“Illegal vs. Undocumented” – Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram Weigh In

Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram weighs in on the politically correct term to use when describing an immigrant without legal status in the United States – “illegal immigrant” or “undocumented immigrant”.  This debate has been ongoing among immigration lawyer, media and latino.  In the presidential candidate debate between Obama and Romney – Obama used the term “undocumented” and Romney used the term “illegal”.  We all know who won the presidential election – Obama.  Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram explains (more…)

Deportation Protection By Obama Force State Lawsuits

Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram fights deportation cases for her clients and is supportive of President Obama’s executive action granting deportation protection to nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants.  Last November, President Obama issued an executive order to give deportation protection to immigrants who enter under age 16, immigrant parents of U.S. citizens, expanded who can apply for the provisional waiver for unlawful presence and increased employment and investment opportunities for immigrants.  A federal lawsuit was filed (more…)

Free Immigration Consultation

The Immigration Law Offices of Gail Seeram offers a free immigration consultation in our Orlando and Kissimmee offices.  During the free immigration consultation, our paralegal staff completes a consultation intake sheet and then you speak with Attorney Gail Seeram.  Attorney Gail Seeram will explain the immigration process that applies to your case and offer a step-by-step plan to achieve success in your immigration case.  After your free immigration consultation, you will understand the procedures, documents and processing times involved for your particular immigration case.  We guarantee that the Immigration Law Offices of Gail Seeram will help and guide you 100% through your immigration case!

California Drivers License to Undocumented Immigrants

Effective immediately, California Department of Motor Vehicles will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses and expects approximately 1.5 million applications to be filed within the first three years of the program.  California drivers license to undocumented immigrants will allow immigrants to pick kids up from school and function normally in everyday society. License applicants will have to provide documents to verify their identities and prove they reside in California. They will each also have to submit a thumbprint, pass vision and written exams and schedule a behind-the-wheel driving test. The special licenses will feature text explaining that they are “not acceptable for official federal purposes,” such as boarding an airplane.  Additionally, the California drivers license to undocumented immigrants will improve traffic safety by requiring immigrants who are already driving to study the rules of the road.

First Latina Confirmed to Head ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement

In a Senate vote of 55-39 with victory coming from Democrats, the first Latina, Sarah Saldaña, has been selected or confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the second largest federal government agency, ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement.  ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement is the agency charged with overseeing deportation/removal, detention and prosecuting in immigration court.  Saldaña is U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, overseeing federal law enforcement in a 100-county region. She will be the first Latina to lead ICE Immigration.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Republican Vote Against Obama Immigration Order to Show Opposition

Yesterday, in a symbolic vote, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representative voted 219-197 in opposition of President Obama Immigration Order that eased deportation rules for millions of undocumented immigrants.  The vote has no legal affect on President Obama Immigration Order and only serves the purpose of allowing Republicans to vent their frustration against President Obama executive order.  The Senate already refused to consider the bill and Obama threaten veto.  So, this vote of opposition will go nowhere.

Funding for the U.S. Government ends on December 11, 2014 and the vote of disapproval of Obama Immigration Order signals that Republicans may want to attach immigration language to a government spending measure.  This would mean a standoff between Republicans and Democrats and a possible government shutdown.

Republicans fail to understand that funding for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services is 100% based on filing fees submitted by applicants and DOES NOT rely on monies from the U.S. government.   (more…)

Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola Stricken Countries

The U.S. government has issued Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola stricken countries – Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, effective from November 21, 2014 through May 21, 2016. The registration period began on November 21, 2014, and ends on May 20, 2015.

Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola is issued to individuals in the U.S. who are natives or citizens of a designated country (in this case, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) where conditions in the country are unsafe and that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.

To be eligible for TPS, you must: (more…)

Obama Immigration Order: Immigrant Parents & Children – “We’re not going to deport you”

During President Obama’s address to the nation, he stated we have a tradition of welcoming immigrants. His speech and executive action was prompted by 500+ days of inaction by the Republican House of Representative on an immigration bill already passed by the Senate. In referring to the executive order he will sign, he stated “this is about who we are as a country…working hard…and keeping families together.”

Republicans may block Obama immigration order by passing a resolution denouncing the president’s action and then vote to censure him or sue over the legality of the executive action. Opponents have mentioned an appropriations bill to stop spending for this executive order but U.S. Department of Homeland Security is self-funded by application fees and does not rely on Congressional spending. Republicans need to be cautious that whatever action they choose to take, it does not alienate them from Latino and minority voters.

Deportation Protection for Parents & Children: Obama immigration order offers two deferred action (or protection from deportation) initiatives that will benefit 4.4 million undocumented immigrants. First, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be granted three years of deportation relief. To qualify, they must have lived in the United States since 1/1/2010, pass background checks and pay taxes. Application for Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) will be released and accepted in 180 days.

In 2012, Obama immigration order to help immigrant children was implemented and many immigrant children continue to benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Obama will revise DACA to eliminate the age restriction, (more…)

Executive Order Action by Obama – Announcement Thursday Night

Executive order action by Obama will be announced Thursday night during a prime time address to the nation.  President Obama’s plan to use his executive power as President to sign an executive order granting relief to about 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States will be controversial and will face challenge from the Republicans. (more…)

Obama Immigration Plan to Protect & Unite Immigrant Families

The lost by democrats during the mid-term elections has not stopped President Obama from moving forward with his Obama immigration agenda.  On Thursday, November 13, 2014, President Obama announced that he will soon unveil his plan for executive action that will overhaul the nation’s immigration enforcement system and protect up to five (5) million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide them with work permits. (more…)