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US Immigration Lawyers Plan to Sue Government in Response to Coronavirus

By Ella BergquistApril 5, 2020
Inadmissibility

On April 3, 2020, the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Immigration Lawyers demanded that the USCIS suspend/freeze visa deadlines for foreign nationals in the US. Within the filed suit the lawyers demanded “immediate suspension of immigration benefit deadlines and the maintenance of status for […]

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Section 1325 Immigration Law: Effects, Changes

By Sierra AlongiApril 2, 2020
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What is Section 1325? Blease’s law passed and became Section 1325 in the U.S. Code. For the first time in U.S. history, the law made it a crime for some people to cross the border. Section 1325 is set to incriminate offenses relating to (1)improper entry into the United State, (2)entry into marriage for the […]

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Is USCIS Processing Immigration Applications?

By Ella BergquistMarch 23, 2020
Inadmissibility

Yes! The USCIS is still processing US immigration applications. Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended in-person services until at least April 1st. This was an effort to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Although the in-person services, the USCIS is still processing immigration applications! The only […]

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Can I Travel to the US in April 2020?

By CaseyMarch 31, 2020
Inadmissibility

March 20 Update: The US and Mexico announced they’re limiting nonessential travel across their shared border to curb movement during the pandemic. Exceptions include traveling for medical purposes or work, or to attend school, among others, according to a regulation notice set to be published March 24. The US also took the step of barring entry […]

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Iranian Student Detained in US Airport

By CaseyFebruary 12, 2020
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An Iranian graduate student who planned to attend Michigan State University was detained at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday, denied entry into the United States, then returned home, his attorney said. Alireza Yazdani, 27, was on a flight leaving Detroit on Monday, a day after he was detained and questioned by authorities. He had been […]

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How to Not Be Denied Entry to the US: Advice from a U.S. Border Agent

By Ella BergquistFebruary 5, 2020
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A whistleblower, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, has written an email about a recent U.S. crackdown at the border. Whistleblower: a person who exposes secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within a private or public organization. The Whistleblower sent the email to Len Saunders an immigration lawyer. […]

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Six Countries Added to Travel Ban, Travel Ban Changes

By Ella BergquistApril 17, 2020
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On Friday, February 1st, President Trump added six more countries to the list of nations that face travel restrictions to the United States. These new countries include Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Tanzania. They are added to the Travel Ban list from 2017. The majority of the countries on the Travel Ban list have substantial […]

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Canadian Singer’s U.S. Citizenship Gets Delayed Due to Marijuana Use

By CaseyNovember 25, 2019
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Just this year a famous Canadian singer, Neil Young, has claimed that his United States citizenship application is being held back because he uses marijuana. “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed,” Young said in […]

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Dangers of Unintended Border Crossings

By CaseyOctober 29, 2019
InadmissibilityDeportation

What Are the Consequences of Accidentally Crossing the US or Canadian Border? For people living in the United States or Canada, accidentally crossing the border that separates the two can be more common than one would think. So, if you’re planning a trip close to the border and there is even the slightest chance you may end […]

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What is the CARRP and How Does It Work?

By CaseyOctober 8, 2019
Inadmissibility

CARRP, a program started in 2008, stands for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program. If you are a U.S. immigrant with Middle Eastern, South Asian, Arab or Muslim heritage, the program could put your application for a green card, naturalization, and other immigration forms in an indefinite holding pattern. When an individual is placed on […]

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I’m a Canadian, Can I Volunteer in the US?

By Ella BergquistNovember 25, 2019
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Recently, a Saskatoon man was stopped from entering the US. Kyle Kuchirka, a Canadian Citizen, tried to cross the US border to volunteer at an arts festival in Washington state. Kyle wasn’t coming to the US to work or to stay but simply to volunteer. He was still denied entry and banned from entering the […]

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Can I Bring CBD Over the US Border?

By Ella BergquistSeptember 3, 2019
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Canada legalized cannabis in 2018 which brought out many questions about bringing cannabis over the border between Canada and the US. There have been many legal issues with bringing cannabis into the US from Canada but recently a new issue has been raised. Recently a woman was banned from entering the US because she had CBD […]