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Do Immigrants Create More Companies Than Native-Born Citizens?

Immigration is a polarizing topic in this country. Some people believe that immigrants take jobs from native-born citizens, and that they have a negative impact on job prospects for locals. Evidence suggests that this is simply not true. According to a recent study that took a comprehensive look at the impact that immigrants have on…

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What Should I Do if I Think I Am Going to be Deported?

Even the mere threat of deportation can be terrifying. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can come knocking at any moment and if you do not have proper paperwork or documentation showing you are legally allowed to be in the country, you could face deportation. Read further for the answers to common questions about deportation to…

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What is an L Visa?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government body that issues visas, which are then used to allow a citizen of another country entry into the United States temporarily. There are many different kinds of visas, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The “L visa,” or L-1 visa, is used specifically by…

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Immigrants to Get Extension on Expired or Expiring Work Visas Due to Backlog

In early May, President Joe Biden’s administration announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) increasing the automatic extension period to immigrants with expiring work visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals working in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said the agency…

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Elizabeth C. Surin and Thomas M. Griffin Named on 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

Surin & Griffin, P.C. is proud to announce that Elizabeth C. Surin and Thomas M. Griffin have been selected to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for their work in immigration law. Elizabeth C. Surin is a top-rated immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. At the firm, she focuses her practice on immigration,…

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What Is a Fiancé Visa?

The K-1 fiancé visa is a nonimmigrant visa allowing a foreign fiancé of a United States citizen to enter the country for the purpose of marriage, particularly if the citizen cannot travel to marry abroad. Marriage offers a more direct path of immigration and eventual citizenship; however, the fiancé visa process is a much quicker…

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What is Optional Practical Training?

More than one million international students throughout the world travel to the United States each year to earn college degrees. Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs allow these students to obtain valuable hands-on experience and use their education in America immediately. Without an OPT, most international students must leave the United States upon completion of their…

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Do Children Have to Go Through the Naturalization Process?

In the United States, citizenship is a constitutional right under the 14th Amendment, which states that anyone born in the United States or naturalized is a lawful American citizen, regardless of nationality or immigrant status. Under the amendment, all American citizens, regardless of birthright, nationality, or race, are afforded equal rights and protections. The right…

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What Is the Naturalization Process?

Becoming a United States citizen allows immigrants endless opportunities for an improved life, better work, and bestows on them freedoms and protections. Naturalization is the legal process of becoming an American citizen. The process is lengthy and requires much of the applicant, including extensive documentation, background investigations, biometrics screenings, English and civics testing, and an…

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How Can I Apply for TPS Status?

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has put the entire world on edge. For Ukrainians in the United States, their anxiety is greater because there are those whose temporary visas will expire soon, and they have no place to go because their home country is under siege. However, for more than 20 years, the United…

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