Know Your Options

As U.S. immigration law once again goes from bad to worse, here are some very general guidelines (not legal advice for your specific situation; please don’t ask me questions about your case on a public website): Everyone’s legal situation is different – if you are not a U.S. citizen, speak to an experienced immigration attorney

The Executive Order in Plain English

Please refer to the updated version of this blog post! The Executive Order relating to refugees and individuals from Muslim-majority countries was signed yesterday afternoon. While there are still many unanswered questions, some of the major points are as follows: Effective immediately, entry to the U.S. by most immigrants and nonimmigrants from the seven targeted

UPDATED: The Executive Order in Plain English

The Executive Order relating to refugees and individuals from Muslim-majority countries was signed on Friday afternoon. While there are still many unanswered questions (and more raised every hour), some of the major points are as follows: Effective upon the signing of the Order, entry to the U.S. by most immigrants and nonimmigrants from the seven targeted countries (Iran,

Today’s Executive Order: The Basics

This morning, the new Executive Order relating to refugees and individuals from Muslim-majority countries was signed. Here are the basics of that Order: 1. The Order is effective at 12:01 A.M., Eastern Standard Time, on March 16, 2017 and the previous order will be rescinded on that date. 2. Individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,

Choose your immigration attorney wisely

As an immigration attorney, I spend a lot of time with people who have experienced significant hardships in their lives – anything from heartbreak to abuse to torture. But I want to draw attention to the misfortune of those immigrants who select an unscrupulous attorney. I’m not talking about attorneys who make minor mistakes or

Celebrating My Five Year Anniversary

This month, I am celebrating the five year anniversary of my immigration law firm, as well as my third consecutive year of being selected to the Super Lawyers’ California Rising Stars lists, which includes no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state. More than fifteen years ago — just after 9/11 and

Quiet Implementation of the Travel Ban: A Story in Djibouti

As legal challenges to the travel ban continue in lower courts, the U.S. Supreme Court decided–on December 4, 2017–to allow the most recent (third) travel ban to be fully implemented until litigation is completed. The restrictions previously put in place by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, i.e., that the ban would not apply to

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