Immigration law is complex and often difficult to navigate without the expert guidance of a Board Certified immigration attorney. We have compiled the following resources as a basic overview of many different areas of immigration law. They are not offered as legal advice and are not intended to substitute for the services of a skilled and experienced immigration attorney. If you have any questions regarding immigration law, we invite you to contact the attorneys of Shane, Shane & Brauwerman to schedule a consultation.

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The Most Common Immigration Mistakes

We live in a country of immigrants. Since the nation’s founding, the United States has welcomed people from across the globe. Furthermore, here in the United States, the are various pathways under the United States immigration laws that allow immigrants to become lawful permanent residents and eventually naturalized United State citizens. Some laws are more…

Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy Changes

On January 12, 2017, former President Barack Obama reversed the wet foot, dry foot policy. The policy dates from 1995, when the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 was revised. Under wet foot, dry foot, individuals who flee Cuba for the United States are permitted to apply for U.S. residency a year after arriving in the…

Fee Increases for Immigration Forms

When you submit petitions and applications for immigration benefits, you also need to submit fees for immigration forms. Forms are not processed without these fees being paid in full. From time to time, these fees will increase. USCIS has announced a fee increase in 2016 and more may follow in 2017. Often, these increases in…

Guide to Naturalization in Florida

Guide to Naturalization in Florida Jump to: When Can You Apply | How Can You Apply | Process | Legal Help | Reasons for Denial | Cost | USCIS Office Info Immigrants from all over the world are welcomed into the United States and have been over the course of history. During the last 10…

How Do the Executive Orders from Trump Affect Immigration?

Immigration worries are abounding in response to recent executive orders from President Trump. People across the country, including Dreamers and many others, are living in fear of deportation. Here is some information on what we know so far and how these orders may affect you and your family. Who Can You Trust? The first thing…

Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer

Knowing what questions to ask when hiring an immigration lawyer is one of the most important parts of the selection process. Asking these questions will not only help ensure that you are completely confident in your choice, it will also address your most pressing concerns. Write your questions down if necessary so that you can…

The Hidden Costs of DIY Immigration Law

Do-It-Yourself Immigration – Penny Wise, Pound Foolish At Shane, Shane & Brauwerman, we often help distraught clients who first tried to tackle the complex world of immigration law on their own. Novices in this complicated area, the average person may understandably make costly and even irreversible errors. Many people do individual research and file something…

What is an L-1A Visa?

A L-1A nonimmigrant has some very strict legal requirements. Namely, the intracompany transferee must establish that within the three years preceding the application for admission, s/he was employed abroad continuously for one year by a parent, branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the U.S. petitioning company. Although ‘temporariness” is no longer an issue of concern to…

What is an H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa?

A H-1B nonimmigrant visa is generally for persons who want to temporarily come to the United States to work in a specialty occupation. These visas are currently capped at 65,000 per fiscal year, minus free trade visas for Chile and Singapore, resulting in 58,200 H-1B visas per year. If the cap was met for the…

What is a B-2 Travel Visa?

A B-2 nonimmigrant visa is for persons who want to temporarily visit the United States for pleasure. This visa is commonly known as a “tourist visa”. The B-2 visa is commonly used by tourists, persons visiting friends and family for social purposes, persons who are seeking medical/health services, participants in conventions of social organizations, and…