ICE Raids Are Happening- How to Prepare?

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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.

 


If My TPS is Ending Soon, What Should I Do?

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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.


Ramadan: What is it and How will it Affect the legal World?

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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!

!رمضان مبارك


Asylum Trends in 2018: The Importance of Seeking an Experienced Asylum Attorney

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Contact us by phone at (713) 589-2085 or by email at contact@rubypowerslaw.com for further questions or advice.

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.

 


A Recent Case Holds that Asylum Applications Can Be Filed After the One-Year Deadline

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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


My Court Date Got Reset- What’s Next?

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 By Cynthia Milian

In the last month, many immigration attorneys have scrambled to readjust their schedules and firm personnel to ensure that their clients are prepared and are represented in their upcoming court hearing dates that have been moved from 2019 to the summer of this year. This means that cases that were initially scheduled for 2019 have been moved a whole year ahead.

What does this mean for you?
It is imperative that you communicate with your immigration attorney. Contact your attorney and get a follow up regarding the strategy or course your case will take. If there have been major changes in your life—change of address, marriage, death, birth of children—make sure you notify your immigration attorney to see what documents will need to be presented to the immigration judge prior to or at your next hearing.

If you receive a new court date and do not know what to do next, contact an immigration attorney that has court experience. Facing a judge on your own can be daunting, but having an attorney that is knowledgeable with immigration court experience can not only make you feel more confident, but help you be better prepared and increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome.

Here at Powers Law Group we have many years of experience in immigration court. Our office would be happy to assist and represent you at your next court hearing. If you are in doubt, and do not know what to do with your reset court date, contact our office for a consultation to see what course of action to take.


La importancia de contratar a un abogado con experiencia para su caso de Asilo

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Por la abogada certificada por la junta en inmigración y asilo, Ruby L. Powers.

Buscar asilo en los Estados Unidos viene con muchos retos. Muchos cuestionan si deberían o no contratar a un abogado, dado que sus finanzas se encuentran limitadas y el entendimiento del proceso es muy poco. Sin embargo, ha sido comprobado que aquellos que contratan a un abogado tienen mayor probabilidad de que su caso sea aprobado. Al momento, la oficina de Asilos de Houston tiene un promedio de aprobación del 17.5 %  lo cual debería de influenciar en la decisión de un solicitante al momento de decidir buscar o no la ayuda de un experto.

Con nuestros muchos años de experiencia en leyes de inmigración y asilo, entendemos lo complicado que es el proceso de asilo. Powers Law Group ha podido detectar las diferentes razones de porque tener un abogado de inmigración competente, jugará un papel importante en el desarrollo de un caso de asilo.

La importancia de tener un abogado que lo guie en su caso, es para prevenir que la aplicación se entregue incompleta o incorrecta, lo cual conllevaría a que el proceso de su asilo sea atrasado de forma significativa. Con un abogado, la firma trabaja en equipo para recopilar la evidencia relevante e importante que haga su caso aún más fuerte y eleve las posibilidades de tener un resultado favorable. La participación de un abogado en la entrevista es sumamente importante, ya que disminuye el riesgo de que su aplicación sea negada o transferida a una corte de inmigración para comenzar el procedimiento de deportación.

En Powers Law Group, los abogados le proveerán el apoyo mencionado a continuación durante el proceso de su entrevista de asilo:

  • Preparar con anticipación los suplementos que serán requeridos para la entrevista, así como el perfeccionamiento de su declaración la cual apoyara su aplicación de asilo.
  • Preparar reportes detallados correspondientes a su País, para el apoyo de su solicitud de asilo.
  • Preparar al solicitante para gestionar sus expectativas con entrevistas simuladas por varias horas.
  • Preparar al solicitante con preguntas difíciles que podrían cuestionar la validez de su relato; lo cual le dará al solicitante tiempo para preparar sus respuestas y memorizarlas antes de la entrevista
  • Ayudar al solicitante a maximizar el tiempo promedio de su entrevista. Por ejemplo, el tiempo promedio para una entrevista de asilo es de 2 a 4 horas; el abogado se asegurará de que los factores esenciales sean cubiertos durante ese tiempo.
  • Durante la entrevista, el abogado participara activamente con el oficial para proveerle la orientación adecuada en referente a su aplicación para asilo.
  • Se mantendrá un record de todas las preguntas y respuestas que fueron llevadas a cabo durante la entrevista, en caso de que el solicitante sea requerido en la corte de inmigración.
  • Recordar al solicitante de eventos esenciales que lo ayudaran en su caso, en dado de que el solicitante los llegase a olvidar.
  • Actuar como un intermediario entre el oficial de asilo y el solicitante, transfiriendo bastante información en un periodo de tiempo corto.
  • Concluir la entrevista de asilo, presentando al oficial un declaración final, la cual se enfocara en los puntos claves y resumirá su caso, así como las condiciones actuales de su País que le previenen el regreso a este.

Las ventajas de tener a un abogado que le asista durante su proceso de asilo son incontables. Queremos hacer de este proceso lo más fácil y rápido posible.  Una representación legal efectiva puede recorrer un largo camino. Por favor siéntase con la confianza necesaria para contactarnos si tiene alguna duda o comentario.


The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Asylum Attorney for Your Case

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By Board Certified Immigration Attorney and Asylum Attorney Ruby L. Powers

Seeking asylum in the United States comes with many challenges. Many question whether to
hire an attorney or not due to financial constraints and lack of understanding of the process. It
has been proven that those who file with an attorney have a higher success rate. Currently, the
Houston Asylum Office has a 17.5% approval rate for affirmative asylum cases which should
further convince an applicant to have experienced assistance.

With our many years of experience with immigration and asylum law, we understand the
complexity of the asylum process. Powers Law Group has been able to detect the reasons why
having a competent immigration attorney will play a vital role in the development of an asylum
case.

The importance of having an attorney guide you through the process is to prevent your
application from being incomplete or incorrect, which can lead to delays in your asylum process.
With an attorney, the firm works together to gather the important and necessary evidence that
can make your case stronger and increase your chances of having a favorable result. The
participation of an attorney at the interview is very important because it lowers the risk of your
application from being denied and/or transferred to an immigration court for removal
proceedings.

At Powers Law Group, the attorneys will provide the following support during your
asylum interview process:

  •  Prepare any supplements in advance that will be needed for the interview as well as
    perfect the declaration in support of your asylum application.
  • Prepare detailed country reports that will support your asylum claim.
  •  Prepare the applicant to manage their expectations with mock interviews over the course
    of several hours.
  • Prepare the applicant for tough probing questions which will give the applicant time to
    gather thoughts and memories before the interview.
  • Help the applicant maximize the average time of the interview. For example, the average
    time of an asylum interview is between 2 to 4 hours; the attorney will ensure all of the
    essential facts are covered during that time.
  • During the interview, the attorney will actively engage with the officer to provide him or
    her with the proper guidance in regards to your asylum claim.
  • Keep a record of all the questions and answers that were conducted during the interview
    in case the application gets sent to immigration court.
  • Remind the applicant of key events that will help their case while the applicant might
    forget.
  • Act as a bridge between the asylum officer and the applicant in transferring a lot of
    information in a short period of time.
  • Conclude the asylum interview by presenting the asylum officer with a closing statement
    that will emphasize and summarize your case and the current conditions in your country
    that will prevent you from returning.

The positives of having an attorney assist you throughout the asylum process are countless. We
want to make this process as easy and quick for you as possible. Effective legal representation
can go a long way. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.


İltica Davanız İçin Deneyimli Bir Avukat Tutmanın Önemi

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İltica Davanız İçin Deneyimli Bir Avukat Tutmanın Önemi

Kurul Onayli Gocmenlik Avukati ve İltica Avukati Ruby Powers

ABD’de iltica talebinde bulunmak bir çok zorluğu beraberinde getirir Finansal kısıtlamalar ve surecin anlaşılmamasından dolayı, bir çok kişi bir avukat tutup tutmayacağına karar veremiyor. Dosyayı avukatla gönderenlerin daha yüksek bir basari oranına sahip oldukları kanıtlanmıştır. Olumlu iltica davaları için, bu günlerde Houston Asylum Ofisi %17.5 onay oranına sahip. Bir başvuru sahibini tecrübeli bir destek almasını sağlamak için ikna etmeli.

Göçmenlik ve iltica hukuku ile uzun yıllara dayanan tecrübemizle iltica surecinin karmaşıklığını anlıyoruz. Yetkili bir göçmenlik avukatının tutulmasının nedenlerini tespit edebilmiştir. Göçmenlik avukatı, bir iltica vakasının gelişiminde hayati bir rol oynayacaktır.

İltica surecinizde gecikmelere neden olabilecek şeylerin bertaraf edilmesi adına, bir avukatın süreç boyunca size rehberlik etmesinin, başvurunuzun eksik veya yanlış olmasını önlemektir. Şirket bir avukatla birlikte, davanızı daha güçlü hale getirebilecek ve olumlu bir sonuç alma şansınızı artırabilecek önemli ve gerekli kanıtları toplamak için birlikte çalışır. Mutlaka bir avukatın katilimi çok önemlidir, çünkü başvurunuzun ret edilme riskini azaltıyor ve/veya göçmenlik mahkemesine transfer edilmesi durumunda gereklidir.

Powers Law Group’ta avukatlar, iltica gorusme surecinde

aşağıdaki desteği sağlayacaktır:

  • Mülakat için gerekli olacak ilaveleri hazırlayıp ve iltica başvurunuzu mükemmel bir şekilde destekleyecektir.
  • Sığınma talebinizi destekleyecek ayrıntılı ülke raporlarının hazırlanması.
  • Başvuranın, saatlerce prova yapmak suretiyle beklentilerini karşılamak.
  • Mülakattan önce başvuranın düşüncelerini ve hatıralarını toplama zamanını kazandıracak zorlu sorular sorarak hazırlamak.
  • Başvuru sahibinin görüşmenin ortalama suresini maksimize etmesine yardımcı olunması. Örneğin, bir iltica görüşmesinin ortalama suresi 2 ile 1 saat arasındadır; Avukat tüm bu önemli olayların bu süre içerisinde kapsanmasını sağlayacaktır.
  • Görüşmede, avukat, sığınma talebinizle ilgili olarak doğru bir rehberlik sağlamak için memurla aktif olarak temas halinde olacaktır.
  • Başvurunun göçmenlik mahkemesine gönderilmesi durumunda görüşme sırasında yapılan tüm soru ve cevapların kaydının sağlanması.
  • Başvuranın olayları unutma ihtimalinde, davasına yardımcı olacak olayları hatırlatmak.
  • Sığınma görevlisi ile başvuran arasında kısa surede çok fazla bilgi aktarım arasında köprü görevi görülmesi.
  • İltica görevlisine davanızı ve ülkenize geri dönüşü engelleyecek mevcut koşulları vurgulayacak ve özetleyecek bir kapanış beyanı sunarak iltica görüşmesine son verilmesi.
  • Sığınma sureci boyunca bir avukata sahip olmanızın sayısız olumlu yönleri vardır. Bu sureci sizin için mümkün olduğunca kolay ve hızlı bir şekilde yapmak istiyoruz.

 

Etkili bir yasal temsilci bu uzun yolda sizin için önemlidir. Her hangi bir sorunuz veya yorumunuz varsa bizimle iletişime geçmekten çekinmeyin.


The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Asylum Attorney for Your Case

Posted on by Ruby Powers in Immigration Law Leave a comment

By Board Certified Immigration Attorney and Houston Asylum Attorney Ruby L. Powers

Seeking asylum in the United States comes with many challenges. Many question whether to hire an attorney or not due to financial constraints and lack of understanding of the process. It has been proven that those who file with an attorney have a higher success rate. Currently, the Houston Asylum Office has a 17.5% approval rate for affirmative asylum cases which should further convince an applicant to have experienced assistance.

With our many years of experience with immigration and asylum law, we understand the complexity of the asylum process. Powers Law Group has been able to detect the reasons why having a competent immigration attorney will play a vital role in the development of an asylum case.

The importance of having an attorney guide you through the process is to prevent your application from being incomplete or incorrect, which can lead to delays in your asylum process. With an attorney, the firm works together to gather the important and necessary evidence that can make your case stronger and increase your chances of having a favorable result. The participation of an attorney at the interview is very important because it lowers the risk of your application from being denied and/or transferred to an immigration court for removal proceedings.

At Powers Law Group, the attorneys will provide the following support during your asylum interview process:

• Prepare any supplements in advance that will be needed for the interview as well as perfect the declaration in support of your asylum application.
• Prepare detailed country reports that will support your asylum claim.
• Prepare the applicant to manage their expectations with mock interviews over the course of several hours.
• Prepare the applicant for tough probing questions which will give the applicant time to gather thoughts and memories before the interview.
• Help the applicant maximize the average time of the interview. For example, the average time of an asylum interview is between 2 to 4 hours; the attorney will ensure all of the essential facts are covered during that time.
• During the interview, the attorney will actively engage with the officer to provide him or her with the proper guidance in regards to your asylum claim.
• Keep a record of all the questions and answers that were conducted during the interview in case the application gets sent to immigration court.
• Remind the applicant of key events that will help their case while the applicant might forget.
• Act as a bridge between the asylum officer and the applicant in transferring a lot of information in a short period of time.
• Conclude the asylum interview by presenting the asylum officer with a closing statement that will emphasize and summarize your case and the current conditions in your country that will prevent you from returning.

The positives to having an attorney assist you throughout the asylum process are countless. We want to make this process as easy and quick for you as possible. Effective legal representation can go a long way. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.


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