Immigration News

USCIS Issues New RFE Policy

By attorney: Michele Strickland U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  posted a policy memorandum, on Friday July 13, 2018 announcing its new policy to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when the required initial evidence was not submitted or the

USCIS Can Now Issue NTAs for Denial of an Application: What it means for you

By attorney: Nadia Khalid On July 05, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) revealed new policy guidelines regarding Notice to Appear issuances. A Notice to Appear (“NTA”), as defined by USCIS, “is a document given to an alien that instructs them to appear before an immigration judge on a certain date…the issuance of an

What is Happening – A Humanitarian Crisis and Call to Action

What is Happening – A Humanitarian Crisis (Family Separation/Zero Tolerance) I know we have been inundated as immigration attorneys with more changes in the last year and a half than most of the Obama Administration but I want to give you an update from what I have seen on the ground regarding family separation. I

İltica Başvurusu: Davanızın Güvenilirliğini Etkileyen Faktörler

Avukat: Nadia Khalid Son birkaç ay içinde, iltica süreci, bir sığınmacının davasının güvenilirliğini ve / veya başarısını etkileyen faktörleri değiştiren sert değişiklikler ve yeni politika direktifleri yaşamıştır.  İltica görüşmeleri sırasında farkettiğimiz faktörlerden biri, alternatif vize statüsünden iltica talebinde bulunulmasına geçişin etkisidir. Örneğin, sona ermiş bir E-2 (yatırımcı vizesi) ‘den iltica başvurusu yapmaya geçiş. Genel olarak,

Seeking Asylum: Factors Affecting the Credibility of Your Case

By attorney: Nadia Khalid   In the past few months, the asylum-seeking process has experienced harsh changes and new policy directives which have changed the factors affecting the credibility and/or provability of an asylum seeker’s case.  One of the factors we have noticed while attending asylum interviews is the effect of switching from an alternate

E-2 Statüm Tehlikede Mi: Neler Esaslı Değişiklik Teşkil Ediyor?

Tarafindan Avukat Mustafa Çetin E-2 göçmen olmayan bir vize kategorisidir ve bu statüde bulunan yabancı yatırımcılar göçmen değildirler. Bu yatırımlar uzun süreler devam edebilmekte ve bu statüye sahip olanlar mevcut durumu kanıksama eğilimi göstermektedirler. Ancak göçmenlik kanunları E-2 statüsündeki göçmen olmayan yabancıyı şöyle tanımlamaktadır: Sadece geçimini kazanma amacıyla nispeten küçük miktardaki bir sermayeyi önemsiz bir

Is my E-2 Status in Jeopardy: What Constitutes Substantial Change?

By: Mustafa Cetin E-2 is a nonimmigrant visa category and alien investors holding this status are nonimmigrants. These investments can last a long time and holders of this status should be reminded of a few key points. Immigration laws define an E-2 holder nonimmigrant alien as one who: Has invested or is actively in the

Houston businesses to lose if family separation continues

By: Attorney Ruby Powers After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be implementing a new “Zero Tolerance Policy,” stories began surfacing about family separation. Under the new policy, all immigrants found to have crossed the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted, a practice that rarely occurred before the policy was announced. In the

Immigration Resources for Family Separation

The following link lists possible ways of helping the immigrant community with family separation. Click below for: Immigration Resources for Family Separation  

Attorney Ruby L. Powers graduates in Class 36 of Leadership Houston

June 9, 2018:  Powers Law Group, P.C. congratulates our founding Houston immigration attorney, Ruby L. Powers, for completing the prestigious Leadership Houston program. Over the course of 10 months and among 56 classmates, individuals with diverse backgrounds representing a variety of professions learned more about how the city functions to find a way they could