We are very pleased to have received our first Parole in Place victory for the spouse of a United States citizen, active-duty soldier. She is about to be deployed to Afghanistan for a year, so securing the ability for her spouse to stay in the US and apply for his green card without leaving is extremely important to her. This is particularly true because he is to care for her child while she is away, and now neither of them have to worry about his having to leave the country while she is gone, and by the time she returns *SAFELY!* from her tour of duty, he will be a green card holder.
We've gotten a lot of inquiries about the EB-5 Investor Visa, so I thought I would put some information up to give those of you thinking about this visa type some background on the requirements for such a visa.
There are a number of issues that the potential EB-5 investor needs to think about. The first is: do you have enough money to invest to qualify for this visa? The general requirement is an investment of at least $1,000,000. For certain investments, in high unemployment or rural areas, this requirement may be reduced to $500,000.
For the next few months, we will be having a free bi-lingual presentation open to the public with ample time for questions and answers at various locations around the city. The first of these will be the 28th of January at Donnelly college. Please see our Facebook event page for details:
Free informational meeting with licensed attorney, Jonathan Willmoth. Please join us Saturday January 28, 2012 at Donnelly College (608 N. 18th Street KC, KS). Bring your questions and concerns! These forums will help raise awareness in the Latino Metropolitan area through community education and outreach.
While the Obama administration has deported almost as many people in three years than Bush did in eight years, the administration has recently issued memoranda and policy directives prioritizing who they will and will not seek to remove from the country. Intending to focus on those who have serious criminal histories, have multiple immigration violations, or lack substantial connections to the US, the officials at ICE will close or otherwise not proceed with deportation (removal) cases against those who are low priority cases.
Since the announcement, the prosecutors of immigration cases (Office of Chief Counsel) have been willing, and at times requesting, to administratively close cases they consider low priority. It is possible to ask them to review a case for administrative closure or termination, and can be documented to advocate for such treatment.
Last week, I had two trials on the same day, a fairly rare occurrence for me. In the first case, we were successful in arguing that a lady who had been here without authorization for xx years deserved to stay in the country. She was the primary caretaker for her 83-year-old mother who suffered from depression, high blood pressure, and dementia. The key difficulty was that she had 9 other children, both in the United States and in her home country, with whom she could have stayed, should our client have been deported.