Know Your Rights as an Immigrant – Your Right to an Attorney

In immigration court, you do not have the right to an attorney as you would in criminal court. You only have the right to bring an attorney that you have hired, at no cost to the government. If you cannot afford an attorney and are unable to find a pro bono (volunteer) attorney to help you, you must represent yourself in court. Even if you do not have an attorney, if you are detained by immigration, ask to be seen … Continued

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant – Your Rights on the Job

An employer should only ask for your documents once they offer you a job, not before. If you are authorized to work and your documents come up as ‘no match’, you can appeal within 8 business days. Your employer may use E-Verify, an internet-based system that quickly compares your information with the Dept. of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration. Regardless of your status, you have the right to earn minimum wage, to be paid overtime if eligible, and work … Continued

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant – Your Rights at Home

You do not have to open the door to immigration or to police unless they have a signed arrest or search warrant. Ask to see any warrant under the door or through a window by your door. Do not open your door to see the warrant. If you open the door, officials will assume you are giving them permission to enter. Once inside, ICE may ask for documents and ID of all persons inside. A warrant is a document signed … Continued

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant – Your rights in the car

If immigration or the police signals you to stop your car, you should do so. They can ask for your name, driver’s license, insurance and registration. Show them these documents if you have them. Always carry a valid form of ID even if you are not eligible for a driver’s license. Do not carry false ID with you! You have the right to remain silent beyond giving your name. Your passenger has the right to remain silent, but it may … Continued

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant – Prepare Yourself

Gather Documents Gather copies of important documents in a safe place. These may include passports and IDs for all family members, birth certificates of US citizen children, marriage certificates, and proof of your time living in the United States. Develop a Family Plan Discuss a plan with your friends and family of what to do in case you are detained. Write down important information about your children (their schools, doctors, allergies or illnesses, medication, etc.). Ensure your children know who … Continued

What happens if I don’t have immigration status, but am marrying a US Citizen or Permanent Resident?

One of the most common and well-known methods of gaining legal immigration status in the United States is via marriage to a US citizen (“USC”) or lawful permanent resident (“LPR”), commonly known as a green card holder.  If you are granted a green card through marriage to a USC, you are eligible to apply for citizenship three years later. However, the mere fact of getting married to a USC or LPR does not necessarily mean that you can get legal … Continued

Job Posting: Office Manager

About Walther Goss Law We are a small, growing law firm located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Our practice areas include immigration, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. We have a broad client base with a focus on serving underrepresented members of our community and, as part of that, we strive to have our entire staff be fully Spanish/English bilingual.  About the position We are looking for an Office Manager to join our team. As we are a small … Continued

How does the government shutdown affect my immigration case?

With the ongoing government shutdown, we’ve received many calls from concerned immigration clients wondering what is open, what is closed, and how the shutdown affects their immigration case. USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Services) is not affected by the shutdown. USCIS services are paid by your filing fees so they remain open. Applications will continue to be received and processed even though the government is shut down. Biometrics (fingerprint) appointments will continue as scheduled, as will interviews. If you do … Continued

Change to Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation Benefits – PTSD

As we enter a new year, new statutes are taking effect. One of those changes affects the Minnesota workers’ compensation area. What is this new law? Under the new statute, it is determined that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be considered an occupational disease in certain employment areas effective for employees with dates of injury on or after Jan. 1, 2019. The changes to the workers’ compensation statute include that if an employee, from the listed occupations below, is … Continued

DACA Update – August 8, 2018

What is happening with DACA? The DACA struggle continues. We are awaiting a decision on a lawsuit relating to DACA after a hearing today, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The federal judge in Texas who will be making the decision, Judge Hanen, previously struck down the expansion of DACA. How did we get here? The DREAM Act to protect certain individuals who had been brought to the United States as children never passed congress, despite years of trying. The Obama administration … Continued