https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/us/citizenship-applications-immigration.html This recent immigration article in the New York Times highlighted what I have been telling clients for many years. I have often urged my legal permanent resident friends and clients to become a USA citizen, because having a green card, alone, may not be sufficient to guarantee unimpaired readmission to the U.S. nor may it be sufficient to avoid deportation. The simplest of crimes, even where negligent, can cause a lawful immigrant to be deportable. Moreover, rules are constantly changing when it comes to non-USA citizens, and the non-citizen is constantly in jeopardy of losing legal rights, as compared to USA citizens. This Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer urges all eligible green card holders to apply for USA citizenship whenever they become eligible. Of course, in these unusual times for our country, the naturalization process to become a citizen has become more expensive, it takes significantly longer and it is more difficult. For further information, I may be reached at [email protected] or in Texas at 713.850.0066 or in Florida at 305.538.6800
- Ser ciudadano de un país con el cual los Estados Unidos mantiene un tratado de comercio y navegación;
- Haber invertido, o encontrarse activamente en el proceso de invertir, una suma substancial de capital en una empresa o negocio de buena fe en los Estados Unidos;
- Entrar a los Estados Unidos con la sola intención de desarrollar y dirigir la empresa/negocio en el cual se invierte. Esto puede demostrarse probando ser el dueño de al menos el 50% de la empresa o teniendo control operacional a través de un puesto gerencial.
In the cat and mouse game of tit-for-tat, the Trump administration continues to cut off one country after another from visiting the U.S. At first it was natives from Iran, Libya, Yemen and other Muslim countries. Next , the administration cut off visas for certain government officials and their families from Venezuela. Then came Cuba, and last week it was Turkey. Some countries, like Turkey, are fighting back. After the U.S. said it would stop issuing visas to Turkish citizens, the country of Turkey cut off all visas for Americans. So, for those of us who fly Turkish Airlines through Istanbul, forget about spending a day or two in Istanbul because you can no longer leave the airport premises. The U.S. also cut off visas to citizens of Cuba, when we withdrew much of our Embassy staff due to health concerns. The question now is, which country will be next? Surely there must be ways to resolve international disputes or disagreements other than to bar citizens of certain countries from visiting, but, could it be that this administration looks for excuses to cut off visas and thereby cut off foreigners from entering our country "and taking American jobs?" In the view of this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer, It will be interesting to see if this pattern continues in the weeks to come. For further information, I may be contacted at [email protected] or 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.
In a press release dated September 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)informed the public that they are issuing visa sanctions against certain countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Eritrea) who do not assist in issuing travel documents to their citizens in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security noted that some, or many, of these foreign nationals are convicted criminals. What they fail to mention, however, is that all of these foreign nationals have completed their criminal sentences and were already released by the jailing authorities until DHS grabbed them to try to deport them. Several years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the DHS cannot imprison foreign nationals with a deportation order indefinitely. The Supreme Court guidelines are that imprisoning a person for more than six months while trying to deport them, is unreasonable. The logic, of course, is that they already served their time for their offense and are presumably no longer a danger to society, so there is no reason for DHS to thereafter imprison them until they get proper documents to deport them. The DHS must do their duty of deportation timely, or they must release the foreign national, according to the Supreme Court. By telling only half the story, the DHS tries to frighten the American public into thinking that foreign nationals with a deportation order are all hardened criminals that have not been rehabilitated in our prisons. The truth, however, is that a majority are not hardened criminals, rather, they have such offenses as DUI, marijuana possession, traffic offenses, tax offenses and other minor crimes. In the latest press release, the government does not state what percentage are violent offenders versus non-violent offenders, or, felonies versus misdemeanors. If they would release such statistics, they would not be able to scare the public into believing that only violent criminals are being deported. In one case, they say that of the 1900+ Cambodians who have deportation orders, 1,412 have criminal convictions. if I had to guess, knowing the Cambodian community based on having many clients from Cambodia, I would estimate that 95% of those convictions are non-violent offenses, and that 99% of them have already served their time and been released by the state jail or prison authorities. To me, the DHS clearly wants to scare the public, and to create an anti-immigrant sentiment. Rather than misleading the public into believing these individuals are violent offenders who never went to jail, the government should provide the full story and the truth, that is, that 99% have fully served their time, and the vast majority have misdemeanors or other non-violent crimes. For further information, this Houston immigration lawyer and Miami immigration lawyer may be reached at [email protected] or at 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.