The office receives many concerns and questions every day, either through our social networks, our website, or by calling the office for free. In today's blog we will be answering some of the most common doubts of all of you.
Are the immigration courts open?
Yes, the immigration courts are open and working. If you have received a notification that you must appear in court, or your case is pending, attend the appointment, otherwise the judge could terminate your process, without your presence, and approve a deportation order against you.
Are the immigration offices open and working?
Yes, the immigration offices are open and they are working. Cases are being processed according to their order of receipt. Perhaps the times have lengthened, due to the closing of the offices during the months of the quarantine, but the immigration officials are working and scheduling appointments for biometrics or fingerprints, interviews, and swearings-in.
Where is the closest immigration office to my home located?
To locate the USCIS office closest to your home, you just must visit the following web page. https://egov.uscis.gov/office-locator/#/
Now, if you want to present an immigration process, you will have to know where to do it. Immigration applications are very rarely filed at the office closest to your home. And if you have received an appointment to attend an interview, or for the swearing in, or for biometrics or fingerprints, review the notification received, as you must attend the office that USCIS informs you in the notification, and it does not necessarily have to be the closest to your home.
When would President Biden's immigration reform be approved?
In January of this year, President Biden's administration presented an immigration law reform to the United States Congress. This remains pending, and until both houses of Congress do not approve said proposal, it will not become law, and therefore cannot be applied. The time that Congress could take to approve the reform is indefinite.
Who makes Immigration Laws?
Immigration laws mostly emanate from the United States Congress; however, the president of the United States may enact certain laws, through presidential orders related to immigration issues. The judges of the courts through their orders and sentences can also modify immigration laws.
Can immigration see your criminal record that has been expunged?
Yes, and in fact if you have criminal records that have been expunged or canceled, you must inform USCIS of their existence in any immigration process that you have pending.
Can immigration come to my home?
The answer is yes, but in order to enter your home, they will have to come with a warrant. If an immigration officer shows up at your residence, before opening the door, ask them to show you the warrant, either for arrest or for the search of your home. If the officer does not come with a warrant, you do not have to authorize him to enter your residence. If the warrant is for an arrest, the officer does not have the right to search your home. You do not have to answer any questions the officer asks you, and my advice is not to do so without the presence of an attorney. If you agree to allow the officer to enter your home, you are giving up your right to have a warrant to enter your home.
Can immigration call me?
Immigration communicates through regular mail. I have had some cases where the immigration officer has called the client, but I always tell my clients not to provide them with any personal information, and to ask the person to send them a mail with the information they are requesting. If someone calls you and says they are an immigration officer, do not provide any personal information, not your name, date of birth, or address and ask them to mail you a letter.
What does it mean to have an immigration status?
Having an immigration status in the United States means being protected under any immigration law that prevents the person from being deported. If you have an immigration case pending, you do not have status in the United States.
What do immigration attorneys do?
Attorneys represent clients in front of immigration offices, USCIS, immigration courts and other entities during the process of obtaining immigration status. Lawyers can give legal advice, advise, prepare, and educate people on current immigration laws. Our attorneys prepare your case, review the law, and advise you on the best way forward to obtain an immigration status.
I hope the answers given in this blog have been helpful to you. If you have any other questions, or if you need us to evaluate your process for free, give us a call today. The first consultation is free. In Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. your problem is our problem.