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Elizabeth Rose Blandon

Elizabeth Blandon’s Legal Guides

165 total


  • When A Denial Is NOT A Denial: Three Common Examples

    A denial on an application for immigration benefits does not necessarily prevent foreigners from an approval on a second or different application. The truth is most denials are just roadblocks. They can be overcome on the road to an approval. Learn from your mistakes. The numbe...

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  • Siblings: US Citizens Should Petition NOW

    Any U.S. citizen who thinks that their foreign sibling may want to become a legal permanent resident in the future should submit a petition NOW. United States citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to petition family members for green cards. However, only United Sta...

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  • Obtaining Refugee Status in a Third Country

    Persons outside the United States who have a fear of returning to their home country may qualify for refugee status while abroad. The fear of extreme harm must be based on the foreigners: race; religion; nationality; membership in a particular social group; or political opinion...

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  • Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples (Ding, Dong DOMA Died)

    On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that parts of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. Thus, persons who are legally married in a state that allows same-sex marriage are entitled to the same federal benefits as other different-sex couples who marry in that...

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  • The Immigration Judge Must Consider ALL Evidence

    The Real ID Act of 2005 has increased the burden on foreign nationals to produce documents in asylum cases. In essence, this law requires that applicants obtain evidence proving their claim; those relying solely on their testimony must provide reasonable explanations as to why ...

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  • Persecution: In the Eyes of the Immigration Judge or Officer

    Does a death threat amount to persecution? We have all heard the expression that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Well, for asylum cases, persecution lies in the eyes of the immigration judge or officer. The conflicting decisions by courts around the country make it diffi...

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  • How Soon Can An Asylee Bring Family to the US?

    One of the major benefits of winning an asylum case is that foreigners are eligible to file a petition to bring their family members to the United States. A person who has been granted asylum is known as an asylee. Which family members qualify? An asylee can petition their spo...

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  • The Best Three Steps to Prepare for an Embassy Interview

    An interview with an embassy official can be daunting. However, breaking the interview down into the following steps will help create a (relatively) stress-free experience. Step 1: Hire an attorney. Navigating the deep waters of immigration law can be very confusing because the ...

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  • Foreigners Forced to Help Terrorists: Is Asylum Case at Risk?

    The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which decides appeals for cases in Florida, recently made a decision that hurts asylum applicants. They decided that foreigners who provided help to any terrorist organization even if they did this under threat of being killed -- are inel...

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  • Three Ways to Reopen After a Deportation Order

    Deportationseems likedisaster. An order from an immigration judge seems like the end for a family, the end for meaningful employment, and perhaps the end to safety. Such an order, however, is not necessarily the end of the story. There are three ways to file a Motion to Reopen. ...

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