601.948.8005

Call Now For A Free Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Se Habla Español

Immigration Tag

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. > Posts tagged "Immigration"

COVID-19 Not Stalling Our Immigration Team

Immigration - bond

Congratulations to Angela Trehan and her immigration team, they recently posted an updated status on a bond approval and other immigration case advancements. COVID-19 has not stalled us at all this week: We successfully obtained a bond approval, a joint motion with a DHS attorney, and two Positive Credible Fear Interviews for clients! If you need legal immigration assistance, attorney Angela Trehan and our immigration team are available to help. Our immigration team offers an array of immigration legal services for clients in the Mississippi area and around the nation. Our legal team speaks Spanish and Punjabi as well as English. You can contact us...

Continue reading

Angela K. Trehan – Immigration Attorney

Angela Trehan

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. would like to welcome our newest attorney, Angela K. Trehan to our law firm. Angela will be leading the immigration team with the CG Immigration department. Angela Trehan is a Mississippi girl.  She was born and raised in the Jackson area.  She has been working as an attorney in the immigration practice area for more than seven years.  She has practiced immigration law in many courts around the country including:  New Mexico, Texas, Florida, California, New York, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Angela has loved learning about other cultures as long as she can remember. At the age of...

Continue reading

USCIS Policy Alert: Good Moral Character

Policy Alert USCIS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a policy alert today to give practitioners guidance on how certain “unlawful acts” could impact a person’s ability to naturalize. A person can become a naturalized United States citizen after establishing 3-5 years as a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) or through military service. A person must also be eighteen years old and have “good moral character” (GMC) to complete the naturalization process. The policy alert mentioned above concerns the GMC element of the naturalization process. USCIS policy now states that the commission of, or conviction or imprisonment for, an unlawful...

Continue reading

Domestic Violence & Immigration

Domestic Violence

According to a study by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men across the United States. The prevalence of domestic violence is an unfortunate but real factor for many people. Some of the people experiencing this do not have immigration status in the United States, meaning that they are not lawfully present here. Some people can obtain status in the United States through the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA....

Continue reading

Master versus Individual Hearing – What’s the Difference?

Master Hearing

Many people in removal proceedings do not realize the different types of hearings that will take place during the removal process. If you appear at an Immigration Court in front of the Executive Office of Immigration Review, chances are you are appearing for your master calendar hearing. These “master hearings” are one of the most common functions of an immigration court and are usually the first hearings a person in removal proceedings has in front of an Immigration Judge. These hearings are typically to check on the status of a case, to review the charges the government is bringing against...

Continue reading

ICE & Form I-9 Audits

Audit of Form I-9

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended on chicken plants and other businesses in Mississippi after an investigation into alleged illegal practices by employers and employees. Part of the raid included the companies Form I-9’s being taken and reviewed by ICE agents to ensure their accuracy and compliance with federal law. Agents from ICE take custody of the employer’s documents by auditing them and assessing criminal charges or monetary fines based on inaccuracies. Employers across the Nation should be familiar with the Form I-9 to protect themselves and their businesses from a potential ICE audit. In 2018, ICE served more...

Continue reading

Notice to Appear – What’s the Big Deal?

Notice to Appear Immigration

The United States government initiates removal proceedings through a Notice to Appear (“NTA”). The Immigration and Nationality Act governs what the NTA must contain in Section 239 of the Act. The NTA is what alerts someone of the charges the government is bringing against them. All NTAs must state the nature of the proceedings, meaning what conduct the government is alleging that gives them the authority to remove them from the United States. The NTA must also state the legal authority governing the proceedings. This means the government must point to specific sections of the law that describe how the...

Continue reading

How Do Most People End Up In Removal Proceedings?

Removal Proceedings

At the end of the third quarter of 2019, the Executive Office for Immigration Review released statistics showing that their agency had a backlog of over 930,311 cases. Almost all of these people had dealings with a branch of the Department of Homeland Security at one point or another. DHS has three different offices dealing with immigration and enforcement, and those are U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Each of these sub-agencies serves a different function, but any of the three can issue a Notice to Appear,...

Continue reading

What To Do After You Missed Your Immigration Hearing

Immigration Hearing

Thousands of people appear for hearings in front of the Executive Office of Immigration Review daily. Many of those people drive long distances requiring them to wake up well before dawn to ensure they make it to their hearing. The importance of attending your hearing cannot be overstated, because if you miss your hearing you may be ordered removed “in absentia.” The term “in absentia” is a way of saying you failed to appear at the hearing, so the Immigration Judge can order your removal. If you miss your hearing, depending on the reason why you missed it, you could have...

Continue reading

Right To A Lawyer In Removal Proceedings

Right to Lawyer

According to the Immigration Court Practice Manual, the government has no duty to provide a lawyer to anyone in removal proceedings. The government will provide someone in removal proceedings a list of pro-bono legal providers or non-profits that they can contact to ask for representation, but the government will not provide counsel for anyone facing deportation. Also, some state bar associations have sub-committees or sub-sections that offer free legal assistance to those in immigration proceedings. Many people are confused by this because, in the criminal context, you have a right to be represented by a lawyer. This means the government will...

Continue reading
Translate »
Skip to content