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Scott D. Pollock

Scott Pollock’s Legal Guides

18 total


  • What You Need to Know About President Obama’s Executive Action

    Last Thursday, President Obama announced plans to use his executive authority to provide temporary relief for several groups of non-citizens living in the United States. There is no change in the U.S.

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  • The Writing is on the Wall- tips for immigrant users of social media

    George Orwell's "1984," featured Big Brother which kept its wide-reaching eye on the citizens' activities, ready to crush any behavior or thoughts that went against the system. USCIS, ICE and CBP do this when they search Google, Facebook and other internet sites as part of their investigations.

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  • The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)- Is it Relevant to Immigration Law?

    What is the RFRA? RFRA prohibits the federal government from substantially burdening religion unless there is a compelling government interest in doing so, and the government uses the least restricti

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  • Consular Notification- a Benefit for Detainees and Other Strangers in a Strange Land

    What Rights are Protected under Article 36 of the VCCR? Foreign nationals detained in a foreign country are entitled to notification without delay that they may contact their consular officials if th

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  • The Dangers of Unauthorized Employment

    Unauthorized employment: 1) is a violation of nonimmigrant visa status; 2) can result in arrest and possible removal from the U.S.; 3) will result in a denial of an extension or change of status; 4) can be pointed to years later as an indication that a visa applicant committed v...

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  • International Athletes: What are some U.S. Visa Options?

    Is the athlete is of "extraordinary ability" for a nonimmigrant O-1 visa O-1 nonimmigrant visas are set aside for individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or a

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  • What to do if USCBP says you have abandoned your lawful resident status?

    If you do not agree that you abandoned your residence, do not sign anything and ask for a hearing with an immigration judge The CBP may try to have you sign an abandonment of residence Form I-407. T

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  • Returning Lawful Permanent Residents with Criminal Records May be Detained on Reentry to the U.S.

    If you have a criminal record, however minor, don't leave the U.S. but consult an immigration attorney Different offenses may have different immigration consequences. LPRs may be removable or inadmi

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  • How to Prepare for an Immigration Amnesty Program

    Get or retain documents showing physical residence in the U.S. Any amnesty legislation will require an applicant to have been physically present or continuously residing in the United States since a

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  • Sham marriage findings by USCIS- how to overcome them

    Document every aspect of your lives together From first meeting, to courtship, to engagement, to marriage and beyond, collect and maintain every possible scrap of paper you can to show that you live

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