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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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How to prepare for a K1 Visa Interview for permanent immigration to the United States?

 

The K1 visa, sometimes known as the “fiancé visa,” is an immigration visa that permits a U.S. citizen’s fiancé to visit the country to marry their fiancé and work toward permanent residence status.

 

The U.S. citizen sponsor starts the process by filing an American citizenship application. Often, applicants make mistakes when applying for a K-1 visa, and Gehi & Associates ensures that we can be there for you to avoid these mistakes; so you can get your K-1 visa approval early on, thanks to our services. 

 

Note that K1 visa holders should marry within 90 days. Then they can apply for permanent residence after the wedding. The K1 visa’s main purpose is to confirm that the engagement is valid before the applicant is officially approved and admitted to the country.

 

Below are major tips to consider while preparing for your Immigration Interview:

  1. Interview Preparation: Prepare yourself for the questions that will be asked during this process. Make sure that the information you share is accurate. 
  2. Documents: Prepare the required documents in advance. Create one file and store all the documents you need to bring to the interview. 
  3. Be Punctual: Always be on time for such an interview. 
  4. Make sure to review the Form I-129F petition that your fiancé has filed.

 

Below are the most commonly asked questions about the K-1 Visa Applicant: 

  • What is your full name?  
  • What is your birthday? 
  • What is your birthplace?  
  • What is your age?  
  • What is your nationality? 
  • What language(s) do you speak? 
  • Do you have any children? 
  • If so, how many?  
  • Were you previously married? If so, when?  
  • Do you currently work?  
  • Do you have family living in the United States? 
  • Have you had a K-1 fiancé visa before? If so, when?  
  • Have you ever been denied a visa to any country? If so, why?  
  • Have you ever been arrested? If so, for what?  
  • When do you plan on entering the United States? 
  • Do you know what you need to do after being approved for a K-1 fiancé visa? 

 

Through the K1 visa process, Gehi & Associates assists foreign nationals engaged to be married to U.S. citizens. Call Gehi & Associates today to schedule a consultation appointment with an immigration attorney, whether you are preparing for a K1 visa interview or are in the early stages of the K1 visa procedure. We always help you in your immigration and naturalization Process. 

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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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WhatsApp ahora al (929) 389-1534 para reservar su consulta personal gratuita con nuestros reconocidos abogados de inmigración en Nueva York o visítenos en nuestra oficina de Jackson Heights: 74-09 37th Avenue, Suite 205, Queens, NY 11372.

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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Immigration Freeze is Spreading The Virus

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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 few weeks ago, President Trump put many restrictions upon immigration into the United States. These restrictions are expected to be expanded in the upcoming weeks.

Part of President Trump’s COVID-19 immigration policy has been the ramping up of deportation. The logic behind these recent policy decisions has been stated to be an effort to thwart the spread of the virus.

The problem with this logic, however, is that many of the individuals who were deported later tested positive for COVID-19. Most of the countries these individuals are being deported to have little in the way of social safety nets and also, poor quality healthcare systems.

Countries like Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Jamaica, amongst others, are seeing large numbers of deported individuals from the United States sent over to their countries. In Guatemala, these deportees account for roughly 19 percent of the country’s total coronavirus cases, according to Vox.

“Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti have very limited capacity for testing, surveillance, and treatment and a limited supply of medical equipment such as ventilators,” Sergio Martín, general coordinator for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders in Mexico, said in a statement. “A major outbreak of Covid-19 could be catastrophic.”

In turn, United States immigration policy has been responsible for exporting COVID-19 abroad.

In doing so, they are not only exporting COVID-19 but exporting it to those who –also due to U.S. immigration policy– cannot escape it. Asylum seekers are being denied, and are being denied in the long term.

With borders closed, asylum being denied, visas being denied, and hearings being postponed, the COVID crisis has had a large impact on the state of immigration. Immobility is the characteristic of this state for the time being.

Please reach out to us for a free consultation. Call 718-263-5999 or email info@gehilaw.com and we can help you with any of your immigration law needs.

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.