USA Immigration Lawyer - Full Service Immigration Firm

at 2530 W 7th St, Los Angeles, 90057 United States

M.G. Tellez Esq., Yale College, B.A. 1996 / UC Berkeley School of Law J.D. 1999 -- Lawyer / Abogada -- Call us to schedule a confidential phone or in-person initial consultation. Llamenos para una consulta telefonica o en persona. 1-213-387-2484 (tel).


USA Immigration Lawyer - Full Service Immigration Firm
2530 W 7th St
Los Angeles , CA 90057
United States
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ABOUT THE ATTORNEY: Attorney Maureen Guadalupe Tellez is the founder and principal of The Tellez Law Firm based in Los Angeles, California. She has successfully represented clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS, formerly known as the INS) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Attorney Tellez graduated from Yale College in 1996, majoring in political science. At Yale, she was awarded the Wendy E. Blanning Memorial Prize and the J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize to fund her summer internships working with migrant farm workers and Native American litigants in Arizona. In 1999, Ms. Tellez received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. At Boalt, she received the Francine Diaz Memorial Prize for her service in the public-interest and honorable mention for her work in the International Human Rights Clinic. She was the 1999 recipient of the MALDEF / Fried Frank Fellowship. Prior to opening her law office, Ms. Tellez practiced commercial litigation at Fried Frank Harris & Jacobson's New York office from 1999 until 2001. She transitioned to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund's Los Angeles Regional Office as a staff attorney in 2002. There, she handled labor and education law matters representing Latino workers and minority youth. Attorney Tellez is licensed to practice law in all federal Immigration Courts, and all state courts in California and New York. She is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts in Southern District Court of New York and the Central District of California She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Modified by President Obama's Executive Order Who Current DACA recipients seeking renewal and new applicants, including individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, who meet all other DACA guidelines. What Allows individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, to apply for DACA (removing the upper age restriction) provided they meet all other guidelines. Requires continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007. Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from the current two years. When Approximately 90 days following the President’s November 20, 2014, announcement.

Published on 2014-12-10 02:59:27 GMT

Visitor Visa - I want to visit the USA. How do I do this? Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). How to Apply There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements. Schedule an Interview While interviews are generally not required for applicants of certain ages outlined below, consular officers have the discretion to require an interview of any applicant, regardless of age. If you are age: Then an interview is: 13 and younger Generally not required 14-79 Required (some exceptions for renewals) 80 and older Generally not required You must schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Gather Required Documentation Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview: Passport valid for travel to the United States - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview. Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Additional Documentation May Be Required Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of: The purpose of your trip; Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or Your ability to pay all costs of the trip. Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip. Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa. Attend Your Visa Interview During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location. After your visa interview, your application may require further administrative processing. You will be informed by the consular officer if further processing is necessary for your application. When the visa is approved, you may pay a visa issuance fee if applicable to your nationality, and will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you. Review the visa processing time, to learn how soon your passport with visa will generally be ready for pick-up or delivery by the courier. Additional Information Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa. Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States. GOOD LUCK!

Published on 2015-01-06 02:08:07 GMT

How does President Obama's Executive Order Affect Provisional waivers of unlawful presence (I601A Waivers) Who ? Undocumented individuals who have resided unlawfully in the United States for at least 180 days and who are: The sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; and The spouse and sons or daughters of lawful permanent residents. What? Expands the provisional waiver program announced in 2013 by allowing the spouses, sons or daughters of lawful permanent residents and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens to get a waiver if a visa is available. There may be instances when the qualifying relative is not the petitioner. Clarifies the meaning of the “extreme hardship” standard that must be met to obtain a waiver. When? Upon issuing of new guidelines and regulations.

Published on 2015-01-06 01:58:25 GMT

How does President Obama's Executive Order Affect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? Important Details Below: Who? Current DACA recipients seeking renewal and new applicants, including individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, who meet all other DACA guidelines. What? Allows individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, to apply for DACA (removing the upper age restriction) provided they meet all other guidelines. Requires continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007. Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from the current two years. When? Approximately 90 days following the President’s November 20, 2014, announcement. Call our office for an In Person or Telephonic Consult at 213-387-2484. Tellez Law Office Los Angeles, California USA

Published on 2015-01-06 01:55:45 GMT

Programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) modificado por Presidente Obama: Quién Personas que tienen DACA actualmente e interesan renovarla y nuevos solicitantes, incluyendo aquellas personas nacidas antes del 15 de junio de 1981, que cumplen todos los demás criterios de DACA. Qué Permite a las personas nacidas antes del 15 de junio de 1981, solicitar DACA (eliminando la restricción de edad máxima), siempre y cuando cumplan con todos los demás criterios. Requiere residencia continua en los Estados Unidos desde el 1 de enero de 2010, a diferencia del requisito anterior que era al 15 de junio de 2007. Amplía el periodo de acción diferida y autorización de empleo a tres años, a diferencia del periodo actual de dos años. Cuándo Aproximadamente 90 días a partir del anuncio del Presidente el 20 de noviembre de 2014. Como Llamenos al 213-387-2484 para una consulta legal y confidencial!

Published on 2014-12-10 03:02:09 GMT

ALERT: While US Immigration Services is not accepting requests or applications at this time, if you believe you may be eligible for one of the initiatives listed by President Obama, you can prepare by gathering documents that establish factors such as your: Identity; Relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and Continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or more.

Published on 2014-12-10 02:57:26 GMT

USCIS Expands the Definition of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) USCIS issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS), who exercise authority over these issues, collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS concluded that the term “mother” and “parent” under the INA includes any mother who: Gave birth to the child, and Was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the relevant jurisdiction. Under this new policy, a mother who meets this definition but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will: Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met.

Published on 2014-11-05 20:59:38 GMT

Reminder for Temporary Protected Status Applicants and Re-registrants You must submit biometrics if you are applying or re-registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and are over 14 years old. Biometrics include a photograph, signature, and/or fingerprints. USCIS will schedule an appointment for you to go to an Application Support Center (ASC) to have your biometrics electronically captured about four to eight weeks after you file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. USCIS will mail you a notice with the date, time, and location of your ASC appointment. You must wait to receive this appointment notice before going to the ASC for biometrics processing. Biometrics are required for identity verification, background checks and the production of an Employment Authorization Document, if you are requesting one. If you do not go to your scheduled ASC appointment, you will delay the processing of your application and you could lose your TPS.

Published on 2014-11-05 20:58:30 GMT

USCIS Arabic-Language Engagement U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a national Arabic-language engagement. Agency representatives will be available to share updates and answer your questions. Topic: Naturalization-How to become a U.S. Citizen Date: Wednesday, 11/19/2014 Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Join us: In person at the Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 Via Toll-Free number: 1-888-769-9409 Password: Musharakah Via Live Web Stream: www.uscis.gov/live/musharakah Note: Submit your questions in advance via Twitter to @USCIS or during the event via email at OPE-Live@uscis.dhs.gov

Published on 2014-11-05 20:57:27 GMT

Se extiende el Estatus de Protección Temporal para Honduras Fecha de Publicación: 16 de octubre de 2014 WASHINGTON— El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés), Jeh Johson, ha extendido por 18 meses adicionales el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para los ciudadanos de Honduras elegibles, efectivo desde el 6 de enero de 2015 al 5 de julio de 2016. Los actuales beneficiarios de Honduras que buscan extender su TPS deben reinscribirse durante el periodo de 60 días para la reinscripción que transcurre desde el 16 de octubre de 2014 hasta el 15 de dicimbre de 2014. El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) exhorta a los beneficiarios a reinscribirse lo antes posible una vez comience el periodo de 60 días para reinscripción. USCIS no aceptará solicitudes antes del 16 de octubre de 2014. El periodo de extensión de 18 meses también permitirá a quienes se reinscriban al TPS solicitar un Documento de Autorización de Empleo (EAD, por sus siglas en inglés). Los beneficiarios de TPS de Honduras que son elegibles (o personas sin nacionalidad cuya última residencia habitual fue Honduras) que se reinscriban durante el periodo de 60 días y soliciten un nuevo EAD recibirán dicho documento con fecha de caducidad del 5 de julio de 2016.

Published on 2014-10-22 17:06:13 GMT

FAQs about Green Cards or Permanent Resident Cards Question: What is a Green Card? Answer: A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) is proof of your permanent resident status in the United States. It also serves as a valid identification document and proof that you are eligible to live and work in the United States. Although some Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as Green Cards, contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years. If you have been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for 2 years. It is important to keep your card up-to-date. Without a valid card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident, and this could also affect your ability to travel or to prove your eligibility to work in the United States. Question: When do I need to renew my Permanent Resident Card? Answer: You should renew your Permanent Resident Card if you were issued a card valid for 10 years that has either expired or will expire within the next 6 months. If your Permanent Resident Card is valid for only 2 years, you are a conditional resident. You will need to file a petition to remove the conditions of your residence before the card expires. You may file this petition 90 days before your conditional green card expires. If your petition is approved, you will be sent a new Permanent Resident Card valid for 10 years. You do not need to file Form I-90. If your card does not have any expiration date on the front, then you have a very old version. Most old versions are no longer valid. Even if your card does not have an expiration date on it, we recommend you apply to renew it. Question: When do I need to replace my Permanent Resident Card? Answer: Apply to replace your Permanent Resident Card if any information on your card needs to be changed, or if your card has been lost, stolen,or damaged. Also, if you became a permanent resident before you turned 14 years old, you are required to replace your card when you become 14 years old.

Published on 2014-10-22 17:01:38 GMT

Are you presently in Immigration Court? You may be eligible to request prosecutorial discretion based on Obama's executive order. Call us for more info.

Published on 2014-11-21 02:33:46 GMT

What you need to know about the President's executive order http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamas-immigration-announcement/story?id=27052740

Published on 2014-11-21 02:29:29 GMT

The New Deferred Action program will benefit hose individuals who: • have a son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; • have continuously resided in the United States since before January I, 2010; • are physically present in the United States; • have no lawful status; • are not an enforcement priority • present no other factors that,in the exercise of discretion,makes the grant of deferred action inappropriate. CALL us for a confidential consultation about your eligibility.

Published on 2014-11-21 02:12:56 GMT

Se extiende el Estatus de Protección Temporal para Honduras Fecha de Publicación: 16 de octubre de 2014 WASHINGTON— El secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés), Jeh Johson, ha extendido por 18 meses adicionales el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para los ciudadanos de Honduras elegibles, efectivo desde el 6 de enero de 2015 al 5 de julio de 2016. Los actuales beneficiarios de Honduras que buscan extender su TPS deben reinscribirse durante el periodo de 60 días para la reinscripción que transcurre desde el 16 de octubre de 2014 hasta el 15 de dicimbre de 2014. El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) exhorta a los beneficiarios a reinscribirse lo antes posible una vez comience el periodo de 60 días para reinscripción. USCIS no aceptará solicitudes antes del 16 de octubre de 2014. El periodo de extensión de 18 meses también permitirá a quienes se reinscriban al TPS solicitar un Documento de Autorización de Empleo (EAD, por sus siglas en inglés). Los beneficiarios de TPS de Honduras que son elegibles (o personas sin nacionalidad cuya última residencia habitual fue Honduras) que se reinscriban durante el periodo de 60 días y soliciten un nuevo EAD recibirán dicho documento con fecha de caducidad del 5 de julio de 2016.

Published on 2014-10-22 16:54:09 GMT

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nicaragua Release Date: October 16, 2014 WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, effective Jan. 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016. Current TPS Nicaragua beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Oct. 16, 2014 through Dec. 15, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before Oct. 16, 2014. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible TPS Nicaragua beneficiaries (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Nicaragua) who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 5, 2016.

Published on 2014-10-22 16:53:28 GMT

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras Release Date: October 16, 2014 WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras for an additional 18 months, effective Jan. 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016. Current TPS Honduras beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Oct. 16, 2014 through Dec. 15, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before Oct. 16, 2014. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible TPS Honduras beneficiaries (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 5, 2016. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee, but they must submit the biometric services fee (or a fee-waiver request) if they are age 14 or older. All TPS re-registrants must also submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. TPS re-registrants requesting an EAD must submit the Form I-765 application fee or a fee-waiver request. If the re-registrant does not want an EAD, no application fee is required. Applicants may request that USCIS waive the Form I-765 application fee or biometrics fee based on an inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request. Our office can assist you with this process!

Published on 2014-10-22 16:52:47 GMT

Published on 2015-01-30 19:59:21 GMT

ALERTA: Aunque Inmigracion no está aceptando peticiones o solicitudes en este momento, si usted entiende que podría ser elegible a una de las iniciativas antes mencionadas por Presidente Obama, puede prepararse recopilando los documentos que demuestren factores como su: Identidad Relación con un ciudadano estadounidense o residente permanente legal y Residencia continua en los Estados Unidos durante los últimos cinco años o más. LLAMENOS AL 213-387-2484 Para Un Consulta Legal.

Published on 2014-12-10 02:55:43 GMT

Published on 2015-01-30 19:28:26 GMT

BREAKING NEWS: Deferred Action Update Renewal Process for DACA to Begin Call Us to Renew Your DACA Status and Work Permit 213-387-2484 (Los Angeles, CA) The first DACA approvals will begin to expire in September 2014. To avoid a lapse in the period of deferral and employment authorization, individuals must file renewal requests before the expiration of their current period of DACA. USCIS encourages requestors to submit their renewal request approximately 120 days (four months) before their current period of deferred action expires. DACA is a discretionary determination to defer removal action against an individual. Individuals in DACA will be able to remain in the United States and apply for employment authorization for a period of two years. Individuals who have not requested DACA previously, but meet the criteria established, may also request deferral for the first time. It is important to note that individuals who have not continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, are ineligible for DACA. Individuals may request DACA renewal if they continue to meet the initial criteria and these additional guidelines: -Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole; -Have continuously resided in the United States since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved; and -Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. The renewal process begins by filing the new forms requred by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. There is a filing and biometrics (fingerprints and photo) fee totaling $465. As with an initial request, USCIS will conduct a background check when processing DACA renewals. Call Us at 213-387-2484 to Renew your DACA status and Work Permit

Published on 2014-06-06 02:16:08 GMT

ATTENTION DACA RECIPIENTS: You may be able to travel to your home country and return to the U.S. legally under a special humanitarian program. If you would like to know more about this special travel permit, please contact our office. We are available for in-person consultations or phone consultations.

Published on 2014-05-09 00:12:11 GMT

ALERT: The USCIS Will Accept Only the Current Version of Form N-400 Beginning May 5 Beginning May 5, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept only the current edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, dated 9/13/2013. USCIS will reject and return all naturalization applications using previous versions of Form N-400 after Sunday, May 4, 2014. USCIS issued the revised version of Form N-400 on February 4, 2014. As we transitioned to the redesigned form, USCIS allowed applicants to continue using previous versions of Form N-400 for a 90-day transition period. This transition period ends on Sunday, May 4.

Published on 2014-05-01 19:06:06 GMT

Puedo Ser Ciudadano Americano? Usted puede convertirse en ciudadano de Estados Unidos de América al momento de su nacimiento o después de su nacimiento si reúne ciertos requisitos. Usted obtiene la ciudadanía estadounidense, si: Ha nacido en Estados Unidos de América o en ciertos territorios o posesiones no incorporados que estén sujetos a la jurisdicción de Estados Unidos; O, Ha nacido en el extranjero y su padre, su madre o ambos son ciudadanos estadounidenses al momento de su nacimiento (y si cumple con otros requisitos). Para convertirse en ciudadano estadounidense después de su nacimiento, usted debe: Solicitar la ciudadanía “derivada” o “adquirida” a través de los padres Solicitar la naturalización La mayoría de las personas que solicitan la naturalización deben tomar un examen de naturalización para demostrar conocimiento de: el idioma inglés educación cívica (historia y gobierno) de los Estados Unidos. Llamenos para una consulta legal y confidencial tocanto su caso. The Tellez Law Firm 213-387-2484

Published on 2014-05-01 19:03:02 GMT

Do I qualify to become a US Citizen? If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth. To become a citizen at birth, you must: Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements To become a citizen after birth, you must: Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents Apply for naturalization Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on: English Civics (U.S. history and government)

Published on 2014-05-01 19:01:11 GMT

CORTE DE INMIGRACIÓN - No Vayas Solo! Si usted, un ser querido o un amigo tiene una audiencia en la Corte de Inmigración, podemos ayudarle. Usted tiene el derecho a ser representado por un abogado en la corte de inmigración. Llámenos para hablar con un abogado de inmigración sobre su asunto. Su consulta es 100% confidencial. The Tellez Law Firm 2530 West 7th Street Los Angeles, California 90057 213-387-2484 (oficina)

Published on 2014-04-25 01:29:22 GMT

SOME USEFUL TIPS TO RENEW YOUR DACA WORK PERMIT 1) File the revised version of Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, together with Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and I-765WS, Worksheet, as in the initial filing. The NEW FORM HAS NOT YET BEEN PUBLISHED HOWEVER. Do NOT file the current version of Form I-821D to renew. USCIS will not accept renewal filings until the new version of the form is published. 2) Submit your DACA renewal request package approximately 120 days (or 4 months) before your current period of DACA expires. This is also the date that your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires. While USCIS will continue to accept filings after this date, it will not accept requests made earlier than 150 days (or 5 months) before that expiration date. 3) You only need to submit new documents pertaining to removal proceedings or criminal history that you have not already submitted to USCIS. You do not need to re-submit documents you already submitted with your previous DACA request that was approved. However, you should keep copies of all documents that support how you meet the DACA guidelines so you can provide them if they are requested by USCIS. If you would like our firm to renew your DACA work permit, please call and schedule an appointment at 213-387-2484.

Published on 2014-04-12 02:08:07 GMT

DACA Alert! Update for DACA Renewals April 9, 2014 In September 2012, the USCIS started deferring action for certain childhood arrivals and issuing employment authorization for a period of two years. Beginning in September 2014, the initial two-year grants of deferred action for early recipients of DACA from USCIS are due to expire under their own terms, and USCIS is actively preparing for the DACA renewal process so that eligible individuals can request and receive an extension of their deferred action without experiencing any lapse in their lawful presence or work authorization. In late May 2014, USCIS anticipates publishing a new dual-use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to allow for both initial and renewal requests, and updating Frequently Asked Questions with additional information. If you received DACA from USCIS and will seek to renew, you must wait until USCIS publishes the new form before filing your renewal request. If you are filing for initial DACA, you may continue to file using the current form until the new version is available.

Published on 2014-04-12 02:02:56 GMT

If you have been granted Deferred Action (DACA), you may be eligible to become a legal permanent resident under certain limited condition. Want to know how? Call us at 213-387-2484 to schedule an in person consultation!

Published on 2014-03-20 21:11:43 GMT

Permanent Residence (Green Card) Through Family Many people get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members. You may be eligible to get a Green Card as: an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older a family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older a family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder a member of a special category, this can include battered spouse or child (VAWA), a K nonimmigrant, a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States, a V nonimmigrant or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen. This is a complicated process. For assistance, please contact our office to schedule an in-person consultation.

Published on 2014-02-14 01:48:56 GMT

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Concerning the District Court’s Ruling Concerning DAPA and DACA Issued Feb. 17, 2015 "I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it. Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned. Until further notice, we will also suspend the plan to accept requests for DAPA. The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts and even other courts have said that our actions are well within our legal authority. Our actions will also benefit the economy and promote law enforcement. We fully expect to ultimately prevail in the courts, and we will be prepared to implement DAPA and expanded DACA once we do. It is important to emphasize what the District Court’s order does not affect. The Court’s order does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012. Nor does the Court’s order affect this Department’s ability to set and implement enforcement priorities. The priorities established in my November 20, 2014 memorandum entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” remain in full force and effect. Pursuant to those enforcement priorities, we continue to prioritize public safety, national security, and border security. I am pleased that an increasing percentage of removals each year are of those convicted of crimes. I am also pleased that, due in large part to our investments in and prioritization of border security, apprehensions at the southern border – a large indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally -- are now at the lowest levels in years."

Published on 2015-02-19 23:24:32 GMT

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