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There is a new form that is now required to be submitted with all adjustment of status applications filed in the United States. This form is known by Form I-944 and the title of it is “Declaration of Self Sufficiency.” This form must be submitted with every application where public charge applies. The draconian form asks every single question possible and requests more evidence than is necessary to determine whether or not someone is going…
The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free, public Zoom program “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment. Participants may sign in starting at 1:30 pm; the program starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Individuals may join the Zoom meeting by using this link. The Meeting ID is 875 9561 2490. Cultivating a celebration spirit, attendees are also encouraged…
I previously wrote an overview about how to change your name in California. I am now going to give you the specifics of how to do it. Again, I am focusing on applying for a name change in Solaono County but the forms are the same throughout California. What forms are required? You will need a total of six forms to file your Petition for a Change of Name. You will find five of those…
My immigration clients often end up with documents that have different names on them.  They will have a passport with one name and a driver’s license with another.  When it comes time to apply for a green card, they want to change their name to match the name on their driver’s license but USCIS will not let them and in fact, the USCIS officer will insist on using the name that is on the passport…
On November 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.,  I will be giving a talk on Immigration Law along with Brett Snider, attorney and director of legal services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco.  The talk will take place at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. 2nd Street, in Benicia. We will be focusing our talk on the myths and realities of immigration law today.  We will discussing such topics as illegal immigration, public…
More often that not, I feel like I live in a dystopian novel.  Unfortunately the events of today are real.  Over the past year I have been hearing about the numbers of people at the border seeking asylum.  I could not believe it was true.  Yet, according to Physicians for Human Rights, as of August 2019, there were 60,000 asylum seekers waiting at the southern border waiting to apply for political asylum.  One third…
Photo by Vlado May a citizen of North Korea be granted political asylum despite being firmly resettled in South Korea?  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently said, “no.” In Jang v. Lynch, — F.3d. — (9th Cir. 2015) the applicant, Sung Kil Jang, was born in North Korea and is a citizen of North Korea.  He was persecuted in North Korea and eventually was able to escape by swimming across a river to China. …
The EB-5 immigrant investor program is complicated and controversial.   Today’s post is from guest blogger Robert Rogers, an experienced business immigration attorney from Miami Florida.    He describes the key elements of the EB-5 program and what we need to know for 2016. Congress made little if any progress on comprehensive immigration reform in 2015, and is unlikely to accomplish anything significant on this front in the presidential election year of 2016. It does…
Issues concerning child custody are always intense and even more so during the holidays as families and children inevitably struggle with who are the children going to be with on which day. When an immigration component is present, it sometimes is used as a threat by one parent against the other. I have seen threats made in cases where both parents are in the United States as well as in situations when one parent is…