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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Garcia, Miranda, Gonzalez-Rua, P.A. Named Among Top 20 Miami Immigration Lawyers

    Garcia, Miranda, Gonzalez-Rua, P.A. is pleased to announce that we have been named among Miami's Top 20 Immigration Lawyers by Expertise.com. The 2016 list is aimed at helping consumers connect with the most reliable and reputable services available in their community. From the Expertise website : "We scored immigration lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the ...
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  • USCIS Anuncia Nuevas Tarifas

    El Servicio de Ciudadania e Inmigración, ha anunciado nuevas tarifas para solicitudes radicadas con ellos, comenzando el día 23 de diciembre del 2016. A continuación encontrara una lista corta de ejemplos de los cambios de tarifas para algunas solicitudes. Para mas información, así como si desea radicar alguna solicitud con la tarifa actual, antes de la vigencia de las nuevas, puede comunicarse ...
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  • USCIS Announces New Fees for Applications

    USCIS has announced a new schedule of fees for applications filed with them. The new schedule will take effect, and will apply, to applications or petitions filed on or after December 23, 2016. As of that date, fess will increase substantially. The following are examples of the some of the new fees: 1. Petition for Alien Relative, I-130, will increase from $420.00 to $535.00. 2. Application to ...
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  • TPS Extended & Syria Redesigned

    The Department of Homeland Security has redesigned Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS. Current TPS beneficiaries from Syria may extend their TPS ...
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  • Ampliación de Elegibilidad para el Permiso Provisional de Reingreso, I-601A

    El perdón provisional, I-601A, permite que ciertas personas cualifiquen para autorización de reingreso a los Estados Unidos, previo a salir del país, a pesar de haber vivido aquí ilegalmente por mas de seis meses. Normalmente, una persona con estadía ilegal de mas de seis meses incurre, al salir del país, en una veda de reingreso de tres años, o de diez años si la estadía ilegal es de mas de un ...
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  • I-601A Eligibility Expanded

    Effective on Aug. 29, 2016, eligibility for the provisional waiver process, I-601A, has been expanded to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver of the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility, pursuant to INA sec. 212(a)(9)(B)(v). Prior to this expansion, only immediate relatives of U.S. citizens were eligible to seek such provisional waivers before departing the United ...
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  • USCIS Extiende Estatus de Protección Temporal para El Salvador

    USCIS ha extendido el Estatus de Protección Temporal para nacionales de El Salvador. La extensión de 18 meses entrará en efecto el 10 de septiembre del 2016 hasta el 9 de marzo del 2018. ¿Quién califica? El Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus cifras en inglés) es otorgado a nacionales dentro de los Estados Unidos llegados de un país o una región en particular que esté sufriendo de algún ...
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  • USCIS Extends El Salvador Temporary Protected Status

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador nationals. The 18-month extension goes into effect on September 10, 2016 and will run until March 9, 2018. Who Qualifies? Temporary Protections Status (TPS) is granted to nationals in the U.S. from a particular country or region that is experiencing strife of some kind, preventing them from safely ...
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  • Immigrants and Crime

    One of the many incorrect statements and/or beliefs regarding immigrants, fed by some in this election period, is that Americans are somehow endangered by immigrants who come to this country with the intention of committing crimes. The numbers, however, tell a much different story. For example,the fact is that immigrants have lower incarceration rates in the U.S. than native-born American ...
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  • Temporary Protected Status Extended For El Salvador

    USCIS has extended TPS for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 month period, which will run from September 10, 2016 until March 9, 2018. Current beneficiaries who wish to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period, from July 8, 2016, through September 6, 2016. The 18 month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment ...
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  • Immigration & Public Services

    On the issue of immigrants supposedly draining our public services, reality is different to what has been portrayed by some. The fact is that following the enactment of welfare and immigration reform laws in 1996, unauthorized immigrants are ineligible for public benefits. Authorized immigrants are eligible to benefits once they meet certain conditions. Authorized immigrants, Lawful Permanent ...
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  • Constructionists vs. the Constitution

    Among many other proposals that Donald Trump has put forth regarding the issue of immigration—building a wall along our southern border and having Mexico pay for it, declaring a moratorium on Muslim immigration, and deporting all illegal aliens—one that is hotly debated is his insistence that there should be no birthright citizenship, and even that, perhaps, the US Constitution does not, in fact, ...
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  • Avoiding an Illegal Presence Bar

    Many persons who are in the U.S. illegally eventually become eligible to become Permanent Residents as Immediate Relatives of an American citizen. Immediate Relatives, for immigration purposes, are spouses of citizens, unmarried children of citizens (if the child is under 21 years old), and parents of citizens (if the citizen is at least 21 years old). If the person entered the U.S. legally, even ...
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  • Travel Documents for Non-Citizens

    Any non-citizen living in the U.S. who wants to travel abroad should first consult an immigration attorney to determine whether such travel is advisable and whether a Travel Document should be obtained from USCIS. Even when a Travel Document is obtained, the traveler needs to be aware that they will be subject to inspection when attempting to re-enter the U.S. and may be denied entry, even if they ...
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  • Garcia, Miranda, Gonzalez-Rua, P.A. Announces Firm Expansion

    We are very happy to announce the expansion of our law firm. A new partner has joined us, Andoni Gonzalez-Rua , an excellent and experienced attorney. You may read more about him and his qualifications on our website. With Andoni’s arrival, we have changed our name and will now be known as Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, PA. We will continue to operate out of our Hollywood, Fl., office, offering ...
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