DOMA IS DEAD!

In a landmark ruling handed down just a few minutes ago, The Supreme Court of the United States paved the way for gay, married couples to enjoy the same federal benefits as straight couples.  Declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, the ruling will now compel the Federal Government to allow gay married couples to petition for their spouses to immigrate.  Call 914 358-1400 today to speak with immigration attorney Karyn Schiller and learn more about how you can benefit from this decision.

THE NEW IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE- APRIL 16, 2013

Hot off the press – A Bill just proposed by the Senate will give relief to millions of undocumented immigrants!!

Although many of the finer details remain to still be worked out, and many of the currently proposed conditions may change, here are the key points in today’s version of the Bill:

You will be eligible for the new status if you:

  1. arrived in the US on or before December 31, 2011
  2. are currently be in the US unlawfully
  3. do not have have a felony conviction
  4. do not have 3 or more misdemeanor convictions
  5. have not have voted unlawfully
  6. are not otherwise inadmissible to the US for criminal, national security, morality or public health grounds.

What is the new status

The Bill proposes granting people who meet the criteria something it calls Provisional Immigrant Status (PIS).  Basically, this status will allow you to work legally in the US AND to travel abroad.  Most individuals will be eligible to apply for a Green Card 10 years thereafter, but Dreamers can do so within 5 years.  Dreamers will also be eligible for citizenship at that time.

Additionally, individuals who were previously here before December 31, 2011 but deported for non-criminal reasons, can apply to re-enter the US in RPI status if they are the spouse of or parent of a US citizen or Green Card holder, OR if they are eligible themselves for Dream Act status.

What should you be doing?

Right now you cannot apply for anything.  So do not be suckered by advertisements for quick relief.  Bear in mind that as the program kicks into gear so will all the scam artists and sleazy individuals seeking to take advantage of eligible individuals.  BUT, what you can do is start to gather all of your documentation.  Find proof that you entered the US before December 31, 2011 and maintained continuous lawful presence since that time.  If you are not sure whether you may be eligible, call attorney Karyn Schiller at 914 358-1400 for an appointment.  Any advice is strictly confidential.

Many of you have been waiting years for this moment.  Do not trust this important event to someone who is not a qualified immigration lawyer.  It may be “cheaper”, but could land up being very “expensive” in the long run if the process is not handled correctly.  Call immigration attorney Karyn Schiller today at 914 358-1400 for a professional consultation or
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Wondering how to find a top-notch immigration attorney?

Here’s an insider’s guide to making the right choice:

Choosing the right immigration attorney is a serious decision. Whether you are looking to bring a valuable employee on board, or to keep a family intact, having the right attorney on your team can make all the difference in whether you get that critically-needed visa or Green Card. Make the wrong choice, and you may very well never get a second chance.

If you…

  • Represent an academic institution that hires non-American faculty
  • Run or manage a business that needs to hire or retain help from overseas
  • Are an individual who needs help with immigration for family or yourself

…here are some fundamental points to consider when choosing an attorney.
Five Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing an Immigration Attorney (click here to read article)
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Need an Answer to a Quick Question?

A lawyer who gives away time for free? Yes.

Why would I do that? Simple, because I respect YOUR time too, and I understand how annoying it is to set up, pay for and spend two hours in a consultation only to decide it’s a bad fit.

This way, you have a risk-free opportunity to get to know me. Plus, to be perfectly honest, pretty much EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has been wise enough to take me up on this offer ends up working with me — and continuing to work with me again and again and AGAIN.

Click here to request a FREE 20-minute immigration mini-consult with Immigration Attorney Karyn Schiller

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The Dream Act will become a Reality by Mid-August.  Are you ready to take advantage of this opportunity?

On June 15, 2012  President Obama announced that certain individuals who were brought to this country before age 16 might qualify for a 2- year work permit (and thereby a Social Security Number as well).  But the devil is in the details.  Do NOT be taken advantage of by Notarios and others who say they can help you with this process.  Contact an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and protect your interests.

Click here to contact Immigration Attorney Karyn Schiller, or call my office at 914 358-1400 to speak with me directly.

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Special Report for Academics and Academic General Counsel

Immigration Law & Academic Faculty in 2011: What you Need to Know Now to Teach in the US (click here to request a FREE copy of this report)
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