Family Litigation Blog



5 April 2018

Two Year Work Permits for Spouses of Abusive H-1B Visa Holders Now Available

Until recently, the majority of H-4 visa holders (derivative spouses of H-1B professional visa holders) were dependent on their H-1B spouses for income and for many, their survival.  Since 2015, H-4 visa holders have been permitted to work in the United States if they meet one of two very limited criteria.  ... Read More

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5 April 2018

SGG Advice Leads to Vacated Criminal Conviction

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

“Mr. Jones,” a 65-year-old client who has been a lawful permanent resident (LPR) since the age of 4, desired to renew his green card. This may seem like a normal event; however, Mr. Jones had avoided renewing his green card for many years.  Without valid proof of his LPR status, ... Read More

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1 March 2018

Ninth Circuit Significantly Expands the Benefits of the Child Status Protection Act

Amy Lenhert

In 2002, Congress passed the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), which can potentially help children who turn 21 while their immigration case is pending or while they are still in the immigration process and can no longer be classified as a “child” for immigration purposes. The CSPA contains a number ... Read More

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16 January 2018

Department of Homeland Security terminates TPS for El Salvador

There are over 200,000 El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States who have established deep family, community and employment ties who will soon lose their lawful immigration status.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination designation for El Salvador on January 8, 2018. TPS ... Read More

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16 January 2018

Attorney General Likely to Order Immigration Judges to Reopen Administratively Closed Deportation Cases

For many years, Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) have relied on a tool called “administrative closure” to manage their heavy case load and to ensure just and fair outcomes in the cases before them.  When a case is administratively closed, it is temporarily removed from the ... Read More

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8 January 2018

SGG Wins Cases Appealed to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advocating for Mentally Incompetent’s Right to Appointed Counsel

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

In January 2017, SGG accepted two cases from the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono program involving detainees whose mental competency to represent themselves in immigration proceedings was in question. SGG Attorneys Amy Lenhert, Helen A. Sklar, and Taiyyeba Skomra worked together on these cases, and we are pleased to report that ... Read More

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8 January 2018

Not A U.S. Citizen? Just Say No To Even “Legal” Marijuana.

On January 1, 2018, the State of California officially legalized the recreational use of marijuana under Prop 64.  The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the District of Columbia, California, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maine, and Massachusetts.  Another 21 states have legalized the use of marijuana for ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Waiver of Crimes Keeps Military Family Together

“Timothy” and “Jean,” a same-sex couple, came to SGG for help with obtaining permanent residency for Jean.  Jean is a successful scientist who had petty theft convictions that were committed over a decade ago. Because of these convictions, he was found to be “inadmissible,” unable to remain in the United States ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Bond Hearings: The Detainee’s Financial Ability to Pay 

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

When a foreign national is detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the detainee normally may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge in Immigration Court. The judge may grant bond if the person is not subject to mandatory detention.  Mandatory detention applies to people with certain crimes or who ... Read More

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