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Monday, September 26, 2016

Scandinavian Tech Companies Help Refugees Find Work

In Sweden and Finland, the tech industry is stepping up to help migrants find work. Tech-savvy individuals and firms are helping these new residents by cataloging their skills and education, setting up internships, training and placing refugees in jobs. They are also connecting asylum seekers with investors looking to back new businesses.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Turkish Asylum Seekers Make 7,000 Mile Move to California

Since an attempted coup against Turkey’s President Erdo─čan in July, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned. The lucky ones have managed to flee the country amid the chaos.

In the meantime, while they hope that democracy will eventually return to their homeland, many displaced citizens of Turkey are seeking asylum in the United States.

Residents of Irvine, California --  home to a large Turkish American population – are stepping up to help. Over 45 local families have signed up to host asylum seekers as they make the transition to life in the United States.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wait Times for Affirmative Asylum Interviews

The US Citizen and Immigration Services recently released its newest Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin (8/5/16) which explains how the Asylum Division prioritizes affirmative applications for asylum.

Affirmative asylum refers to a foreign national who has voluntarily applied for asylum – this individual may be residing in the US already or may make application upon entry to the United States (a person seeking affirmative asylum has to submit an application within one year of their arrival).

Blandon Law has decades of experience assisting clients through this process, which can be time-consuming and confusing for applicants. The most important benefit of winning an asylum case is that ONE year after becoming an asylee, a foreign national may apply for legal permanent residency. Legal permanent residents can live and work in the United States. They can also bring spouses and children to the US and receive government assistance.

It is important to review this announcement to be sure that your interview with USCIS (“Immigration”) is scheduled during the processing time announced in the Bulletin. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 954-385-0157. Our lawyers travel throughout the country to Asylum Office interviews and Immigration Court hearings.

View the Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin

Monday, August 15, 2016

Backlog of Immigration Court Cases is Increasing

As of June 2016, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has reached an all-time high of 496,704, according to government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

While the backlog is still increasing, the hiring of 34 new Immigration Judges since February has helped to slow the rate of growth. Unfortunately, the sheer number of cases awaiting resolution still represents an average of 1,819 cases for each of the 273 judges now on the bench. The number of pending priority cases involving women with children has been rising the fastest.

For more information, visit: TRAC at Syracuse University

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Amid Anti-Immigration Wave, Some Small Towns Welcome Refugees with Open Arms

PBS Newshour reports that small towns across the United States are opening their doors to refugees in an effort to offset shrinking populations, diversify their communities and bolster local economies. 

Eskinder Negash, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, stated "Every time a refugee rents an apartment, every time a refugee shops for food, there's some income coming in for the city and going into the tax base. There's a new realization that refugees can be an economic engine for some of these small communities." 

The mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, echoed those sentiments. “Our refugees have come in and brought a lot to our community,” said Fargo mayor, Dr. Tim Mahoney“Our priority is to be a welcoming city and continue to grow in that manner.”

Read the complete article

Monday, August 1, 2016

Argentina Announces New Plan Against Gender Violence

On July 26, 2016, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced a national plan to decrease domestic violence and “femicide” incidents (referring to the gender-based targeting and murder of women). 

The government's three-year plan will introduce: 
  • Gender violence awareness as part of the national school curriculum.

  • Creation of a network of women's refuges

  • Increased funding to electronically monitor individuals with a history of violence towards women

Many Latin American countries have introduced tougher penalties for femicide crimes in recent years, but women's rights groups say more is needed. Last year, 235 women lost their lives due to gender violence incidents in Argentina. 

For more information:

Argentina proposes electronic tracking for men prone to violence toward women - UPI

Argentina announces new plan to curb gender violence - BBC

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Don't File for Asylum in Texas, But If You Did: MOVE

According to a TRAC Report, Immigration Judges in Texas lead the nation in deportations.  The report is available by clicking here.

Immigration Court judges issued 44,204 removal orders as of April 2016. Texas leads the nation with 10,102 removal orders issued, followed by California and Georgia.

If the US Department of Homeland Security denies the asylum case, it will be referred to an Immigration Court judge.  An experienced attorney, such as Blandon Law, will file a motion for change of venue to get the case moved to another court in another state if possible.  Call 954-385-0157 if you or someone you know is currently in proceedings in Texas Immigration Court and needs an experienced asylum lawyer.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Asylum Based on Abuse: Marriage is NOT a Requirement for Asylum based on Domestic Violence

      Immigration courts around the United States cannot require that a domestic violence survivor be married to her abuser.  A new case was published by the Board of Immigration Appeals that says that marriage is not a requirement to get a green card based on asylum as an abuse victim.

    Blandon Law proudly helps domestic violence survivors get their legal permanent residency, whether they apply based on the Violence Against Women Act or asylum.  Unfortunately, in some countries -- like Guatemala or Honduras -- domestic violence is rampant and the police do not help at all.  All team members at the Broward County immigration law firm speak Spanish.  For help on your particular case, call 954-385-0157 and schedule a consultation.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Immigration Expert Publishes Free Book on Best Tips for Asylum - Download Now

     Free answers to your questions about getting a green card in the United States is at your fingertips.  Click to this link for the website, then scroll on the home page, and download the eBook:  Best Tips to Win a Green Card Through Asylum.    
     The information you will find includes what harm is enough to win an asylum case, who will decide your case, and what to do if the government does not believe you.
     Elizabeth Blandon, Esq., wrote this book of advice, which was gained through more than ten years as an immigration lawyer.  The state of Florida certified her as an immigration expert and she graduated from one of the top law schools in the United States.  Before law school, Ms. Blandon earned two writing degrees (journalism and literature).
     For those who are considering applying for asylum, this book is a must read.  There is even a chapter about the types of documents that the government requests.  Private consultations are also available at the Broward immigration law firm, which specializes in asylum, by calling 954-385-0157.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Raids Planned for Central Americans Who Do Not Apply for Asylum

  Several major news outlets, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, have reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is going to begin raids on Central American families.
  Click the link here for the complete story.
  Blandon Law can help them by filing a Motion to Reopen, which will keep them in the country until the evidence is properly reviewed by an Immigration Judge.
  If you know a Central American person -- especially a child -- who entered the United States and was ordered deported, tell a family member to call (954) 385-0157 and schedule a consultation. Blandon Law are immigration lawyers specializing in asylum, with clients throughout Florida and the United States.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

One of Venezuela's Best Known Political Prisoners Chose Blandon Law - Should You?

      The Broward County immigration law firm of Blandon Law is proudly representing Venezuela's Marco Coello in his request for asylum.  He is one of several students arrested together with Leopoldo Lopez in 2014 for political reasons.

     If you or someone you know needs protection from the government of their home country, please have that person call (954) 385-0157 and schedule a consultation.  All staff members speak Spanish and work hard to help foreigners become future US citizens.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Germany's Response to Refugee Crisis

          Germany has more asylum seekers than any country in the European Union.  Follow this link to see how they deal with them.  Maybe the United States could learn.

          Blandon Law in south Florida works with asylum applicants not only in Broward but throughout the United States.  A foreigner must be in the U.S. to apply for the immigration benefits of asylum such as work permit.  If you want to know about your chance for success, call 954-385-0157 and schedule a consultation.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico Nationals Clog the Immigration Courts - Blandon Law in Florida Can Help with Asylum

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Over forty percent of the persons that the Department of Homeland Security is trying to deport in Immigration Courts are from Central America.  The Florida firm of Blandon Law specializes in asylum for many of these persons. 

Our attorneys travel to Immigration Court hearings anywhere in the United States.  All team members speak Spanish.  With asylum, not only do persons in court avoid deportation, they also get a work permit and -- if we win -- status that allows them to get a green card one year later.

Persons from Central America continue to outnumber those from Mexico when DHS seeks deportation orders in Immigration Court, according to the latest government data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The full report can be found at this link.

During the first ten months of fiscal year 2015, 42 percent of DHS filings involved individuals from Central America, primarily Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This figure is up from 25 percent three years ago in fiscal year 2012.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Three Best FAQs on Applying for Asylum

Image result for free photo blog questioning1.  When a foreigner hires a law firm, is the client responsible to provide the written evidence or is this information discussed on the phone calls with the paralegals and attorneys throughout the process?

The clients are asked to provide evidence to prove what they are telling us.  Attorney review means that the attorneys review the documents provided and, if those documents are somehow insufficient, the attorneys will let the client know why another document might be better.  For example, if a client claims that his family moved, he will be asked to provide proof of the move. Maybe the client will provide a letter to prove it.  After attorney review, the Attorney will state why that letter may not be sufficient and suggest the client obtain a receipt from a moving company or sale of the house instead.  This is not work that a paralegal will do because it has to do with immigration law.

2.  Can the Attorney provide a list of documents that the client will need in order to submit the asylum application to immigration?

There is a list of basic documents including passport and birth certificates.  With Attorney Review, however, the client discusses the case with the Attorney who then makes a request for specific documents based on what the client claims happened. It's like homework.  Usually, when we receive those documents, other questions come up and we will need to request other documents. For example, if a client tells us he was in the hospital for one day, we will request proof of that.  If the hospital letter then says the client was in the hospital for two days, we will ask for an explanation of the inconsistency (one day testimony, but two days documented). If the client then says, "I was actually in for one day, so that's a mistake by the hospital" we will request other proof to confirm that the hospital made a mistake (such as receipt of payment of only one day in the hospital).

3. Must asylum applicants remain in the state where they reside at the time of the application filing or can they travel between different states in the U.S. during the process?

Applicants can travel within the United States during the process, but must interview at the Asylum Office as directed on the interview notice.  Each time applicants move (different from just temporary travel), they must inform the Asylum Office of the move.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ASYLUM and whether you can get a work permit and later a green card through this process, call 954-385-0157 right now.

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