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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: What Are Sanctuary Cities?

Anyone following recent news and developments surrounding immigration may have heard the term “sanctuary city” being used, though there seems to be some disagreement as to what the term actually means. Due to the sensitive nature of undocumented immigrants in the United States, elected officials in several major cities have made promises to immigrant communities […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Discuss the Reasons for Denial of Labor Certification

A labor certification is an important part of applying for a green card through employment. A labor certification (or “labor cert” for short) is a market test for any employer wishing to sponsor a foreign national. Essentially, if an employer is sponsoring a foreign national in order to fill a full-time job position at their […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: How Can an Immigration Lawyer Help?

An immigration lawyer is a very helpful and valuable person to speak to for many reasons. As third-party who is completely unconnected to the U.S. immigration authorities, they can help clients deal with many different immigration-based issues. Due to the extraordinary complexity of U.S. immigration law, a good immigration lawyer can be necessary in many […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: What is a Lawful Permanent Resident?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) gives lawful permanent resident (LPR) status to foreign nationals meeting specific eligibility criteria. LPR’s have the legal right to live and work in the United States. They also have the right to petition for LPR status for their spouse and unmarried and adult children. LPR status permits travel […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Green Cards for Victims of Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence who are not United States or permanent citizens may file an application for a “domestic violence green card.” While “green cards,” also known as permanent resident status documents, are usually obtained through an employer or family member’s sponsorship, the U.S. government offers this special provision for victims of domestic violence seeking […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Is There an Immigration Test and What Does It Include?

As a nation of immigrants one would expect that most citizens of the U.S. would understand the immigration process. Oddly, this is not the case. Many citizens born in the United States do not even know that an immigration test exists; those immigrating to America often do, but are unsure what is included and how […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: What You Need to Know When Hiring Foreign Workers

Business owners recruiting foreign workers have an important role in enforcing US immigration laws. The government considers employers of foreign hires as part of the immigration vetting process, making sure all workers are employed legally. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Employer’s Handbook details business owners’ obligation to confirm every worker’s work authorization with […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Trump Signs Travel Ban, Causing International Uproar

On Friday, President Trump signed his travel ban that bars refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the country for three months. Affected countries in the ban include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. When the order was signed, some travelers were en route to the US and could not […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

President Donald Trump, after vowing to enact tougher immigration laws during his campaign, appears to be following through on his promises. On Wednesday, the president signed two executive orders pertaining to U.S. immigration and border control. For 11 million undocumented immigrants across the country and their families, Trump’s campaign rhetoric has sparked feelings of fear […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Determining Refugee Status

Determining whether or not you can be recognized as a refugee by the United States can be confusing. It can complicate what is already a stressful situation. One thing that is important to remember is that anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, […]

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