Ruby Powers

The child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish. With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law.

Mexican immigration to U.S. at a standstill, report says

By msnbc.com staff and news services WASHINGTON — Faced with a persistently weak economy, the number of immigrants flowing into the United States from Mexico has declined for the first time in decades, according to a study released on Monday.   In all, the Mexican-born population in the U.S. last year — legal and illegal …

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Wow, fees decreased??! Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will decrease the immigrant visa application processing fees for all immigrant visa categories.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3906.html Important Notice – New Application Fees: Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will decrease the immigrant visa application processing fees for all immigrant visa categories. Fees paid on or after April 13, 2012 will reflect the new fee amounts. The National Visa Center will resend the Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee bill to those individuals …

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Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term

Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — In his most specific pledge yet toU.S. Hispanics, President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek to tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term. But he cautioned that he would need an amenable Congress to succeed. “This is something I care deeply about,” he told Univision. “It’s …

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Foreign-Filed I-601 Waivers: New Procedure starting late Spring/Early 2012

In a teleconference on March 9, 2012, USCIS announced plans to transition all usually foreign filed I-601 applications for unlawful presence, criminal, misrepresentation, and other kinds of inadmissibility waivers to one central Lockbox filing location in the U.S. The practice now is to submit the waiver filing with the USCIS office connected to the foreign consulate. The …

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Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver

Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver  Law Office of Ruby L. Powers – Immigration Law Firm focused on Waivers It is not yet available (as of April 2012), but everything points to it being available later in the year. You must already have an approved I-130 or I-360. It can’t …

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Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers – March 30, 2012 – I-601A waiver

Reminder: This proposed process is not in effect. To learn more, read this alert. What USCIS Proposes On March 30, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register requesting public comment on its plan to create an alternative process for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for …

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USCIS Office of Public Engagement: USCIS News Release –USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility

USCIS Office of Public Engagement: USCIS News Release –USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 03/30/2012 11:54 AM EDT Dear Stakeholders,    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  in the Federal Register outlining its proposal to create an alternative …

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3,100 undocumented immigrants held in largest-ever sweep

Article Federal agents arrested more than 3,100 unauthorized immigrants last week in the country’s biggest-ever operation targeting criminal and fugitive immigrants for deportation, immigration officials said Monday.   Gillian Christensen, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, told msnbc.com that the agency has focused on deporting known criminals since President Barack Obama took office. Now, 50 percent of …

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