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Overturning a Confused Naturalization Application Denial

July 7, 2020

With all of the bad news coming from the Trump administration on immigration these days, you may be wondering whether it is possible to be successful with an immigration case. Many of our clients are asking, is it even worth filing our naturalization application right now? 

Of course each immigration case is unique, and there is no one answer to the question of whether it is the right time to file an application. But, it is STILL possible to be successful, even under this administration! 

Here is the story of one of our recent naturalization application cases. This case shows how complicated immigration cases can be, the crazy and disheartening twists and turns such cases can take, and the successful outcomes that are still possible.

It’s also an example of how the persistence, tenacity, and passionate work of an experienced immigration lawyer can make a dramatic difference in an immigration case.

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New Ban on Highly Skilled Workers

June 23, 2020

President Trump issued yet another new Executive Order issued this week on immigration. This latest order, which takes effect June 24, 2020 and will be in effect until December 31, 2020, suspends the issuance of four kinds of visas – H-1B, H-2B, certain kinds of J visas, and L visas. The justification set out in the proclamation for this new Order is the extraordinarily high unemployment rate the US is currently experiencing as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

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Waiver of Inadmissibility Approved!

September 12, 2019

Our Client is a native and citizen of Mexico. She and her now-husband, a United States citizen, first met online, and their relationship quickly blossomed into love. They married just six months after meeting, and were eager to begin the immigration process so that she could move legally to the United States and they could reside together. 

Unfortunately, when our Client was at the border applying to come in to the United States for a visit, she told the inspecting Officer that she was engaged, not married. She was allowed to enter, and then she and her husband filed a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and a Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, so that she could become a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States (commonly called a green card holder). 

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Resolving a Dicey Bordertown Baby Dilemma

February 18, 2019

Immigration law is an intricate practice. But sometimes, we get cases that are so complex, they become noteworthy in their own right. This is one such case. The client we’re featuring this month came to us with a United States passport application she was hoping to have approved. We were soon to discover, however, that she had a much bigger challenge in front of her, resulting from her fascinating family/immigration history – exactly the kind of case I love to dive into.

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What the U.S. Government Shut Down Means for Your Immigration Case

January 17, 2019

Many of our clients have contacted us with questions about what the U.S. Government shutdown means for their immigration case. Because the answer depends on the type of immigration case, it’s important to talk with a Buffalo immigration lawyer about whether your case is affected. Here is a breakdown of the various government agencies processing the most common types of business immigration and family immigration cases we see, and whether they are affected by the shutdown.

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Citizenship for H-1B Visa Holders?

January 15, 2019

Last Friday, January 11, 2019, President Trump tweeted

H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.

This unexpected remark sent shock waves through the various sectors of people invested in the H-1B visa program, including businesses, STEM workers, immigration lawyers, and immigration advocates on both sides. The tweet raises more questions than it answers – most importantly, what changes would be coming, and when would they come?

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Green Card Through Marriage Approved!

January 2, 2019

Our client is a native and citizen of Guatemala, who entered the United States legally with a visa. He then met and married his United States citizen wife, and together they have a United States citizen child. Unfortunately, he overstayed his visa, and was placed into deportation proceedings. He and his wife first worked with another attorney, who wasn’t communicating with them about their case, and wasn’t moving the case forward.

Our client and his wife came to Ms. Kruger for a detailed case evaluation, during which she advised the best way to go forward, what the legal fees would be, and the estimated timelines for each step of the process. They then retained her to work on the case.

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TN Accountant Visa Approved!

December 29, 2018

Our client is a citizen of Canada and a Certified General Accountant. She was offered a position as a Chief Financial Officer at a large company in the United States. Although she knew she was qualified for the position, she wanted to put together the strongest application possible, and also had concerns about how the NAFTA negotiations might affect her case.

Ms. Kruger reviewed the job offer and our Client’s resume to determine whether she qualified for a visa as a TN Accountant. The responsibilities of the position included preparing financial statements and reports, providing senior management with timely and accurate financial information, and other accounting duties. As a Canadian CGA with 25 years of experience, Ms. Kruger believed our Client was a strong application for the TN visa.

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