LORE Marriage Equality

Summer of Love

We are still celebrating the Supreme Court’s June 26th Ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout all 50 U.S. States (and Puerto Rico!). This marks a huge step in the fight for equality. June has always been a significant month for LGBT rights. The Stonewall riots occured in June of 1969 after ...
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U-visa for crime victims

U-Visas: For Victims of Serious Crimes

If an illegal immigrant is a victim of a serious crime that either happened in the United States or that broke U.S. laws, they may be afraid to come forward for fear of deportation. Depending on the severity of the crime, a form of immigration relief is available to these undocumented victims in the ...
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plane night visa

System Glitch Leads To Freeze On Travel Visas

As if the current backlogs weren’t bad enough, a June 9th computer glitch has stalled visa processing at U.S. embassies all over the world. The hardware malfunction has kept crucial biometrics information (including fingerprints) from reaching the foreign U.S. consulates. With border security bein ...
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LORE DOS

Agencies of Immigration: DOS

The Department of State (DOS), also referred to as the State Department, handles all international affairs, and has a wide range of responsibilities within the United States. The Bureau of Consular Affairs is the primary department within DOS that deals with immigration. The Bureau of Consular Affai ...
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ICE and deportation

Myths of Immigration: Deportation is Immediate

If an individual is placed in removal proceedings for whatever reason, it is nothing like how it is depicted in the movies. A big, burly ICE officer doesn’t bang down your door and throw you on a plane back to your home country.There is way more to it than that.In the United States, everyone is en ...
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DHS Immigration chart

Agencies of Immigration: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the four main federal agencies dealing with immigration in the United States. DHS encompasses U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs & Borde ...
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USCIS waiting time

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Many people residing in the United States are undocumented, hoping to one day become legal U.S. residents. First, these undocumented individuals have to decipher which immigration path best suits them (marriage and family based green cards, work visas, special circumstances). They may need to find s ...
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