Author: Joseph Muller

How to Get a Green Card through Marriage with DACA or Deferred Action

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, does not automatically lead to permanent residency at this time. However, that doesn’t mean that those with DACA don’t have any options to become permanent residents and get green cards. This article reviews some of those options. It’s always best to speak to an immigration lawyer before…

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USCIS Launches SAVE Initiative Aimed at Sponsors of Immigrants

On September 10, USCIS announced that it was implementing a new initiative called SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements). This initiative is aimed at sponsors of immigrants, which usually includes family filing petitions as well as other individuals who complete affidavits of support at some point during the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident.…

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waivers are key to many immigration cases

I-212 Conditional Waivers of Deportations, Advance Permission to Apply for Admission

I-212 conditional waivers are a special type of waiver used in limited circumstances, rather than to forgive all deportations generally. The waiver essentially allows someone with an order of removal to get a pre-approval to return to the US despite a legal bar to reentry. It is somewhat uncommon and there are some significant exceptions…

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US Citizenship Office in Austin – Is There a USCIS Office in Austin, Texas?

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operates many offices across the United States and even internationally. You can check for the nearest USCIS Office at As of today, USCIS does not have an immigration office in Austin, Texas, despite many immigrants living in the area. There are many USCIS offices in Texas. Most people…

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Executive Office for Immigration Review

What is a Master Calendar Hearing in Immigration Court?

Cases in immigration court usually are scheduled for two different types of hearings. There are short hearings, usually called “master calendar” hearings, and longer hearings known as “individual hearings” or “merits hearings.” The master calendar hearing can have several purposes. Usually at the first hearing, an immigration judge advises the person appearing (the “respondent”) of…

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DOS Provides Information on National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations for H-1Bs, H-2Bs, L-1s, and J-1s

There are a large number of presidential proclamations and executive orders currently suspending visas and travel for many individuals. Two of these proclamations, 10014 & 10052, contained some exceptions which were not fully implemented at the time of the proclamation. Now, the US Department of State has issued a notice detailing the way these national…

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