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Your Rights When Asked for Your Immigration Status

Florida is home to 2.7 million foreign-born residents, about 16.7 percent of the total population. In Miami-Dade, the percentage reaches 51 percent foreign born. Regardless of where a person is born, once they arrive in the United States, they are protected by rights granted under the U.S. Constitution, and specifically its Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

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Understanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal program that provides administrative relief from deportation to eligible undocumented immigrants.

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Being Detained by ICE

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may detain an immigrant for being undocumented, committing a crime, violating their visa, or entering the country illegally. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may be eligible for release – by posting a delivery bond – when taken into custody.

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Understanding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Whether or not you’re in the country legally, no one deserves to be battered or abused by a family member. And, if you are unsure of your legal status, you may feel hesitant to address these issues, or you may not know who to turn to.

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Will My Criminal Record in Another Country Apply in the U.S?

The United States is known for its strict immigration policies, especially when it comes to admitting immigrants with criminal backgrounds. “Will my foreign criminal record apply in the U.S. and lead to the denial of my visa application?”, some of you may wonder.

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How Much Money Do I Need to Make to Petition for My Spouse?

If you’re living in the United States as a citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with a green card and you have a spouse who resides overseas, there are procedures for bringing your spouse here and providing lawful permanent resident status when they arrive.

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Criminal Records & Residency or Citizenship Applications

For an immigrant living in the United States and considering applying for U.S. citizenship, having a "good moral character" is an important requirement for a successful application. Unfortunately, a criminal arrest or conviction can make you "inadmissible" and potentially jeopardize your eligibility for a green card or U.S. citizenship. Thankfully, you may be able to seek legal forgiveness and obtain a green card by requesting the U.S. government to overlook your criminal records with a waiver of inadmissibility.

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What to Expect at the Naturalization Interview

Becoming an American citizen is a key milestone in the life of an immigrant. Naturalization is the process through which an immigrant or foreign national becomes a U.S. citizen. One important stage in the naturalization process is the interview. The naturalization interview is the final obstacle in your U.S. citizenship application. An experienced Florida immigration attorney can enlighten you about what to expect during your naturalization interview and help prepare you diligently for this final hurdle.

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Removal of Conditions When No Longer Living with Your Spouse

U.S. citizens who are married or engaged to foreign-born citizens can help their foreign-born partner immigrate to the United States and obtain a green card. However, the green card will be “conditional” if your marriage was less than two years old on the day you were granted permanent resident status. Unless you file a petition to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status, you might lose your lawful permanent resident status when no longer living with your spouse.

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How COVID-19 Has Caused Immigration Delays

Unfortunately, almost every part of the U.S. immigration system was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closedowns, disruptions, and other government measures affected immigration processing within the country and visa processing overseas.

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