ICE Resumes Deportations Throughout the United States

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, many illegal immigrants were able to take a short breather, in a sense, as ICE had put a halt to deportations and raids, for the time being. Unfortunately for many illegal immigrants, since mid-July, there have been over 2,000 deportations from the United States.

That being said, ICE claims that these deportations are mainly geared towards those with criminal convictions that are here in the United States illegally. In fact, Tony Pham, the new interim director of ICE, said in a statement, ““The aliens targeted during this operation preyed on men, women and children in our communities, committing serious crimes and, at times, repeatedly hurting their victims. Through our targeted enforcement efforts, we are eliminating the threat posed by these criminals, many of whom are repeat offenders.”

ICE claims that at least 85 percent of those targeted by the raids are serious criminal offenders, however, an analysis conducted by the New York Times has concluded that this is not the case, and that there are, perhaps, more illegal immigrants who have done nothing wrong that are currently being deported than ICE is letting on. While the truth of the matter is not fully clear, one thing is for sure: this is a frightening time to be an illegal immigrant here in the United States.

If you are an undocumented immigrant and you are facing deportation, or you have any additional questions about how this may impact your status here in the United States, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Wisconsin deportation defense attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the process ahead. We are always here. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What You Need to Know About Naturalization Ceremonies in Wisconsin

If you are someone who has filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you are most likely extremely excited, as this is the last step of becoming an official United States citizen. You should be very proud that you have gotten to this point in your life. That being said, as you approach your naturalization ceremony, you most likely have several questions about what that ceremony will look like. Here are some of the questions you may have for our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys:

Are there different types of naturalization ceremonies?

Yes, there are two. One type is the administrative ceremony, and the other is called the judicial ceremony. You will have to take the Oath of Allegiance at both ceremonies, though in an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath and in the judicial ceremony, a court will administer the Oath. You will most likely not have your ceremony on the same day as your interview, however, it is possible that there may be ceremonies available immediately after your interview. If there are not, you will receive a letter from USCIS with the time, date, and location of your ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you can return the notice to USCIS with a written reason as to why you cannot attend and include a requested new ceremony date. If you change the date more than once, your application may be denied.

What happens when I arrive at my naturalization ceremony?

To start, you should understand that you must follow all guidelines regarding coronavirus protocol that USCIS is now taking. You can find these on USCIS’s website. That being said, once you check in with USCIS and provide them with your completed questionnaire and your Form N-455, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, you will return your Permanent Resident Card and take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. Once you are finally granted citizenship here in the United States, you can reap all the benefits of being an American citizen. You did it! Once you become a naturalized citizen, for example, you are entitled to apply for various passports, vote in our elections, update your Social Security records, and do not have to feel frightened that your citizenship here in the U.S. will ever come into question again. If you have any additional questions, give us a call today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What You Need to Know About Employment Visas in the U.S.

If you are someone who is looking to work here in the United States, then you have most likely read up on employment visas. Below, our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys have compiled a short guide to employment visas so you can go into the process feeling far more confident, knowing what to expect. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about employment visas and how we can help you receive one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Why do I need an employment visa?

When you receive an employment visa, you will be allowed, by law, to live in the United States, under the condition that you retain employment. You may extend this visa more than once, though, after the final extension, you will most likely have to go back to your native country. That being said, you will also have to return to your country if your job ends or is terminated. You should also note, however, that you may seek permanent residency as a nonimmigrant worker through the PERM labor certification process.

Are there different types of employment visas available in the U.S.?

Yes. There are many different kinds of employment visas, though most likely only one of those visas will apply to you. Some of the employment visas available in the U.S. are as follows:

  • H-1B Visas: These are for professional employees
  • H-2 Visas: These are for nonimmigrant unskilled workers who are looking for temporary or seasonal work
  • M Visas: These are nonvocational student visas
  • F Visas: If you are a student who is looking to attend a high school, private elementary school, conservatory, seminary, university, and other academic institutions, you will look to receive an F visa
  • B-1 Visas: You may receive a B-1 visa if you are looking to gain temporary entry into the United States for conferences, seminars, meetings, and more
  • TN Visas: Only Mexican or Canadian professionals with sponsors in the U.S. can receive TN visas
  • P Visas: These are temporary visas that are typically granted to noncitizen artists, athletes, and entertainers, as well as their spouses and children.
  • R Visas: These temporary visas are for religious workers

Applying for Employment Visas in the U.S.

You will apply for your employment visa outside of the United States, in your native country. That being said, the chances of you receiving such a visa are not great, as only 140,000 employment-based visas are handed out every year. Our firm can help expedite the process. All you have to do is give us a call today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS to Increase All Immigration-Related Fees by October

Recently U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it would be raising all immigration-related fees. As you may know, USCIS is a fee-funded agency, which means it requires fees to keep workers employed and to keep operations up and running. In fact, fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account account for about 97% of USCIS’s funding. That being said, in a recent move, the Department of Homeland Security announced that many immigration and naturalization fees will be adjusted, and raised. This is set to take effect October 2, 2020.

This comes as USCIS recently discovered in a biennial fee review that the current fees simply do not cover the financial cost of providing naturalization and adjudication services, leaving USCIS underfunded by around $1 billion every single year. This has brought on what is about a 20% increase in fees so they USCIS can continue operating as normal.

The fees being raised should help deter immigration fraud, vet applications and petitioners, and to adjudicate immigration benefit requests. The raised fees will also go towards newer technology, help pay those who work at USCIS, and additional general operations.

Of the move to increase the raise in fees, USCIS deputy director for policy Joseph Edlow said, “USCIS is required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures and make adjustments based on that analysis. These overdue adjustments in fees are necessary to efficiently and fairly administer our nation’s lawful immigration system, secure the homeland and protect Americans.”

If you wish to save money when filing, you should note that by filing online, you will receive a $10 reduction in your fee. All petitions, applications, or requests that are postmarked after October 2  must include payment of the new fee. For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call today. We are here to help you through every step of the legal process ahead.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS to Furlough Up to Two-Thirds of Its Staff By August 30

Recently, USCIS employees received notice that by August 30, 2020 two-thirds of their staff will be furloughed. This is an extremely high number, and though the Trump Administration cites the furlough as a failure on Congress’s part to reach a new coronavirus deal, many critics of the decision see this move as yet another strategy that the Trump Administration is using to stifle immigration to the United States.

Since the individuals working for USCIS are in charge of administering green cards, visas and providing immigrants with various other immigration-related services, one can only expect that this will have a drastic effect on immigration to the United States as a whole.

In fact, in a recent interview conducted by Forbes with Doug Rand, an individual who worked on immigration policy in the Obama Administration, Rand detailed the extent to which he felt the move by the Trump Administration would impact immigration to the U.S.

In the interview, Rand stated that millions of immigrants may be affected by the Trump Administration’s move, including up to 3 million individuals who will apply for green cards and temporary work visas. Additionally, there are over 760,000 permanent residents who have to renew their green cards every year, and if they cannot do so due to the mass furloughs, there is a very good chance that they may lose their permanent resident status as a result. Additionally, there are over 400,000 DACA recipients, and if they cannot renew their permits, they risk being deported. Finally, there are over 156,000 married couples who require a final interview to achieve permanent resident status, and if they are unable to receive that interview within the allotted timeframe, they may lose out on their chance to become citizens as well.

Rather obviously, we have not yet seen how this will precisely impact legal immigration into the United States, however, as of now, the outcome does look grim. That being said, if you are currently going through the immigration process, or you are about to enter the process, it is in your best interest to reach out to our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys today to learn more about how this move may affect you, and how we may be able to help you through the process ahead. For any additional questions, simply pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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