How to Bring a Successful U Visa Petition in California

If you or your loved one was the victim of a crime, the U visa offers a potential form of immigration relief. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) describes a U visa as a type of nonimmigrant status that is available to certain crime victims who suffered significant trauma and provided assistance to…

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Delayed Asylum Decision – Would a Mandamus Lawsuit Be a Good Idea?

Going through immigration stuff can be really tough, especially if you’re waiting for your asylum case to be decided. This blog is all about delayed asylum decisions and understanding how hard it can be.  We understand how tough it can be, so we’ll discuss what it’s like to wait for so long and offer some…

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203(g) Visa Canceled – What Does It Really Mean?

I’m Josh Goldstein, an immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. Today, I want to talk about a very important message that so many of my clients are getting about their 203(g) visas being canceled. Everybody is racing out to ask me questions about this. And chances are that you’ve been getting a very similar…

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DACA Alternatives: Immigration options after DACA ends

Trying to follow the news about DACA can give you whiplash. First, Donald Trump decided to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), leaving some 800,000 young people without access to employment authorization and protection from deportation. Now it appears that Democrats and Trump may have reached a DACA Deal, which would make DACA the…

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Understanding Immigration Law: Is it a Bad Sign to Receive a Request for Evidence?

A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a type of document issued by the USCIS that seeks additional information from a petitioner/applicant. RFEs are relatively common. As an example, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that a Request for Evidence is issued in nearly 25 percent of H-1B visa petitions. If you just…

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Are Muslim Visa Applicants Dealing With Unfair Administrative Processing Delays?

Administrative processing is not something that’s exclusively for Muslims or people from majority Muslim countries. However, it does feel that way because so many of my clients are from Muslim countries or are Muslim. I think part of the explanation for why so many people are stuck in administrative processing is that administrative processing is…

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Is Administrative Clearance The Same As Administrative Processing

Today, we’re talking about visa delays, 221G, and administrative processing. The question comes from one of the members of our Facebook group. It’s free to join and I’d encourage you to join if you’re interested in these sorts of things. The question says, “I am a petitioner green card holder. I filed for my spouse…

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How to Navigate Successfully From F-1 to OPT to Green Card

Life after an F-1 visa often sparks curiosity about what comes next. If you’re an international student gearing up for OPT, already in the zone, or witnessing its conclusion, you’re likely pondering, “What’s next?”  Many wonder how to transition from an F-1 student visa (or OPT) to something more lasting, like a work visa or…

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Administrative Process: 2 Reasons Your Visa May Be Delayed

Are you wondering about the reasons behind your delayed visa and the complex administrative process? Allow Joshua Goldstein, an immigration attorney with a proven track record of assisting families shed light on this complex process. Discover why you received the 221(g) worksheet and why your visa is taking longer. If you’re experiencing this, keep reading…

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What Is Administrative Processing?

Have you ever wondered what is administrative processing and what exactly the term “221(g)” visa refusal means on your visa application? Joshua Goldstein is an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience in immigration law.  You can gain many insights from Josh’s experience to help guide you through visa application complications. Joshua has a…

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