Immigration Policy Update: USCIS issues Notices to Appear

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  Immigration Policy Update: USCIS issues Notices to Appear The current political climate is now mandating that USCIS issue NTAs (Notice to Appear) for cases where benefits have been denied. A NTA is a document directing a person to attend a removal court hearing, when cases are denied. In the past, USCIS was a bit more lenient for those who received denied cases through USCIS. Therefore caution should be exercised when filing Applications, as an error can cause a denial which results in the issuance of a NTA. Handling a hearing in front...

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Immigration Policy Update – Report of Medical Examination procedure changes

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  Immigration Policy Update – Report of Medical Examination procedure changes Effective November 1, 2018, USCIS requires Form I-693, signed by an authorized USCIS civil surgeon, no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for an immigration benefit. The I-693 will remain valid for a two-year period following the date signed by the doctor. Failure to include a medical report in an application submission may also have unexpected consequences, including denials. Contact our offices in Clearwater or Tampa so we can assist...

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What is a Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

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  What is a Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, is required to determine whether an applicant for an immigration benefit in the United States is inadmissible under the health-related grounds of inadmissibility. For example, if a person has communicable diseases, severe mental health issues, and even substance abuse history, the person may fail to qualify and be denied immigration benefits. This examination must be completed for all immigration application...

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Establishing a Trust—What is the Role of the Trustee

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  Establishing a Trust—What is the Role of the Trustee Acting in the role of a trustee is not an easy position. The specific powers and responsibilities depend on the instructions in your trust documents. Although important, the prudent investment of trust assets is not a trustee’s only responsibility. Generally, a trustee will have the following duties: Invest the trust assets Hold trust property Distribute trust income and/or principal to the named beneficiaries, as Described in the trust agreement Make tax decisions concerning the...

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Establishing a Trust—Who will be the Trustee?

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  Establishing a Trust—Who will be the Trustee? Selecting a trustee is an extremely important part of a Trust, and may have tax consequences. Almost anyone can be named as your trustee. Unlike the appointment of a personal representative of a probate estate, a trustee is not required live in Florida or be related to you. You can name yourself or any other individual (subject to tax considerations), or even a corporate trustee, such as a bank, an accountant or trust company. The individual trustee can be a family member, friend or...

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Naturalization – Reapplying after a Denial Based Upon Lack of Good Moral Character

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  Naturalization – Reapplying after a Denial Based Upon Lack of Good Moral Character Receiving a denial for naturalization can be a disappointing experience. Sometimes cases are denied because an applicant misunderstand the question and says something incorrect. Having an attorney to assist you in this process can prevent such errors from occurring during a stressful interview. The interview process is done under Oath, which is very important to remember. So, if you do something that the officer believes is dishonest, i.e. fail to...

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Naturalization and Delinquent Taxes

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 Naturalization and Delinquent Taxes In order to qualify for naturalization, an applicant must have paid taxes and filed taxes as required by law during the entire time he or she resided in the United States. For someone who fails to file and has no valid excuse, this can prevent naturalization. For another person who has delinquent taxes and is in the process of a current payment plan, he or she may end up being approved. Naturalization is a very discretionary process, so the presentation of the documentation and the client’s presentation of...

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Immigration and Crimes – Trump pushes ICE harder to Arrest

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 Immigration and Crimes – Trump pushes ICE harder to Arrest Trump’s strict stance on immigration is pushing local police agencies to arrest foreign nationals for the slightest of offenses, including certain traffic offenses. If you are arrested and convicted of a crime and receive probation/community service as your penalty, you are not safe. Rather, at the end of your community service/probation, ICE will likely now come and meet with you and determine whether you are removable and possibly arrest you. In other scenarios where you are...

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Removal of Conditions Process Gets More Difficult for Couples

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 Removal of Conditions Process Gets More Difficult for Couples The Trump Administration has put new rules in place related to Removal of Conditions for Lawful Permanent Residents who obtained their greencard based upon a marriage of two (2) years of less. In the past, where a couple stayed together, had sufficient documentation of the legitimacy of their relationship, the interview was often waived and their 10-year greencards were mailed out upon approval. Now, it appears that all applications albeit from solid marriages with multiple...

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Employment Cards and Issuance of Social Security Cards

Posted by on 7:54 am in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Employment Cards and Issuance of Social Security Cards The immigration and social security offices now permit applicants to obtain both an Employment Card and their Social Security Number at the same time. This is great news, as in the past, applicants had to wait for the Employment Card then present themselves in person to apply for a social security number. Following their appointment they had to patiently wait until the official social security number was issued. This took considerable amounts of time. The new streamlined process will be...

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