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- Immigration Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 5th Circuit
- Federal Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- The University of Texas School of Law
- J.D. (1979) | Business Law
- Rice University
- B.A. (1976) | Contribution to several extracurricular groups and served as president of a student organization.
- Honors: Dean's List
- AILA Publisher committee 2013-2014
- - Current
- Activities: Associate Editor of AILA publications
- Texas State Bar # 20533590
- Member since 1979
- - Current
- Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law
- Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
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104 Questions Answered
- Q. Can a private school terminate a students SEVIS for nonpayment.
- A: You can access Studyinthestates.dhs.gov to view all of the reasons that can be used to terminate your registration with SEVIS. You will note that school suspension is one of the reasons that can be used. Good luck to you.
- Q. What options I have to file H1B extension based on I-140 approval?
- A: Your employer (and not you) can file the FORM I-129H prior to September 30, 2020 to request the extension of the H-1B. If you are abroad at the time that the request for the extension is filed and approved by USCIS, you will have to visit the appropriate U. S. Consulate to apply for the H-1B visa.
- Q. I 485 pending. Can I continue to work after OPT expires
- A: You can lawfully continue with your employment once you are in possession of a valid employment authorization document (EAD) issued by USCIS based on a pending application for resident status. Your current employer will ask that you present a valid EAD once the OPT/EAD expires.
- Q. Pending asylum, travel outside the country - emergency!
- A: If you had not applied for asylum and you had possession of a valid F-1 visa then you could possibly travel to Mexico and return to the U.S. However, your application for asylum has placed you in a predicament and you should not be traveling abroad unless you have no intention of returning to the U.S. You may want to visit with an experienced immigration attorney to obtain personalized information. I do understand that the current COVID-19 crisis has complicated matters for you and all others but the ongoing crisis does not change the above options. Good luck to you and stay safe and healthy.
- Q. If I claim my retired mother on my taxes, will it affect her citizen application? I pay more than 50% of her expenses.
- A: If you have named your resident mother as a dependent in your federal tax return, she is not disqualified and barred from applying for naturalization. Good luck to you.
- Q. My asylum case is still pending, and I'm applying to a university, but they ask what my visa type is.
- A: You are considered an applicant for asylum. However, if you entered the U.S. lawfully and you have maintained lawful non- immigrant status then you should indicate that status in your university application. Good luck to you.
- Q. Can I send my form I-601 to the Mexican consulate or do I have to send it to Nebraska service center? I’m Current in MX
- A: You need to read Page 8 of the I-601 instructions which states : “ If you are outside the United States, you must submit Form I-601 to the U.S. Embassy or consulate where you are applying for a visa.”
- Q. I got a request for roe for i485. They’re requesting my tax return can I send an amended return with that?
- A: You will need to amend the federal tax return if you filed as “ single” when you are in fact “ married”. Filing the tax return with an incorrect marital status can be considered tax fraud. Once you amend the tax return you can then present the document to USCIS.
- Q. I am a US citizen and immigrated as a child in the 90s. My Colombian documents have 2 last names and my US docs have 1.
- A: You need to track your legal name from the issuance of your birth certificate to the time that you obtained your naturalization certificate. You may have changed your name at the time of naturalization by excluding one of your surnames. That is the evidence that you can present to USCIS. Good luck to you.
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