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Can I become a US citizen if I have a criminal record?

One of the most important requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen (and one of the biggest complications that can arise at naturalization interviews) is the issue of “Good Moral Character.”

In order to become a naturalized citizen, one must exhibit good moral character for the...

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Immigration is the Business of Love

Whether or not you subscribe to the belief that Valentine’s Day is a holiday “invented by Hallmark,” it can be a great opportunity to reflect on all of the loved ones you have in your life. This doesn’t have to mean flowers, cards, and chocolates; it can simply mean making...

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The International History of Coffee & Immigration

Passage Immigration Law is based in Portland, Oregon, so it should come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of coffee. In fact, there’s an ongoing debate in our office about who brews the better cup –– Barista or Nossa Familia. But it’s not just the caffeine that...

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What counts as qualifying foreign employment for L-1 visa?

L-1 visa allows U.S. employers to transfer an employee from a foreign office either as a manager or executive, or as an employee with specialized knowledge.  One of the basic requirement of such transfer is that the employee must have been working for the foreign office for at least one...

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The Future of DACA is Unclear

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an initiative launched by the Obama administration in 2012 that provides some undocumented persons living in the United States with work authorization and protection from deportation. Approximately 800,000 folks have received DACA...

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Premium Processing is Back for H-1B Cap Petitions

Finally we have some good news to share on H-1B visas.  The USCIS just announced that it will resume premium processing service for all FY2019 H-1B cap petitions, both regular and U.S. Master’s cap.  This means that H-1B employers subject to the annual cap who filed their...

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Worksite Enforcement Investigations Are on the Rise

Last month, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed through their news release what many already suspected:  there was a dramatic increase in worksite inspections, raids, and related arrests made by ICE in 2018.

According to ICE’s own data, they opened 6,848 worksite...

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Become a US Citizen While Waiting for Your Ten-Year Green Card

If you are a permanent resident and getting ready to apply for a ten-year green card, it’s a good idea to consider becoming a US citizen. Here’s a quick overview why.

It used to take about six months for USCIS to process Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent...

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Big Changes in the H-1B Front

Employers and foreign workers who have filed at least one H-1B visa petition in the past few years are all too familiar with the hectic “H-1B cap filing season” which comes on the first week of April every year.  H-1B visa is a popular choice for U.S. companies seeking to hire...

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What Happened the iCERT Portal?

January of 2019 started with great hope but also with some unwelcomed confusion in the immigration world: Employers are left wondering how they should prepare the petitions for their H-1B employees for this fiscal year, individuals had to find out whether the government shutdown will affect their...

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The Government Shutdown and Future of EB-5

For the past few weeks, the news of the government shutdown has been the major focus of the media often creating anxieties for people who rely on the proper functioning of the federal government agencies for their applications.  On a positive side, at least for immigration-related matters,...

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Permanent Residents: Know Your Rights at a Port of Entry

Many of us travel to meet with friends and family during the holiday season. Although this should be a happy occasion, travel can be stressful –– especially for immigrants.

As a permanent resident, you’re certain to encounter Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers upon...

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