The Farr Group http://farr-group.com Orlando Immigration, Immigration Laws, Green Cards, Visas, Wills, Trusts and Probate Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Why you need a US Immigration Lawyer http://farr-group.com/why-you-need-a-us-immigration-lawyer/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:29:56 +0000 http://farr-group.com/?p=318

When applying for a green card or an immigrant visa in the US, you do not necessary need an immigration lawyer. However, if you end up making a wrong move or not filling certain crucial paperwork, you could be deported or end up in jail. Such uncalled for complications can be avoided by hiring an immigration attorney who will help you complete all the necessary steps. An immigration lawyer will make the process fast, less stressful, and also suitable for your needs. There are numerous circumstances where you will need the help of a lawyer thus saving yourself from lots of frustrations and time. In this article, we look at some situations that will require you to hire an immigration lawyer.

Overwhelming Paperwork

The immigration application process involves completing some forms where you will be asked to complete detailed instructions. This process requires you gather information and will include other paperwork and fees.  If you make a mistake during the process, your application will be delayed, returned or rejected altogether. You may not get a second chance at this as you will be already in the system.

Immigration lawyers have experience with such type of paperwork as they have dealt with it many times and therefore know all of the pitfalls to look out for. They have streamlined systems and knowledge of preparing such applications smoothly. They use computer programs where they enter your details and spit out the forms promptly.

Inadmissibility

If by any chance you are not admissible in the US, then an immigration lawyer may be able to appeal the decision or find other avenues, therefore your immigration attorney will be invaluable to you. There many circumstances where the USCIS or the consulate will claim that you are inadmissible. Some of them include having previously lied to the US government or having committed a criminal offense. If such grounds apply to you, then an immigration lawyer will be a requirement – even before starting the application process.

Encountering Delays

Sometimes the USCIS or the consulate might fail to act on your application for any reason – based on bureaucracy rather than law. For instance, if you want to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles after completing the green card application, you might find that the application that should be transferred to Los Angeles USCIS office has disappeared into a bureaucratic black hole for months. Such delays are far too common at the USCIS service centers. While immigration lawyers might not have much power in such situations, they might have email inquiry lines on inside fax where they can ask about your case. It is only them that can make such inquiries even though sometimes they have problems getting answers to such inquiries.

Immigration Lawyers Can Provide Referrals

If you are not adept in the language or culture, an immigration attorney can offer referrals to several agencies that will help you as a newcomer overcome challenges associated with such.  They will guide you to learning centers where you will be taught language and history of the place. Often, such centers might avail practice citizenship tests that will help you pass the real test to become a citizen.

Immigration Court Proceedings

You should run to the lawyer if you have ever been in immigration court deportation proceedings. In the event, the proceedings are not yet complete, or under appeal, the entire situations lie in the power of the courts. You will not succeed using the same application procedure as for those not in any proceeding. In the case that the proceeding is over and determined, ask your immigration lawyer how the outcome influences the current application.

It is evident that rather than attempt the complexities of immigration laws, lawyers will save you a great deal. Immigration lawyers understand the multitudes of requirements and they are better placed in presenting the cases successfully before the relevant authorities.

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Florida Immigration Enforcement Bills Up For Debate This Week http://farr-group.com/florida-immigration-enforcement-bills-up-for-debate-this-week-2/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:09:07 +0000 http://farr-group.com/florida-immigration-enforcement-bills-up-for-debate-this-week-2/ Committees in the Florida House and Senate are set to take up controversial immigration bills this week. The tougher of the two, which is being carried through the House by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, is now on Thursday’s Economic Affairs Committee agenda.

Snyder’s measure faces resistance and could be open to the same constitutional challenge surrounding Arizona’s controversial bill because it creates new state-level crimes for immigration.

Snyder has acknowledged that some portions of the bill may be preempted by federal law. Two weeks ago, he said he was still working through concerns various groups have raised about the measure before moving ahead with it.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s immigration bill has been routed around the Criminal Justice Committee and is now headed straight to the budget panel, which is set to discuss the measure this week.

The binding portions of the Senate’s bill focus on requiring employers to verify the eligibility of new hires to work in the country. A newly proposed amendment would ease those requirements, requiring employers to ask new hires for visas or other forms of identification.

Check back for updates…

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Florida Immigration Enforcement Bills Up For Debate This Week http://farr-group.com/florida-immigration-enforcement-bills-up-for-debate-this-week/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:09:07 +0000 http://farr-group.com/?p=287 Committees in the Florida House and Senate are set to take up controversial immigration bills this week. The tougher of the two, which is being carried through the House by Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, is now on Thursday’s Economic Affairs Committee agenda.

Snyder’s measure faces resistance and could be open to the same constitutional challenge surrounding Arizona’s controversial bill because it creates new state-level crimes for immigration.

Snyder has acknowledged that some portions of the bill may be preempted by federal law. Two weeks ago, he said he was still working through concerns various groups have raised about the measure before moving ahead with it.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s immigration bill has been routed around the Criminal Justice Committee and is now headed straight to the budget panel, which is set to discuss the measure this week.

The binding portions of the Senate’s bill focus on requiring employers to verify the eligibility of new hires to work in the country. A newly proposed amendment would ease those requirements, requiring employers to ask new hires for visas or other forms of identification.

Check back for updates…

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Man Found Guilty of Honor Killing Sentenced to 34 years in Prison http://farr-group.com/man-found-guilty-of-honor-killing-sentenced-to-34-years-in-prison-2/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:08:35 +0000 http://farr-group.com/man-found-guilty-of-honor-killing-sentenced-to-34-years-in-prison-2/ In February an Arizona jury convicted Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, of one count of second-degree murder in the death of Noor Faleh Almaleki. He was also found guilty of aggravated assault for causing serious injuries to Amal Edan Khalaf, the mother of Noor’s fiancé, as well as two counts of leaving the scene.

On Friday, April 15, 2011 Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Almaleki to a total of 34½ years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for his crimes.

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Man Found Guilty of Honor Killing Sentenced to 34 years in Prison http://farr-group.com/man-found-guilty-of-honor-killing-sentenced-to-34-years-in-prison/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:08:35 +0000 http://farr-group.com/?p=284 In February an Arizona jury convicted Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, of one count of second-degree murder in the death of Noor Faleh Almaleki. He was also found guilty of aggravated assault for causing serious injuries to Amal Edan Khalaf, the mother of Noor’s fiancé, as well as two counts of leaving the scene.

On Friday, April 15, 2011 Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Almaleki to a total of 34½ years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for his crimes.

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President Obama to Hold a Meeting on Immigration Reform http://farr-group.com/president-obama-to-hold-a-meeting-on-immigration-reform-2/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:08:06 +0000 http://farr-group.com/president-obama-to-hold-a-meeting-on-immigration-reform-2/ President Obama has marshaled former California Governor Schwarzenegger, New York Mayor Bloomberg, San Antonio Mayor Castro and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey, who also served as Washington, D.C., police chief, and others in an attempt to show wide and varied support for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.

The invitees are among a bipartisan group expected to meet with Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the importance of fixing the nation’s “broken immigration system” to meet the country’s 21st century economic and national security needs.

President Obama has been under fire from immigration activists and Spanish-language media for failing to take up immigration in his first term. He has been consistently reminded of his campaign promise to address immigration early in his administration. President Obama has repeatedly said he is committed to an immigration overhaul but the deportation of a record 393,000 immigrants in the last year and other enforcement tactics during his administration have left his supports questioning the sincerity of his promise.

To read the original article please visit the Miami Herald.

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President Obama to Hold a Meeting on Immigration Reform http://farr-group.com/president-obama-to-hold-a-meeting-on-immigration-reform/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:08:06 +0000 http://farr-group.com/?p=282 President Obama has marshaled former California Governor Schwarzenegger, New York Mayor Bloomberg, San Antonio Mayor Castro and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey, who also served as Washington, D.C., police chief, and others in an attempt to show wide and varied support for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.

The invitees are among a bipartisan group expected to meet with Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the importance of fixing the nation’s “broken immigration system” to meet the country’s 21st century economic and national security needs.

President Obama has been under fire from immigration activists and Spanish-language media for failing to take up immigration in his first term. He has been consistently reminded of his campaign promise to address immigration early in his administration. President Obama has repeatedly said he is committed to an immigration overhaul but the deportation of a record 393,000 immigrants in the last year and other enforcement tactics during his administration have left his supports questioning the sincerity of his promise.

To read the original article please visit the Miami Herald.

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Billions in Revenue from Undocumented Immigrant Taxes http://farr-group.com/billions-in-revenue-from-undocumented-immigrant-taxes-2/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:07:30 +0000 http://farr-group.com/billions-in-revenue-from-undocumented-immigrant-taxes-2/ Based on the 2010 Census data approximately 11.2 million undocumented immigrants were living in the U.S. Of this 11.2 million at least half paid income taxes. Undocumented immigrants also pay property taxes and everyone, regardless of lawful status, pays sales tax. All together undocumented immigrants provide a valuable source of revenue to the government.

The Institution for Taxation and Economic Policy has estimated the state and local taxes paid in 2010 by undocumented immigrants, who are heads of households, collectively amount to $11.2 billion dollars in state and local taxes. This figure includes $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.

Florida receives about $806.8 million in tax revenue from undocumented immigrants.

Other states that receive large revenues from undocumented immigrants include:

-California $2.7 billion

-Texas $1.6 billion

-New York 662.4 million

-Illinois $499.2 million

To read the full report or to find out how much your state generates from undocumented immigrant revenue please read:

UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS PAY TAXES, TOO

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Billions in Revenue from Undocumented Immigrant Taxes http://farr-group.com/billions-in-revenue-from-undocumented-immigrant-taxes/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:07:30 +0000 http://farr-group.com/?p=280 Based on the 2010 Census data approximately 11.2 million undocumented immigrants were living in the U.S. Of this 11.2 million at least half paid income taxes. Undocumented immigrants also pay property taxes and everyone, regardless of lawful status, pays sales tax. All together undocumented immigrants provide a valuable source of revenue to the government.

The Institution for Taxation and Economic Policy has estimated the state and local taxes paid in 2010 by undocumented immigrants, who are heads of households, collectively amount to $11.2 billion dollars in state and local taxes. This figure includes $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.

Florida receives about $806.8 million in tax revenue from undocumented immigrants.

Other states that receive large revenues from undocumented immigrants include:

-California $2.7 billion

-Texas $1.6 billion

-New York 662.4 million

-Illinois $499.2 million

To read the full report or to find out how much your state generates from undocumented immigrant revenue please read:

UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS PAY TAXES, TOO

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Restarting the Blog http://farr-group.com/restarting-the-blog-2/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:06:36 +0000 http://farr-group.com/restarting-the-blog-2/ We are restarting our blog here at the Farr Group. Our focus will remain on U.S. immigration law. That’s what we do.

Side note: we frequently get phone calls from people that are looking for help with the immigration laws of other countries. To be able to learn and keep up to speed with the immigration laws of other countries around the world is unfortunately a Sisyphean task. We are licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and under the federal law of the United States. U.S. immigration law is largely federal although it does have state spillover, particularly when there are criminal and juvenile issues. This is not to say that if there is a problem involving non-U.S. immigration matters we can’t help. Sometimes making a change in a person’s U.S. immigration status can resolve a foreign immigration problem.

But if you are wanting to know how to get permanent residence in Australia, we probably can’t help.

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