EXCITING NEWS!! We opened a new office in Hackensack, New Jersey starting April 27, 2018! It is located at 2 University Plaza, Suite 100, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Attorney Mustafa Cetin is in our NJ office full-time. You can reach our NJ office at 201-210-8240.
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Powers Law Group, P.C. is an immigration law firm focused 100% on U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Based in Houston, Texas and Hackensack, New Jersey, we represent clients worldwide. Focusing solely on U.S. immigration law empowers us to provide specialized service for all of our clients’ immigration needs.
Ruby L. Powers, the founding immigration attorney, has personal experience navigating the immigration processes and brings this experience and point of view to each client with compassion, honesty, and understanding.
What further sets the Powers Law Group apart from other firms is the level of dedication each client receives, which allows for the attention to detail necessary in immigration law. With technology, we are able to provide personal attention through various means of communication to our clients, regardless of location.
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By attorney Cynthia Milian
Imagine—it’s a normal workweek day. You go to work. Then, the unexpected happens. Immigration officials conduct a raid and you find yourself in immigration custody.
While this is not the fear that we would like for you to live with, it is a new reality.
Recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, have ramped up their efforts to raid employment locations that employ undocumented workers. Recent statistics revealed by ICE demonstrated that from October 1, 2017, through May 4, 2018, the Agency has opened: 3,510 worksite investigations; initiated 2,282 I-9 audits; and made 594 criminal and 610 administrative worksite-related arrests. However, from around October 2016 to September 2017 – the Homeland Security Agency (HSI) opened 1,716 worksite investigations; initiated 1,360 I-9 audits; and made 139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests related to worksite enforcement. The HIS Director stated that these raids will continue to happen and these numbers will continue to increase.
With a large number of raids occurring, it is always good to have a plan in action. Below are some tips that you can follow to be prepared:
- If arrested, remain silent with the ICE agent;
- Consult with an attorney to see if you qualify for an immigration benefit;
- If you have an attorney, carry their contact information with you at all times;
- Know your alien registration number, also known as A number. Also, make sure your family members know this number to track you if you are taken to a detention center;
- Don’t sign any documents unless you speak with an attorney;
- If you hear about a raid that has happened at a location, stay away from that location;
- Have a plan of action with your family—always have a designated family member or friend that can care for your children in case you are arrested.
At the Powers Law Group, we like to be optimistic about the future. However, given the massive number of ICE raids going on across the country, we feel that it is our duty to communicate and educate our clients and the public about what to do if they were to get caught in this unfortunate situation.
As always, contact the immigration attorneys at the Powers Law Group. We are here to help you every step of the way and to answer any questions regarding your immigration matters.
By Attorney Cynthia Milian
The Administration has decided to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for various countries in the past few months. Most recently, the Administration ended TPS for Honduras. Below is a list of when the program will end for the following countries:
- Sudan- November 2, 2018
- Nicaragua- January 5, 2019
- Liberia- March 31, 2019
- Nepal- June 24, 2019
- Haiti- July 22, 2019
- El Salvador-September 9, 2019
- Honduras-January 5, 2020
TPS is generally granted to migrants after natural disasters or violent conflicts prevent them from safely returning to their countries.
While the program is ending, for some countries the benefits of TPS remain in effect until 2020. However, now is the time to look for immigration solutions. Contact an immigration attorney to and consider the following:
- Check whether you previously had an order of deportation;
- Check if you may qualify for an extension of status;
- Begin preparing all of your documents to see if you qualify for another immigration benefit;
- Verify the expiration date of your work permit;
- Ensure you contact a qualified immigration attorney, and not a public notary, or “notario;”
The attorneys at Powers Law Group are always available to serve you and help answer your immigration questions. Contact our Houston office at (713) 589-2058 or our newly opened New Jersey office at (201) 210-8240 to schedule a consultation.
Written by Carlos Gutierrez on May 7, 2018 @ 9:37 am
Filed under: Immigration Law
By: Attorney Nadia Khalid
As many of you know, Ramadan is the holy month of Islam. This year, Ramadan begins around May
16, 2018 and ends on June 14, 2018. During this time, Muslims around the world will abstain from food or water from sunrise to sunset.
As a result, working hours and applications around the world are expected to experience a delay in processing given the generally shorter work weeks.
Attorney Ruby Powers understands the importance of celebrating culture and its diverse practices.
In fact, she knows first-hand how much Ramadan can change a normal work week. After living and
working from Turkey and Dubai during previous Ramadans, Attorney Powers recommends
three major steps if you live in or require communication from a Muslim-majority country:
1. Request your immigration-related documents as soon as you can before May 16, 2018;
2. Understand there might be a delay in responses; and
3. Contact us, your attorneys, if there is something urgent that needs attention during this time frame.
We wish everyone observing a very happy Ramadan!
Written by Carlos Gutierrez on May 1, 2018 @ 8:13 am
Filed under: Immigration Law
By: Nadia Khalid, Attorney at Powers Law Group
In the ever-changing world of U.S. Immigration Policy, the Powers Law Group has seen a dramatic change in the approach and enforcement of asylum law and asylum interviews. Asylum offices across the United States are backlogged and over-burdened by a high volume of asylum applications, lack of sufficient resources, and new policy directives issued at an unpredictable pace. As a result, as of January 2018, the Asylum Division changed its interview approach from first-in first-out to last-in first-out. This means that all asylum applications filed after January 2018 are receiving an interview date of about 5-6 weeks after receipt of application.
While this seems efficient in theory, the result has been a little chaotic:
- Interviews are being conducted at a more rapid pace, with some asylum offices double booking asylum interviews on the chance that the applicant is late, takes too long to go through security, or is a no-show;
- The officer interviewing you is not always prepared;
- The officer does not always have your full submission; or, even if they have it, they have not always reviewed it;
- Some officers do not want or have time to read secondary submissions, such as supplementary evidence, making the applicant’s initial application and initial submission the most important; and
- Asylum officers are not always familiar with your country conditions.
While it is a positive to receive an asylum interview so quickly, this positive is accompanied by a high burden of preparation and proof on the part of the applicant. Given this overwhelming backlog, asylum officers have begun flagging applicant testimony in two major ways:
- Inconsistencies: the first easiest way for officers to streamline their interviews is to look for inconsistencies in your story and the proof you provided. This means that even if the officer has not reviewed a document that you provided which corroborates your story, the applicant needs to be quick in providing a copy of that record during the interview so that the officer can look over it at the same time.
- Any Relation to Violence: the second easiest way to make a decision is to ask about any violent or criminal history. Violence can extend, by inference, to mandatory military training, so it is important to be prepared to answer the purpose of the military training and the applicant’s role in it.
The short of these new asylum trends is this: have an attorney. More than ever, it is important to have a lawyer prepare your asylum application, submit your asylum application, and most importantly be present during the interview. The help of legal counsel affords applicant’s extra security in ensuring that all of what they provided is flagged for the officer during the interview, that the officer provides fair questioning to the applicant, and to explain intricate country conditions, among other reasons.
At the Powers Law Group, our attorneys have attended asylum interviews in Houston (TX), Boston (MA), Newark (NJ), Arlington (VA), and New Orleans (LA). Our firm has offices in Houston, TX and Newark, NJ.
Given the unpredictable pace of new policy directives, it is important to find strong legal support to help you navigate this important process and help tell your story. Together, we can be prepared for the changing face of asylum.
Under U.S. law, you must file within one year of your last entry into the United States in order to remain eligible for asylum. However, there are certain exceptions that may allow you to file after one year, such as the existence of changed or extraordinary circumstances that can affect an individual’s eligibility for asylum.
In a recent case Mendez-Rojas v. Johnson, No. 2:16-cv-01024-RSM (W.D. Wash) the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington found that the failure to provide individuals with reasonable notice of the one-year asylum application deadline violates the original Congressional intent, which was meant to ensure that individuals with viable asylum claims receive proper notice.
The case involved a group of individuals who alleged that the practices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) infringed on their statutory and regulatory rights to apply for asylum and, as a result, violated their rights to due process under the Fifth Amendment.
The group represented argued that because DHS failed to notify them of the one-year filing deadline, DHS effectively reduced the cumulative time allowed in the filing period, even though this was not the original intent of Congress.
The Court agreed and found that failure to provide notice of the one-year application period violated the Congressional intent behind the deadline. The Court further ordered that DHS must provide notice of the asylum filing deadline to all class members that are currently detained and not released prior to the time the individuals are released from custody.
In a political climate that is very uncertain, this is a great victory for potential asylum-seekers because it emphasizes that due process of the law must be enforced and observed by immigration officials, many of whom are the first formal officials asylum-seekers encounter upon their entry into the United States.
April 6, 2018 | By Law Clerk, Cynthia Millian | Powers Law Group