Urgent News Regarding TPS – January 8, 2018

The decision to end TPS for El Salvador is a tragic disappointment for the 200,000 Salvadorians in the United States.  This decision will dramatically effect the lives of families, communities, and business throughout the nation.  If you have TPS, and you are from El Salvador, you may remain in the United States until September of 2019.  After that, you will not be in lawful status.  Any Salvadorians with TPS who are married to United States citizens, or have children who are citizens of the United States, should consult with an immigration attorney immediately.  Additionally, single parents of Salvadorian children in the United States should consult with an immigration attorney immediately to explore special relief that is available only to children.  Diaspora Law is available for consultation to discuss your options.

La decisión de terminar con TPS para El Salvador es una trágica decepción para los 200,000 en los Estados Unidos. Esta decisión afectará drásticamente la vida de las familias, las comunidades y los negocios en todo de los Estados Unidos. Si tiene TPS y es de El Salvador, puede permanecer en los Estados Unidos hasta septiembre de 2019. Después de eso, no estará en estatus legal. Todos los salvadoreños con TPS que están casados con ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos, o tienen hijos que son ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos, deben consultar de inmediato con un abogado de inmigración. Además, los padres solteros de niños salvadoreños en los Estados Unidos deben consultar con un abogado de inmigración inmediatamente para explorar un alivio especial que está disponible solo para los niños. Diaspora Law está disponible para consultas para discutir sus opciones.

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Undocumented Immigrants Are The Source Of Tax Revenue for Local Economies

Much has been said in recent presidential election debates on the perceived threats of ‘illegal immigration’ on the United States economy. The political discourse has even gone from hot to heated with phrases like “Who’s going to pay for the wall? Mexico!” entering the 2016 presidential race lexicon. But do the numbers and empirical data support the assessment that the economic impact of undocumented immigrants in the United States has been negative? In a recent study, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a public policy research institute based in Washington, DC approached this question from a different vantage point – Tax Contributions.

The report, Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions, shed some light on an overlooked outcome of the undocumented workforce on the US economy – increased tax revenue. The study found that “Like other people living and working in the United States,” undocumented immigrants “pay sales and excise taxes when they purchase goods and services (for example, on utilities, clothing, and gasoline). They pay property taxes directly on their homes or indirectly as renters. Many undocumented immigrants also pay state income taxes. The best evidence suggests that at least 50 percent of undocumented immigrant households currently file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), and many who do not file income tax returns still have taxes deducted from their paychecks.” That’s right. As it turns out, there’s a big secret in the US undocumented immigrant community that never seems to enter the public political discourse: undocumented workers pay taxes. Given that current population estimates of undocumented immigrants in the US are at or around 11.3 million (Pew Research Center 2015), it would seem their overall annual contributions might instead glean some overlooked outcomes of the undocumented community on the US economy.

If undocumented workers contribute to state and local taxes through varied revenue streams, how then does this affect the broader national economy? The recent ITEP study provides some key findings that might provide more insight:

— Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.64 billion a year. Contributions range from almost $2.2 million in Montana with an estimated undocumented population of 4,000 to more than $3.1 billion in California, home to more than 3 million undocumented immigrants.

— Undocumented immigrants nationwide pay on average an estimated 8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes (this is their effective state and local tax rate). To put this in perspective, the top 1 percent of taxpayers pay an average nationwide effective tax rate of just 5.4 percent. Granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants in the United States as part of a comprehensive immigration reform and allowing them to work legally would increase their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2.1 billion a year. Their nationwide effective state and local tax rate would increase to 8.6 percent.

— The state and local tax contributions of the undocumented immigrants who could be directly impacted by President Obama’s 2012 and 2014 executive actions would increase by an estimated $805 million a year once fully in place. The effective state and local tax rate for this population would increase from 8.1 to 8.6 percent. State and local revenue gains from the executive actions are smaller than gains from granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants because the actions (if upheld) would only affect around 46 percent of the undocumented population and the actions do not grant a full pathway to lawful permanent residence or citizenship.

It is clear that the undocumented community has a significant impact on state and local tax revenue. But will the $11.64 billion overall tax contribution of this community be enough to direct policy-makers to create a more inclusive framework of immigration reform that further bolsters state and local economies? Both sides of the aisle should at the very least give the issue further consideration.

Argumento de Acción Ejecutiva Programado para Abril.

Indocumentados en ProtestaIndocumentados en ProtestaLa Acción Ejecutiva del Presidente Obama DACA -programa de extensión de Acción Diferida para dreamers y DAPA- programa de acción diferida para padres de ciudadanos o residentes permanentes en Estados Unidos,  anunciada el 20 de noviembre de 2014 protege alrededor de 5 millones de indocumentados, suspende la deportación y autoriza permisos de trabajo. En términos de acciones ejecutivas en la historia, en el área de inmigración, esta tal vez sería la mejor. Abogados y organizaciones en todo el pais continúan educando la comunidad y notificando sobre precauciones en respecto a posibles estafas.

Se planeaba que la extensión DACA entraría en efecto el 18 de febrero de 2015. Debido a la demanda interpuesta  el 3 de diciembre de 2014 por 26 estados entre ellos Texas, Alabama, Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur, Dakota del Sur, Dakota del norte, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Virginia Occidental, Wisconsin,  Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio y Oklahoma, en contra de la  acción ejecutiva, un juez federal de Texas (Andrew S. Hanen) ordenó la suspensión temporal de esta acción ejecutiva en Febrero 16, del 2015. New Jersey ha entrado también, como un estado en contra de la acción del presidente.  Dando como resultado el aplazo de los beneficios para más de 5 millones de indocumentados en todo el país.

Actualmente la Corte de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana fijó fecha de audiencia para 17 de abril solicitado por el Departamento de Justicia (DOJ) para desbloquear la Acción Ejecutiva del Presidente Barack Obama. Los abogados de inmigración de Diaspora Law, tenemos la fe y espera que aunque un poco retrasada, DACA y DAPA serán eventualmente aprobadas.

¿Cómo obtener información sobre inmigración?

Para obtener información sobre servicios de inmigración el recurso más importante es el de la página web principal de inmigración, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service  www.uscis.gov. La Página del gobierno está en varios idiomas y pueden contestar sus preguntas gratuitamente en 1-800-375-5283. Inmigración no le dará información legal, pero puede ser un primer paso para contestar sus dudas.

Además de USCIS, solamente organizaciones autorizadas por el gobierno le pueden brindar ayuda, al igual que abogados licenciados y con buen record.  Tenga cuidado de preparadores, o personas que le cobren por completar formularios. “La ayuda equivocada le puede costar su libertad” – comenta el gobierno.

Si usted va a contratar a un abogado de inmigración asegúrese de que sea un abogado con licencia, llame a la barra de abogados del estado donde pertenece para obtener esa información o pregunte al hacer su cita donde está el Abogado Licenciado y si está en buen estado. Es importante que el abogado tenga experiencia en el ámbito de su caso, pregunte cuantos casos similares toma, y su tiene una práctica general o especializada.

El Internet es un vehículo importante de referencia. SI ya a identificado un abogado, búsquelo por www.google.com. Puede encontrar que ese abogado a recibido sanciones disciplinarias. Las páginas de  www.linkedin.com y www.avvo.com también le pueden brindar mayores informaciones sobre el abogado que ha escogido.

AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.com, es una asociación nacional de abogados que practican la ley de inmigración, puede realizar una búsqueda para ver si el abogado que está usted contratando forma parte de esta asociación. Muchos de estos abogados han obtenido seguro profesionales, y llevan por lómenos dos años trabajando en casos de inmigración.

Es importante saber que solo abogados de inmigración y organizaciones autorizadas están permitidos para asistir en la preparación de formularios. Cuidado con cualquier persona que cobra por asistencia sin ser abogado u organización autorizada.

También es recomendable estar atentos con los eventos de servicio gratuito en trámites de ciudadanía y Acción Diferida. Eventos gratuitos para asistir con el proceso de inmigración o que ayudan gratis a familias de bajos recursos con el proceso, pueden en algunas ocasiones ayudarle en su proceso gratis.  Es importante asegúrense que eventos sean dirigidas por organizaciones autorizadas por el gobierno, supervisadas por un abogado de inmigración, y que la organización tenga experiencia en los eventos de preparaciones.  Si usted es ayudado en estos eventos debe también guardar la información de contacto de las personas a cargo con quien usted podría hacer seguimientos.

Los procesos de inmigración envuelven más que llenar papeles, el contratar un buen abogado de inmigración aseguraría que usted tiene representación en el proceso, alguien que le contestara sus preguntas de seguimiento, y alguien responsable de que su caso llegue a su fin.  Si usted a sido víctima de Notarios, Preparadores o Abogados Inescrupulosos hay ayuda gratuita en su estado para ayudarle a hacer un aqueja y recuperar sus pérdidas. Las noticias de reforma de inmigracion, o las temporadas de aplicacion de acciones diferidas traen afeces mucha desinformacion y es importante encontrar la ayuda adecuada para su caso.

Buena suerte en su caso !

Video de AILA sobre Fraude Notarial: http://youtu.be/QQmzwOz9w1A

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La Nueva Acción Diferida Para Menores Y Para Padres de Ciudadanos

Presiden Obama SignsEl Presidente ya había prometido desde la campaña del 2008 que era hora de una reforma inmigratoria comprensiva.  Ahora el Presidente ha usado los poderes que la constitución le otorgan a su oficina para proclamar una serie de acciones ejecutivas que re-empiezan la conversación de la reforma inmigratoria, y acciones que a la vez ayudan a 4 millones de personas a obtener documentación. Este no es el Dream Act, tampoco es una ley nueva.

La nueva acción ejecutiva incluye áreas de seguridad fronteriza, eficiencia en las peticiones de inmigración, deportaciones más fuertes,  y la expansión del programa de trabajo de los estudiantes extranjeros.

Las áreas más importantes del nuevo anuncio son la expansión del programa de Acción Diferida para Menores, y la nueva Acción Diferida para Padres. Desafortunadamente los padres de los Dreamers no serían incluidos en este programa.

Los requisitos de Acción Diferida del 2012 pedían que la persona llegara antes de los 16 a Estados Unidos, y fuse no mayor de 31 años en el 2012, también que acabaran de estudiar la Escuela o consiguieran un GED, además de tener un record libre de arrestos graves. Estas personas tenían que haber llegado antes de Junio del 2007 a Estados Unidos.

El programa de Acción Diferida para menores ahora se expande, para incluir a personas que llegaron antes del Enero 1ro del 2010 sin importar la edad que tengan ahora.

El Nuevo programa también crea la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos, los cuales recibirían permisos de trabajo con tal de que paguen impuestos, y no hayan tenido mayores inconvenientes con la justicia. Estos padres también deben demostrar que llegaron antes de Enero 1ro del 2010, y prueba que sus hijos nacieron antes de Noviembre 20 del 2014.

La Casa Blanca reporto que la nueva versión de DACA estaría lista en 90 días, y la DAPA (Acción Diferida para Padres), estaría lista en 180 días del anuncio Presidencial.  Mientras tanto las familias pueden buscar evidencia y entrevistando abogados para decidir de qué manera proceder y si esta aplicación es la mejor opción para ellos.

Hay que tener en cuenta que la lucha alrededor del país continúa para proteger aún más personas que quedan desamparadas de esta propuesta. Igualmente, las iniciativas en varios estados de proveer licencias de conducir para indocumentados, y pensiones estatales para las Universidad  del Estado aún están pendientes y son mas importantes que nunca.

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Do I need an Immigration Lawyer?

When dealing with any immigration issues, it can be difficult what route might be best. Immigration lawyers are trained and prepared to help clients understand their case. It is always best to hire a lawyer because Attorneys are very involved with cases in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Marriage petitions, fiance visas, family green card and spouse immigration, are some of the cases we can assist with efficiently.

Who should I hire?

Diaspora Law is an immigration firm focused on serving families and businesses navigate immigration law to obtain the best option available. You should hire our firm considering that we have been peer reviewed and client reviewed as an outstanding firm both in quality and experience. Our systems will even allow you to navigate the complex immigration system from the comfort of your own home. Complete some of our questionnaires, to get you started.

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Hiring an attorney for immigration matters is an important, step in the right path. Our office charges a flat fee of $100 per consultation. During the consultation, potential clients are provided with a pathway and an explanation of their legal issues. If retained, our attorneys will issue an engagement letter and a clear payment plan for the immigration issue at hand.

Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Lawyers

Elizabeth, NJ is home to the Elizabeth Immigration Court and Detention Center. Elizabeth Area immigration attorneys serve the region in all types of immigration cases. In order to find a reputable immigration attorney it is key to see attorney reviews, firm reviews, and schedule consultations to meet the attorneys and staff. Some of the best sources to decide on who to hire for an immigration matter include AVVO.com as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association at AILA.org

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If English is not your first language, it is also important to hire a firm with staff that speaks your language. Portuguese, and Spanish Speaking attorney at diaspora law may be able to help you navigate your case efficiently without charging extra fees. Do not let important items to be lost in translation. Call diaspora law today.

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New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and for Parents of Citizens – DACA and DAPA

The President promised in 2008 that it was time to reform the immigration system, but unfortunately, due to congressional inaction, comprehensive immigration reform has not passed. The President has used the powers of his office to issue a series of executive actions that re-start the conversation of comprehensive immigration reform and will aid over 4 million to obtain documentation. This is not the Dream Act and is not a new law.

The New Executive Action embraces areas of border security, efficiency in immigration petitions, tougher removal proceedings, and an expansion of the post-study program for foreign students.

An Expanded Deferred Action for Children (DACA) and a new Deferred Action for Parents of Citizens (DAPA) are the flagships of the President’s move. Unfortunately, parents of the Dreamers will not be eligible under the current proposal.

The 2012 program provided work authorizations to people, that arrived before age 16, and who were under age 31; that finished high school or obtained a GED and had no major criminal incidents. Previous to the current announcement, the individuals had to have arrived before 2007 to the United States.

The 2014 Deferred Action for children is expanded including people who arrived before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today.

The 2014 program will also allow parents of U.S. Citizens to obtain work authorization as long as they “pay taxes” and pass a background check. To be eligible, these parents should have arrived before January 1, 2010, and prove that their child was born before Nov 20, 2014.

The White House reported that the new DACA would be available within 90 days of the executive action, and the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents) will begin 180 days. In the meantime, families may begin gathering evidence, and interview attorneys to decide how to proceed, and if this application is the best option for them.

Do consider that the struggle continues around the county to protect the people left without benefit from the new proposal. The multiple initiatives around the nation that include, driving licenses to undocumented people, as well as in-state tuition for students are important legislative packages that need approval now more than ever.

 

DACA and DAPA immigration reform goals table

Challenges of Petitioning Spouses after Online Dating

Spouse petitions of Citizens have no numerical limits in immigration law, unlike other petitions. Unfortunately, fiancé and spouse petitions can also be subject to excessive oversight for couples who meet online, or couples who fail to prove the truthfulness of the relationship.

Immigration Visa for Spouse Petitions

Spouse Petitions and Online Dating

According to USA Today, more than a third of new marriages in the States start on the Internet. In 2005, according to Congress, it was estimated that every year, from 8,000 to 12,000 individuals had found foreign spouses through international marriage brokers (Bill H.R. 3657). Numbers have likely increased, but the process has not changed.

Our firm has efficiently petitioned foreign fiancés, fiancées, and spouses ensuring that the family is eventually reunited in the U.S.

The petition process is evaluated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service; their website also provides instructions on how to fill out the forms, and what evidence the government needs to adjudicate the case. The most important point is that the foreign partner meets all requirements for admission and that the relationship is bonafide.

These are the main steps to bring a foreign spouse in the Consular Process:

  1. File a Petition with USCIS, providing all required evidence, checklists can be useful.
  2. Once the petition is approved, it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC).
  3. NVC will contact both the applicant and petitioner with further instructions
  4. The NVC will assigns a case number to the petition.
  5. NVC will send additional bills (for processing and visa) to the couple.
  6. Once the processing fee is paid, the NVC will request supporting documentation.
  7. The NVC will ensure that the documentation is complete and the will send the petition to the embassy where the beneficiary (foreign spouse) will apply for a visa.
  8. Before the applicant’s scheduled interview appointment with a consular officer, both partners will receive a letter with the details of the interview and instructions for obtaining a medical examination.
  9. For the interview, the foreign spouse will have to provide originals of the Passport(s), birth certificate, divorce or death certificate of previous spouse(s), marriage certificate, visa photos and additional evidence of the marriage (pictures, bills, rings)

If the interview goes well, the foreign partner will receive an immigrant visa the same day. Immigration attorneys are rarely required at these interviews. Once the foreign partner enters the U.S., then he/or she will receive a Green Card (Permanent Residency Card) in the mail. For spouses who’s partner is already in the U.S. the process is different, you can contact us if that is your case.

According to Sociologist Michael Rosenfeld of Stanford University in Stanford, couples who meet online are more likely to progress to marriage than couples who meet in other ways. Hopefully, the immigration process of online international couples will also run smoothly. Some interesting facts are that at 26, Women have more online pursuers than men, and by 48, Men have twice as many online pursuers as Women. Beware that Men lie most about; Age, Height, and Income, while women lie most about: Weight, Physical Build, and Age.

Statistics are from Statisticbrain and more information about the research previously mentioned can be found in USAToday.

At the time of submitting the applications, any misrepresentation can make the whole process a true nightmare, and test the strength of that new bond. Good Luck!

 

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