Citizenship

Trump to Suspend Entry of Immigrants Who "Will Financially Burden the U.S. Healthcare System"

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President Trump has issued a proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who "will financially burden the U.S. healthcare system."

What does the proclamation say? The proclamation states that with some exceptions, immigrants applying for a "green card" from outside the U.S. must prove at the time of their consular interview that they will be covered by approved (unsubsidized) health insurance within 30 days of entry into the United States, or that they possess the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.

When will the proclamation become effective? The new policy will go into effect on November 3, 2019.

Who does the proclamation affect? Anyone who is issued an immigrant visa on or after November 3, 2019, the effective date, will be subject to the new policy. The new policy does NOT affect those issued a temporary visa, including H-1B visa holders, L-1 intracompany transferees, and international students and scholars. It also does not affect refugees.

For more information and assistance with your immigrant visa, please contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040.

Cheaper Than a Headhunter: Hire an Immigration Lawyer

According to this recent Time Magazine article, more and more tech companies are choosing to grow their businesses in Canada rather than in the U.S.: https://bit.ly/2k5AzRO

Why is that?

U.S. businesses are having a hard time remaining competitive and hiring the best talent. Employment-based immigration to the U.S. is complex and restrictive, and requires a deep understanding of U.S. law and policy. Employers often feel forced to undertake costly and time-consuming searches for potential employees who are already U.S. citizens or permanent residents because they do not feel competent to navigate our immigration system.

A good immigration lawyer is necessary to recruit the very best employees, wherever in the world they may happen to be.

Hurtubise Weber Law can help. We offer a complimentary call for employers looking to explore their options. Contact us today at 415-496-9040 or theteam@huwelaw.com to learn more.



Military Parole-in-Place as a Path to a Green Card: What You Need to Know

Do you meet the following criteria? (1) You are an immigrant who entered the U.S. without a visa, (2) you are the spouse, parent, or child under 21 of a U.S. citizen, and (3) you have a close relative who is a member or former member of the U.S. Military? If so, you may be eligible for a green card via a special immigration benefit called “Parole-in-Place.”

In general, a “lawful admission” to the U.S. is required for the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen to be eligible for a green card. Parole-in-Place is a program that was created in year 2013 to help certain immigrants who do not have a “lawful admission” to obtain one without leaving the country.

What are the eligibility requirements for Parole-in-Place?

• You are physically present in the United States, but were not lawfully admitted

• You are the spouse, parent, or son or daughter (of any age) of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (including individuals who served in the military but are now deceased)

• You have no prior criminal convictions or other serious adverse factors 

Even if you are eligible for Parole-in-Place, you must have a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child over the age of 21 who can serve as your sponsor for a green card. 

If you believe you may be eligible for this amazing benefit, please contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com, or 415-496-9040 to learn more.

From TPS to a Green Card: One Man’s Journey

From TPS to a Green Card: One Man’s Journey

As an immigration lawyer in today’s changing world, I am frequently approached by prospective clients whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been scheduled to terminate. They are often scared and bewildered, wondering what, if any, option they have?

Why Legal Immigration to the U.S. Has Decreased, and How it Affects You

Legal immigration to the U.S. was significantly down in 2018:

In 2018, approvals of all types of visas and green cards were down. For example, approvals of green cards for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (such as spouses) were down 7%, and fiance visa approvals were down a whopping 29%.

Apply for citizenship online and pay your fee by credit card

Did you know that a naturalization (citizenship) application can now be submitted online?

USCIS has made it possible for a citizenship application, including all supporting documents, to be submitted online. We like this relatively new option because it makes it possible for your citizenship application to be processed a bit more quickly, and monitored through the USCIS website.

Make it your 2019 resolution to become a U.S. citizen!

If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), now is the time to take that next step to become a U.S. citizen.

Our government is targeting immigrants in the U.S., even lawful permanent residents. It has become challenging for permanent residents to reenter the U.S. after foreign travel - many of our clients tell us that they have been interrogated for hours at the airport in “secondary inspection” and their phones taken and searched. Others are concerned about being (wrongfully) placed into deportation proceedings due to a minor criminal conviction in their past.