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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WHAT IS THE NATURALIZATION TEST?

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

In order to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, it is imperative that you pass the Naturalization Test.  At your Naturalization Interview, you will first be asked questions about your application, your personal history, and your immigration background.  You will also be required to take an English language test and a Civics test which assesses your knowledge of U.S. history and government.The English component of the test consists of speaking, reading, and writing.  For the rea... read more.

  • July 06, 2016
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HAPPY 4TH ANNIVERSARY DACA!

By Edward Shulman, Posted in DAPA/DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, originally started on June 15, 2012, exactly four years ago.  Under DACA, unauthorized immigrants who came to the country before age 16; were under age 31 at the time of the announcement; and had been in the country for five years when the initiative was announced are eligible to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit. Building on the success of DACA, in November of 2014, President Obama proposed, in his Executive Order, a... read more.

  • June 16, 2016
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WHAT IS UNLAWFUL PRESENCE?

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Unlawful presence (ULP) is an immigration status violation that applies to individuals who have been unlawfully present in the United States, either after the expiration period of an authorized stay or any presence without being formally admitted or paroled into the United States. Simply stated, unlawful presence starts when a foreign national does one of two things: (1) enters without inspection, or (2) overstays a visa.Unlawful Presence is triggered upon one's departure from the United States. It is impor... read more.

  • May 27, 2016
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THE SHULMAN LAW GROUP WILL SPEAK OUT FOR YOU

By Edward Shulman, Posted in About Shulman Law

In the past several months, our Immigration Law Office has received many phone calls and e-mails expressing frantic apprehension that all Hispanics will be deported.  These fears and concerns are not unjustifiable given the recent anti-immigrant rhetoric set forth by Republican Presidential candidates and due to the plan for Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to engage in "sweeping raids" in May and June to deport immigrant families who entered the country illegally.  In January, the admini... read more.

  • May 19, 2016
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To make the long story short - I wouldn't be here now writing this review if it wasn't for him. He fought with me and for me as if he was defending himself and not some stranger from a foreign country. I will highly recommend him - if your case has any chance at all he is the one you need.

-Immigration Client

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