Effect of Expungement and Vacated Convictions in the Immigration Context

A criminal conviction, in general, carries obvious negative consequences. However, in the immigration context, a criminal conviction can result in even further consequences. For instance, a criminal conviction can result in removability, inadmissibility, or ineligibility for relief.  Because a criminal conviction carries such heavy consequences in the immigration context, questions … Continue reading

USCIS Announces EB-5 Visa Extension

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that the federal EB-5 green card program will be extended for another three years. USCIS  limits the number of visas for the program to 10,000 each year, and the program is rapidly gaining popularity. The EB-5 program for immigrant investors allows foreign nationals … Continue reading

Same-Sex Couples Granted Protection in Deportations

The Department of Homeland Security has stated in writing that foreigners who are same-sex partners of American citizens can be included under an Obama administration policy suspending deportations of some immigrants who pose no security risk. In letters sent late Wednesday, September 26, 2012, to several Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet … Continue reading