Legacy Immigration, LLC

Legacy Immigration, LLC Helping to preserve this country's legacy as a land of opportunity and freedom. The relationship that I have with my clients is predicated on a principle that I was taught as a child: 'treat others as you would like to be treated.' When I needed to hire an attorney, I was looking for someone with these qualities: integrity, truthfulness, advocacy, accessibility, responsiveness, efficiency, and straightforwardness.
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These are the same qualities that I implement in my own practice of law.

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10/07/2020

And now, traveling on Advance Parole for TPS-holders no longer allows you to adjust status. Thank God, all of my clients traveled and got their green cards before this happened.

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance Regarding Temporary Protected Status and Eligibility for Adjustment of Status
10/06/2020
USCIS today issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying whether temporary protected status (TPS) beneficiaries are eligible for adjustment of status under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). INA 245(a) requires an alien to have been inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled into the United States, unless exempt from this requirement.
The updated guidance reaffirms USCIS’ long-standing interpretation that an alien who enters the United States without having been inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled, and who is subsequently granted TPS, generally does not meet that requirement.
The updated guidance also incorporates Matter of Z-R-Z-C-, which held that generally TPS beneficiaries who travel outside the United States with prior authorization under INA 244(f)(3) retain the same status when they return to the United States that they had when they departed. If they were not considered inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled before their departure, that will not change when they return.
This updated policy guidance clarifies that decisions in the Sixth and Ninth Circuits holding that TPS is an admission for INA 245(a) purposes are limited to those jurisdictions. Outside of the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, Matter of H-G-G-, 27 I. & N. Dec. 617, 635 (AAO 2019), applies.

10/02/2020

The U.S. will allow only 15,000 refugees into the country next year, the Trump administration announced, a tiny fraction of the 110,000 admitted by the Barack Obama administration in 2016. A California judge has meanwhile temporarily blocked Trump’s summer order suspending visas for thousands of foreign workers. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has no such worries: His country’s Supreme Court has approved his plans for a controversial referendum on holding corruption trials against five of his predecessors.

10/02/2020

I-864 Joint Sponsors, the Trump Administration is making it harder for you to sponsor your friends and family.

DHS Proposes Rule to Strengthen Affidavit of Support Process
10/01/2020
WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking that would increase the integrity of the nation’s lawful immigration system, make it easier to hold immigrant sponsors accountable for failing to meet the obligations of contracts they sign with the federal government, and align agency policy in accordance with the May 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens.
“Reforming the immigrant sponsorship process will more effectively protect American taxpayers, ensure that aliens applying for permanent benefits don’t rely on public resources, and strengthen the accountability mechanism against those who fail to financially support aliens they sponsor,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “The department will continue to advance the president’s directive to properly enforce immigration laws and ensure the federal government is reimbursed should sponsored aliens receive public benefits, which is what Congress intended when they passed the relevant legislation.”
The proposed update would require American citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents who choose to sponsor an immigrant by submitting a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA, or Form I-864EZ, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA, to provide credit reports and credit scores, certified copies of income tax returns for the last three years, and bank account information to effectively demonstrate they can maintain the required income.
Additionally, under the proposed rule, any petitioning sponsor found to have received means-tested public benefits within the last 36 months of submitting a Form I-864, or to have defaulted on previous obligations to support an immigrant, must be backed by a joint sponsor who has received no such public benefits during that time.
Other proposed changes include eliminating the subpoena requirement before USCIS can provide certain information to benefit-granting agencies and other parties authorized to pursue civil action against defaulting sponsors, and limiting the type/number of household members who can file a Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member.
The Affidavit of Support process is required for most family-based immigrants and some employment-based intending immigrants to show that they have adequate means of financial support and are not likely to become a public charge.
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis) and LinkedIn (/uscis).

Diversity Visa Ban Struck Down by Judge
09/10/2020
Diversity Visa Ban Struck Down by Judge

Diversity Visa Ban Struck Down by Judge

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas on September 5. Each year, the State Department uses a lottery system to select visa recipients from a broad array of countries. In April, President Trump banned diversity visa recipients from entering the country. Wh...

08/13/2020

This has been a stellar week! Motion to terminated granted for a client with a removal order (that we reopened) despite the time bar, an approval on an I-130 filed in 2017 (that was lost), and an H-1B approval without an RFE! I'm flying high!

Another hit for immigrants. The public charge rule can prevent applicants from getting green cards. https://www.uscis.go...
01/31/2020
USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

Another hit for immigrants. The public charge rule can prevent applicants from getting green cards. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-public-charge-rule-implementation-following-supreme-court-stay-nationwide-injunctions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal cour

Dawn Sequeira, Legacy Immigration, recently had the privilege of presenting the Legacy Immigration Scholarships for Care...
01/13/2020
Legacy Immigration Scholarship Awards - Immigration Attorney in Bethesda, MD

Dawn Sequeira, Legacy Immigration, recently had the privilege of presenting the Legacy Immigration Scholarships for Career Advancement to recipients at the 26th annual meeting of the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research.

Legacy Immigration Scholarships for Career Advancement were offered in three categories, namely, travel to scientific meetings, training to improve skills and pilot project development. For launching a pilot project, Rekha Rao, Manepalli, Kansas University Cancer Center, Kansas City, was honored. Travel scholarships were given to doctoral candidates Saswati Karmakar, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha; and Dr. Sharavan Ramachandran, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo; and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Monish Ram Makena, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore.

The Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research (AAISCR) is an organization committed to supporting outstanding young Indian American cancer researchers.

The event was attended by many well-known cancer researchers,oncologists, pathologists,biotechnology industry representatives and a representative from the American Association for Cancer Research.

Dawn Sequeira, Legacy Immigration, recently had the privilege of presenting the Legacy Immigration Scholarships for Career Advancement to recipients at the 26th annual meeting of the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research.

The US government will prosecute people who have 2 or more illegal entries into the U.S.  https://www.ice.gov/news/relea...
01/08/2020
Twice-deported Belizean national with 3 prior felony convictions indicted for illegally reentering the US

The US government will prosecute people who have 2 or more illegal entries into the U.S. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/twice-deported-belizean-national-3-prior-felony-convictions-indicted-illegally

Akeem Garnett, 37, a.k.a. “Akeen Dean Garnett” and “Emerson Edmund Hewitt,” whose most recent residence was in Beverly Hills, was named in a one-count federal grand jury indictment that alleges he illegally reentered the United States

07/04/2019

ICE ALERT!!!

ICE has been asking people for ID outside of the Silver Spring metro today.

Do not show them any type of paperwork nothing. It can be could use against you.

Simply asking am I being to detained legally they cannot detain you unless they have a warrant with your name on it and it’s signed by a judge. This is when you repeat to them if I’m not being detained I am free to go walk away.

Ice ha estado pidiendo por identificaciones
afuera del metro de sliver spring hoy día

Por favor les suplico que no contestan nada.. tampoco enseñen oh presenten identificaciones.

preguntan si están detenidos Legalmente no los pueden detener sin un orden de arresto con su nombre y firmado por un juez. Éste momento es cuando usted les preguntan otra vez me están deteniendo Como no los puedo detener les dicen ustedes después soy libre para irme.

Please keep your loved one safe!

06/27/2019

I just confirmed that Military Parole in Place is gone by July 31st. If eligible, apply now otherwise it will be much tougher to get a green card.

Uh oh. Clean up that social media platform if you need a US visa
06/03/2019
Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Uh oh. Clean up that social media platform if you need a US visa

The policy shift was described by AP as a “vast expansion” of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of people wanting to enter the U.S. Immigration advocates have decried the move as a potential impingement on privacy and First Amendment rights.

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Timeline: Immigrant children separated from families at the border Aaron Hegarty, USA TODAY
Try to start the green card process, if possible, as soon as possible. If you do not have uuuhj unlawful presence and entered the U.S. legally, an employer may be able to sponsor you. It does not need to be your current employer. These cases take at least one year, so start now!
Why? Just...why?
Trump is going to end TPS for Nepal.
American University Washington College of Law congratulates Dawn C. Sequeira and other Alumni who have been awarded the title of “Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine.