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

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) ends for El Salvador

The Trump administration announced this morning that they are ending the humanitarian program known as Temporary Protected Status, TPS, for people from El Salvador. TPS provides temporary status for certain people in the US to live and work legally if their home country is affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, or other significant issues. Salvadorans have benefitted from TPS since devastating earthquakes hit their country in 2001 and became the largest group benefitting from temporary protected status in the US. … Continued

Tips to Avoid Injuries in Autumn

Each change in season comes with its own benefits and challenges. Autumn is no different. From raking leaves to driving, autumn comes with beautiful changing colors and some increased risks. Homeowners Autumn brings leaves and to some, strain and repetitive injuries from cleaning up outside. When raking leaves, you should choose a rake that fits your height and if you can afford to, buy one with ergonomic handles. If you’re cleaning leaves and debris from your rain gutters, make sure … Continued

Update on DACA

The below is an excerpt from a letter we have sent all our DACA clients. We share it here in hopes of disseminating information about today’s announcement. Please feel free to share this post – it is available in Spanish by clicking here. You are receiving this because you or a family member is affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Today, September 5, 2017 it was announced that DACA would be rescinded. As we write this … Continued

Extreme Vetting: Additional in-person interview requirements imposed

President Trump recently announced a new additional requirement for certain permanent resident (“green card”) and asylum applicants.  Reportedly, this is to fulfill a campaign promise to subject immigrants to more rigorous, “extreme” vetting, though we believe current immigration processes are already stringent and already protect the US. We’ll try to track these extreme vetting updates. Up to this point, certain applicants for asylum and permanent residency were able to complete their applications without the need for in-person interviews.  Specifically, people … Continued

Will DACA End? What do I need to do?

As a September 5th deadline looms, we have been keeping a close eye on the news to see what might happen to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). While campaigning, President Trump had said he would end the program if he won. After he won, he said that DACA recipients could “rest easy” and it seemed that DACA would remain. As of the past week or so, it seems that DACA may be canceled. Not much is known right now … Continued