Margaret A. Donnelly, P.C.

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Personas esperando la ley 245(i) deben mudarse a Oklahoma

Además de buscar soluciones prácticas para inmigrar sin salir de los Estados Unidos, miembros de la comunidad hispana estadounidense debe de seguir presionando a los políticos estadounidenses con el fin de solucionar el problema de estatus migratorio a familias inmigrantes. Además, se agilizaría el acto de sueño (Dream Act), permisos para trabajadores agrícolas, y nuevas …

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Alabama is Persecuting Hispanics instead of Creating Jobs for the People of Alabama

America is witnessing a new phase in the U. S.  immigration world:  state laws which allow local enforcement to act as federal agents and directly enforce federal   immigration laws.  Many debates are emerging as to why states like Alabama should enact these types of laws.  Those in favor claim it is simply to preserve jobs …

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If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), have a criminal record (no matter how old or how minor), and plan to travel outside of the United States, you need to consult with an immigration attorney to advise you.  There is a possibility that you may be denied re-entry simply because of your …


Start-Up America: A two-in-one tool to invest and work in the United States

In an August 2011 press release, representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced initiatives that would promote start-up enterprises and create jobs in the U.S. This was going to be done through a program called Start-Up America, an initiative to promote entrepreneurship in the country. It was started six years ago, but only now seems to be taking the spotlight against the backdrop of increasing unemployment figures and lowered GDP figures.

Hijos que adquieren la ciudadanía norteamericana automaticamente

Muchos hijos de ciudadanos estadounidenses que se encuentran viviendo en otros países y que desean obtener su residencia permanente o ciudadanía americana, muchas veces no saben adónde pedir ayuda.

Por lo tanto, el tema de hoy lo enfocaré en el caso de Agustín Brown, un joven quien nació en México, de padre norteamericano. El padre fue a México de vacaciones, conoció a la mamá de Agustín, se enamoraron, y el resultado de esta relación fue el nacimiento de este joven, quien cuenta con 22 años de edad. Su papá lo reconoció cuando nació y lo mantuvo hasta que el joven emigró a la unión norteamericana a la edad de 14 años cuando fue a vivir con su papá en Houston.

The Myth of the 10-Year Presence

Unfamiliarity with the law can be the biggest downfall for those individuals who are undocumented. For example, it is a common misconception that people have the right to apply for their green card based on the fact that they have lived in the United States for 10 years. Unfortunately, there is no such law in existence today that allows for someone to obtain legal status based on that fact alone.

The only time that the physical presence is important is when an individual is already in removal proceedings, i.e. deportation, and is applying for the relief of cancellation of removal.

Death of a Petitioner or Principal Beneficiary and What it Means for Surviving Relatives

The world of immigration consists largely of visa petitions filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  These visa petitions require a qualified individual, known as petitioner, to petition for an eligible alien, known as the beneficiary.  There are two types of beneficiaries: a principal beneficiary, such as the wife of a qualified petitioner, …

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Reforma migratoria merece ser mejor comprendida por los mexicanos y norteamericanos

Parece mentira que los esfuerzos recientes para aprobar una reforma general a las leyes de inmigración se vio obstaculizada de nuevo en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos. Una de las razones por las cuales un proyecto de esta gran magnitud fracasó fue por todas las malas interpretaciones que rodean el tema de inmigración. Nadie en Washington comprende la gran necesidad del Dream Act, de la “ley de la multa,” conocida como la 245(i), o una reforma inmigratoria general.

A Permament Resident is not a U.S. Citizen

Many U.S. citizens who oppose immigration in all its forms don’t understand how the U.S. immigration system works. Most believe that undocumented immigrants automatically become U.S. citizens when they arrive in the United States or become legal immigrants. Therefore, for the purpose of shedding some light on the issue, let me begin by stating that there is a huge difference between an “undocumented” immigrant and a “legal” immigrant, and between a “legal” immigrant and a U.S. citizen.

All legal immigrants who eventually become U.S. citizens have to start at ground zero. This is the status of being an alien, a citizen of another country who is granted the right to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. The new status is known as “Lawful Permanent Residence,” or LPR. LPR doesn’t change the citizenship of the alien. For instance, someone from France retains his French citizenship although he has a right to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely as long as he doesn’t abandon his residence in the U.S. Living in France for eight months out of the year is treated as an abandonment of his LPR status.