Blogs Category: US Immigration Law

US Immigration Law

The process of appealing an immigration decision

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jan 2, 2019 | US Immigration Law

In most cases, those looking to appeal an immigration decision will do so through the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or, as a last resort, federal court. Since immigration is a function of the executive branch, the rules may…


Getting a passport a prime reason for becoming a citizen

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Dec 6, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Those living in Arizona or any other state as a permanent resident may not have thought much about becoming a full citizen. However, as a result of recent immigration policies, the number of applications for naturalization is on the rise. In Minnesota alone, there has…


Diplomatic visa policy bars unmarried same-sex partners

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Oct 11, 2018 | US Immigration Law

People in Arizona who are concerned with LGBT rights and immigration issues may be disturbed to learn about a Trump administration policy announcement concerning diplomatic visas for the same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats. The administration ordered…


Use of public benefits could put a visa or green card at risk

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Sep 26, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Those wishing to enter Arizona or immigrants already residing in the country legally could experience trouble getting visas or green cards if they collect public benefits. The Trump administration has put forward a new rule that would alter an existing law that…


A bureaucratic ‘wall’ delays immigrant citizenship

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Sep 14, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Making the adjustment to the American way of life can be difficult for some lawful permanent resident immigrants as they take the necessary steps to become U.S. citizens. One aspect of which many immigrants are experiencing first-hand is the often cumbersome American…


H-4 visa rule faces final clearance review

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Aug 29, 2018 | US Immigration Law

The debate over immigration has been contentious in Arizona and around the country since Donald Trump announced that he would be running for president in 2015, and the row over H1-B visas has been particularly fierce. These are the employment-based visas that allow…


ICE reportedly targeting married undocumented immigrants

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Aug 22, 2018 | US Immigration Law

The Trump administration’s hardline immigration stance has resulted in many deportations from Arizona and the rest of the nation. While the government may try to claim that the immigration policies are focused on law and order, that claim is belied by the recent focus…


Fewer immigrants passing credible fear interviews

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Aug 3, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Those who enter the United States in Arizona or other recognized locations may request asylum upon arrival. The first step in obtaining asylum is the credible fear interview. This is when an individual shows evidence such as physical wounds to a government agent….


Judge orders a halt to reunited immigrant family deportations

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jul 18, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Many Arizona residents were shocked to learn that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were separating the children of undocumented immigrants from their parents at the Mexican border, and they may have been relieved when a national backlash prompted the…


Visa overstays

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jul 5, 2018 | US Immigration Law

Non-citizens who visit or work in Arizona sometimes have concerns about overstaying their visas. In general, there can be severe legal consequences for not departing the United States before the visa has expired. There are some circumstances under which overstaying a…