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

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

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

Can someone else insure my car so I can save money on premiums?

People are always looking for ways to save money on auto insurance.  Especially in states like Minnesota that require No-Fault coverage, people are always trying to find a way to avoid the high cost of coverage.  We have had several clients over the years who have done some variation on the above.  They have asked some other family member (or friend) to insure their vehicle.  It seems like a good idea…until you’re involved in a crash and need to obtain … Continued