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More on Deferred Action Approvals

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

USCIS continues issuing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals approvals.  The turn-around time is about 2 months on average.  When we applied for Deferred Action we also applied for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).  Being granted Deferred Action means that the EAD will be issued soon.  Once the EAD is issued, the recipients can take their documents to the local Social Security office and apply for a number.   Social Security numbers take about 7 to 10 days to be issued.  The closest office is at 2001 Siesta Dr., Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34239.  The phone number is 1-800-772-1213.  They are open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 3pm.

Good luck to all those who applied for Deferred Action.


Supporting Latin Empowerment with UnidosNow

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Last Friday, a representative from Jaensch Immigration Law Firm attended UnidosNow’s inaugural “Gala de las Americas” in Bradenton’s Municipal Auditorium.  The Gala featured leaders from Southwest Florida and UnidosNow who spoke about the strength and potential of the Latin community.  The keynote speaker was Marco Davis, Acting Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  He spoke at length about the many endeavors the White House is undertaking to improve the educational opportunities of Hispanics.  Marco Davis’ presence and the event itself were testaments to the leadership of UnidosNow.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm was pleased to support the event by sponsoring a student for UnidosNow’s Florida Leadership Academy.

UnidosNow Gala Marco Davis

White House representative Marco Davis was the keynote speaker.

 

 

UnidosNow Gala Mariachi Band

The Gala featured some great entertainment including this Mariachi Band

 


Deferred Action Statistics up to October 10, 2012

Posted: October 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

We would like the share the latest statistics on Deferred Action:

Deferred Action applications accepted for processing: 179,794
Number of biometric services appointments scheduled: 158,408
Number of Deferred Action requests under review: 6,416
Number of requests approved: 4,591

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins


Experienced Trial Lawyer Defends International Residents in Removal Proceednigs

Posted: October 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Lou Robbio was born to an Italian father and a Polish mother in Providence, RI.  After graduating from high school he spent some time in the Navy before going to Suffolk Law School in Boston.  At first he planned on applying to the FBI but, in his first year of law school, decided to become a defense attorney.  He worked for many years in Providence’s Federal court as a criminal defense attorney, and he argued some very high-profile cases.

His transition to Florida began rather dramatically when he had a heart attack several years ago on the courtroom floor in Providence.  To him,  it was a sign to retire.  He moved to Florida where he remained active in criminal defense cases as a consultant.

Immigration Law:  Removal Proceedings

Recently, Mr. Robbio has become more involved in immigration cases.  He’s passionate about helping the under-served, especially those who arrived in the United States without inspection while they were still children.  When people in this situation are served with a Notice to Appear for removal proceedings, Mr. Robbio will take on their case.  The case resembles a normal court case; part of the reason Mr. Robbio enjoys the work.  It starts with a Masters Calendar where Mr. Robbio enters the accused’s plea and relief claim and continues with a series of hearings, much like in a trial.  Mr. Robbio’s criminal defense experience lends itself to removal proceedings cases.

Every defendant in a removal proceedings case is entitled to an interpreter and Mr. Robbio often has an interpreter with him when meeting with clients in order to ensure full comprehension on both sides.  He serves clients from Miami to Orlando and can be reached via telephone: (941) 429-2194.

Mr. Robbio believes that every person in this country, regardless of how they arrived here, is entitled to the rights we have enshrined in our Constitution.  He is  devoted to defending those rights.  He would be a good person to have on your side.


Deferred Action Applicants Only Need to Enter Official Social Security Numbers

Posted: September 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

The I-765 and Social Security Numbers

More good news.  Deferred Action applicants who are filling out question 9 on the I-765, Work Authorization Application, DO NOT need to list and Social Security numbers that were not officially issued to them.

We understand that many of those who entered the US without inspection attempt to use a false Social Security number in order to work.  We have received many questions regarding this issue and how to answer question 9 in the I-765.  Previously, it was difficult to say since we wanted applicants to be as forthright as possible.  But every Deferred Action applicant is declaring themselves as having entered the country without inspection.  Using a false Social Security number in addition could have been a disqualifying factor.  We were advising clients on a case-by-case basis.  For example, we examined whether they had a criminal record or any other potential problems before we advised them on listing or not listing their Social Security numbers.

This ruling takes the issue off the table and makes it simpler to fill out the I-765 and to advise on the rest of the application.  We are glad to see this new policy take effect and hope that it attracts more qualifying individuals to apply for Deferred Action.


First Deferred Action Cases Are Approved!

Posted: September 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

USCIS announced that they began accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases.  

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

USCIS announced that they have begun approving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases.

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins says this is great news.  It means that USCIS is moving more quickly on these cases than anticipated.

Deferred Action could help hundreds of thousands of people who are currently living in constant fear of deportation.  Once granted, it can open the door to quite a few possibilities.  For one thing, those who are granted Deferred Action and employment authorization receive a valid Social Security number.  Secondly, they can apply for Advance Parole which may allow them to travel out of the country.  Lastly, being granted Deferred Action allows individuals to apply for a valid Driver License.

All of these are good benefits.  The Driver License will help all those who cannot drive legally at the moment due to their status.  The Social Security number helps all those who are currently using a false number in order to work.  It is possible that Advance Paroles will allow Deferred Action grantees to travel.  It may be additionally helpful for those who are married to US-citizen spouses because it could allow them to submit their green card applications in the U.S. rather than going through the lengthy waiver process at a U.S. consulate abroad.

Despite this, we have noticed some hesitancy among potential applicants.  We understand that there are two major reasons for this hesitancy.  Some fear that applying for Deferred Action will increase the possibility of deportation since they will be declaring themselves to the government.  Others have voiced a more general concern; is it worth applying?  This is a good question because there is a possibility that this new policy will not be extended which would  deny applicants the ability to renew after 2 years.

We can assure applicants that the USCIS has stated that it will not share their information with the enforcement bureau, ICE, except in certain situations relating to criminal matters, fraud or national security.  In addition, we believe that the potential benefits of Deferred Action outweigh the costs.  The possibility of obtaining a Social Security number and a valid Driver License, not to mention the opportunity to apply for Advance Parole, are benefits that applicants may not be presented with again.

Regardless of the reason for applying, we once again urge all potential applicants to ask a legal professional to help them.  We have heard many questions regarding the application for Deferred Action.  “Should I include all my Social Security numbers?”  “How do I prove residency?” Etc.  Unfortunately, there are many “notarios” who are trying to defraud applicants the way they did back in 2001 with the extension of law 245(i).  Please seek the help of an experienced and ethical immigration attorney in order to avoid this situation.

Related Articles:

  1. Those granted Deferred Action can Apply for Advance Parole!
  2. How to deal with the Social Security number issue.
  3. Como debo responder si he usado un numero de Seguro Social falso?

Victoria Jaensch Karins Speaks about Deferred Action

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On Saturday, September 8th, Sarasota immigration attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins spoke at a UnidosNow forum on Deferred Action. The forum was held at the USF campus on Tamiami Trail.

UnidosNow has been organizing many events around immigration issues in general and Deferred Action in particular. They want to make sure that the public is as educated as possible about the new policy. While Deferred Action is bringing the hope of a better life to many people, there are many potential pitfalls and questions that come with the application. We witnessed some of those on Saturday.

Victoria Jaensch Karins Speaks with Carlos __ and Ana __.

Victoria Jaensch Karins Speaks with Carlos Tolentino and Ana Iguaran.

One the biggest concerns had to do with the use of multiple or false social security numbers. Many people who came to the United States without inspection and then have tried to work have done so by picking up a false social security number. This presents a problem when applicants for Deferred Action fill out the I-765 Work Authorization Form and they have to enter “all Social Security numbers ever used.” Quite a few attendees at the forum asked questions about how best to approach this issue.

We do not think that the use of a false Social Security number by itself will disqualify an applicant BUT USCIS is reviewing each application in full and weighing each factor against the other. So, while having a false Social Security number may not be a disqualifying factor by itself, it may become so when combined with a criminal record. Therefore, we always recommend at least consulting with an attorney about your case before you apply.

A reminder: Deferred Action applicants are declaring themselves an illegal alien to a government bureau, there are quite a few potential pitfalls.

Another question that stuck out had to do with the possibility of getting a Driver License after applying for Deferred Action. The answer is YES! Those who are granted Deferred Action can apply for a Driver License.

One attendee in particular wanted to know what the benefits of Deferred Action were. With only a 2-yr validity and the possibility that the it may be repealed it can seem difficult to justify the effort and expense of applying for Deferred Action.

But we believe that the potential benefits far outweigh the costs. Once an applicant is granted Deferred Action s/he will have a valid Social Security number, a valid work authorization and the ability to apply for a valid driver’s license. A lot can happen in two years and there are strategies to gaining a more permanent status once Deferred Action has been granted.


UnidosNow Monta Una Nueva “Conozca Sus Derechos” Sobre Accion Diferida

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Organización pro-inmigración, UnidosNow, ofrece nuevo foro informativo sobre la Acción Diferida y la manera de solicitar. Va a ocurrir el 8 de septiembre, 2012 y habrá dos sesiones, a la 1 y las 4. La dirección del encuentro es 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34243.

Abogados de defensa criminal e inmigración, empleados de USF y representantes de UnidosNow presentatarán del tema de la Acción Diferida y responderán a preguntas.

El último encuentro así fue un éxito con mas de 300 personas en asistencia! Esperamos que venga tanta gente y más esta vez.

Conozca Tus Derechos Accion Diferida

El Evento Conozca Tus Derechos Accion Diferida


Those Granted Deferred Action Can Apply for Advance Parole!

Posted: August 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

The granting of Deferred Action does not lead to any status or path to permanent residence. However, the USCIS has stated that those who are granted Deferred Action will be able to apply for a travel document called “Advance Parole” if they can show a good reason for the need to travel (e.g. humanitarian, education or work related).

This is a potentially great benefit to those who entered without inspection (EWI) and are married to US citizens. EWI’s married to US citizens are not currently eligible to obtain their green cards in the U.S. They must apply from their home country. Usually the return to the home country triggers the 3 to 10 year bar.

But now, people who are “paroled” in the U.S. based on the advance parole documents ARE eligible to obtain their green cards in the U.S.

Therefore, a person granted deferred action who also receives an advance parole would be able to obtain their green card through their US citizen spouse in the U.S. within 3-4 months of filing and would not require a waiver application.

I do not advise anyone who is granted Deferred Action to leave the U.S. with a travel document before first confirming that they will be able to come back to the U.S. In the coming months, we will see how this issue plays out.


Observaciones iniciales despues de una semana de consultas sobre Accion Diferida

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Ha pasado una semana desde que se puso en efecto la nueva política de la acción diferida y queremos compartir algunas de nuestras observaciones despues de ver el proceso en efecto.

Para empezar, estamos impresionados con la cantidad de personas que quieren solicitar la acción diferida. Estos días hemos estado asesorando a solicitantes potenciales, estableciendo si son elegibles o no, y empezando a prepar solicitudes.

Acción Diferida y los números de Seguro Social:

Modern Social Security card.

Uno de los asuntos que encontramos es el uso de números multiples de Seguro Social. Dado que el formulario I-765 (solicitud de autorización de empleo) pide todos los numeros de Seguro Social que se ha usado, esto puede presentar problemas.

En este momento no hay ningunos casos de prueba que nos puedan demostrar como va a tratar el USCIS este asunto. No sabemos por completo las implicaciones de usar números multiples o falsos de Seguro Social. Si alguien lo ha hecho, les recomendamos que ejerzan prudencia en el proceso de solicitud. No podemos garantizar aprobación pero sabemos que el USCIS está revisando las solicitudes caso por caso.


After a Week of Deferred Action Consultations – Initial Observations

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

We’ve been conducting Deferred Action consultations for a week now. Time to share some of our insights after seeing the process in action.

To begin with, the response has been impressive. We are consulting with potential applicants, establishing eligibility and beginning to prepare applications.

Deferred Action and Social Security Numbers:

Modern Social Security card.

Modern Social Security card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the issues we came across is the use of multiple or false Social Security numbers. This could be a potential problem as the I-765 (application for employment authorization) asks for all Social Security numbers ever used. At this point there are no test cases to show how this issue will be treated so we do not know what the full implications of using a false Social Security number. We advise anyone who might have used multiple or false Social Security numbers to exercise caution when applying for Deferred Action. As usual we cannot guarantee approval but USCIS is looking at each applicant on a case-by-case basis.


Deferred Action Approval Brings Eligibility for Driver License

Posted: August 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , | No Comments »
Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

I recently learned from my contact in the Florida Department of Highway Safety that those who are granted Deferred Action and whose work permit has been applied for or approved can apply for a Driver License.

In addition to the having Deferred Action status and having applied for the EAD, applicants for a driver license will need to provide a valid government-issued document, two (2) proofs of residential address and proof of social security number (if one has been issued), along with the deferred action letter from DHS.

For more information please see our earlier article titled, “How Does an Immigrant Get a Driver License?


Deferred Action-Why Hire an Immigration Attorney

Posted: August 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sarasota Immigration Attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins

We understand that many people would like to apply for deferred action on their own rather than take on the cost of hiring a lawyer. Deferred Action is a very new policy and it has the potential to help many people and we welcome all who wish to apply to do so as soon as possible.

We would also like to inform all potential applicants that if your Deferred Action application is denied, there is no possibility of appeal. This means that you only get one opportunity to qualify so please make sure that your application is as complete as possible.

While denial will not cause immediate placement into deportation proceedings – USCIS will not share information on Deferred Action applicants with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – there will still be a general risk of deportation. The fact remains, if you entered without inspection or overstayed your visa the government can place you in deportation proceedings at any time.

If you choose to apply on your own please be careful. If you choose to seek help please make sure that the person you ask for help is a genuine immigration attorney. Many “notarios” will offer to complete and submit an application on your behalf for a fee. They are not fully trained legal professionals and may be trying to defraud you.

Some may remember the provision of law Section 245(i). This policy allowed people who entered the country illegally or were otherwise unqualified for Adjustment of Status to ‘get legal” in the U.S. (through family or employment categories) by paying a penalty fee of $1,000. It expired in 2000, but Congress passed a short extension between December 2000 and April 30, 2001.

Many semi-legitimate institutions appeared overnight. These places filed many fraudulent or frivolous applications for a fee. Sometimes they charged a fee and filed nothing.

Do not endanger your chance to qualify for Deferred Action. Make sure that the person you hire to help you is an immigration attorney.

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New Employment Authorization Form to go with Deferred Action

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm recently received a corrected practice advisory regarding the employment authorization form that will be filed with Deferred Action applications. The earlier procedure erroneously linked the Deferred Action application to the current Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) and advised that this form should be filed concurrently with the deferred action application.  However, USCIS has said not to use the current form.  USCIS expects to make available a new employment authorization application form on August 15, 2012.

In Related News: Underestimating Deferred Action (from ILW.com)

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) crunched the numbers and apparently DHS and a variety of other outlets have been drastically underestimating the total number of people eligible for Deferred Action. The MPI discovered that the figures DHS projected were based on the number of prospective applicants that were enrolled in school or had graduated on the mid-June date of the program’s announcement and did not account for otherwise eligible people who could choose to re-enroll in school or an equivalency diploma program.
The MPI believes that this underestimate could be by as much as half a million people, bringing their new estimate to a total of 1.76 million people that will be eligible to seek Deferred Action and work authorizations. It is noteworthy, however, that not all of these people will be immediately eligible – many are 15 or under and will become eligible shortly, presuming, of course, they remain in compliance with the other conditions required of those who apply. The full demographic profile of prospective applicants can be found here. Does this new information change anything about Deferred Action in your mind?

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Recien Anunciados Requisitos para la Accion Diferida

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
Victoria Jaensch Karins, abogada de inmigracion, ofrece nuevos consejos con respecto a la Accion Diferida.
El viernes, 3 de agosto, el USCIS proporciono información adicional acerca de la acción diferida. Los aspectos más destacados son los siguientes:
  1. El USCIS comenzará a aceptar solicitudes para la acción diferida el 15 de agosto del 2012. Habrá una nueva forma que tendrá a su disposición a partir de esa fecha.
  2. El gobierno va a cobrar una tasa por procesamiento de $465.
  3. El gobierno va a aceptar las solicitudes de autorización de trabajo con la aplicación de la acción diferida, pero hay que demostrar una necesidad económica para ello.
  4. Si la acción diferida es aprobada, usted será elegible para solicitar un documento de viaje que le permitirá viajar fuera de los EE.UU.
  5. El anuncio se define lo que son delitos y que son faltas importantes que prohiban a los solicitantes. Lo más importante es que DUIs serán considerados delitos importantes, pero algun delito menor de tráfico, como conducir sin una licencia no va a ser considerado asi.
  6. El solicitante tiene que estar matriculado en la escuela secundaria, tener un diploma de escuela secundaria o un GED en el momento de la presentación de la solicitud.
  7. Creemos que lo mejor es presentar tan pronto como sea posible para evitar los retrasos que se esperan debido a la cantidad de solicitantes
  8. No hay opción de un procesamiento más rápido. No pague a nadie para manejar la aplicación que se compromete a obtener más rápido el proceso de su acción diferida para una tasa más elevada
  9. No habrá apelaciones o solicitudes de reconsideración de las solicitudes denegadas.
  10. El Gobierno describe los documentos que tendrán que ser proporcionados para cumplir los requisitos de la accion diferida. Los requisitos son los siguientes:
    1. Tener menos de 31 años a partir del 15 de junio 2012.
    2. Haber venido a los EE.UU. antes de alcanzar la edad de 16 años.
    3. Estar físicamente en los EE.UU. el 15 de junio de 2012 y en el momento de presentar la solicitud.
    4. Haber residido continuamente en los EE.UU. desde el 15 de junio de 2007 a la actualidad.
    5. Estar en la escuela secundaria, haberse graduado, haber obtenido un GED o haber sido dado de alta honorablemente de las fuerzas armadas de EE.UU.
    6. No haber sido condenado por un delito grave, delito menor significativo, ni tres o más ofensas, y de ningun modo presentar una amenaza para la seguridad nacional o seguridad pública.
Esta información se puede encontrar en www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.
La información sobre las estafas de inmigración y como evitar los “notarios” se puede encontrar en www.uscis/gov/avoidscams.
Si desea nuestra ayuda en la preparación y presentación de su solicitud de la acción diferida, nuestra cuota legal es de $1.500. Nosotros aceptamos planes de pago. Por favor, háganos saber si usted está interesado en nuestra ayuda y nosotros podemos comenzar el proceso de preparación de su aplicación para la accion diferida.