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Mother granted visa to be with dying toddler

While many parents in Washington, D.C. are happily planning for their children's future, there are others whose child's terminal illness will force them to say goodbye. For these parents, there is likely nothing more important than to be by their child's side as they continue the fight. Unfortunately, reports indicate that one woman was prohibited from being at the side of her toddler as she was banned from the country by the current administration's travel ban; she was only recently given a waiver that allowed her a visa to travel to the country.

Understanding the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

blog3.jpgAs immigration remains a hot-button issue in the US, certain programs are coming under greater scrutiny by the current Administration. One such program is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, often referred to as the Visa Lottery Program, which has become one of the main avenues through which immigrants from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia obtain their Green Cards. But what exactly is this program and why is it such a hot-button issue?

DC Resources for Undocumented Individuals

blog4.jpgFor undocumented individuals who are not currently in the immigration system (i.e. no past deportations, current court cases, no past criminal record) and who do not have access to relief, this is a non-exhaustive list of available, non-legal resources. It includes such things as sexual assault and domestic violence assistance, food and emergency shelter resources, etc.

Green Cards and Birth Abroad

blog5.jpgFor various reasons, Green Card holders may choose to travel abroad to give birth. They may wish to be closer to family or they may prefer the healthcare in their home country. No matter the reason, following the birth of a child abroad, Green Card holders must take certain steps to ensure that their child can enter the US legally and obtain their own Green Card.

Updates on Consular Processing

blog10.jpgFollowing the announcement of President Trump's second travel ban, the Department of State under the direction of Secretary Rex Tillerson issued a memorandum to all consular posts around the world on March 15, 2017. The memorandum was modified two days later, and again after a federal court in Hawaii placed a nationwide stay on implementation of the travel ban. While provisions in the memorandum specifically related to applicants from the six majority-Muslim countries identified in the ban were removed, other "heightened scrutiny" directives regarding global applicants remain in effect.

LGBTQ Immigration: Strategies for Unique Challenges for Same-Sex Couples

blog14.pngWith the passage of same-sex marriage in the United States, same-sex couples can now be married in all 50 states and USCIS recognizes the validity of those marriages. However, while same-sex relationships may be legally recognized, there still exists cultural bias and homophobia presenting unique challenges to same-sex couples. Specifically, same-sex couples may not hold themselves out to the public in the same way as their opposite-sex couple counterparts.

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