Update on TPS termination for Libera, Sierra Leone, Guinea

Temporary Protected Status, commonly known as TPS, was granted to about 5,000 West Africans in 2014 due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have been noted as Ebola-free since 2016. The TPS designation was extended for 6 months in November 2016, but the designation ends on Sunday, May 21. As of Sunday, May 21, 2017, persons from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will no longer have temporary protected status. If persons who had TPS  had … Continued

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

Walther Goss Law has created a one-page (double sided) info sheet that includes information about some basic immigrants’ rights as well as tips if you come in contact with the police or immigration while at home, in the car or at work. We invite you to read the flyer below and print for your personal use. If you would like a few of these to hand out, stop by our office and we will gladly give you some. We also will … Continued

The Time for Immigration Reform is Now

Veronica Walther, one of the owners of Walther Goss Law, is honored to team up with New American Economy to push for commonsense immigration reform, knowing it will benefit the United States as a whole and Minnesota in particular. Minnesota’s economy has reaped the benefits from a dramatic growth in our immigrant population. If you’ve lived here more than a few years, the growth is noticeable. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of immigrants residing in our state has tripled—and 60,000 … Continued

Will the President’s travel ban affect me?

As the situation regarding the various immigration-related executive orders is changing rapidly, please contact an immigration attorney before you depart from or arrive to the United States. Note: On 2/3/17, Judge James Robart, a federal judge in Washington, issued a temporary, nationwide restraining order against this executive order. The ruling is effective immediately. We will update this post as the effect of this order becomes clear.  On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits … Continued

What can I do now? Update your address.

If you are living in the US and either have valid status to stay or are in proceedings (basically anyone other than a citizen), you must keep immigration up to date with your current address. This means that every time you move, you need to update immigration. Depending on the facts of your case, you may need to update more than one office of your move. Keep in mind that changing your address with the post office is not enough! Mail may … Continued

What can I do now? Check the hotline.

If you have had contact with immigration, you will almost certainly have an alien registration number, commonly known as your “A number”. This is an A followed by 8 or 9 digits (for example: A 200 345 67, A 200 345 67). You can use this A number to easily find immigration court information relating to your case in English and Spanish. Immigration court is formally known as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR has established a hotline that you can call … Continued

New blog series: What can I do now?

We have received many calls after the recent election, asking “What can I do now?” in regards to immigration status. There is a lot of uncertainty as to what will happen, but we will work to keep you informed with a series of blog posts addressing things you can do NOW to become more informed and take control of your immigration situation. If you have other suggestions of topics to address, contact us with your suggestion.

What do I do if an officer comes to my door?

First of all, it’s important to understand there are many types of law enforcers. These most commonly include police officers, FBI agents, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents, and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents, along with others. All these officers are enforcers of the law and preventers of crime. Even so, you are not always required to open the door to law enforcement. If a law enforcer does not present a warrant (usually either search, criminal, arrest, or detention), you … Continued

Is it too late to apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

DACA is a program that allows people who were brought to the United States as children to apply for Deferred Action (a promise by the government to not begin removal proceedings), and a work authorization card for a two year period.  As of the end of 2015, over 850,000 people have been approved for the DACA program.  That number continues to grow as new filers continue to apply. To qualify, you must demonstrate that: You entered the U.S. before June … Continued

What should I do if I’m hit by a vehicle while riding my bicycle?

Now that the weather is warming up, more bikes are on our trails, paths and on the roads. Unfortunately, this also increases the chance of bike vs. car collisions. We often hear of bicyclists who have been injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, but who didn’t know that they had rights to any benefits for medical treatment or wage loss. If you are on your bicycle and in a collision with a motor vehicle, you have rights to … Continued