ATTORNEY ALEKSANDR TROYB SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS TO DISCUSS VARIOUS IMMIGRATION ISSUES
On March 5, 2020, as part of a delegation from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Attorney Aleksandr Troyb is scheduled to meet with members of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. to discuss various immigration issues of interest to individuals and employers. He encourages his clients to contact him to discuss any immigration issues they may want him to address with members of Congress.
With the midterm elections just around the corner, many groups and individuals are out there to encourage citizens to vote, and registering those who are not already registered. You can find these individuals outside supermarkets, shopping malls, your public library, and many other public places. Their attempts to encourage participation in our democratic process should be commended, however, there is a significant (and even dangerous) drawback for non-citizens.
Voting is a right reserved only for U.S. citizens. It is illegal for a non-citizen to vote in a state or federal election or primary. Even identifying yourself as a citizen when you are not one, disqualifies you from renewal of a green card or naturalization. In fact, it is disqualifying for all other immigration benefits and will make you subject to deportation.
Following are several instances when people sometimes make the mistake of identifying as a citizen before they actually have achieved that status. There are many more instances when accidentally identifying as a citizen can happen, but these are the most common:
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On May 10, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum will soon impact F, J and M visa holders. The new policy changes when and how immigrants with these types of visas begin to accrue "unlawful presence" in the United States.
By way of background, generally, F visas are issued to students, J visas are issued to exchange visitors, and M visas are issued to vocational students. All are non-immigrant visas.
What is unlawful presence?
Unlawful presence is that amount of time a person remains in the United States (US) after the expiration of his or her approved visit, as listed on their Admission Record (Form I-94). When a person enters the US on a visa, they are generally inspected by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent at the port of entry (most often an airport). When their passport and visa are examined, the CBP agent determines a date by which the non-immigrant must leave the U.S., and he or she will issue an Admission Record that provides proof of someone’s lawful record of admission. That form (which is now electronic) also contains the date by which the visitor must leave.
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Attorney Aleksandr Y. Troyb (Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association) is honored to have been asked to participate as a keynote speaker at an event hosted by the World Affairs Forum in Stamford, Connecticut. Attorney Troyb will discuss common misconceptions regarding the current immigration laws and regulations affecting individuals, families and businesses in a talk entitled "Myth-Busting: Immigration Today." The event will be held on December 14, 2016 at the Ferguson LIbrary located at 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford, Connecticut 06901.
Earlier today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule published in the Federal Register adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective December 23, 2016.
The final rule contains a table summarizing current and new fees. The new fees will also be listed on the Our Fees page of the USCIS website. Please note that Form G-1055 will not reflect the new fees until the effective date. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.
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Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq.
Benjamin Gold & Troyb, P.C.
350 Bedford Street - Suite 403
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Tel. (Eng.): 203-425-8500
Tel. (Rus.): 203-653-2993