Changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

The United States Department of State recently announced changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acknowledged that the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the…

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Information Session on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Attorneys Jay Bagia and Stephen Antwine will be speaking at Centro de Alabanza church in South Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 23 at 8:00 pm.  The church is located at  2238 S. 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145. This presentation will be in Spanish and will give answers to practical legal questions, including What to…

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Eight of Twelve Families Targeted by ICE Have Been Released

Eight of Twelve Families Targeted by ICE Have Been Released Remaining Mothers and Children Still Unjustly Incarcerated February 8, 2016 Washington D.C. – After being held in detention for more than a month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), eight of the families rounded up by ICE at the beginning of…

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H-2B Returning Workers Exempted from the H-2B Cap for 2016

Effective December 18, 2015, H-2B workers identified as “returning workers” are exempted from the fiscal year (FY) 2016 annual H-2B cap of 66,000 visas. A returning worker is defined as “an H-2B worker who was previously counted against the annual H-2B cap of 66,000 visas during FYs 2013, 2014, or…

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A Grateful New Citizen

I met with Jay Bagia regarding a request for evidence that was issued to me after my naturalization interview–I had attended the first interview without a lawyer. Mr. Bagia provided an assessment of my case which was about a specialized tax issue. After an extensive discussion with him, I hired…

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TPS for South Sudan

The Secretary of Homeland Security has redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for that country. The TPS extension will run from May 3, 2016, through November 2, 2017, due to the “ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in South Sudan…

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Asylum Granted

A success story to share with you. I am honored to have been by Catherine’s side throughout the last four years while she has worked her way through the immigration quagmire. I met Catherine in 2012 when she was working on her second Master’s Degree here in the United States.…

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A Beautiful Life Together

I really have to say that Bagia & Associates changed my life. When I came to them, my husband had no legal status in the United States and we were hesitant to move forward with our life plans knowing that his future in this country was uncertain. It was really…

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on President Obama’s Executive Action

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the case United States v. Texas, regarding President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The outcome of the case will determine whether the immigration programs that the president ordered, including Deferred Action for Parents and an expanded DACA, can take effect. A ruling is…

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A Satisfied Family

The immigration process can sometimes seem daunting. But when the attorney and client work together the results can be life changing…… Good morning Shelley, Just to inform you about our daughter’s green card, we just got it today by mail, we also received your letter yesterday.  Thank you very much…

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