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IS THERE A RISE IN IMMIGRATION FRAUD IN THE U.S? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

Some immigration law firms in the United States have been facing a similar occurrence where scammers are using different points of contact like emails, websites, and calls.
In a certain case, a client had received a phone call from a person claiming to be an immigration officer. The caller ID showed that she was a representative of a government agency and her assertions were firm and convincing enough to fool any certified and experienced professional.
The client was threatened with an issuance of a warrant. Additionally, the client was threatened to stay on the call claiming the call was “being recorded” and therefore not hung up. If the call was to end, the police would be unable to assist. If money was paid instantly via online gift cards, the issue could be solved.
Upon revealing the incident on social media, several other scam alerts resembling the said case came up and it has been understood that the scammers are going around using three major plots to establish their genuineness and petrifying the client.
As an immigration law firm in Queens with 50+ years of combined experience
They are :

● That the client is in grave trouble with local, state, or federal law
● The solution to the problem is the payment of money but not in form of checks
● Not to terminate the call.

Here are some of the points one must remember to check in official emails from the USCIS about visa processing.

● Emails from the government mandatorily end in the domain“.gov;”
● Under no circumstance, the USCIS will send an email specifying an individual and indicating approval for any kind of visa or any other type of immigration benefit; and
● Under no circumstance will the USCIS ask for a money transfer from an individual through any means of contact ( Payments by Phone or Email).
● No government organization will ever threaten any individual over the phone, especially for financial gain.
● No government organization mandates that you keep your employees connected.
● The use of unconventional payment methods such as gift cards, Western Union, Moneygram, etc. is not required by any government agency.
● Caller IDs, emails, and webpages may all be easily made to look authentic.
● Callers like this should be ignored, and you should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. https://reportfraud.ftc.gov. Our social role is to raise awareness, and knowledge is our best weapon.
● Many educational institutions provide specific cautions on their web pages for international students. If you are a student, you should also report any similar instances to the administrators at your school.

The US State Department has issued a warning statement :
” The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that they know what to expect when to expect it, and from whom. ”

The government websites which are important to follow in order to stay aware are :

● US State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fraud.html
● Federal Trade Commission:
– https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/scams-against-immigrants
– https://consumer.gov/scams-identity-theft/scams-against-immigrants
● US Citizenship and Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov/scams-fraud-and-misconduct/avoid-scams/common-scams

For more information, contact some of the remarkable Immigration attorneys of New York at Gehi and Associates who will thoroughly guide you through the procedures.

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Qualified Liberians may apply for EADs through June 30, 2024

A Federal Register notice has been published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the augmentation and expansion of eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians and explaining the eligibility of Liberians to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). 

 

On the 27th day of June, President Biden issued a memorandum of extension of DED for Liberians for a period of 24 months. It also defers the removal of any Liberian national, or of individual who has last resided in Liberia habitually without nationality and has been continuously physically present in the United States since May 20, 2017, and who meets the eligibility criteria of DED. 

 

Additionally, the memorandum extends employment authorization for individuals who come under DED Liberia through June 30, 2024. The validity of the validity DED-related EADs is to be automatically extended by the USCIS through June 30, 2024, for those who possess an EAD with a Category Code of A-11 and a Card that expires by March 30, 2020; Jan. 10, 2021; or June 30, 2022. Despite the passing of the facial expression date, the validity of the EADs remains unchanged. 

 

DED does not have any application. Liberians covered under DED have the authorization to work in the United States of America. Eligible Liberians under the memorandum can apply for an EAD by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The Department of Homeland Security may, in its sole discretion, grant travel authorization to persons subject to the Liberian DED. Individuals wishing to travel outside the United States may submit Form I-131, Travel Document Application. 

regulation issued by DHS to protect daca how

Regulation issued by DHS to protect DACA. How?

In a recent announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas , a final rule to fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) , a policy for specific non-eligible individuals who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a renewable, two-year work permit, has been issued.

Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young people have found a home in the United States with their families, and they have grown up to serve the country’s society in a variety of noble ways.

 

“Today, we are taking another step to do everything in our power to preserve and fortify DACA, an extraordinary programme that has transformed the lives of so many Dreamers,” said Alejandro N. Mayorkas.”Thanks to DACA, we have been enriched by young people who contribute so much to our communities and our country. “However, we need Congress to pass legislation that provides a long-term solution for the young dreamers who have known no other country as their home than the United States.”

 

As based on the perennial USCIS practise and as declared in the 2012 Napolitano Memorandum ,the rule illustrates that there should be consistent judgement from the Department and to be maintained by the same three presidential administrations, and it zeroes in on the fact that DACA recipients should not be prioritised for removal.

The final rule after certain developments and replacements in the DACA policy guidance is:

 

Upholding the existing threshold criteria for DACA
Retaining the procedure for DACA requesters to seek work authorization
affirms the long-standing, prevailing policy of DACA not being a form of lawful status but that DACA recipients are to be considered “lawfully present” for certain purposes like other deferred action recipients.

 

The final rule is to be effective from October 31, 2022.

How to have a successful visa interview

How to have a successful visa interview

Obtaining a visa can be a painless process with the correct guidance and assistance but not without the correct preparation and cooperation. 

With almost 50 years of experience, we have often had our clients being unaware of the right ways to have a successful visa interview resulting in them being overwrought and panic-stricken. 

 

So here are a few tips we believe every visa applicant should abide by in order to have a smooth and successful visa interview and process. 

 

  1. Establishing ties to the native country: It is crucial for the applicants, especially Immigrant applicants to establish close ties with their home country. The applicant has to make it clear that they fully intend to return to their country of origin after their goal has been achieved and that they have the best interests of both countries. 

 

  1. Awareness of the visa program and how it is appropriate for your plans: The visa applicant has to articulate the most relevant reasons for choosing the respective Visa program during the interview and thoroughly know the path it leads to. This will convince the consular officer that you are aware of your choice and are well versed with your own plans centering the country. 

 

  1. Correct Documentation :

Documentation is undeniably one of the most integral parts of the entire visa application procedure. Thus, have all the requisite documents in order, in hand, and be prompt with all the documents you will be presenting. This helps pace the interview process which is often impressive to the officers. 

 

  1. Brief answers: With the heaps of applications the officers receive every year, they are under immense pressure to conduct a swift yet well-organized interview to arrive at a conclusive decision in a limited period of time. Therefore, brief and succinct answers raise your impression and it helps the interview go satisfactorily. 

 

  1. Speaking in English:  English, being one of the most popular official spoken languages in the world, there is a fair chance the interview will be conducted in the said language. Thus, it is advisable to learn and practice an interview session in English even if it is not grammatically up to the mark or if you struggle with fluency; just a basic grip over the language will help enough. 

 

Alongside following this advice, it is also important to be constantly in touch and under the guidance of experienced professionals. Here at Gehi and Associates, we are always there to help. 

 

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powerful legal documentary films every budding lawyer should watch

POWERFUL LEGAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS EVERY BUDDING LAWYER SHOULD WATCH

It is an undeniable fact that aspiring lawyers should establish and strengthen their legal foundation through law books, case laws, and organizational experience. But, sometimes there are legal stories that go unnoticed or forgotten amidst all the long case laws and daily cases to be worked on, which, in our opinion, should be known to the upcoming lawyers too. It can help to refresh their knowledge and perception, and it may even give rise to newer ideas that can help them find new paths.

Here is a list of some of the best legal documentaries discussing alarming legal issues. Let us know in the comment section if you have any other suggestions as well.

 

Making a Murderer

Based on the real-life story of Steven Avery, rape and murder convict who had served a 32-year sentence before being exonerated on account of DNA evidence, this documentary is enthralling and highlights the effects of wrongful conviction and evidence tampering. In short, this documentary is one that can hit you right where it should with its portrayals and storytelling.

 

Cleanflix

This documentary is for those inclined towards copyright laws. Based on the story of a movie-editing company, it deals with the rift of morality that has occurred within the company and between Cleanflix and Hollywood filmmakers for 6 years.

 

Capturing the Friedmans

A normal family was pushed into the darkness of molestation charges followed by an exacting legal battle. Sounds engaging? Capturing the Friedmans tells the story of Arnold Friedman, who had faced charges of child molestation, sodomy, and sexual abuse, how his trial ensued, and ultimately how he breathed his last in prison. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and this movie screams volumes about the importance of speculating allegations and subtly throws light on how far the American legal system has come from the 1980s to now.

 

Hot Coffee, aka The Famous McDonald’s Lawsuit

Do you remember the infamous case of Liebeck v. McDonald’s? Well, this documentary definitely paints a striking picture of the lawsuit. This documentary is based on the 78-year-old Stella Liebeck, who won a $2.7 million verdict from a globally recognized fast food chain after it had sold her scorching hot coffee, resulting in second and third-degree burns on her body. Having been recognized with stellar reviews in the Washington Post and New York Times, it is not to say that Hot Coffee is not without its fair share of criticism. Nevertheless, it is an interesting watch (special mention: Susan Saladoff, the director, is a trial lawyer herself) for everyone wishing to understand the nuances of tort reform and how there are different shades of grey.

 

Indivisible

Delving into the other, darker side of illegal immigration, Indivisible talks about families parting due to anti-immigration laws, more specifically about the Dreamers, and showcases the complexities of immigration from both the legal and humanitarian perspectives.

These are just a portion of the long list of the best legal documentaries out there which should be watched by everyone associated with the legal profession in the United States. They are certainly made with the intention of providing entertainment but with hidden messages and, in some cases, the truth of the incident concerned.

On a factual note, films and documentaries can surely give you ideas from a recreational perspective, but for genuine legal information and queries, it is best to contact attorneys and law practitioners.

At the law offices of Gehi and Associates, our attorneys are equipped to deal with legal issues with substantial experience, thereby having the ability to provide you with high-quality legal services as per your requirements.

For more information, you can directly call our law office or send an email to the addresses given below.

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the relation between visas and legal immigration

Relation between visas and Legal Immigration.

 

A visa is a valid document issued to travelers traveling to the United States of America. The U.S. system of immigration and citizenship is vastly dependent on a visa as it is what grants the allowance of entry into the country. 

 

Visas ensure a secure state of being in a country; establish the rules of Immigration and Citizenship with a specified period of time for the stay and respective activities in the country. 

 

The purposes provided for a visa in the States mostly are Education, Travel, Employment, and Transit purposes. 

Various visas provide different rights with different conditions to the visa applicants. 

But two major distinctions of the Visa process is 

  •  Immigrant visa 
  • Non Immigrant visa

 

Immigrant visas are for the permanent status of living in the country, whereas Non-Immigrant visas are issued for temporary purposes in the country. 

 

Not every country abides by a visa policy and certainly does not maintain a similar procedure but the determination of visa criteria and mandating them for entry to the States holds more importance compared to other nations. 

 

The USA has proudly been welcoming the most number of immigrants, issuing a considerable number of visas to its suitable applicants from various countries as it has had a remarkable influence on the economy of the country. Every year the President decides the number of refugees to be allowed in the United States in accordance with the Congress to maintain discipline in the Refugee program. 

 

A visa is not an authorized entry pass to the States. But there is a fine relationship between Lawful Immigration and the visa programs here because a visa is a preliminary step in seeking admission to a country. Without a visa, the very beginning of the process of granting a stay in the country will be invalid. 

As per the Immigration and Nationality Act, a visa can be denied on the grounds and circumstances of: 

  • The non-permissible health situation
  • Untoward history of crime
  • Fears of Security
  • Charges or burdens from public
  • Illegal immigration
  • Lack of the requisite documents
  • Ineligibility for Citizenship
  • History of deportation from the country
  • Often, the spouse of a U.S. citizen is denied a visitor’s visa because the spouse might want to stay in the United States for a longer period of time than allowed.

 

Therefore, these conditions prove that a visa determines the suitability of a citizen to gain access to the United States, saving the country from any probable threat concerning the person. A visa has a meticulous application process as it scrutinizes the applicant as studiously as possible with stringent measures. Therefore, a visa paves the way for Lawful Immigration to the United States. 

 

eb-5 visa program mean for foreign investors

What will the new developments in the EB-5 visa program mean for the Foreign Investors?

 

This year March had welcomed some significant developments in the EB-5 visa program which has been long overdue since its inception. The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act with the other appropriations have been approved on March 10 by the Congress of the U.S. 

 

And some of the most noteworthy developments which have reauthorized the entire program are :

 

  • Increased investment amounts to $800,000 for Target Employment Areas and $1,05,000 for Non-Target Employment Areas;
  • Lining up new investment projects in rural areas, infrastructure projects, and high unemployment areas;
  • Protection of new and existing investors.

 

The U.S. issues up to 10,000 places for EB-5 visas and it has proved to be extremely beneficial to qualified investors, especially in terms of:

 

  • Easy access to permanent citizenship.
  • Freedom to travel and inhabit any part of the USA.
  • Liberty in any job sector without employment and sponsorship reservations and restrictions.
  • No legal curtailment for the spouses and automatic green card grants.
  • International flexibility in movableness.
  • Employment access without H-1B work visa.
  • Investments especially in real estate projects can be obtained by a collateral to lower the down risks. 
  • In case of national tension or conflicts, the person with an EB-5 visa can conveniently shift to the U.S. sans delay.
  • Allowance to apply for citizenship of the USA precisely after 5 years of established residency in the country while holding onto the Indian lineage. 

 

Since the beginning of EB-5 in 1990, countless entrepreneurs and money makers have been attracted to foreign investment in the USA. In 2020, there is a noteworthy increase in demand in India for the EB-5 as the investors wish to expand internationally in the USA, secure the future of their families, gain U.S. citizenship, and be a part of more employment opportunities. 

 

With the new developments in the visa program, it can be expected that the backlogs in the application processes will be taken care of. Thereby engaging more investors with more investments in the projects focusing on the rural areas, infrastructure-based business plans, and areas lacking employment opportunities. This will provide more opportunities for young, forthcoming, and potential employees to find better establishments with a brighter scope putting them in comfort if the investor in question shares the same nationality. 

 

And therefore this will result in more fortified international relations between the two nations paving paths for momentous growth in the upcoming days. 

 

are us citizens eligible to apply for green cards for their siblings

Are U.S. citizens eligible to apply for green cards for their siblings?

 

If you’re trying to help your brother or sister achieve legal residency in the United States, you might be able to file a petition on their behalf under federal law. Like any other sort of immigration, the process can be complicated and time-consuming, requiring a significant deal of paperwork, documentation, and patience. It is in your best interests to speak with a skilled family-based immigration attorney at Gehi & Associates to guarantee that your sibling can join you in the United States. It’s also likely that you’ll be able to gain residence for your sibling’s spouse and children.

 

Who is eligible to file a Sibling Immigration Petition?

You must be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen to file a petition on behalf of a sibling. You cannot file a petition for a sibling if you are a lawful permanent resident.

 

You’ll also have to show proof of your relationship with your brother or sister. It is not necessary for siblings to be biologically related to one another. Siblings in the United States are defined as:

 

Siblings who have at least one biological parent in common.

Stepbrothers and stepsisters who were 18 years old or younger when their parents married and who are still married to their parents.

Adopted siblings who were both under the age of 16 at the time of adoption.

 

What is the Procedure for Petitioning a Sibling for Permanent Residence in the United States?

 

The U.S. citizen must first file a Form I-130 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to begin the petition process (USCIS). If the petition is authorized, the paperwork will be sent to the consulate or embassy of the United States in the home country of the foreign citizen sibling, and a visa interview will be organized.

 

If the sibling is already legally present in the United States and the quota is still available, they may be entitled to apply for adjustment of status. Before starting the petition process, you must speak with an experienced immigration attorney to learn about your alternatives.

 

Unfortunately, even if a petition is authorized, it might take years for a sibling’s case to be approved because it is a fourth preference immigration category with a limited number of visas available each year.

 

In a USCIS application, who counts as a sibling?

 

There are many different sorts of families in today’s society, but someone who is “like a brother” or “the same as a sister” will not be enough to receive a green card for a sibling. The following individuals, however, may be eligible for a green card.

 

  • Brother or sister with same birth parents
  • Half sibling
  • Stepbrother or stepsister
  • Adopted sibling

The marriage or divorce certificate of their parents, or adoption certificates, may be required in some sibling green card applications to prove further the family tie between the U.S. citizen and the green card applicant.

 

Is it possible to appeal a denial of a sibling immigration petition?

If the USCIS declines your sibling’s petition, the denial will include a rationale for the refusal as well as options for appealing the denial. It is to your best advantage to speak with an expert immigration attorney at this stage to help you understand how to meet USCIS standards and your prospects of success if you decide to appeal.

 

One of the most prevalent reasons for the denial is that USCIS has found that the family relationship was not real or recognized by immigration law. A knowledgeable attorney will assist you, and your sibling gathers acceptable evidence of your kinship and defending your case in court. To discuss your options, contact Gehi & Associates as soon as possible.

 

Immigration Lawyers in New York for Families

 

Filing for permanent residency on a sibling’s behalf is time-consuming and can take years. Consult with the New York immigration lawyers at Gehi & Associates as soon as possible to help secure the success of your application. Our legal staff has assisted a number of people in obtaining legal status for their siblings. To learn more about our services, please get in touch with us.

 

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Green card and Gay Marriage: Immigration for Same-Sex Spouses in NYC

Until recently, LGBTQ+(homosexual) couples did not have the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. The Pride community now has the right to obtain permanent resident status (Green Card) through a same-sex spouse who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Under federal law, gay and lesbian spouses now have access to the same immigration rights and benefits previously only available to heterosexual couples.

In the past, if a non-resident spouse in a same-sex (homosexual) union wanted to obtain a Green Card, they would have to ask their employer to sponsor them. Some even sought political asylum. With the recent changes in federal law, these impediments are no longer in the way of gay and lesbian couples. The Immigration attorneys at Gehi & Associates – Attorneys at Law P.C. are proud to represent same-sex couples seeking permanent residency through spousal sponsorship.

Recently, a gay married couple who had a lot of trouble in their first Adjustment of Status (AOS) Interview was prepared for weeks by the highly experienced Attorneys at Gehi & Associates. They were more than ready for their second round. The Immigration officer at USCIS, being immensely satisfied, had approved them right on the spot.

If you would like to get more information or speak directly with a lawyer at our firm about your case, please do not hesitate to call our marriage-based immigration attorneys at (718) 263-5999 today!

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International Students Can Stay in U.S.

We are Gehi & Associates. We are NYC/Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Bronx/Staten Island immigration lawyers. We are here to serve our NYC/Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Bronx/Staten Island communities. We do bankruptcy, family/divorce, immigration and all forms of law. Please come to one of our Queens offices. Email us at info@gehilaw.com to set up your free initial personal consultation.

A week ago, the Trump administration –in its continued use of the COVID-19 pandemic to push anti-immigration policy– said it would be enforcing international students to leave the country. COVID-19 forced most schools to go fully online. Of the schools that were fully online, the policy stated, its international students would be forced to exit the country.

Of course, this was a terrifying bit of news for many people. A huge number of international students come from countries where the infrastructure to fight COVID-19 is terrible –yes, even worse than the U.S.’ And, at bottom, –as the general public gladly realized– it is quite unethical to kick people out of the country who are simply here to get a quality education.

Thus, the good news is that this executive order has been rescinded. International students in the U.S. do not have to worry anymore. Your visa status will not be taken from you. ICE will not show up and deport you because you are taking online courses only. If your school has decided not to have in-person classes, this might be sad because you like having classes in person, but it is still good to know now that you will not lose your status in America or be deported.

Many states and many school sued the federal government over the original decision, which undoubtedly played a massive role in the rescinding of the original policy. The seriousness of this policy extended to all levels of schooling: which is to say, if it stayed in place, international students at the elementary school level would have even been deported. In the clearness of how unethical this is, it is great that the people of this country stepped up and said “no”, and in saying “no”, were heard.

Many students now have to change their plans. The original order forced many students to plan to go home. Many even went home. This has created a massive amount of confusion and inconvenience for millions of students. However, it is at least a massive victory for those of us who are pro-immigration.

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