize the cases involving unaccompanied children who have recently entered the United States through Mexico.

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July 29, 2014

Fighting Smarter in Immigration Court

Fight Club Immigration Attorney Romben Aquino

Movie Quotes and Battle Stories from the Trenches of Immigration Court

Folks who have known me for a long time know that I seem to have an uncanny (maybe even annoying?) ability to remember movie lines. Sometimes famous lines from blockbuster movies. Sometimes obscure lines from indie flicks. Earlier this week, I was exchanging lines about rules with a friend of mine via text message. I started with Mr. Miyagi’s rules about karate: “Rule number 1, karate for defense only.” He responded with “The first rule of Fight Club is . . . you do not talk about Fight Club.” Which then led to my responding with “The first rule in a crisis situation.”

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July 22, 2014

Form I-862 Notice To Appear In Immigration Court

Form I-862 Notice To Appear In Immigration Court

An In-Depth Look at the “Notice To Appear” Document

I have previously explored how immigrants first find themselves in immigration court proceedings and we discussed what you should know if you receive a Notice to Appear. The NTA is one of the most critical documents in the process, so this week we take a in-depth look.

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July 15, 2014

Los Angeles Immigration

Los Angeles Immigration

Immigration to Los Angeles

It has fostered a rich mix of cultures

As an immigration attorney in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, I get to meet a lot of different people from all different parts of the world. It helps that this city is very popular with immigrants.

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July 1, 2014

Immigrant Children Coming to the US | What Parents Should Know

Immigrant Children 2014

“I brought Hassan’s son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty.”
– Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”

Rather than speculation about whether there is going to be a new immigration law this year, the recent headlines about immigration have been about the surge of unaccompanied minor children from Central America who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. This mother’s statement to a reporter reflects a common misperception: “If she gets across [the U.S. border] she can stay here. Now they say all children need to do is hand themselves over to the Border Patrol.”

What information are parents and guardians missing?

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June 24, 2014

Receiving Form I-862 Notice To Appear

Just Received A Form I-862 Notice To Appear

What You Should Know If You Receive a Notice To Appear (NTA)

This week, we return to our discussion about the ins-and-outs of immigration court proceedings. Last time, I discussed the various ways that people are “thrown” into removal proceedings. Today, I take a closer look at the Form I-862 Notice To Appear.

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June 17, 2014

Bringing Children to the US | Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio

Bringing Children to the United States | Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio

How Does the Supreme Court’s June 9th Decision Affect Your Child’s Immigration Processing?

Also, what do F2B, F3 and F4 categories mean for your child’s immigration status?

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a very important decision regarding the ability of children to immigrate to the United States based upon petitions filed for their parents. The decision is known as Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio.

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June 10, 2014

What Does an Immigrant Look Like?

Meet Federico GuinartMeet Federico Guinart

A little while ago, I was having a chat with a friend of mine about my law practice. She asked me about the kinds of cases that I handle and the types of people who might be interested in speaking with me. Towards the end of our chat, she says “Great! I’ll be on the look out for clients for you. What does an immigrant look like?”

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June 3, 2014

Overview of Removal Proceedings

Many Roads Lead To Immigration Court

Overview of Removal Proceedings

How do individuals find themselves in removal proceedings?

This week’s blog will kick off a series of posts aimed at providing a broad overview of removal proceedings. Removal proceedings, formerly known as deportation proceedings, are the process by which the Department of Homeland Security (or “DHS”) seeks to deport individuals that it deems do not have authorization to be in the United States. Except under certain situations

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May 27, 2014

How Long Does It Take To Get A Green Card?

When will I get my green card?

The story of “Tommy and Tomina”…

One of the questions that every immigration lawyer gets asked is “How long is it going to take for my family member to get his green card?” And, in typical lawyer fashion, my response is “Well, it depends.” This

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