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Time to Renew your Deferred Action (DACA)

Renewal Of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  Earlier this month USCIS outlined the process that must be followed in order for those who were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to renew their status. USCIS first started granting DACA requests in September 2012 for periods of 2-years, meaning those whom initially received DACA […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extended for Haitian nationals

USCIS Extends Haiti Designation for Temporary Protected Status The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for qualified Haitian nationals for a period of 18 months, from July 23, 2014 until January 22, 2016. This 18-month extension allows for current TPS holders to re-register for TPS and apply for a new employment […]

The Deportation of Justin Bieber: A Real Possibility?

The Deportation of Justin Bieber: A Real Possibility? You’ve probably heard or read the news—a petition for the deportation of Canadian-born pop-star Justin Bieber has made its way to the White House. But the real question is, regardless of how many signatures the petition has gathered, can U.S. officials actually deport Justin Bieber from the […]

California Department of Motor Vehicles prepares to institute AB60, Allowing Undocumented Persons to Apply for Driver’s Licenses

California Department of Motor Vehicles prepares to institute AB60, Allowing Undocumented Persons to Apply for Driver’s Licenses In a move to improve public safety on California roadways, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be implementing new law AB60, starting January 1, 2015.  This new law requires the DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented […]

Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act: Stepping towards a standardized family law for military families

Uniform Deployed Parent Custody and Visitation Act:  Stepping towards a standardized family law for military families The custody aspect of divorce proceedings is rarely a simple matter.  In any circumstance, distance can be difficult for families, but when a parent is a military service member, in particular, the travel requirements of their occupation can quickly […]

Proving “Extreme Hardship” in Applications for Immigration Waivers of Inadmissibility

Proving “Extreme Hardship” in Applications for Immigration Waivers of Inadmissibility Noncitizens who are trying to obtain immigration benefits are often times inadmissible to the United States based on several different criteria.  To overcome this inadmissibility, some individuals may qualify to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility.  To be eligible to file the waiver, the noncitizen […]

Hot Summer Nights!!!

Hot Summer Nights!!! Last Friday, Aug. 30th, Scales of Justice hosted a night of socialization, fun and food at Dragon’s Den in Downtown San Diego.  Friends from a variety of legal backgrounds including immigration law, criminal law, and family law were all in attendance, as well as law students from the local law schools and […]

SUPREME COURT FINDS THE DEFENSE AGAINST MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA) UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

In what can only be described as a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision with the majority opinion given by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as a violation of the 5th Amendment and Equal Protection of Law. The Supreme […]

Registering and Enlisting in the U.S. Military for Immigrants

Registering and Enlisting in the United States Military for Immigrants The following is provided for informational purposes only.  Consult with an experienced Immigration Attorney regarding how this information applies to your case.  Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding registering and enlisting in the United States Military: Registering with the United States […]

The Ninth Circuit holds that detainees locked up for six months or longer are entitled to bond hearings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a landmark ruling that curtails one of the most wasteful and draconian features of our immigration lock-up system: the government’s practice of putting immigration detainees behind bars for months or even years, without ever holding a bond hearing to determine if they should be […]

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