Comprehensive Immigration Reform is On The Move but it's not here yet. On June 27th, 2013, a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill was approved by the Senate. While this is great news, the process is only partially finished. The House of Representatives must still pass a bill before the bill gets to the President who can sign it and make the proposed bill law. Till then, we are hopeful, but nothing is final and the proposed law will likely change considerably before a final bill reaches the President's desk. Avoid notaries who might claim to be able to help you.
Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decision. Today, June 26th, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Defense Against Marriage Act. United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ____ (2013) For persons with legal same-sex marriages, this means that the federal government should no longer deny immigration benefits. Although the decision was reached in the context of federal estate tax laws and a same-same marriage recognized by the State of New York, it appears that same-sex marriages recognized by the State of Washington should benefit as well.
What does this mean? If you are married to a person of the same sex, and your spouse is not a United States citizen, you will probably be able to sponsor them as well as their unmarried children. We say probably, because like with all immigration matters there are many issues that come into play, including prior periods of unlawful status, criminal matters, date of marriage and age of step-children, etc.
For more information, contact our office today to schedule a paid consultation.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced on June 14, 2012 that certain individuals under thirty years old, who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
This announcement represents a significance change in current policy which will enable countless youth to apply for temporary immigration benefits including the right to work in the U.S. and to be protected from removal to their country of origin.
For more information about this new policy please contact our offices to speak with an Immigration Attorney about the specific requirements and procedures.
For American citizens, the opportunity to live and work in the United States is automatic. For the remainder of the world’s citizens, the path to residency appears simple, but is in fact complicated and often strewn with hidden legal pitfalls. Seattle Immigration Attorney Carol L. Edward recognizes the importance of negotiating this pathway artfully and carefully with constant attention to every step of the immigration process. The Law Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P.S. is dedicated to assisting our clients through this process with clear communication, care, and expertise.
For over 25 years, the Law Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P. S. has represented private individuals, businesses, universities and non-profit organizations. Our attorneys are effective, trustworthy and we practice immigration law because we enjoy working with clients from around the world. We appreciate the challenge of practicing in a complicated area of law.
Carol L. Edward has been a licensed attorney specializing in immigration cases since 1984. The Law Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P.S., encompasses a team of experienced lawyers ready and willing to assist in the preparation and presentation of immigration cases for their clients. Attorney Carol L. Edward principally represents clients moving to or located in the Pacific Northwest. She is licensed in Washington State and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Many of her cases have been published decisions of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also served as the Chair of the Washington State Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
“My job as the attorney is to put my client in the driver’s seat by giving them information and relieving their anxiety about the immigration process. I enjoy working with clients and the challenge of presenting their case in a way most likely to achieve the immigration benefit they are seeking.”
- Seattle Attorney Carol L. Edward.