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One of the most controversial topics in politics today surrounds the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. This program was created by President Obama to provide a way for for immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to come out of the shadows and apply for temporary authorization to remain in the U.S., and to apply for temporary work permits. At the time, President Obama referred to the program as a temporary measure to give [...]

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On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown. Generally, agencies that receive funding from filing fees or other government sources are expected to remain open, but are expected to experience service delays. Immigration processes and agencies will be impacted as explained below. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its field offices will remain open. According to USCIS.gov, “The current lapse in [...]

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The tax bill recently passed by the Senate affects everyone, but if you own a business, you may find yourself affected more than most. Although the provisions affecting individuals have been discussed far and wide in the news, the changes made for businesses are still leaving some business owners unsure of where they stand.  Some of the most notable changes the tax bill makes for businesses are: Corporate Tax Rate: Reduced to 21%, effective after 12/13/17, and with adjustment for excess [...]

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The Trump Administration has declared war on legal, employment-based immigration. Not since the Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 1800’s have we seen such restrictionist views on immigration policy, particularly in the area of employment-based immigration. Without a change in immigration regulations, the Trump Administration is quietly erecting a “silent wall” creating barriers and unattainable high standards in the adjudications process, which often exceed regulatory intent. The [...]

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ALBANY, N.Y. (November 28, 2017) – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, announces a new immigration attorney:  Cianna Freeman-Tolbert.  Ms. Freeman-Tolbert joins Whiteman Osterman & Hanna’s Immigration Practice Group.  Her practice will focus on immigration litigation including removal and deportation defense.  Ms. Freeman-Tolbert brings a wealth of experience in immigration court proceedings and immigration [...]

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