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The “Public Charge” Rule

This week, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published a new public charge rule. The rule will not take effect until October 15, but many people already have questions about it. Through this blog post, we hope to explain a little bit about what public charge is, what the new rule means and who [...]

By |2019-08-17T20:06:09+00:00August 17th, 2019|Public Charge | Carga Publica|Comments Off on The “Public Charge” Rule

What is a FOIA request and why should I submit one?

I was told I should submit a FOIA request. What does that mean? FOIA stands for the Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA was created to encourage government transparency. It allows members of the public to request access to records from any federal agency. Under the FOIA, federal agencies are required to provide this information [...]

By |2019-07-21T01:22:10+00:00July 21st, 2019|Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)|Comments Off on What is a FOIA request and why should I submit one?

Lopez Immigration Law celebrates its Third Anniversary!

In July, Lopez Immigration Law celebrates its third anniversary! We are so grateful to our clients, our family, and our friends, who make this possible. It truly is our privilege to help our clients navigate our complex immigration system and achieve their immigration goals, but we would not be able to do it without the [...]

By |2019-07-12T18:44:26+00:00July 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lopez Immigration Law celebrates its Third Anniversary!

Self-Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM exists to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Lopez Immigration Law works with immigrant survivors of sexual abuse and assault in filing self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is why SAAM is so important to us. [...]

By |2019-04-14T18:52:58+00:00April 17th, 2019|VAWA|Comments Off on Self-Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act

USCIS Publishes 2019 Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Request

Most forms or applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require a filing fee. However, applicants may request a fee waiver for certain forms or applications if they are eligible for a fee waiver. A complete list of forms eligible for a fee waiver is available on the Form I-912 Instructions. In order [...]

By |2019-04-14T18:52:48+00:00April 16th, 2019|Fee Waiver | Exencion de Tarifa|Comments Off on USCIS Publishes 2019 Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Request

USCIS Published 2019 Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support

For family-based immigration petitions, the petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support on behalf of the beneficiary or beneficiaries. The Affidavit of Support is used to demonstrate to the U.S. government the immigrant will not become a public charge, which means the immigrant will not need to rely on the U.S. government for financial support. [...]

By |2019-04-14T18:29:24+00:00March 18th, 2019|Affidavit of Support | Declaracion de Patrocinio Economico|Comments Off on USCIS Published 2019 Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support

What is Military Parole in Place?

In 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a memorandum establishing a policy known as “Parole in Place” (“PIP”) for immediate family members of military-service members. PIP was established as a means to honor military-service members who have sacrificed for and served our country. USCIS has committed to making the adjustment of status process [...]

By |2019-04-14T18:30:49+00:00March 13th, 2019|Parole In Place, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is Military Parole in Place?

The Importance of Notifying USCIS about your Change of Address

Have you ever wondered why you have not received correspondence from United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)? Perhaps you believe your case is taking longer than usual and you should have already received a decision. Then you remember that a few months ago you moved out of your house and never notified USCIS of [...]

By |2019-02-26T21:49:41+00:00February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Importance of Notifying USCIS about your Change of Address

USCIS to Implement Policy on Issuance of NTAs in Humanitarian Cases November 19

In July 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated policy memorandum. The memorandum updates USCIS’ guidance for adjudicators on the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA). The purpose of this updated policy is to “better align with [the] enforcement priorities” outlined in Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior [...]

By |2018-12-10T20:39:20+00:00November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS to Implement Policy on Issuance of NTAs in Humanitarian Cases November 19

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Lopez Immigration Law regularly represents survivors of domestic violence and we understand the unique challenges survivors face, which is why raising awareness about domestic violence is important for us. This October, here are some ways you can get involved: Wear purple: Purple is the color of Domestic Violence [...]

By |2018-10-11T18:40:25+00:00October 11th, 2018|U Visas | Visas U, VAWA|Comments Off on October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month