PRO-IMMIGRATION INITIATIVES AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

With congressional and executive actions stalled, and given the current political climate with contentious immigration debates, the question that is often asked is if immigration reform will ever be possible.  Given years of federal inaction in Washington, it appears that changes will, at least in the short run, have to occur at the State and local levels.  Many immigration advocates have expressed concern that our country has been too fixated on an immigration reform strategy at the federal gover... read more.

  • September 13, 2016
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STUDIES SHOW IMMIGRANTS LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

In an effort to comprehend the link between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for substantiated evidence. The Republican National Convention strategically presented two mothers whose sons were killed by undocumented immigrants in an attempt to give the impression that immigrants are more likely to commit violent crimes. Despite political propaganda and efforts by individuals who are anti-immigrant to instill fear, prejudice, and stereotyping about immigrants, a report by the American Immigr... read more.

  • September 09, 2016
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PROPOSED ENTREPRENEUR RULE FOR IMMIGRANT START-UP FOUNDERS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Last Wednesday, Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson signed a new proposed rule from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in which certain immigrant founders of start-up companies may receive temporary permission to stay in the United States.  These entrepreneurs would be allowed to work in the United States for up to five years if they have already started a business within the last three years, plan to create a new business in this country, or own at least 15% of a start-up a... read more.

  • September 02, 2016
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EXPANSION OF 601A UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVER

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The accrual of unlawful presence in the United States has devastating effects on both foreign nationals and their qualifying relatives due to the threat of separation. Thousands of immigrants currently eligible for permanent residence through a family member are required to leave the United States to attend an interview at the United States Embassy in their country of origin. For many, this journey of departing the United States triggers a bar which essentially prohibits them from returning to the United St... read more.

  • August 30, 2016
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IMMIGRATION COURT BACKLOG REACHES HALF MILLION PENDING CASES

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The Immigration Court backlog has reached half a million pending cases. Specifically, the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review confirmed that there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency's courts, which represents a steady rise in recent years. Edward Shulman, Esq., founder of The Shulman Law Group, a New Jersey immigration law firm, was asked what this backlog means practically.  He stated: "it breaks my heart to learn that many of my immigrant clients will l... read more.

  • August 22, 2016
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SPANISH-SPEAKING VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE TIM KAINE IS PRO IMMIGRATION

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has been selected as Hillary Clinton's Vice-Presidential running mate.  The choice of Kaine has immigration advocates and the Hispanic community at large exceedingly energized and hopeful.  The reasons for the enthusiastic support of Kaine are essentially fourfold: 1) Kaine has a proven track record of supporting immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship; 2) Kaine is fluent in Spanish and prides himself on speaking directly to and with Hispanics; 3) Kaine has st... read more.

  • July 26, 2016
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PETITIONED SUPREME COURT TO RE-HEAR DACA/DAPA

By Edward Shulman, Posted in DAPA/DACA

Following the disheartening Supreme Court deadlock last month on President Obama's immigration executive actions, which included such proposed programs as DAPA and Expanded DACA, there were many advocacy groups highlighting the unfairness of having conducted a hearing without a full Bench due to the political maneuver of Senate Republicans who refused to appoint a successor to Justice Scalia. On July 18, in a surprising move, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) petitioned the Supreme Court for a r... read more.

  • July 21, 2016
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CLINTON VOWS TO EXPAND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTION

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Following a deadlocked Supreme Court decision last month that effectively terminated President Obama’s immigration Executive Order, Hillary Clinton has vowed to restore the program which would have protected the parents of children who are in the country legally and expand benefits to people who were brought to the United States as children.  In fact, in a speech before the National Convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens last Thursday, she strongly expressed her intention to "... read more.

  • July 19, 2016
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PHILADELPHIA TO HOST IMMIGRATION FORUM AT DNC

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

On July 25th, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York, and Greg Stanton, the Mayor of Phoenix, for an Immigration Forum, to be held at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.  It is said that the goal of the forum will be to discuss immigration issues impacting our cities and our nation and to brainstorm about how to create smarter and more compassionate immigration policies. ... read more.

  • July 15, 2016
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WHAT IS A K-1 FIANCÉ(E) VISA?

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

If you are a citizen of the United States and your fiancé(e) is currently living outside of the United States, you may obtain a specialized visa for him/her.  The K-1 nonimmigrant visa entitles the visa applicant to enter the United States lawfully, with the intention of marrying an American citizen.  Importantly, the foreign national is required to marry his or her U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of entry or depart the United States.  In addition, the K-1 Visa couple must have... read more.

  • July 07, 2016
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-Immigration Client

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