From visa overstayer to green card holder

Fatima from Senegal had overstayed her visitor visa in 1992 because she had fallen in love.  When Fatima’s daughter, born in the U.S., finally turned 21, she was able to file an I-130 petition on behalf of her mom. Because Fatima had entered the country legally, it was through the…

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Obama to Trump: Think ‘Long and Hard’ on endangering Dreamers

On the campaign trail, Trump had said he would immediately repeal all executive actions taken by Obama. Obama authorized DACA through executive action in 2012. Many who have DACA status are in the midst of renewing it or will have to early next year. “I will urge the president-elect and…

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Bagia & Associates Staff publishes article in Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

Dr. Christine Grant, Ph.D., Office Administrator at Bagia & Associates, has an article published in the Autumn 2016 issue of the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs on the unique difficulties present in men’s petitions for relief under VAWA, having suffered abuse from their U.S. Citizen spouses. Entitled “THE FORGOTTEN…

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TPS will end for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in May 2017

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is extending TPS benefits for beneficiaries of TPS under the designations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for 6 months for the purpose of orderly transition before the designations terminate, effective May 21, 2017. After reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate U.S. government…

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Diversity Lottery 2018

The Diversity Lottery 2018 will begin online registration starting October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon and ends November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon. Unlike other years, even if you are in the United States and are out of status you might be able to pursue your diversity immigrant visa.  There are…

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DACA is Still Available

USCIS wants everyone to know that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is still available.  On their website they state “The Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas on June 23, 2016, does not affect the existing 2012 policy regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Individuals who…

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A satisfied client in Ohio!

“I just wanted to thank Jay Bagia and the staff at Bagia & Associates for their h­­­­elp in my case to bring my wife to the United States and most recently, assisting with my wife’s U.S. Citizenship.  My wife is from India and I am a United States citizen.  After…

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Expanded Unlawful Presence Waiver to take effect August 29

The attorneys at Bagia & Associates, PC are available to speak with you about your personal immigration status and whether you may benefit from the expanded unlawful presence waiver.  The expanded rule means increased opportunities for many people.  However, there are many details about the new rule that only an…

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