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Geoffrey Alan Hoffman

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  • Immigration: an elderly person born in the Panama Cannel during time where US would usually award citizenship, what can he do

    I have an elderly person born in the Panama Cannel during the time frame when USA would usually award US citizenship. The problem we are having is that he was not born in a hospital but in a home. Is there any steps he can take to get his US cit...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Look for pro bono legal service providers in your area. The American Bar Association (ABA) has a website and they list legal service providers by region. See https://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/probono/directory.html
    Many do not do immigration so look for ones which have immigration-related experience. In addition research law school clinics in your area who might be available to help. Finally, contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and see if they can help with referrals. There are two possibilities, a passport office can issue passport if he is indeed a US citizen or he can file for the N600 (Application for Certificate of Citizenship) w/ USCIS, but get help from qualified counsel before exploring either option.

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  • Lost Green Card with two months left before expiring. What do I need to do? I-751 process is pending

    I lost my green card with my passport yesterday. It was my conditional residence card, that was given to me for a 2 year period because I married I US Citizen. The card expires on 07/29/2016 and I had already applied to remove my conditions. I ha...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should always be represented in any immigration proceedings including I-751. Get help and ask your attorney as soon as possible; you should report the loss to the police department and to the Service and also you will need to prove that it was lost and what the circumstances were since this is a crucial issue; you will have to prove to USCIS what was lost and why. Make sure you have the police report and also any associated documentation supporting the fact it was lost. At the time of your I 751 interview you should be represented by competent counsel to advise you. Good luck

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  • Is there any real chance of getting a waiver approved?

    I won DV lottery while out of status. Is there any real chance of getting a waiver approved considering that the only hardship I can think of is that I am the only parent raising my daughter?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Whether or not a waiver is even available is the antecedent question. There are two steps: first, do you have a waiver that can be applied for, and second, do you warrant the grant of the waiver in the discretion of the Service. Do not skip step 1. That will have to be determined after a full consultation with qualified counsel. Get help now, from competent counsel. Good luck

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  • WHAT IS MY CURRENT IMMIGRATION STATUS IF I'M WAITING FOR ASYLUM INTERVIEW?

    I'm trying to fill a i-765 form for EAD as asylum application that has been pending for more than 150 days. The question 15 is current inmigration status? which i dont know because I enetered as a Tourist B2.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    It will depend - unfortunately we cannot advise without seeing the immigration documents including the I-94 card which indicates your period of lawful stay. You should always be represented at all immigration interviews and seek help before you file. It is a very bad idea to do this alone, get help now. Good luck

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  • I was wondering if I can travel to Houston,Texas since it filed a lawsuit to President Obama for its executive order.

    Does that mean that Texas is against DACA. I have all paper work and all my ID's like employment card California State ID California Drivers License so can I go I'm going in plane.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Your question is a bit vague and it is unclear what you're asking - apparently you are referring to the lawsuit Texas v. United States, currently pending before the Supreme Court. seek advice from an excellent immigration attorney as soon as possible to advise you about your immigration status. Someone on a public forum should not be advising you about travel or anything else unless they engage in a consultation and review your immigration history and other personal details. As for the lawsuit, the Supreme Court is anticipated to rule soon, so stay tuned for the status of expanded DACA and DAPA. Good luck

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  • EAD card not received even after 26 days of approval.

    My for I765 was approved on May 11 2016 but i have not yet received the EAD card(almost 1 month now). I called the customer service multiple times , sometimes they say wait for 30 days, sometimes 60 days. Is it normal?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    There have been problems with delays and it is not uncommon. Unfortunately also some people do not have their name on their mail box or otherwise indicate that they are the one residing at the address. This can create problems and we have seen clients with their cards returned because USPS will not deliver immigration related documents in such cases. Be sure your mail box is correctly labelled and also check with your local mail deliverer. You can also check your address specifically with the USCIS 1800 customer service and also at INFOPASS

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  • Should I bring my child to my USCIS Marriage Interview? Don't have alot of proof of documents, could that hurt my case?

    I don't have a sitter to babysit my child while I am at the interview and would like to take her so officer could also see we are a marriage and she looks like my husband. We dont have bills to our name , neither do we have bank accounts under bot...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should be represented by competent counsel before staring any immigration process. A case involving marriage adjustment will concern whether or not you have entered into a bona fide marriage. Having a certified birth certificate of all children and especially being able to prove that the child was a product of the marriage, if that is the case, would be important evidence. Get help now from competent counsel to represent you at the time of interview and answer your questions.

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  • Is there a way to expedite a Syrian citizen application for a green card given the situation in Syria?

    I am a Syrian doctor training on a J1 visa and soon I will be on TPS. My mom applied for the green card through my American citizen uncle around 3 years ago. She currently lives in Syria, Is there a way to expedite her application given the fact t...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Consult with excellent counsel about what options may be available to your mother. If you are asking about expediting a visa the problem is that if your uncle is applying for your mother then it is a US citizen brother applying for his sister and they will be subject to the DOS visa priority dates (4th Preference). Finally, if there are any possible other options you will need to explore after a consultation with competent counsel. Humanitarian parole or refugee processing or some other option may or may not be possible based on the facts. Get help now. Good luck

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  • My 10 year greencard expires in 10 days. What should I do?

    My 10 year greencard expires in 10 days. What should I do?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    What to do and what to file depends on several factors not discussed in your post. Any good advice must taken into account a number of further considerations. Be sure to get a confidential consultation and do not rely on public fora alone before making important legal decisions. Get help from qualified counsel even if it is just a consult before acting.

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  • Is there any average waiting time for an asylum appeal?

    My brother is detained in South texas detention center, he was denied asylum by a judge and we appealed, is there an average waiting time? He's been detained for 18 month now

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Detained cases are supposed to be prioritized and so should not take as long as nondetained cases. If you are appealing you should have an attorney representing you before the BIA. If not, you need to be represented as an appeal is very complex and there are many procedural considerations you need to be aware of. In addition, if you are represented your attorney can advise you regarding time frame. If your brother has been detained for 18 months this is very troubling and you need counsel ASAP to determine what, if anything, can be done. In addition sometimes cases are remanded (sent back) from the BIA to the Immigration Courts and then if the case is relitigated can go up again. Your post does not contain sufficient info to determine why exactly there has been such a long delay. Get help now in a private consultation from an attorney with extensive experience with appeals. Good luck.

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