Immigration Backlog of cases affects clients

Yesterday I was interviewed by the local media on the increasing immigration cases backlog in El Paso, Texas.   I was able to share my experiences with reporter from KFOX El Paso, Crystal Price, regarding the effect such backlogs have on my clients.  If you’d like to see the video interview, go to the Gabriel Jimenez Law Office business page on facebook or copy the following link.

I just got DACA– can I get my legal residency?

I often get this question after a client of mine gets his or her Deferred Action application approved (DACA).  It’s an interesting question because my clients want to permanently legalize their status, not just have something temporary.  Well, the answer to the question, “I just got DACA– can I get my legal residency?”depends on various factors and it isn’t easy to answer with a yes or a no.  For example, before anything else you need the following (in most cases):  (1) a petitioner.   You normally cannot self-petition (there are exceptions to this) so you need someone to “file for you” as I like to say.  A common example is a US citizen spouse.  Okay, after you have have that you need to determine whether you entered the country legally.  If you did, then your situation might be a lot easier than a lot of other people who entered the country illegally (i.e., without a proper visa).   In any event, I had this in mind since I got this question earlier today.   Feel free to call or email me if you have any further quesitons on this topic.  Gabriel Jimenez.

California Governor Ok’s Driver Licenses

Good news for undocumented in California.   Developing news indicate that Governor Brown will sign a law allowing undocumented individuals in California from applying for a Drivers’ License.  This will mean that individuals with DACA (deferred action) and others will be able to finally drive legally in the state.   More news as they develop!

American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference 2013

It’s already been two weeks since my associate attorney, Natalia and myself traveled to San Francisco to attend the annual American Immigration Lawyer’s Association conference.  It is a 3 day conference full of educational presentations that allow us to stay abreast of legal developments in the area of immigration and nationality law.   It was a great learning experience.

It is important for our clients to know that we are dedicated to always keeping up with the changes taking place in immigration law.  This allows us to be best prepared for whatever legal issue may arrise in your cases.

Indeed, this is the third conference that I have attended in 3 years as I attended an educational conference in Mexico city in November 2012 and before that, I attended the 3 day AILA conference in San Diego in 2011.

Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish all of our clients and potential clients a Happy New Year.  It is an exciting time to be involved in the practice of immigration law.  Please contact us with any questions.