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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 9:32 am on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , U.S. Immigration,   

    Deferred Action and Work Permits: No Need to Wait in Long Lines 

    The front page of Thursday’s New York Times, showed a long line of people at a local U.S. Immigration office seeking information and forms about the new rule allowing work permits and deferred action status for young people.

    All of the information and forms are available online at the USCIS website, and it is ironic that young people, the largest users of everything internet-related, would be out in the hot sun lining up at the immigration office. Every answer to every possible question, in general, is available on the CIS website. Of course, there are grey areas, and from my perspective, the worst person to ask about grey areas would be an immigration office employee who does not adjudicate the applications. Applicants with grey area questions or other serious immigration issues would be well-advised to seek the help of a competent immigration lawyer.

    Finally, while the government made the forms and information available on August 15, the local offices are not accepting the completed applications. Like all immigration forms, the applications must be mailed in, and I always recommend it be done by certified mail.

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    About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at houstonlaw@aol.com, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 2:16 pm on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Citizens of Japan, immigration requests, Japan students in the U.S., U.S. Immigration   

    Immigration requests for citizens of Japan 

    The U.S. immigration service has announced that it will give special consideration for certain immigration requests for citizens of Japan. This is all in response to the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan.

    Without providing any specifics, the US CIS says that it will consider extensions of stay for Japan citizens in the USA, as well as allowing Japanese students to work in the USA, with permission. The immigration service has also agreed to do expedited processing for certain applications on behalf of citizens of Japan.

    The immigration service did not set forth detailed specific procedures or rules, but they imply that due consideration will be given.

    Most Japanese visit the U.S. without a visa and are permitted to stay here for up to 90 days. By law, there is generally no extension available to stay here past the 90 days. However, the immigration service has indicated that they will give extensions to allow citizens of Japan to remain here longer.

    One of the lawyers at our office, Gen Kimura, is from Japan and speaks fluent Japanese, and is available to help Japanese citizens with these new immigration processes available to Japanese citizens.

     
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