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L-1A Visas

Multinational companies utilize the L-1A intracompany visa to transfer executives or managers outside of the country to the United States to either establish a new branch of the company or work at an existing branch. The L-1A applicant must have worked for the beneficiary company for at least one year within the three years prior […]

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Advocates Say Detaining Children is Unconstitutional

In an effort to combat what they consider to be the unconstitutional detention of foreign-born children, a group of immigrant advocates recently sued the federal government. The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is not releasing children to vetted sponsors in a timely manner. The advocates also say the government’s […]

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Obtaining Asylum

As large numbers of men, women, and children wait in limbo at the southwestern U.S. border, new questions are being raised about how they can enter the country. For many of these migrants, asylum is the answer. Individuals fleeing their countries of origin out of fear of persecution or because of violence, war, or other […]

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Divorce and Immigration

Many individuals obtain residency in the United States as a byproduct of marriage with an American citizen. These non-citizens must complete a two-year probationary period to obtain permanent resident status. When “conditional residents” do not meet the requirements of this period, their status may expire. To meet these conditions, your marriage must remain intact for […]

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Philadelphia Immigration Advice: Immigration and Financial Aid

An estimated eight percent of undergraduate students in the United States are not native citizens. While they are looking to build a life in the U.S. through higher education, many encounter obstacles to funding their college tuition. Immigrant students can obtain financial aid, but the process can be confusing and overwhelming – leaving many foreign-born […]

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Increase in Asylum Requests

The tension at the southwestern United States border has many Americans asking questions about who is trying to enter the country and what makes them willing to risk it all to build a new life in the United States. As we look more closely at waves of immigrants seeking access to the U.S., some surprising […]

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How are Visas and Green Cards Different?

Philadelphia immigration lawyers frequently encounter clients who are unsure about the differences between visas and green cards. These are often mistakenly assumed to be the same documents, or at least interchangeable. However, there are some important differences between the two. Understanding more about what each means and the rights they bestow will help you better […]

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Fear of Deportation Keeps Children out of School

The topic of immigration is front and center in the media right now. With the current administration’s effort to enact tougher anti-immigration policies and the ongoing activity at the United States border, many immigrants fear deportation now more than ever. For young foreign-born children, these fears can be so pervasive they begin to impact their […]

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Birthright Citizenship

Not long ago, President Trump announced his desire to end birthright citizenship for “anchor babies” born on United States soil to foreign-born parents. This principle, established in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, is one that many consider to be fundamental to the American ideals of equality and freedom. With the future of […]

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Appeals Court Rules Against Trump on DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protects undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children. Those who met the application requirements were protected from deportation and given a two-year, renewable work visa. However, DACA does not provide legal status or offer a pathway to citizenship. In 2017, Department of Homeland Security ruled to […]

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