Law Office of Michael Carlin PLLC

Law Office of Michael Carlin PLLC http://mcarlinlaw.com Immigration Law. (734) 369-3131. Hablamos Español Free Parking. Founded February 2011. We provide careful, thorough, and professional legal services to guide you through the U.S. immigration system.
We provide careful, thorough, and professional legal services to guide you through the U.S. immigration system. Whether you are applying for United States Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, or are in Immigration Court proceedings, we will handle your case with care. Our team of immigration lawyers has years of experience working with immigrants to help them to become lawful permanent residents and citizens of the United States. Attorneys Mike and Farah represent clients in Immigration Courts and at USCIS immigration offices. Mike has also presented arguments before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the federal appeals courts in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cincinnati.
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In President Donald Trump’s continued effort to eliminate immigration to the United States, it was revealed this week th...
07/10/2020
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “Citizens Academy” - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

In President Donald Trump’s continued effort to eliminate immigration to the United States, it was revealed this week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) plans to hold training sessions for citizens to teach them how to arrest undocumented immigrants. To say that this program (dubbed the “Citizens Academy”) could lead to devastating consequences for immigrants is an understatement.

As reported by Newsweek, “A letter published online by The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) appears to show ICE Chicago Field Office Director Robert Guadian inviting shareholders to participate in the course, which includes six days of training over a six-week period starting in September.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/u-s-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-ice-citizens-academy/

In President Donald Trump’s continued effort to eliminate immigration to the United States, it was revealed this week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) plans to hold training sessions for citizens to teach them how to arrest undocumented immigrants. To say that this program...

OK, let’s get straight to the point:  If you are in the United States without permission, you need to carry proof that y...
06/29/2020
You Need to Carry Proof of Two Years of U.S. Residence - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

OK, let’s get straight to the point: If you are in the United States without permission, you need to carry proof that you have resided in the United States for at least the most recent two years. Here’s why.

What is “expedited removal”?

On June 25, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that if you are a noncitizen in “expedited removal” proceedings, you don’t have a right to ask a federal judge to review your case.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/you-need-to-carry-proof-of-two-years-of-u-s-residence/

OK, let’s get straight to the point: If you are in the United States without permission, you need to carry proof that you have resided in the United States for at least the most recent two years. Here’s why. What is “expedited removal”? On June 25, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that if you a...

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” in the case of D...
06/26/2020
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dreamers - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” in the case of Department of Homeland Security vs. Regents of the University of California. A full copy of the opinion can be found here. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that was created in 2012 by President Barack Obama in an effort to provide legal status for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children.

In his never-ending campaign to halt immigration to the United States, President Donald Trump ordered an end to DACA on September 5, 2017, thereby placing the legal status of approximately 800,000 DACA recipients in jeopardy.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/u-s-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-dreamers/

  On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” in the case of Department of Homeland Security vs. Regents of the University of California. A full copy of the opinion can be found here. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhoo...

On June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that this Fall it will hear an immigration case from Michigan.  The ca...
06/19/2020
Supreme Court Will Hear Immigration Case From Michigan This Fall - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that this Fall it will hear an immigration case from Michigan. The case involves a question of national importance about which persons are eligible to apply for a benefit in Immigration Court called Cancellation of Removal.

The case is called Niz-Chavez v. Barr. Mr. Niz-Chavez had his removal hearing in Immigration Court in Detroit, Michigan. He is a citizen of Guatemala who entered the United States without permission in 2005. In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security issued him a document called a “Notice to Appear,” which listed the U.S. government’s immigration charges against Mr. Niz-Chavez, but did not list the date of his hearing in Immigration Court. Later in 2013, the Immigration Court provided Mr. Niz-Chavez with a notice indicating the date and time of his hearing.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/supreme-court-will-hear-immigration-case-from-michigan-this-fall/

  On June 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that this Fall it will hear an immigration case from Michigan. The case involves a question of national importance about which persons are eligible to apply for a benefit in Immigration Court called Cancellation of Removal. The case is called Niz-...

This week, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice released a draft rule, proposing severe changes that wo...
06/12/2020
President Trump’s Proposed Changes to Asylum Law - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

This week, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice released a draft rule, proposing severe changes that would make it increasingly difficult for immigrants to seek asylum in the United States. The complete draft rule can be found here and is set to be published on June 15, 2020 and will be open for public comment.

Since President Donald Trump took office, one of the administration’s main goals has been to impose tight restrictions on the immigration system, many of which have had a devastating impact on immigrants and their families all throughout the country and abroad.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/president-trumps-proposed-changes-to-asylum-law/

This week, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice released a draft rule, proposing severe changes that would make it increasingly difficult for immigrants to seek asylum in the United States. The complete draft rule can be found here and is set to be published on June 15, 2020 and wil...

USCIS has announced that they plan to reopen some field offices to the public beginning June 4, 2020.  USCIS had closed ...
05/29/2020
USCIS Plans to Reopen June 4 - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

USCIS has announced that they plan to reopen some field offices to the public beginning June 4, 2020. USCIS had closed offices to the public on March 18, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus health emergency. USCIS plans to implement procedures in an attempt to protect the health and safety of everyone. USCIS appointment notices will contain information on safety precautions that all persons will need to follow.

Please visit our website for more information: https://mcarlinlaw.com/uscis-plans-to-reopen-june-4/

USCIS has announced that they plan to reopen some field offices to the public beginning June 4, 2020. USCIS had closed offices to the public on March 18, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus health emergency. USCIS plans to implement procedures in an attempt to protect the health and safety of every...

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect all parts of the country including United States Citizenship and Immigratio...
05/18/2020
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Budget Crisis - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect all parts of the country including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for administering the country’s immigration system.

The pandemic has led to a large drop in the amount of applications submitted by immigrants for lawful permanent resident status, naturalization, as well as other programs. The budget that USCIS uses to operate is derived from the filing fees for these types of applications.

USCIS is now seeking $1.2 billion from Congress as well as planning to implement fee increases in order to continue its operations. Per the New York Times, USCIS “receipts could plummet by more than 60 percent by the close of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/united-states-citizenship-and-immigration-services-uscis-budget-crisis/

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect all parts of the country including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for administering the country’s immigration system. The pandemic has ...

Back in February 2020, we discussed a case at the U.S. Supreme Court  involving a federal statute that makes it a crime ...
05/08/2020
Supreme Court Remands Free Speech Immigration Case Back to 9th Circuit - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

Back in February 2020, we discussed a case at the U.S. Supreme Court involving a federal statute that makes it a crime to encourage or advise immigrants in the country to stay illegally. The question, as it was presented to the Supreme Court, was whether the federal statute is unconstitutional because it tends to criminalize protected free speech.

On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision, concluding that the lower appeals court – the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – had impermissibly stepped in to shape the legal questions in the case. The Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision and sent the case back to the Ninth Circuit to consider the case as the parties had presented it, and not as the Ninth Circuit had redesigned the case.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/supreme-court-remands-free-speech-immigration-case-back-to-9th-circuit/

Back in February 2020, we discussed a case at the U.S. Supreme Court involving a federal statute that makes it a crime to encourage or advise immigrants in the country to stay illegally. The question, as it was presented to the Supreme Court, was whether the federal statute is unconstitutional becau...

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have devastating impacts on immigration to the United States. On A...
05/01/2020
Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have devastating impacts on immigration to the United States. On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order that restricts certain immigrants from entering the United States for 60 days, with some exceptions. The full order can be read here.

The Executive Order states that its aim is to suspend entry of certain immigrants to the United States due to the negative impact that foreign workers can have on the labor market during the Coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump states, “I have determined that, without intervention, the United States faces a potentially protracted economic recovery with persistently high unemployment if labor supply outpaces labor demand.”

To read more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/executive-order-suspending-entry-of-certain-immigrants/

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have devastating impacts on immigration to the United States. On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order that restricts certain immigrants from entering the United States for 60 days, with some exceptions. The full ord...

In earlier posts, we discussed the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule about denying permanent resident status to a...
04/17/2020
States Ask Supreme Court to Put “Public Charge” Rules on Hold - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

In earlier posts, we discussed the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule about denying permanent resident status to applicants who are considered likely to become a “public charge.”

In January 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order that allowed U.S. immigration officials to put the new rules into effect while it is still being challenged in the courts.

In February 2020, USCIS and the U.S. Department of State began to require applicants to follow the new public charge rules.

On April 13, 2020, officials representing New York, along with Vermont and Connecticut, asked the Supreme Court to put the public charge rules on hold until the Coronavirus emergency is over.

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/states-ask-supreme-court-to-put-public-charge-rules-on-hold/

In earlier posts, we discussed the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule about denying permanent resident status to applicants who are considered likely to become a “public charge.” In January 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order that allowed U.S. immigration officials to put the new rul...

Over the past few weeks, Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has wreaked havoc all throughout the United States. One highly vulner...
04/09/2020
Immigrant Detainees Battling Coronavirus - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

Over the past few weeks, Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has wreaked havoc all throughout the United States. One highly vulnerable population at this time includes immigrants who are currently being held in detention.

While Attorney General William Barr has ordered the release of medically vulnerable federal inmates, there has yet to be a nationwide effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do the same for the more than 34,000 immigrant detainees around the country. Sixty percent of these detainees do not have criminal records and are only detained for immigration violations.

For more details, please see: https://mcarlinlaw.com/immigrant-detainees-battling-coronavirus/

Over the past few weeks, Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has wreaked havoc all throughout the United States. One highly vulnerable population at this time includes immigrants who are currently being held in detention. While Attorney General William Barr has ordered the release of medically vulnerable fede...

Just a short note to let you know that we are STILL working with you on your immigration matters during the Coronavirus ...
03/29/2020

Just a short note to let you know that we are STILL working with you on your immigration matters during the Coronavirus public health emergency. Although we are not able to see you in person at this time, we are able to work with you by phone calls, video consultations, and communications by email, U.S. mail, and any other ways that we can get the work completed. We are still actively working on your cases, and we continue to send in applications to USCIS and the Immigration Courts.

If you would like to contact us, please simply give us a phone call at (734) 369-3131, or send us an email to [email protected], and we will be in touch with you right away. It is our pleasure to continue to provide high quality legal services during this difficult time. Thank you!

https://mcarlinlaw.com/we-are-still-here-for-you/

Over the past few weeks, the spread of the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has caused major upheaval all around the world. Eve...
03/22/2020

Over the past few weeks, the spread of the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has caused major upheaval all around the world. Every facet of life has been impacted in the United States including immigration. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. His complete proclamation can be found here.

One of the measures that President Trump has taken is to suspend entry of all foreign nationals who were present in countries with COVID-19 outbreaks within the prior 14 days including China, Iran, and the Schengen area of Europe. This temporary ban only applies to foreign nationals and does not include lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

For more details, please see: https://mcarlinlaw.com/coronavirus-updates-on-immigration/

Among the eight immigration cases pending at the U.S. Supreme Court is one involving the First Amendment.  On February 2...
02/29/2020

Among the eight immigration cases pending at the U.S. Supreme Court is one involving the First Amendment. On February 25, 2020, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, a case involving a federal statute that makes it a crime to encourage or advise immigrants in the country to stay illegally. The Supreme Court will decide if this federal statute is unconstitutional. A decision is expected by June 30, 2020.

The case stems from a California woman, Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, who ran an immigration consulting business serving Filipino home health care workers. From 2001 to 2008, she collected more than $3 million from clients applying for an adjustment of their immigration status. But the particular program Sineneng-Smith was filing under had ended in 2001, so the clients she applied for were not actually eligible.

To read more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/supreme-court-hears-free-speech-immigration-case/

On Monday, February 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State will implement new policies related to the Trump Administrati...
02/22/2020
U.S. Consulates Implementing New Public Charge Rule - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On Monday, February 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State will implement new policies related to the Trump Administration’s public charge rule. The new policy is scheduled to go into effect worldwide on February 24, 2020.

Applicants for immigrant visas will now be required to complete an additional form, called the DS-5540.

The U.S. Department of State has also amended the sections of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) relating to the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

For details, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/u-s-consulates-implementing-new-public-charge-rule/

On Monday, February 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State will implement new policies related to the Trump Administration’s public charge rule. The new policy is scheduled to go into effect worldwide on February 24, 2020. Applicants for immigrant visas will now be required to complete an addition...

On February 6, 2020, a federal judge permanently blocked a DHS policy shift regarding persons who entered the United Sta...
02/15/2020
Judge Permanently Blocks DHS Policy Shift on Student Visas - Law Office of Michael Carlin, PLLC

On February 6, 2020, a federal judge permanently blocked a DHS policy shift regarding persons who entered the United States on student visas and who later fell out of valid status.

Background

Many noncitizens who enter the United States on certain nonimmigrant visas – including F, J, and M student visas – are permitted to remain in the United States for the time during which they are pursuing their educations at accredited schools or engaging in authorized training after the completion of their studies. When persons with these visas are admitted to the United States, they generally are admitted not for a specific period of time, but rather for the “duration of status.” When DHS issues an I-94 to these persons, they generally state that they are permitted to remain through “D/S,” which stands for “duration of status.”

To learn more, please visit: https://mcarlinlaw.com/judge-permanently-blocks-dhs-policy-shift-on-student-visas/

On February 6, 2020, a federal judge permanently blocked a DHS policy shift regarding persons who entered the United States on student visas and who later fell out of valid status. Background Many noncitizens who enter the United States on certain nonimmigrant visas – including F, J, and M student...

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