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  • Can you represent self in a Vawa case?

    After the case has been denied.

    Morgan’s Answer

    It's completely true that you can represent yourself, but VAWA petitions are complicated. Consider at least contacting an attorney for a consultation, so you can better understand what you'd be taking on by yourself.

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  • Immigration question, I am DACA approved... BUT....HELP!!

    i applied and was hired by a healtcare facility for seniors but they called me right now saying they called DOJ and they gave my name and social and it was not on file. And obviously they need to have my background info, but apparently is not on f...

    Morgan’s Answer

    My colleague is correct, the DOJ would only have criminal records, and that combined with the fact that you've only just obtained a social security number may cause some confusion with your new employer. I would suggest you explain that situation, perhaps provide them with a copy of your approval letter to show them how recently you've obtain a social security number, then ask if you can request a police clearance letter or some other means of showing you don't have any criminal history issues. These are simply suggestions, but I hope they help.

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  • Really confused with my U visa application from card production back to post decision activity. Mean no final decision yet?

    Application Type: I765 , APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION Your Case Status: Card/ Document Production On June 22, 2013, we ordered production of your new card. Please allow 30 days for your card to be mailed to you. If we need some...

    Morgan’s Answer

    I agree with my fellow attorneys. This is pretty straightforward. Your request for employment authorization has been approved and your card is being produced. You should expect to receive your employment authorization card in the next few weeks.

    Nothing but good news here. Congrats.

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  • How do I protect myself regarding threats from my wife to call the sheriff on me when I've done nothing to threaten or harm her?

    My wife has called the sheriff one other time. They arrested and released me because I didn't touch her. She is having serious medical and psychological problems and has threatened to do this again.

    Morgan’s Answer

    I'm sorry for your situation. Being in a marriage where you fear you'll be falsely accused of a crime must be very painful.

    The truth is that you can't prevent her from making these allegations. You can leave your wife, as another attorney suggested, but that doesn't prevent her from making false allegations. You can try to get her help for her medical/psychological problems, if you think they're at the root of this behavior, but that doesn't mean she'll stop this behavior. Ultimately, she can make those false claims, and then you can seek remedies after the fact.

    Given your circumstances, these answers probably don't make you feel any better about your situation. Good luck.

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  • My friend and her husband were in a verbal argument that turned physical, and she's not sure if she should've called the police.

    During a verbal argument she threw a barely wet diaper at her husband. He responded by punching her in the arm. She had a big bruise on her arm for about three weeks. Her concern is that if she called the authorities she would be arrested, too....

    Morgan’s Answer

    It is very good to know you're actively looking for ways to help your friend. Many people don't get involved. Please continue to be there for her.

    There are a number of factors which contribute to the officers' decisions to arrest both parties because they are viewed as mutually combative, but I would generally counsel my clients that anytime someone strikes them, threatens them, makes them feel unsafe, they should get to a safe place and call the police.

    These incidents rarely happen in a vacuum, so encourage your friend to ask for help when/if she needs it. Perhaps help here work out a safety plan if her husband escalates an argument again and she is in danger. Often times, these kinds of situations get worse/more severe/more dangerous, so it's a good idea for her to know what she can do to protect herself and her child, in addition to calling the police. If, in the future, she does call the police, she can tell the police when they arrive about the previous incident, so they're aware of the history of violence.

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  • I am a US citizen and my father has a green card, can we both submit petitions for my brother. Meaning, one I-130 from each of u

    I am a US citizen, both parents have green cards. Brother is not in the US and has never been.

    Morgan’s Answer

    How old is your brother? Is he married? How long has your father been a LPR? I'd love a little more info, but it's certainly possible you can both petition for him.

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  • Can my ex husband get a green card under the new law of Obama where illegal immigrants will be granted legal status ?

    We married, he got a green card through me, but will soon lose it because of marriage fraud (don't want to go into specifics here as it's a long story, sorry), and I am afraid that after not being able to remove his conditions, he might try to ove...

    Morgan’s Answer

    This is a really common question, but it's one that none of us can or want to answer at this point. It's premature as there is no new law. There is a Senate Bill which has been proposed and none of us know what the law, assuming this bill even passes in to law, will look like.

    When and if the bill passes, then schedule a consultation with an attorney and do some research online.

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  • I360 evidence request

    I sent the evidence they requested, It's passed on VAWA. I didn't apply for the green card at the same time of applying for the I360 and now my work permit is expired.... How long does it take for them to make a decision? The case is pending now ...

    Morgan’s Answer

    I generally file an I-485 with I-360 VAWA petitions in order to eliminate any delays. Unfortunately, you're now forced to wait for a decision on your VAWA petition. How long has it been pending? I'm sure you can tell by now that determinations on VAWA petitions can take a good long while.

    The good news is you can renew your employment authorization while you're waiting.

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  • Do I need two witnesses AND notarization for a POA in CA?

    We are giving our daughter durable POA and have read it needs only a notary and we have read where it also requires two witnesses.

    Morgan’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Shultz, it is one or the other- not both. When the document will effect real property (like your home or a rental property, for example), a notary is required. Using a notary is very common, but it the document is not going to effect real property, it is not strictly necessary and two witnesses is sufficient.

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  • How can I find out if my grandfather made a will?

    my grandfather passed away 5 days ago, his wife is not having a funeral service, instead getting him cremated. He was against this and I would like to know if it says this in his will, so this can be stopped!

    Morgan’s Answer

    I'm very sorry for your loss, and I'm sure this conflict and uncertainty is only making the loss more painful.

    I agree with my colleagues. You can go to probate court and ask to be appointed as special administrator, but you're definitely going to be fighting an uphill battle, but any will that exists would likely be brought to light.

    Best of luck to you.

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