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State Department Issues DV Lottery 2005 Guidelines

November 1, 2003
The State Department has issued information and questions and answers on the criteria and procedures for applying for the FREE Diversity Visa Lottery for 2005.

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Online Case Status & Processing Times

November 15, 2003
If you have an application receipt number, and current processing times for cases status filed with the USCIS, you can find the case status online here.

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Deporation Defense

We provide deportation defense to our clients that are facing Removal or Deportation proceedings. Deportation can occur for a number of reasons, including the following: entering the U.S. without the proper authorization, crossing the border without documentation, violations of status, working without permission, criminal convictions, failing to maintain status or renew status when required, and remaining the U.S. beyond the allowable period. In each case, the relief sought by the attorney will depend on the reasons for the deportation or removal, the amount of time in the U.S., family relationships, criminal history, and other factors. Depending on the case, the client may be eligible for cancellation of removal, voluntary departure, and other forms of relief. In many cases, the client may post a bond in order to remain out of custody until the deportation hearing.

Asylum (top)

Asylum is a form of protection that allows individuals who are in the United States to remain here, provided that they meet the definition of a refugee and are not barred from either applying for or being granted asylum, and eventually to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident.

There are two ways in which to file for asylum, affirmatively or defensively. People who apply affirmatively are those who come to the U.S. either legally or illegally but have not been put into removal proceedings by the INS. They apply with the Asylum Office, which is a separate division from the enforcement wing of INS. If arrested by INS and put into removal proceedings, however, an individual can apply defensively, that is with the Immigration Judge.

An asylum applicant does not apply for recognition as a refugee directly to the United Nations, but rather, applies directly the U.S. government for recognition that s/he is unable or unwilling to return home because of a bona fide fear of persecution. An asylum applicant, thus, is in the United States at the time of application for status. Typically such applicants entered the U.S. on some kind of non-immigrant status and decided to seek asylum status upon or after arrival here.




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