This Week in Immigration

Atty. Charles Medina

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US citizenship by birth abroad to unwed citizen father and alien mother

A person may acquire US citizenship either at birth or through naturalization. A person born in the US and subject to its jurisdiction acquires US citizenship at birth but, under certain circumstances, a person born outside the US may also … Continue reading

September 11, 2015

Reinstatement of a revoked I-130 petition

Under 8 CFR 205.1(a)(3)(i)(C), an approved Form I-130 petition for an alien relative is automatically revoked upon the death of the petitioner if the beneficiary has not obtained lawful permanent residence prior to the petitioner’s death. In Matter of Varela, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015

Requirements on an I-130 petitioner

In applications for immigration benefits or relief, the focus is often on the qualifications or eligibility of the alien for such benefits or relief. In this article, I would like to emphasize some important requirements on a Form I-130 petitioner … Continue reading

August 07, 2015

How do changes in laws affect my immigration case?

MOST people might welcome a change in law that provides relief or benefits which were previously unavailable. However, a new law which deprives individuals of benefits that they could have applied for under an old law or a new law … Continue reading

July 24, 2015

Immigration consequences of admitting the commission of a crime

We have recently discussed how criminal convictions could lead to removal or inadmissibility. However, under INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i), an alien is also inadmissible if he admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) or … Continue reading

July 10, 2015

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