TN Visas for Canadian and Mexican Citizens – An Overview

What is a TN Visa? A TN visa allows qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level.  A TN Visa is similar to an H-1B visa except that it is only available to persons from Canada and Mexico. Who is eligible for a TN Visa? Among …

The President’s New Deferred Action Program

In late November of 2014, the President created a new deferred action program that, among other features, benefits parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.  A grant of deferred action does not provide a person with permanent status in the United States.  Rather, it provides assurances that he or she will not be deported during the period for which …

Bringing an Adopted Child to the United States

In addition to being a joyful process, the procedure for bringing an adopted child to the United States can be a complicated one. The three options below are the normal avenues under immigration law: Hague Convention Adoption The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is a treaty that governs many ...

Five of the Most Common Ways to Apply for a Green Card

There are many ways you can apply for a green card in the United States.  Here are five of the most common: Have a family member petition for you – Certain qualifying relatives can petition for their family members to get their green cards.  The process usually starts with the petitioner filing an I-130 petition.  Once the I-130 petition is …

Child Migrants and the Right to Counsel

On July 9, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and several other organizations filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its failure to provide legal representation to children placed into removal proceedings in immigration court.  The lawsuit alleges that the federal government has violated the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment as well as the Immigration and …

The Scialabba Supreme Court Decision

On June 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that affects many immigrants who are waiting on a visa to become available to them.  The decision, Scialabba v. Cuellar De Osorio, deals with the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).  The CSPA is a law that is meant to protect certain children who are waiting for immigrant visas to …