Another Quilantan Approval

Congrats to the happy new U.S. lawful permanent resident and to attorney Peter Corrales for another “Waived In” Adjustment approval!! We’re grateful USCIS- Santa Ana has fairly and consistently applied case law in Quilantan cases and that our complex

Attorney Corrales with another happy client!

cases have received approvals.

Before signing up for a waiver process or a “perdon” with your spouse, remember that if you came to the United States and a border officer saw you and allowed you to come into the United States, even if you did not have a visa, you may have the right to adjust your status here in the United States and not go through the waiver process. Definitely consult a lawyer if you think you may qualify for a “waived in” case.

 


DACA Renewal Checklists

The attorneys at Corrales Law Group have helped hundreds of applicants with DACA renewals. We recently posted checklists for anyone needing help with a DACA renewal.
Checklists in English: http://corraleslawgroup.com/tutorials-and-information/applicationdocument-checklists/
Checklists in Spanish: http://corraleslawgroup.com/abogadoscorralesenespanol/informacion-y-videos/
Also remember we have several videos on our Youtube channel that go over the entire renewal process. Contact us if you or anyone you know needs help with a DACA renewal!


Information for Unaccompanied Children

Corrales Law Group would like to provide some information about the surge of unaccompanied children refugee from Central America that has been headlining news. We’re sharing a very brief informational video we came across that provides a simple overview of the humanitarian crisis and discusses some, though not all, of the factors. We would also like to give general tips for anyone who knows a minor in this situation:

1) Seek legal assistance before a court date is issued: Backlogs in courts mean that a hearing may not take place for months or even a year after arrival. An asylum application should be submitted within a year of arrival so it is important to not waste time. We’ve had minors show up at our office after the one year deadline because they were misinformed by others.
2) Apply for Asylum while still a minor: Applying for asylum before reaching 18 years old brings the benefit of having the application decided outside of an adversarial immigration court and if the application is denied , the applicant may still be heard before an immigration judge.
3) Ask a lawyer about other options besides asylum: Many of these minors will qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) but we’ve found that this option is not always explored. Contact us for an eligibility screening.
4) Make sure the person providing legal advice is a licensed attorney: We do not want any more victims of ‘Notario’ fraud.

Link to Informational Video


DACA Renewals!

DACA Renewals!

On June 5, 2014 USCIS published the process for renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal applications should be submitted 4 months before the expiration of deferred status so please keep time frame in mind. The updated version of form I-821d for renewal has been published on the USCIS website, please contact us with any questions or check out our videos explaining the renewal process.

El 05 de junio 2014 USCIS publicó el proceso para la renovación de la Acción Diferida (DACA). Las solicitudes de renovación deberán presentarse 4 meses antes de la expiración del estatus. La nueva versión de la forma I-821d para la renovación ha sido publicado en el sitio web de USCIS, por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros con cualquier pregunta o vea nuestros vídeos explicando el proceso de renovación


Adjustment of Status Under Quilantan Case

Another Quilantan adjustment of status approved today! We’re so happy for our clients who were able to avoid the hardship waiver and consular process. If you are married to a U.S. citizen and are thinking about starting your hardship waiver/I-601a process and you came to the United States through an inspection point like the Tijuana border, even if you did NOT have a visa or actual permission to come to the United States, you should see a lawyer before you start your process because you may qualify for an adjustment of status HERE in the United States under Quilantan. That would mean no 10-year bar, no waiver, and no having to leave the country. A lawyer is crucial for this kind of adjustment, but it’s something worth looking into since it could save your family a lot of money, time, work, and stress.

We know that the consular process is one of the most stressful processes clients go through since they tend to worry that their loved ones won’t be able to come back, so we always try to qualify clients for adjustment of status in the United States when possible. We’ve found that a lot of our clients who were brought to the United States as children are eligible for a Quilantan adjustment and that they usually have no idea that they may qualify.


Warning! DACA Forms Scam

PLEASE BEWARE OF SCAMS.This week 3 different DACA applicants have mentioned previously paying a website money for access to fill out DACA forms on their own. This website has been coming up when people have been trying to reach the USCIS website. Always remember DACA forms, and other immigration forms, are available for FREE on www.uscis.gov. You should NOT pay anyone for just access to forms. One of the applicants sent us a screenshot of the website he paid and while the design of the website makes it look like it is linked to the government, the small print states that they are not associated with USCIS and that they are NOT lawyers.


DACA Contest Winner Approved!

Today’s mail brought an approval letter for our DACA grant contest winner!!! Congratulations to Heidi Reynoso Rojas!!! USCIS approved this amazing straight A student in just 2 months and one week. We have no doubt that if she chooses to do so, Heidi will be an incredible doctor and will help many people. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to support her on her journey in this way and are very happy about the news.


Informational Event at Stanton Swap Meet! Información/Consultas Gratis En Stanton!

Attorneys Peter and Janice Corrales will be holding an informational event at a booth outside the Stanton Indoor Swap Meet located at: 10401 Beach Blvd. Stanton, CA 90680 on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 12pm-4pm. This is a great chance to receive a free personal consultation for any immigration or civil matter. Both attorneys will be offering free legal advice and are glad to be providing valuable information to the public. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet the Corrales Law Group team.

Contact Us with any questions about the event

Los dos abogados Corrales que se han escuchado en emisoras de radio como Superestrella 107.1FM y W690 AM van a estar ofreciendo consultas gratis de 12:00PM-4:00PM el Domingo 23 de Febrero afuera del swap meet Stanton. Traiga sus preguntas y toma ventaja de esta gran oportunidad. Direccion: Stanton Indoor Swap Meet located: 10401 Beach Blvd. Stanton, CA 90680

La Abogada Janice Corrales se dedica estrictamente a casos de Inmigración mientras que el abogado Peter Corrales se dedica a los casos civiles, y también a los casos de inmigración.

Si tiene preguntas

 

 


Good news from USCIS regarding provisional waivers!!!!

Good news from USCIS! As many people know back in March of 2013, USCIS started allowing the spouses of U.S. citizens to submit new provisional waivers, where immigrant spouses could remain in the United States until their waiver was decided, rather than being separated from their families for months. USCIS stated they would not decide any other issues except for unlawful presence in these waivers and this led to USCIS denying provisional waivers submitted by people with previous crimes that did NOT make them inadmissible in anyway. People were devastated to find out their waiver had been denied over a DUI from 10 years ago when it was not a bar to admissibility. We’ve had to tell everyone that if they have even ever stolen gum from a store then they should not submit the new waiver and to just wait until USCIS corrects this issue. Well, USCIS has now corrected this issue! USCIS just issued a Field Guidance memo telling officers to not deny provisional waivers submitted by people with previous crimes that do NOT make them inadmissible. Those with minor crimes can now go forward, AFTER consulting a lawyer to make sure it is indeed a crime that is not a bar to admissibility.


DACA Dreamer Grant Contest Results!

It was tough, but last night we chose the winner of our DACA Dreamer Grant Contest. We will be paying the winner’s USCIS fees of $465 and representing her in the process pro bono. However, since it was such a tough decision, we decided to also offer pro bono representation to the top 5 entries.

Due to the circumstances surrounding DACA, we don’t want to post the name of the winner until her case is closed and only if she is comfortable with her name being posted. However the winner is a 21-year-old student from California who has been studying in the United States since the age of 6, and all winners have already been notified.

**Shhhhh…….. there’s a good chance we’re going to offer pro bono representation to everyone who entered the contest, but after we finish the first round. At our firm, lawyer’s work on DACA’s directly and the work is not delegated to support staff, so we have to pace ourselves.