Immigration Law Blog

How to Become a Permanent Resident by Getting a Green Card

Getting your Green Card gives you permanent residency in the United States, and is the second to last step in becoming a United States Citizen. For some, this process will be faster and go more smoothly than others. And Green Card status is not available to everyone immediately. Before we review the process of getting your Green Card, let’s...

How to Become a Citizen: Requirements for Naturalization

How to Become a Citizen - Requirements for Naturalization
You are proud to be a permanent resident of the United States and live here legally, but you may not feel like an official American until you have received your citizenship. Applying and receiving citizenship status is a big deal, so it is probably not surprising that it can take a long time and involves specific, complicated requirements and...

I-601A Waiver: Important Updates

The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses, children, or parents) who are currently residing in the United States to apply for a provisional waiver while in the United States, provided they meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the regulations and warrant a favorable exercise of discretion. The law provides that USCIS can deny...

Can Justin Bieber Be Deported?

Teen pop star Justin Bieber made headlines recently for some questionable behavior. The 19-year-old musician was arrested on January 23, 2014 for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI), posession of illegal narcotics, and drag racing in Florida. Scores of Bieber’s fan – known as “Beliebers” – pose the question of whether the Canadian entertainer can legally be deported from...

What You Should Know About the Minnesota Dream Act

t’s no secret that college is expensive.  For students faced with out-of-state tuition, it’s too expensive. What if you have lived in a state for many years and are still billed the out-of-state price? That’s something young students who are also undocumented immigrants face all over the country. A new Minnesota law however, has changed that. Before the Dream Act,...

White House Announces Initiatives for Streamlining Legal Immigration

The White House recently announced and reiterated their initiatives for streamlining the process for legal immigration and assisting those who wish to immigrate to America. The U.S. Administration has been vocal in its efforts to promote legal citizenship and to encourage newcomers to fully integrate to their new communities. Recognizing the past contributions of those immigrants that have come...

Attorney Katie DeGrio Channing Talks Immigration with WCCO News in Minneapolis

On January 29, 2013, immigration attorney Katie DeGrio Channing discussed U.S. Immigration Law with Jason DeRusha from WCCO News in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  With Presdient Obama recently announcing a push for immigration reform, there may be new opportunities for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to obtain lawful and permanent status in the United States.  Ms. Channing...