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Nov 27, 2018

New Jersey Combats “Notario” Fraud: 28 New Jersey Businesses Assessed Hundreds of Thousands for Scamming Immigrants

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced enforcement actions against 28 businesses across the state for unlawfully providing immigration services “that they [were] not legally permitted to provide.”  The state served Notices of Violations to each business demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil penalties, after a multi-month investigation prompted by “tips, consumer complaints, and investigative information” found that the businesses were holding themselves out to unsuspecting immigrants as immigration attorneys. » Read More

Oct 17, 2018

Legal Marijuana “Next Door” in Canada Off Limits Here in the United States

Today, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use with the enactment of Canadian House Government Bill C-45. Pretty nice, right? Yes, it is. But citizens of Canada who travel to the United States under employment-based non-immigrant visas, visitor visas, and those seeking lawful permanent residency must be on notice: just because you can legally possess and distribute marijuana in Canada does not excuse you from the archaic and complex Immigration & Nationality Act (the “INA”). » Read More

Oct 05, 2018

Newark, New Jersey, Ranks First in the United States for Integration of New Immigrants

In the first-ever comprehensive review of how each of the 100 largest U.S. cities for how each city welcomes immigrants, Newark, New Jersey, ranked first in its ability to integrate immigrant communities into the “fabric of American life.”

The study, released by the bipartisan research and advocacy thinktank, New American Economy, found Newark to be a city that is “starting to rebound after years of job and population loss that resulted in economic instability.”  In Newark,

immigrants are bringing the much-needed skills and entrepreneurial spirit that can help develop a more stable and educated workforce, encourage new business creation, fill vacant housing, and expand local tax bases. 

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Jul 03, 2018

New Jersey’s Immigrant Population Fifth-Largest in the United States

New Jersey’s immigrant population is booming.  In a recent NJ.com article, Reporter Carla Astudillo analyzes census data from 2005 through 2016 to compare the growth of the New Jersey’s foreign-born population to its native-born.  With 242,000 new immigrants calling New Jersey home, the state’s foreign-born population increased 14.3 percent, when compared to only a .32 percent increase in the state’s native-born population. » Read More

May 07, 2018

Trump Administration Terminates TPS for Honduras: Thousands in New Jersey to Lose Deportation Protection and Work Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced Friday the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Secretary Nielsen delayed the termination for 18 months to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to prepare for departure to Honduras.  » Read More

Apr 30, 2018

New Jersey Immigrants Scammed as Fear and Flux Take Control of the American Immigration System

Day after day, potential clients walk into my office with boxes of paper and faces of frustration.  Minutes into our free immigration consultation, I notice a sense of concern and fear.  Soon, I learn that the immigrant has a decades-old immigration problem that was a relatively simple fix long ago.  » Read More

Apr 20, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Rises Across America, California Woman Charged with Immigration Fraud, Bipartisan Effort to Pass Immigration Legislation

Immigration on the Rise

In more than 75% of counties in the United States, the number of immigrants moving into a particular county exceeded those who were moving out.  And, four of the top 10 counties with the highest rate of immigrant population growth were in New York and New Jersey. » Read More

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