Immigration Report: Raymond Lahoud Named Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association NJ ICE Worksite Enforcement Committee

The Norris McLaughlin Immigration Blog has reported that Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, has been named Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New Jersey Chapter’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Worksite Enforcement Committee for 2018-2019. AILA, the national association of immigration lawyers, seeks to promote justice, … [Read more...]

Blog Report: Raymond Lahoud to Be a Panelist for the 2018 EB-5 Convention Los Angeles

The Norris McLaughlin Immigration Blog has reported that Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, will be a panelist at the 2018 Los Angeles EB-5 Convention, Monday, July 23, through Tuesday, July 24, at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California.  This two-day educational, networking event will host a gathering of broker-dealers, developers, immigration and … [Read more...]

New Jersey Donor Aids Children of Immigrants Banned from the United States

Humberta and Oscar Campos entered the United States in 1989.  The couple crossed the border between Mexico and Texas.  With family in New Jersey, the couple moved to Bridgeton, a small town of just over 25,000 residents. Things were much different in the 80s and early 90s.  Undocumented individuals could lawfully secure social security numbers and, in many states, driver’s licenses or state identifications.  New Jersey was one of those … [Read more...]

ICE Targets Middlesex County, New Jersey, in “Sanctuary” County Enforcement Surge

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the end of a five-day immigration enforcement operation targeted at Middlesex County, New Jersey.  The operation, led by the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office, resulted in the arrest of 37 individuals from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and Turkey. According to … [Read more...]

Applying for a Non-Immigrant Fiancé Visa

The U.S. government understands that relationships do not always adhere to the limits of national borders. If you and a foreign citizen wish to get married and reside together inside the United States, you must follow the strict set of laws that allow you to start the visa application process. In such circumstances, completing the fiancé K-1 non-immigrant visa allows the non-resident to come to the United States. Steps to securing a fiancé … [Read more...]

Understanding the Different Categories of Immigrant Visas

With over 100 visa types available to those looking to enter the United States on a permanent basis, it’s no wonder the immigration process can be extremely confusing for even the most knowledgeable prospective visa holders. Fortunately, a basic understanding of the different immigrant visas available can be gained from dividing the different types into more manageable categories. While other types of immigrant visas exist, the two primary … [Read more...]

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

A Columbus, Ohio man was recently convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The guilty verdict was handed down after a joint investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Homeland Security Investigations, which revealed that the man committed marriage fraud in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. The 41-year-old man at the … [Read more...]

Form I-864 and the Role of the Sponsor

To ensure that a person looking to receive a green card and become a permanent U.S. resident is being adequately supported from a financial standpoint, the applicant has to go through a process in which a family member agrees to act as a sponsor. In the event that the sponsoring family member doesn’t make enough money, another person, such as another relative or a close friend, may act as a joint sponsor. Being a sponsor to a prospective green … [Read more...]

Understanding the Process of Becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 729,995 people became naturalized U.S. citizens during fiscal year 2015, and some 6.6 million have joined the ranks of U.S. citizens over the past decade. These numbers represent years of work on the part of foreign nationals who have demonstrated their commitment to participating in the fabric of American life. Who is eligible? The key requirements for naturalization are, in many … [Read more...]

The Significance of Your Student Visa’s Expiration Date

According to U.S. law, any individual from a foreign country must have a current, non-immigration visa in order to study within the country. Unlike other types of documentation, student visas are considered temporary, meaning that they can have strict limitations on their validity. Those who find themselves in the United States with an expired student visa can find themselves facing serious legal consequences. When are you at risk? To know if … [Read more...]