Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Conviction Under Florida’s Statutory Rape Statute is Not an Aggravated Felony For Immigration Purposes
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
2w ago
Non-citizens convicted of certain crimes are deportable.  Certain deportable convictions are worse than others.  Aggravated felonies, as defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act, are the most serious types of criminal convictions that a non-citizen can obtain.  A non-citizen convicted of an aggravated felony will face almost certain deportation.   There are many aggravated felonies listed in the statute, but under §101(a)(43)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality ACT (“INA”), an aggravated felony includes murder, rape, and sexual abuse of a minor.  However ..read more
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THE NEW ORLANDO IMMIGRATION COURT HAS OPENED, I WENT THERE AND HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED.
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
2M ago
The Orlando Immigration Court has finally moved to the new space in downtown Orlando! This move was years in the making and is a welcome expansion and modernization from the old building where the court has been for over a decade. The address for the new building is 500 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 1100, Orlando, Florida 32801. The new building is shared with the Social Security Administration and the SSA signage on the building is very prominent. But do not be fooled, the Orlando Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA-the ICE attorne ..read more
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My Immigration Application Has Been Pending for a Very Long Time-What can I do to get a Decision?
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
7M ago
One of the most common calls we receive at our office sounds like this: I filed an application for asylum, adjustment of status or citizenship and it has been pending for a long time, what can I do? Long delays in processing times by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) are very common and very frustrating. Long delays in the adjudication of asylum applications, green card applications and citizenship applications leave individuals and families in limbo and cause a tremendous amount of stress. These processing delays also lead to increase costs for renewing work permits o ..read more
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WHAT DOES THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S RECENT IMMIGRATION DECISION IN U.S. V. TEXAS MEAN FOR NON-CITIZENS?
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
1y ago
On June 23, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited immigration opinion in the case of U.S. v. Texas. The justices agreed 8-1 that the states who filed the lawsuit against the federal government over what the states perceived as the non-enforcement of immigration laws could not sue the government in this case. The eight justices disagreed on exactly why the federal courts could not handle this case and give the states what they wanted, but all eight agreed that the lower courts were wrong in getting involved in this matter. So, what was U.S. v. Texas about and how does this decisi ..read more
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I Was Granted Parole and I am in the United States; Now what do I do?
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
1y ago
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced that its special parole program for Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationals has become so popular that demand has far exceeded availability and DHS would start using a lottery system to choose who would receive parole.  This program, which began in early 2023, has allowed nationals of these countries to seek parole to lawfully enter the United States if they meet certain requirements. Qualified beneficiaries who are outside the United States and lack U.S. entry documents may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, fo ..read more
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Florida’s New Immigration Laws Summarized: Statute by Statute
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by Lasnetski Gihon Law
1y ago
Although no announcement has been forthcoming, the worst kept secret in the American political arena is the impending run of Florida Governor Ron Desantis for office the President of the United States.  As he ratchets up support to begin his battle with Donald Trump during the Republican primary, Governor Desantis has pushed through a bill in the Florida House and Florida Senate that looks a lot like federal congressional legislative action. HB 1718/SB 1718, colloquially known as Florida’s immigration bill, or Florida’s anti-immigration bill (depending on who you ask), passed both houses ..read more
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What To Expect at Your Green Card Interview
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by Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon
1y ago
The Green Card interview occurs when an official with the U.S. government meets with the Green Card applicant to verify the information originally provided in the person’s application. This information includes whether the applicant is eligible to become a permanent U.S. resident and whether all the information provided on the application is valid. The Green Card interview occurs 7 to 15 months after the Green Card application has been filed. The interview normally is held at a local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office or at the U.S. embassy or consulate closest t ..read more
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What to do if Hurricane Ian Interrupted Your Immigration Case
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by Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon
1y ago
Hurricane Ian affected the lives of Floridians in countless ways. Homes were destroyed and many people’s personal belongings were lost forever.  For individuals who are in the process of changing their immigration status, these losses have more than just sentimental value. The loss of certain personal items can have an adverse effect on their immigration case. Loss of Government Documents Some of these belongings lost due to the hurricane include important governmental documents needed to continue an immigration case. If you have lost any important government documents, many of these can ..read more
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Temporary Protected Status Expanded by Biden Administration for Afghanistan, Cameroon, and Ukraine
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by Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon
1y ago
The Biden administration has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, providing approximately 143,800 immigrants from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Cameroon additional protections, allowing them to remain temporarily in the United States. The TPS program gives immigrants from these countries the chance to apply for time-limited permission to live and work in the U.S. and avoid deportation.  This program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To be covered by the TPS program, immigrants must apply through DHS. The TPS program offers temporary protection fr ..read more
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What You or a Loved One Need to Know When Applying for a Green Card
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by Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon
1y ago
Getting a green card for yourself or a loved one can be a confusing and complicated process. Many people struggle to navigate the ins and outs of the green card application process without the assistance and guidance of an experienced immigration attorney. Mistakes can be made in the application process, and cause delays in the individual getting approved for a visa. Some may not be sure which type of green card or visa they need to seek. Several different types of green cards are available for individuals coming into the United States, including work or employment-based visas and family-base ..read more
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