Public Charge Updates

Sadly, the current administration wants to do everything in its power to limit immigration to the United States. Luckily, the administration often fails to achieve its goals. The latest updates to the “public charge” rules are a recent example. The “public charge” concept comes from the section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In other words, the public charge rule is a law, passed by Congress. But the law only explains Congress’s policy or end goal, not the steps that immigration officials should take in applying the law.

Read More
historia de éxito: Asilo para Gilberto y Claudia

Gilberto - como todos de su generación - creció en una Venezuela estable. Las cosas empezaron a cambiar cuando Hugo Chávez llegó al poder y empeoraron cuando Nicholas Maduro asumió los poderes de un dictador. Gilberto vio a su país desmoronarse, y luchó por hacer una vida segura y feliz para él y su familia. Comenzó a participar con un alcalde del partido de la oposición. Asistió a manifestaciones. Para 2017, las cosas llegaron a un punto de quiebre.

Read More
success story: Pastor Daniel

Pastor Daniel was ordained many years ago. He was then offered a scholarship to study Theology at Wheaton College and moved to the US with his wife. Pastor Daniel studied in the United States, earned a degree, began to work as a pastor, had children in the US, and eventually founded his own church. In short, he built a life in the United States. During part of this time, Pastor Daniel worked under a religious worker visa, but through an innocent mistake, lost this status.

Read More
success story: Joo-Hwan and Eun-Chae

Joo-Hwan and Eun-Chae married in 2013. Because Eun-Chae is a US citizen, she was able to apply for a conditional green card for Joo-Hwan. The couple came to Keith at Southam Law to remove conditions on Joo-Hwan’s green card. Keith helped the couple gather proof of the truthful nature of their marriage and to file a timely application. The application was filed in March 2017, but during 2017, everything at immigration stalled.

Read More
success story: Margarita

Margarita has been coming to the United States regularly for years. Her daughter is now a US citizen, which opened a path for Margarita to obtain permanent residence. She came to Southam Law to prepare for the interview regarding the residency process. Margarita had doubts because immigration officials once gave her problems when she tried to enter the US. Keith helped Margarita to understand what would happen in the interview and helped her to practice a sincere but brief answer to any question about that entry.

Read More
success story: Yulia

Yulia is from Eastern Europe, but she’s been living in Portugal for several years. Yulia provides IT services for a Chicago-based company that invited her to the US for a business meeting. Yulia and her affiliate company in the US contacted Keith at Southam Law to help Yulia get a B1 visa (a business visitor). Yulia was worried that she would have trouble getting a visa to the US since she is not living in her country of citizenship.

Read More