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San Francisco Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog

Law Offices of Daniel E. Chavez. Latest news & Insights for immigration law in the Northern California San Francisco Bay Area.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform - The Good

First, the good news! Millions of individuals in unlawful status may soon be able to apply to adjust their status to the legal status of Registered Provisional Immigrant Status (RPI). The Criteria for Eligibility would be proof of residence in the United States before December 31, 2011,  and maintenance of continuous physical presence since then and payment of a $500 penalty fee (except for DREAM Act eligible students), and assessed taxes, per adult applicant and all applicable fees required to pay for the cost of processing the application.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform - The Basics

As you may have heard, on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on a sweeping bill to overhaul the immigration system. The 844-page bill includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally, new border security measures, a mandatory nationwide system to verify the legal status of newly hired workers, two new guest worker programs and a host of changes to the legal immigration system. The sponsors said they hoped to win passage of the bill in the Senate by early June, but it will undoubtedly be subjected to many twists and turns and obstacles before a law is passed. I want to get started anyway with a preliminary outline of some of the most important provisions for Legalization, or to use the official terms, Legal Immigration Adjustment of Status to Registered Provisional Immigrant Status [RPI] as well as information on the proposed changes to our Family Immigration system and a revamped Merits, or Skilled Labor route to immigration.

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Congress Reauthorizes and Strengthens the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

It is to be hoped that the immigration community is aware of and is taking advantage of a very important piece of legislation known as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The intention of VAWA is to protect the undocumented immigrant from  abusive relationships with U.S. Citizens (USC) or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). If you are the spouse or child of a USC or LPR, or the parent of  a USC, who is battered or subject to extreme cruelty, you may file a self-petition for your “green card” independently of the abusive USC/LPR spouse or parent. The child of a battered spouse is included without a separate petition. Remember, the abuser must have papers. Victims of similar violent abuse at the hands of the undocumented can apply for a different, nonimmigrant U visa, which will be the subject of another  blog soon. But, for now, I’d like to explain to you how VAWA can help you or a loved one obtain Lawful Permanent Residence.

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When is President Obama going to stop the deportations?

It is time to demand that President Obama stop what has become one of the most aggressive and ruthless efforts in decades to deport people from the United States. In the last FOUR years, this President has deported TWICE as many undocumented immigrants as Bush’s administration did in EIGHT years! This by a president who owes the next four years primarily to the trust the Latino voters put in him over candidate Romney.

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An Important First Step Toward Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As I alerted my readers in my January blog, broad immigration reform is becoming a distinct possibility at last. Last week a working group of Senators from both parties partially agreed on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward major legislation in years.

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Law Offices of Daniel E. Chavez
300 Oak Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
P: (707) 775-4531

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At the Law Offices of Daniel E. Chavez, in Petaluma, California, we handle immigration matters for individuals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, including Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Fairfield, Napa, Vallejo, Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Novato, Vacaville, Walnut Creek, Concord, Oakland, San Francisco, Ukiah, Fresno; and in Sonoma County, Marin County, Lake County, San Francisco County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Mendocino County, Shasta County, Humboldt County, Napa County, San Joaquin County and Merced County.

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