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President Trump’s Healthcare Insurance Proclamation for New Immigrants is Temporarily Barred

President Trump’s Healthcare Insurance Proclamation for New Immigrants is Temporarily Barred 

Since October many of my clients have asked me about health insurance requirements for their immigration cases. Should they apply for state-funded insurance for which they are entitled? Should they delay an immigration application until they have health insurance? How can they get health insurance in the U.S. without a U.S. social security number? Right now, the answer is that health insurance is not a requirement and use of government funded programs for which someone is eligible is not a bar to lawful immigration. However, the situation is confusing and could change at any time.  

A federal court has temporarily blocked the government from acting on President Trump’s most recent attempt to create a roadblock to legal immigration. 

On October 4, 2019, the president issued a proclamation that ordered immigration officials to bar any immigrant who doesn’t have health insurance within 30 days of entry into the United States, or the ability to pay for foreseeable medical costs once they become permanent residents. Acceptable health insurance would include employer-sponsored plans and individual or short-term plans, but would not include Medicaid or Affordable Care Act subsidies. Seven U.S. citizens and lawyers from Justice Action Center, Innovation Law Lab, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association promptly filed suit in federal court, arguing that the president’s actions unconstitutionally rewrite current healthcare and immigration laws. The lawsuit claims that the policy could bar as many as 375,000 otherwise qualified legal immigrants each year as well as substantially reduce the number of immigrants who enter the U.S. with family-sponsored visas.  

On November 26, Judge Michael H. Simon granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents proclamation from taking effect while the lawsuit is pending.  

If you or a loved one seeks to enter the United States and have questions about any healthcare insurance requirements, please contact me. I am an immigration attorney dedicated to helping families stay together and help make complicated procedures go as smoothly as possible. 

Green Cards for Liberians through 12/20/2020

Liberians who have have been continuously physically present in the United States from Nov. 20, 2014 and who file an application for adjustment of status by Dec. 20, 2020 are eligible to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (that is, receive a “green card”) under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF) Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019. There are certain issues that will make a Liberian who has been present since 11/20/14 ineligible.

Contact Attorney Ellen Sullivan so that you can determine your eligibility for this program.

Getting a Marriage-Based Green Card in the U.S. Versus at a Consulate

Getting a Marriage-Based Green Card in the U.S. Versus at a Consulate

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident married to a foreign spouse, getting a marriage-based green card can follow more than one path. If you are both living in the United States, your process will differ from that of a couple living abroad or living in different countries. However, no matter where you reside, eligibility for a marriage green card requires a valid marriage to a U.S. citizen or a US “LPR.”  

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Common Marriage-Based Green Card Interview Questions

Common Marriage-Based Green Card Interview Questions

The last part of the marriage green card process is an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Many of my clients thinks that idea of a face-to-face interview with a USCIS is scary and overwhelming. In most cases, I assure my clients that the interviews are generally easy-going conversations if they are prepared.

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The Importance of a Practice “Green Card Interview” with a Lawyer

The Importance of a Practice “Green Card Interview” with a Lawyer

If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident with a foreign spouse that you wish to bring to the United States to live and work, you will need to apply for a marriage green card. Part of this process involves an interview with an officer from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or a consular officer abroad. In the U.S. the interview may be done with the two of you together or separately. While this can be the most intimidating part of the immigration process, being prepared can help everything go more smoothly, make you less anxious, and dust of rusty memories that you will need to recount to the USCIS interviewer.

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