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October 2015 Archives

Legal immigrants and deportation due to convictions

California lawful permanent residents may be subject to deportation and removal proceedings if they are convicted of certain types of criminal offenses. Other minor offenses may not trigger such proceedings, however.

EB-5 program may be changed

Many wealthy foreign business people have relocated to California through the immigrant investor program, or EB-5. Although the EB-5 program was set up to create jobs in the U.S., critics argue that it allows the global elite to buy U.S. green cards. Now, lawmakers are thinking about making some changes to the EB-5 program that could make it more difficult to qualify for.

Mentally ill deportees have new chance to return

Some immigrants who were deported after being detained in California, Arizona and Washington may have a chance to return to the United States. To have their cases reopened, the deported immigrants must have represented themselves during their deportation hearings and have a qualifying mental illness that was not discovered in a competency determination.

Government revises Adjustment of Status application dates

A group of 14 Indian and Chinese immigrants has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. State Department for rescinding on plans that would have allowed them to file for green cards in October. The government's sudden revision impacts thousands of foreign nationals living in California and nationwide.

The evolution of immigration in the U.S.

California residents may be interested in learning more about how immigration laws have changed the United States over time. the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 might have been the primary catalyst for shaping the scope of U.S. immigration as it currently exists today. The legislation marked the end of an immigration system that established a quota and higher priority for people immigration from European countries.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber