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 about your particular situation. Please do not consult Google, Facebook, or your friend’s cousin, who you think had the same exact situation.
- Do not follow general legal advice being circulated by well-intentioned people – the suggestions given may not work for your situation and, in fact, may end up harming your legal status or ability to return to the U.S. in the future.
- If you want to travel outside of the U.S., and you are not a U.S. citizen: don’t. Speak to an experienced immigration attorney first. If you are from one of the targeted countries, and have a U.S. nonimmigrant or immigrant visa, you may not be able to return.
- If you are already outside of the U.S. and are planning to re-enter with your green card or a visa, contact an experienced immigration attorney from abroad to prepare for any potential risks at the airport.
- Visas can be cancelled at any time, whether you are inside or outside of the U.S. – if you are a vulnerable person (Arab, from a Muslim-majority country, have any arrests or interactions with law enforcement, etc.), consult with an experienced immigration attorney to clarify backup plan possibilities.
- Do not go to USCIS/ICE/DHS, etc. to ask about your legal status/case/visa, or if you have been summoned for an “interview,” if you have not consulted with an experienced immigration attorney first – these are federal government agencies, not your attorneys.
- Remember: there is no certainty around what is happening and will continue to happen in the next few days, weeks, or years ahead. However, we have been through really hard times before in U.S. immigration law, and one of the lessons was: before you make any decisions, know your specific options.
This blog does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.
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