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President Obama Will Announce His Plans To Change Immigration Laws This Week

Monday, January 28th, 2013

There is a very good chance there will be an Immigration Amnesty during President Obama’s second term. Immigration has been a very important issue for President Obama since he took office. Finally, this week he will announce his plans on how to get illegal immigrants permanent residency and then citizenship. In my opinion, one of the major parts of Immigration that needs change is in regard to lower skilled illegal immigrants, who take the jobs that U.S. citizens do not want. I have had many employers asking for these workers. I believe President Obama will speak to this issue this week. It will be interesting to see how President Obama’s amnesty plan will address illegal immigrants who have 10 year bars who are not eligible for a waiver, and those with criminal convictions. Of course this would have to pass through Congress but I really believe that the trend in the United States is shifting to making illegal immigrants legal.  Also, he will have to address aliens who are here on temporary visas, such as work visas.

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U Visa For Victims of Crimes

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Michael J. Spychalski

The U visa is designed for noncitizen crime victims who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse flowing from criminal activity and have cooperated with government officials investigating or prosecuting such criminal activity.  To qualify for a U visa, a noncitizen must: 1) Show that he or she has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as the result of one of the following forms of criminal activity:U Visa Immigration Lawyers

Rape; torture; trafficking; incest; domestic violence; sexual assault; abusive sexual contact; prostitution; sexual exploitation; female genital mutilation; being held hostage; peonage; involuntary servitude; slave trade; kidnapping; abduction; unlawful criminal restraint; false imprisonment; blackmail; extortion; manslaughter; murder; felonious assault; witness tampering; obstruction of justice; perjury; or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above mentioned crimes;

2) Show that he or she possesses information concerning the criminal activity; and

3) Provide a certification from a federal, state, or local law enforcement official prosecutor, judge, or authority investigating criminal activity designated in the statute that states that the U visa applicant is being, has been or is likely to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of designated criminal activity.

Spouses, children, and parents, are not derivatives but must self-petition themselves.  There is a slightly higher standard for approval.  A designated government official must certify that an investigation or prosecution would be harmed without the assistance of the qualifying relative, and the Department of Homeland Security must determine that the qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if he or she does not receive a U visa.


It is possible to qualify for lawful permanent residence if they were admitted under a nonimmigrant status such as a tourist visa; did not participate in Nazi persecution nor engage in genocide; have been physically present in the United States for at least three years since receiving their U visas; and humanitarian grounds, family unity, or the public interest justify their continued presence in the United States.

If you know of anyone who might qualify under a U visa, please feel free to contact our office.

Michael Spychalski
Dallas, TX 

Phone: 214-252-9099Fax: 214-520-9941

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