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The United State Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that filing fees for most immigration applications will be going up on December 23, 2016. That means if you are eligible to file for a benefit, now is the time to do it. Several of the fees are going up more than $100 and filing after December 23, 2016, will cost substantially more that applying before.

For example, if you are now eligible to file for naturalization, filing after December 23, 2016, will cost an additional $45. Also, filing for adjustment of status will cost an additional $85; filing an immigrant visa petition for a family member will cost an additional $115; and filing an application for a certificate of citizenship will increase $570 (the total filing fee wi...

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I've visited many immigration detention facilities throughout the U.S. in the representation of my clients before the immigration courts. Usually, the individuals are detained simply because ICE refuses to release them on parole while there hearings are pending. In virtually all the cases I've handled, after my client has his hearing, they are granted relief from removal and are released to go home. Thus, all the money spent on their detention was a loss.

All of my clients have suffered deeply during their detention by ICE. I had an HIV positive client who became ill right after he was taken into custody. He was taken to the infirmary where he languished until his legs became so swollen he had to be rushed to the hospital, his life at ri...

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Hi, my name is Neal Datta and I’m an immigration attorney here in New York City. And today is November 6, 2014. And I thought this is a good time to review the effect of the recent midterm elections on the prospects of immigration reform. And whether or not Obama really is going to have to take steps of his own in order to try to help resolve the immigration status of about the eleven million people that are estimated to be in the United States without lawful status. And its important to delineate that there’s two different things that are meant when you hear the term “immigration reform.” One of them is immigration reform which makes it more difficult to regularize your immigration status and leads to more deport...

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When applying for Green Card status and you are preparing for your interview and you have been arrested, ticketed, convicted or have any criminal history at all here is what to do.Script:Hi my name is Neal Datta and I’m an immigration attorney here in New York City. Today I want to talk a little bit about the process of applying for your Green Card. Where you are going to be going to an interview, but you have been arrested. Either you have gotten a ticket, you have been given a citation, you have been convicted, have done hard time, or whatever it is that might have happened to you. The most important thing to remember is do not think they don’t know about your criminal record, they do. I can’t tell you how many times ...

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NYC Immigration Lawyer explains Obama’s 2015 Immigration Reform application process, evidence list, application date, and the changes in who is now eligible. Specifically the changes in the DACA program which is also known as the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals program. NYC lawyer explains the changes in the requirements for undocumented individuals who can apply for protection under this program. Obama has made it possible for millions more to apply for this deportation protection by removing the age limit for early childhood arrivals from the previous 31 year age maximum. Obama has also moved the previous ‘U.S. entrance date’ for childhood arrivals from 2007 to 2010. This new group of qualifying undocumen...

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NYC Immigration Lawyer explains Obama’s 2015 Immigration Reform application process, evidence list, application date, and the changes in who is now eligible. Specifically the changes in the DACA program which is also known as the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals program. NYC lawyer explains the changes in the requirements for undocumented individuals who can apply for protection under this program. Obama has made it possible for millions more to apply for this deportation protection by removing the age limit for early childhood arrivals from the previous 31 year age maximum. Obama has also moved the previous ‘U.S. entrance date’ for childhood arrivals from 2007 to 2010. This new group of qualifying undocumen...

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NYC Immigration Lawyer explains Obama’s 2015 Immigration Reform application process, evidence list, application date, and the changes in who is now eligible. Specifically the changes in the DACA program which is also known as the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals program. NYC lawyer explains the changes in the requirements for undocumented individuals who can apply for protection under this program. Obama has made it possible for millions more to apply for this deportation protection by removing the age limit for early childhood arrivals from the previous 31 year age maximum. Obama has also moved the previous ‘U.S. entrance date’ for childhood arrivals from 2007 to 2010. This new group of qualifying undocumen...

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Changes in Immigration

In 2006-2007, the last time Congress seriously considered immigration reform legislation, anti-immigration groups overwhelmed their pro-immigration counterparts and effectively killed efforts to modernize the immigration system. This time, the story is reversed. Pro-immigration groups are dogging Congressmen at town hall events. Anti-immigration rallies have been a complete dud with almost no one showing up while pro-immigration rallies have been attended by thousands. And there is little indication any Republicans who have staked out pro-reform positions have been the subject of a serious backlash. The conventional wisdom has been that Republicans from conservative districts who embraced reform would pay a dear po...

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Politico reports that Senator Rubio argues that if the Congress does not act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform for immigrants to be made legal, it will cede the initiative to President Obama, who has every reason to use an executive order to legalize undocumented. President’s decision to use an executive order to grant deferred action to the DREAMers was a smashing political success, and legalization by executive order will build on that precedent. Republicans who are stalling CIR in the House will lose out on all the provisions they enthusiastically support, such as border security advances and E-Verify, and will have to live with only the thing they abhor most. Such executive action will give the entire political credit for sol...

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Here is an interesting article about how in essence, deportation has no appreciable effect on crime. Deporting even those immigrants convicted of serious crimes has had no effect. Further, it points out that the majority of deportations involved those with no criminal convictions of any kind. Estimates are that hundreds of thousands of US citizen children have become orphans as a result of their parent’s deportation in the last 10 years. Indeed one in four people deported is the parent of a U.S. citizen. That adds up to tens of thousands of U.S. citizen children losing one (and often both) of their parents to deportation each year. The article supports many immigrant advocates’ push to provide additional means for those facin...

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