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Over the past few decades, the United States and Colombian governments have worked closely together to improve the security, political and economic situation in Colombia.  Before the Covid-19 pandemic and the Venezuelan refugee crisis, the Colombian economy had experienced 20 years of unprecedented growth.  The Covid-19 pandemic hit Colombia very hard, causing the largest recession in over 50 years.  GDP contracted 6.8% in 2020.  As vaccines are rolled out to the general population, the…
This week, we are writing you from Bogota, Colombia.  While we were down here, we thought it would be nice to explore the history of Colombian immigration to the United States and the contributions of the Colombian-American diaspora.  In our second post, we will explore special employment-based visas that are available to Colombian entrepreneurs and companies who want to do business in the United States. Colombia, named after the explorer Christopher Columbus, is a country…
Prosecutorial Discretion (“PD”) – A Useful Management Tool for a Broken Immigration Court and a Lifeline for Immigrants in Removal Proceedings After four years of devastating anti-immigrant policies, immigrants and their families are beginning to see reasons for hope under the Biden administration. One promising development is the reinstatement of a process for applying for prosecutorial discretion (‘PD’). PD refers to immigration officials being able to use their judgment, based on established criteria,…
On September 11-12th, 2021, Kennett Square will celebrate its 36th Annual Mushroom Festival.  (SHG Immigration Law is one of the festival’s sponsors).  The theme for this year’s festival is “Rooted in the Community” as a way to celebrate Kennett Square’s mushroom industry and surrounding community.  Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.  It is estimated that around 50% of America’s mushrooms come from Kennett Square and its surrounding communities. …
Every state has a law that governs the amount of time someone has to consider a civil lawsuit for personal injury and other situations. This law is called the statute of limitations, and it varies by state. The federal government also has deadlines for these types of cases, but it is generally governed by the state. In most states, the statute of limitations will be the same for personal injury and property damage, though it…
Last week, my wife and I were dining with our friends at Li-Beirut, a delightful new Lebanese BYOB in Collingswood.  As we were enjoying the delicious mix of mezze on our table, my mind started to drift, as it often does, to immigration and how interconnected our world can be. Lebanon is a small country located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite its small size, it is a country rich in…
For better or worse, anybody who has ever spent more than 5 minutes in my office would know that I play bachata music throughout the workday.  I also like to dance Bachata (which I do poorly) and take weekly classes with the great Laurel Card to improve my skills.  How did a Gringo from the Mainline get into Bachata?  Well, I first got into Bachata mainly to impress my beautiful wife and dance at our…
Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa in 2000 when it passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. The purpose of the U visa was to encourage immigrants to report crimes to law enforcement and also to afford protection for those willing to cooperate.  U visa status benefits include the following: Lawful status for up to four years; Work authorization; Derivative benefits for qualifying family members; and Eligibility to adjust status to a…
President Biden has been in office for around three months. On the campaign trail, he made plenty of bold promises about immigration reform –– has he delivered? In some areas, massive strides have been made to defend the rights of immigrants. In other areas, he’s fallen short of his promises. In one area in particular, he’s continued Trump’s legacy of cruelty towards noncitizens. The Good The first few months of the Biden administration has been…
Late in the evening of January 19, 2021, in one of their last official acts, on the Seditionist, Traitor Trump Administration granted Deferred Enforced Departure for Venezuelan Nationals. Deferred Enforced Departure, or “DED,” is a form of relief from removal.  It permits certain individuals from designated countries and regions facing political or civic conflict or natural disaster to temporarily stay in the United States.  It provides an administrative stay of removal designated for specific periods…