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Your biggest immigration mistake: Marriage fraud

With my experience as a Boston immigration lawyer, I know that many people in Boston and throughout Massachusetts mistakenly believe that marriage to someone with U.S. citizenship is a relatively easy and fast way of obtaining permanent residency or green card status and other immigration benefits. Stop by City Hall in Boston, pick up your marriage certificate and you are automatically entitled to a green card. And it is believed that once you get married, a work permit will arrive soon after you put your immigration petition in the mail. Despite this persistent fantasy, a green card through marriage often proves to be difficult path. For starters, it can be extraordinarily hard to convince U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Boston District Office that your marriage is truly based on a real and bona fide relationship. The immigration authorities will be expecting you to produce extensive documentary evidence that you and your spouse have a shared life that involves love and companionship and that your relationship is not just a sham to obtain permanent residency. At a bare minimum, you can be sure that USCIS will scrutinize all Massachusetts public records to confirm that you and your spouse truly live together in marital union. READ MORE

Boston Immigration Court – Outlook for 2009

As a deportation attorney in Boston, I frequently appear in Immigration Court Currently, I serve as a liaison to the Boston's Immigration Court, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), on behalf of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Looking into my crystal ball, here are some positive changes that I personally predict are coming to Boston's Immigration Court in 2009: Boston gets a new Immigration Judge: It is anticipated that in 2009 Boston will have a new immigration judge. I will post more news on our new IJ as soon as her appointment is made official. Boston will get a new Immigration Court rooms: The space on the 3rd floor of the JFK Federal building, formerly occupied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is being renovated as an additional Immigration Court room. An extra court room and a seventh Immigration Judge should help ease the Immigration Court's crushing docket of immigration cases. READ MORE

Rhode Island Immigration Lawyer — USCIS Rhode Island will move from Providence to Johnston in 2009

Immigration and citizenship lawyers will likely see another change for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)--this time in Rhode Island. The USCIS Providence Office is scheduled to move to a new facility in Johnston, Rhode Island in 2009. I plan to post the address of this new Rhode Island immigration office on this immigration blog as soon as it becomes available. READ MORE

Tips on how to post an immigration bond in Boston, Massachusetts

Congratulations! An Immigration Judge in Boston just ordered the release of your friend or loved one with an immigration bond. He or she will be released from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement soon after you post your immigration bond. As an attorney specializing in deportation defense, I routinely represent detained immigrants in Immigration Court in Boston. I can offer you the following suggestions to help make the process of posting an immigration bond a more hassle-free experience. READ MORE

Immigration and Citizenship Documentary on the History Channel

Citizenship, naturalization and the immigration experience will be the subject of a new History Channel featured-film documentary. The immigration film will be called The Naturalized. It is currently being filmed in Boston, Massachusetts and nationally across the United States. The immigration documentary tells the story of several immigrants as they follow their diverse paths to U.S. citizenship. The film highlights aspects of the US immigration system including asylum, marriage, children, deportation, Immigration Court, military service, and denaturalization. READ MORE

Green Card Mandamus Victory in Boston

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been ordered by a federal judge in Boston, Massachusetts to adjudicate the I-485, application for permanent residence of Mohamoud Abdi, a Somalian with asylum status. Mr. Abdi's I-485 green card application was pending with USCIS for more than four years because of a delayed security clearance from the FBI. To resolve this frustrating delay, Boston immigration attorney Joshua L. Goldstein filed a writ of mandamus law suit against USCIS, the Director of the FBI, the Attorney General of the United States, and various officials of USCIS asking the court to force the government to process the necessary background checks and adjudicate Mr. Abdi's application for permanent residency. READ MORE

USCIS shifts from Boston to Lawrence in 2009

As a citizenship and deportation attorney based in Boston, I'm sad to report that 2009 could mark the beginning of the end of the JFK Federal Building as the "immigration building." According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the INS) Boston District Director Denis Riordan, USCIS tentatively plans to move the Boston Office from the JFK Building due to space constraints. Director Riordan told the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that new potential sites for the USCIS Boston Office include Quincy, Brockton, and South Boston. However, Director Riordan suggested that the move may not happen if USCIS can arrange more space at the JFK Federal Building. READ MORE