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Where to start when getting your U.S. visa!

It can often be very confusing trying to figure out where to start in the immigration process when applying for your visa for the first time. If you are confused and overwhelmed by the immigration process read on and hopefully with the help of this post and the video below I can help put you on the right path to getting the right visa for you. I know when I emigrated from Ireland many moons ago and went through the immigration process for the first time myself I did not know where to start and what sort of things I needed to be thinking about. That is what prompted me to become an Immigration Attorney and start so I could try and help others through this complex and often laborious process.


One of the first things you want to consider when getting a visa to the United States is what do you want that visa for? If you want to come and live and work in the U.S.

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TPS has been extended for Hondurans and Nicaraguans

Recently USCIS has extended Temporary Protected Status (more commonly referred to as TPS) for eligible individuals from both Honduras and Nicaragua. The re-registration window was opened on October 16, 2014 and is open till December 15, 2014. This means that eligible indiTemporary Protected Status for Hondurasviduals can now get both work authorization and a reprieve from deportation from January 2015 till January 2016.

If you’re sure what that means don’t worry and read on as I provide a general overview of the process below, but I would recommend speaking with an attorney to help you with the process to make sure that you are doing everything correctly so contact us today and let us help you through the process.

Only individuals from certain eligible countries, such as Nicaragua and Honduras, can apply for TPS. For a full list of who is designated and the relevant time periods, which I further comment on below, visit the USCIS website.

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Green Card Lottery Registration is Now Open!

The 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery already began taking applications on Oct 1. It will continue to take applications through November 3, 2014. The Diversity Visa Lottery (more commonly known as the Green Card Lottery) allows an individual from certain underrepresented countries to apply to win a visa to the United States with few requirements. Although the chances of winning are slim it is a widely popular program that millions around the world try their luck at winning. However, if you are one of the lucky few to win you are not guaranteed a visa just yet, you must then go through a background check.  If you haven’t yet submitted an application and you are interested in doing so, then you may want to take advantage of the opportunity now by applying here your Green Card

As you may already be aware, there has been much debate in the U.S. on overhauling the immigration system as it now stands. 

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Immigration controversy emerges from Ebola crisis

ebolaRecently, as you all are most likely aware, one person from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola in Texas. Just as Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and pushing it through on his own if he has to by the end of the year, it appears the sole Ebola patient in the U.S. may once again heat up the debate on immigration. People are asking why the Ebola patient was ever issued a visa to enter the U.S. and how many others carrying the Ebola virus were issued a visa.

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