Social Security Card Issued Automatically with Employment Authorization Document

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have created a new partnership where foreign nationals can now apply for work authorization and a social security card using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security Card from the SSA. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an social security card and number.

Now, applicants can apply for a social security card or replacement card without visiting a Social Security office. Effective immediately, USCIS will transmit the additional data collected on the Form I-765 to the SSA for processing. Moving forward, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from SSA within the following two weeks. (more…)

Fraudulent Misrepresentation presumed if Visitor marry within 90 days on entry into U.S.

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As of 09/18/2017, in a significant change of policy, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson wrote that visitors who enter the U.S. must follow through on their “stated plans” for at least three months. “Stated plans” means what they listed on their B-1/B-2 application, what they told the interviewing officer at the Embassy, and what they told the Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officer when they entered the U.S. at the airport.

If a visitor does something inconsistent with what they told the consular official or CBP officer — such as marry an American citizen, go to school or get a job — it will be presumed that they have deliberately lied or committed a fraudulent misrepresentation to gain an immigration benefit.  Such a lie would result in revocation of the B-1/B-2 visa, denial of a change in status, and possible deportation from the U.S.  A “lie” would also include booking an airline ticket for two weeks and stating to a CBP officer you will stay only two weeks in the U.S. and then once arrive in the U.S. changing your airline ticket to a longer period of time such as 3-6 months.

Changes of plans that occur after three months may still raise red flags and but are not presumed to be the result of “willful misrepresentation,” the cable said. Under previous rules, a change in plans was deemed to be a fraudulent misrepresentation only for the first month after arrival in the United States.

“If someone comes to the U.S. as a tourist, falls in love and gets married within 90 days and then applies for a green card, this means the application would be denied,” said Diane Rish, the associate director of government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “This is a significant policy change.” (more…)

Expanded Travel Ban on North Korea, Venezuela, etc.

According to the New York Times, starting next month, most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be indefinitely banned from entering the United States – yet another unconstitutional #Trumptravelban.  Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela who seek to visit the United States will face restrictions or heightened scrutiny.

The new order is more far-reaching than the president’s original travel ban, imposing permanent restrictions on travel, rather than the 90-day suspension that Mr. Trump authorized soon after taking office.

Students on F-1 visa or investor with E-1/E-2 or L-1 visas who are already in the United States can finish their studies and employees of businesses in the United States who are from the targeted countries may stay for as long as their existing visas remain valid. People whose visas expire will be subject to the travel ban.

The proclamation imposes the most severe restrictions on Syria and North Korea, which Mr. Trump says fail to cooperate with the United States in any respect. All citizens from those countries will be denied visas to enter the United States once the proclamation goes into effect.

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DACA Expiration – Steps going forward…

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that was initiated by President Obama.  Nearly 700,000 young immigrants who have no legal status in the U.S. benefit from DACA and have valid employment cards so they can work and attend college.  All DACA recipients have no criminal history and are law abiding young immigrants who entered the U.S. under the age of 15.  The Trump administration has indicated that he is willing to provide some protection to young immigrants but he wants Congress to pass a bill into law.  To date, no such legislation has been successfully passed into law and that is why President Obama executed an executive order implementing DACA.  Below are common questions about the DACA expiration.

Questions about DACA/Employment Card Phase-out:

  1. Can I renew my DACA before it ends in March 2018?  Yes, if your DACA expires between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must receive your properly filed I-821D DACA renewal request on or before Oct. 5, 2017.
  2. What is my DACA expired before September 5, 2017 and I did not submit a renewal application? The DACA process is no longer available to you and you cannot file for renewal.
  3. What can I do is I lost my DACA employment card?  You can file to replace your lost DACA employment card.
  4. What will happen to current DACA holders?  Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.
  5. When DACA ends, will those cases be referred to ICE for enforcement/deportation? Information provided to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to ICE and CBP for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings, unless the requestor meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice to Appear or a referral to ICE (such as criminal conviction or meeting other grounds for removal).  This policy may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time.
  6. Can DACA recipients apply for advance parole to travel outside the U.S.?  Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole.  USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.
  7. What is breakdown of DACA expiration due to DACA phase-out?  From August through December 2017, 201,678 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire. In calendar year 2018, 275,344 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire. From January through August 2019, 321,920 individuals are set to have their DACA/EADs expire.

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Immigration Reform Under Trump – Impossible!

Trump’s  recent actions and words indicate that immigration reform under Trump presidency will be impossible.  His latest pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a racist who violated the Constitution in his mad pursuit of illegal immigrants is a strong indication of Trump stand on immigration – apprehending illegal immigrants even if in violation of the Constitution.  Also, Trump is threatening a government shutdown in terms of not approving the budget if the U.S.-Mexico border wall is not built.

In 2006, Congress unsuccessfully tried passing an immigration bill that required undocumented immigrants to pay a fine and any back taxes to apply for a six-year worker visa but the House did not vote to pass the bill.  Again, in 2013, an immigration bill that would grant a 13 year path to citizenship to unauthorized immigrants did not get enough votes to become law.

Immigration reform under Trump is highly unlikely since his priority is appealing to his “America First” base who have forgotten that their great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents were also  immigrants.  The only immigration reform under Trump is the inhumane treatment of humans whose only mistake is seeking a better life in the greatest country in the world!

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First Steps to Attaining U.S. Citizenship in Orlando

First Steps to Attaining U.S. Citizenship in Orlando

The Naturalization process is required if you want to become a U.S. citizen. Our immigration law office helps many clients attain citizenship in Orlando every year. We are honored to be a part of this exciting time in our clients lives and do our very best to make the process as smooth and simple for you as possible.

Here’s a quick look at the first steps you’ll need to complete in order to become a U.S. citizen.

Early Requirements For U.S. Citizenship Via Naturalization

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have held a Permanent Green Card for at least 5 years.
  • Able to read, write, and speak basic English.
  • Be of good moral character.

If you meet these four criteria, you can get started on your Naturalization process! The 10-step Naturalization process starts with filing Form N-400 “Application for Naturalization”.

What to Expect of the U.S. Naturalization Process

After you submit Form N-400, you will be contacted to arrange an interview and an English and Civics test. Once approved, you can take part in a naturalization ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance!

Gail Seeram Helps Immigrants Attain Citizenship In Orlando

Immigration attorney, Gail Seeram, helps immigrants complete their Naturalization paperwork accurately and completely, ensure they meet all Naturalization eligibility requirements, and can provide moral support or clarification during the citizenship interview process. Attorney Seeram’s advice and assistance can ensure your application is not rejected or delayed due to missing or inaccurate information and that you have met all of the necessary requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen.

Learn more about how we can help you attain U.S. citizenship in Orlando by contacting

The Law Offices of Gail Seeram at 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730. We offer free, no-obligation phone and office

Fight Removal With Help From a Deportation Lawyer

If you have been notified that you are to be deported from the U.S. you may think there is no way you can avoid deportation, but that is not necessarily true. Immigration attorneys help their clients fight deportation and removal regularly. A deportation lawyer:

– Investigates the charges against you to ensure accuracy,

– Helps build your defense,

– Presents your case in front of the immigration judge, and

– Helps fill out all of the necessary forms to fight deportation.

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Deportation Defense At The Law Offices Of Gail Seeram

Gail Seeram is an Orlando immigration attorney with over 17 years of experience. She focuses exclusively on immigration law and helps hundreds of clients in the U.S. every year.

Deportation does not happen right away. There is a removal process that must be followed and you will have a chance to present your side of the situation. You stand a far better chance of convincing the immigration judge to rule against deportation if you have an immigration attorney helping you!

Immigration judges must rule on the evidence they are presented with. They cannot do research for you. They cannot build a legal argument for your case. They will not know anything about your circumstances beyond what you present. These are all things that our immigration lawyer will do for you.

Attorney Seeram will research the charges against you. She will examine all possible defense option. She will present evidence and arguments in your favor to the judge.

There are many ways you might be able to remain in the U.S. with an immigration attorney’s help. You may qualify for asylum. You may qualify for a Green Card. The charges against you may be false or inaccurate and thus invalidate the deportation.

The one thing we want you to remember is that you have options and you are not alone!

If you have received notice that you are to be deported or if you have been detained by ICE, contact our Orlando immigration law office right away. We will quickly evaluate your situation and recommend a best course of action to protect you and your family.

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Individuals in Immigration Court by Their Address


A record number of legal and illegal immigrants have immigration cases pending in immigration court across the United States.  Immigration attorney Gail S. Seeram has been defending and advocating for immigrants in immigration court since 1999.  With deportations from the U.S. up 28% under the Trump Presidency, it is important for people to understand their rights once placed in removal or deportation proceedings in immigration court.

If a noncitizen is placed in removal or deportation proceedings, the biggest mistake is to opt for “expedited removal” and waiver (or give up) his/her right for a judicial hearing.  All noncitizen should choose to see an immigration judge and fight removal or deportation proceedings – our office would be willing to defend and advocate for any noncitizen’s right to remain in the United States.

Removal proceedings (or “deportation”) can be initiated against a lawful permanent resident or undocumented noncitizen (collectively referred to as “noncitizens”). Removal & deportation proceedings can be initiated when a noncitizen (including a lawful permanent resident) is seeking admission to the United States, filing an application for an immigration benefit (such as U.S. Citizenship or renewing/replacing a “green card”), serving a sentence for a criminal conviction (such as probation, community service or prison), or detained by local police for a criminal matter.

There are several grounds under the Immigration & Nationality Act that the United States government can seek removal & deportation against a noncitizen.  In general, the removal & deportation grounds include: criminal grounds, immigration violations, visa and passport fraud, alien smuggling, willful misrepresentation and false claim to U.S. citizenship, unlawful presence, illegal reentry after a prior deportation, security and foreign policy grounds, public charge and economic grounds, health related grounds, and other miscellaneous grounds.

The following are considered criminal grounds: a noncitizen’s conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude, multiple crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felony, firearm offenses, money laundering, and domestic violence.  Note, a conviction for a misdemeanor where there was no probation or jail time may be considered a “crime involving moral turpitude” and can result in a noncitizen being place in removal & deportation proceedings.

While in removal & deportation proceedings, the noncitizen may be released (more…)

28% Increase in Orders of Removal Under Trump

Courtesy of – reporting by Allissa Wickham. Editing by Christine Chun.

Between the time President Donald Trump took office earlier this year and the end of July, nearly 50,000 unauthorized immigrants were ordered removed from the U.S., a 28 percent increase over last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the immigration review branch of the U.S Department of Justice.

The DOJ’s Executive Office of Immigration Review collected the data, which also indicated that total orders of removal combined with voluntary departures by immigrants in the U.S. between Feb. 1 and July 31 were up close to 31 percent over that same period last year. Final decisions issued by immigration judges also rose 14.5 percent during that time frame this year, the DOJ statement, which featured only timeline statistics, said on Tuesday.

Between Feb. 1 and July 31 this year, 49,983 unauthorized immigrants were ordered removed, compared to 39,113 last year. Another 7,086 unauthorized immigrants agreed to voluntarily depart the U.S., bringing the total removal and voluntary departures so far this year to 57,069. The total orders of removal and voluntary departures in that same six months last year was 43,595.

There was also a total of 73,127 final decisions issued by immigration judges between February and the end of July this year, compared to 63,850 issued in that window last year.

The boost in orders of removal over last year could be the product of Trump’s signing of an executive order on Jan. 25 requiring more stringent enforcement on immigration.

The order called for the hiring of 10,000 more immigration officers, targeted funding for so-called sanctuary cities and revived a controversial information sharing program known as Secure Communities, which allows fingerprints of arrested individuals to be checked against U.S. Department of Homeland Security databases.

According to the DOJ statement on Tuesday, the agency mobilized more than 100 existing immigration judges to DHS detention facilities across the country after Trump signed his Jan. 25 order. More than 90 percent of the cases those new judges oversaw resulted in orders or removal requiring unauthorized immigrants to depart or be removed, the DOJ said.

The Justice Department has also hired an additional 54 immigration judges since Trump took office “and continues to hire new immigration judges each month,” its statement said. (more…)

Re-entry After Deportation is Possible Under Certain Circumstances

Re-entry After Deportation is Possible Under Certain CircumstancesYou may think that deportation is the end of your chances for a life in the United States, but re-entry after deportation is possible if you meet certain criteria.

2 Ways To Qualify For Re-Entry After Deportation

  • Timing Requirements. The first thing to keep in mind if you want to apply for re-entry after deportation is how long ago you were deported. Anyone who has been deported must wait 5, 10, or 20 years (unless the deportation is permanent) before they can apply for re-entry. How long you much wait to apply for re-entry depends on the reasons you were deported in the first place. Re-entering the country before this time period has passed could complicate your situation and make re-entry more difficult or even make your deportation permanent.

If you do not meet the timing requirements, there may still be ways for you to re-enter the U.S. legally:

  • Form I-212. Form I-212 “Permission to Reapply For Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal” may be submitted if you have a new or separate basis for a Visa or Green Card application. Also known as a waiver request, Form I-212 essentially requests that immigration authorities overlook the grounds for your deportation and give you a second chance. 
  • Form I-601. Form I-601 “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility” is another type of waiver application. This form can be used by immigrants who have been deemed “inadmissible” to the U.S. for many different types of reasons and must usually be filed in conjunction with Form I-212. Form I-212 removes the removal restrictions and Form I-601 removes the grounds for removal.

Help From An Immigration Attorney Is Essential

Re-entry after deportation is a complex process and the slightest misstep could end your chances to return to the United States. It is vital to the success of your application that you get help from an experienced immigration attorney to prove to U.S. Immigration Services that you are deserving of a second chance.

As a foreign national, you will not be provided with an attorney to represent you; you must hire one yourself.

Our Orlando immigration attorney, Gail Seeram, handles re-entry and deportation cases regularly. She ensures that each applicant has all of the necessary documentation in order and helps her clients lay out the best case possible for re-entry.

If you are seeking re-entry after deportation, contact The Law Offices of Gail Seeram at 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730 to schedule a free consultation.