Tag(s): immigration law

How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with an Immigration Lawyer

By Joshua Goldstein / November 20, 2022

Are you considering hiring an immigration lawyer to help you resolve a legal matter? If so, it is crucial that you are able to find the right legal professional for your specific case. One of the best things you can do is set up a confidential consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. During your initial…

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Immigrants in California: The Facts

By Joshua Goldstein / March 22, 2021

Immigrants make essential contributions to our community. Los Angeles County is home to 3.45 million immigrants, the most of any county nationwide. LA County has more immigrants than the second and third ranked counties (Miami-Dade County, FL and Harris County, TX) combined. Of course, it is not just Los Angeles County. Immigrants are valued members…

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How to Apply for a Humanitarian Visa

By Joshua Goldstein / July 7, 2020

If you or a loved one is facing an emergency situation, you may be eligible to obtain a humanitarian visa. Also known as humanitarian parole, this type of immigration relief is available in a narrow set of circumstances. Though, under United States immigration law, there are multiple humanitarian options and protections that you might be…

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

By Joshua Goldstein / June 9, 2020

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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How To Go From F-1 Visa Or OPT To Work Visa Or Green Card

By Joshua Goldstein / February 27, 2020

How To Go From F-1 Visa Or OPT To Work Visa Or Green Card Let’s say you’re on an F-1 visa. You’re an international student, and you’re getting ready to start your OPT. Or perhaps you’re already on OPT, or your OPT may be about to end. Now you’re wondering what’s next in your immigration…

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How to Prepare to Apply for an O-1 Visa

By Joshua Goldstein / February 25, 2020

An O-1 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that is reserved specifically for people with “extraordinary” abilities. As explained by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may be eligible for an O-1 visa if you can demonstrate a record of superior talent and/or ability in the field such as the arts, education,…

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2 Reasons Your Visa May Be In Administrative Processing

By Joshua Goldstein / January 22, 2020

You may be wondering… Why was my visa put into administrative processing? Why was my visa delayed? Why was I given the 221(g) worksheet? My name’s Joshua Goldstein and I am an immigration lawyer. I help families across the country and around the world get their visas out of administrative processing. So why is your…

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Withholding of Removal: Explained

By Joshua Goldstein / October 25, 2019

An immigrant who faces a credible fear of persecution in their country of origin may be eligible to obtain asylum protection in the United States. Although asylum is the most well known immigration options for people who face imminent danger in their native country, it is not the only option that is currently available under…

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What to Do If You Received a Notice to Appear (NTA) Without a Date, Time, or Location

By Joshua Goldstein / July 26, 2019

A Notice to Appear (NTA) is an official document that states that the United States government is initiating removal proceedings against an immigrant. If you received one, you will be instructed to appear in immigration court. However, shockingly, ICE has not always told people the date and time of their court date within their NTA.…

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Catch & Release: What Does it Mean?

By Joshua Goldstein / March 23, 2017

‘Catch and release’ is the colloquial (slang) name of a long-time U.S. immigration enforcement protocol. Essentially, the policy simply allows those who have been accused of immigration violations to be released in the interim period while they are waiting to go before an immigration judge. Politically, catch and release has become an extremely controversial issue.…

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