Showing posts from February, 2014

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of February 24, 2014

Dems Divided?   Apparently, there are 12 Democratic representatives who have yet to co-sponsor H.R. 15, a bill similar to the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last year.  Is this a sign of division within the Democratic party over immigration?  Not really.  For some, the bill focuses too much on border enforcement.  For others, it does not focus enough on diversity.  Most of the holdouts are hardly kindred spirits with the opponents of reform within the GOP. Polls cast doubt on immigration reform in 2014.   A new poll of Iowa Republicans casts further doubt on the ability of Congress to pass immigration reform in 2014.  In the poll, 53% of those questioned would not vote for a candidate who supports a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.  While Iowa is only one state, the poll is a reminder that election season has begun anew, with states throughout the country beginning their primaries soon.  Supporting immigration reform is just too

Patricia Zambrano-Reyes Promoted to Legal Secretary

Kansas City , February 23, 2014: Kansas City Immigration Law Firm Bogart Immigration Law, LLC has promoted Patricia Zambrano-Reyes from receptionist to legal secretary.  She is the first legal secretary hired by Bogart Immigration Law, LLC. Patricia has been with Bogart Immigration Law, LLC since March 2013.  Patricia will be working closely with Nathan R. Bogart in matters including removal defense and family-based immigration matters, including cancellation of removal, asylum, stays of removal, adjustment of status, provisional waivers and consular processing. The firm's managing member, Nathan R. Bogart, said: "I expect Patricia's promotion to make us more efficient and better able to meet the ever growing needs of the immigrant communities in Kansas and Missouri." About Bogart Immigration Law, LLC Bogart Immigration Law, LLC is a leading Kansas City area immigration law firm based in Mission, Kansas. One of the fastest growing firms in the region, we pro

Form I-751 & Removing the Conditions on Permanent Residence

Immigrants who adjust status in the United States or who are admitted to the United States based on marriage to a U.S. citizen within two years of the date they were married will receive conditional permanent resident status .  This status is also imposed on the immigrants' children if they obtained immigrant visas based on their parents' marriage to a U.S. citizen. There really is no difference between the rights, privileges and responsibilities of a conditional resident and a lawful permanent resident (LPR).  However, conditional residents are required to take action before two years have passed from the date conditional residency was obtained in order to preserve their status. Conditional residents are issued a “green card,” Form I-551 that is marked “CR” for conditional permanent resident and carries an expiration date of two years from the date of approval.  Many refer to this as a two year green card or conditional green card. At the end of two years, the immigrant

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of February 12, 2014

Aiding of terrorism and the like.   For many years, one of the few bars to asylum, you know, aside from the nearly impossible standards applicants need to meet in order to qualify, has been the ban from eligibility of anyone who has ever had ties to terror groups.  This ban applies even to those with loose or incidental ties.  It was especially problematic because the ban was so broad that many who could hardly be considered terrorists were refused asylum.  This week, the Obama administration decided to ease such restrictions in very specific, narrow circumstances, citing the need for a change based the unfair blocking of thousands of legitimate refugees.  Essentially, the change would apply only to those the U.S. government does not consider a threat.  Not surprisingly, the GOP is opposed to the change. Is the GOP backpedaling on immigration reform?   Less than a week after announcing their blueprint for immigration reform, GOP   leaders in the House have added a new requirement