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Public Benefits and Immigration

In the United States, any person can apply for any of the social aid programs that exist in the country such as SNAP and Medicaid. However, if the government decides that a person immigrating to the country will come to rely on cash aid programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security…

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Realize Your Dream of Citizenship

There are many reasons an immigrant may not want to become a citizen. However, most of the time people avoid naturalization because they are facing one or many obstacles on their path. There are a few solutions to help raise interest in and dispel any fears and concerns about the naturalization process. The most common…

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What questions are asked in a family-based immigration interview?

Under the current administration, 2018 was a harrowing year for immigrants on many levels. Think tank the Cato Institute reported that, between 2016 and 2018, there was a 37% increase in the general denial of immigration benefits. And within that widening pool of denials were thousands of immigrants seeking a family-based “adjustment of status.” What…

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A Primer for Family-Based Immigration

Los Angeles Family-Based Immigration Lawyers Ever since Donald Trump ran for presidency on the issue of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, family-based immigration has been in the news. Over the past few weeks, the U.S. government has been at a standstill because a wall-funded budget cannot be passed. So more than…

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Getting Your U.S. Marriage or Spousal Visa

Getting Your U.S. Marriage or Spousal Visa You’ve been visiting the one you love in the United States via the Visa Waiver Program known as ESTA, which stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This program permits you to visit the U.S. for up to ninety days without first obtaining a Visa. Under ESTA, you’re…

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How to Choose the Right Immigration Attorney

How to choose the right immigration attorney

Posted By Law Offices of Elsa Martinez Immigration law can be complex and if you need help navigating a legal issue, it often makes sense to enlist the services of an experienced attorney. With the ever growing number of legal firms, how can you be sure that you are choosing the right one for your…

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What to Do if ICE Shows Up at Your Door

What to Do if ICE Shows Up at Your Door

Posted ByLaw Offices of Elsa Martinez As President Trump and his administration continue to target immigrant families, arrests by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) police have risen sharply compared to this time last year. Since the Trump administration occupied the White House back in January, ICE arrests have shot up by nearly 40% across…

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Can I Travel After Filing for Naturalization?

Posted By Law Offices of Elsa Martinez Moments after you apply for U.S. citizenship via naturalization, your mind probably turns to one thing—nailing the citizenship test. Studying flashcards for the 100 civics questions is indeed vital to becoming a citizen, but the process of naturalization can be much more complex, especially when it comes to…

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Law Offices of Elsa Martinez Opens New Office Location in Culver City

Posted By Law Offices of Elsa Martinez The Law Offices of Elsa Martinez is opening their newest location in Culver City, CA. Serving residents across the greater Los Angeles area, Santa Ana, and Ventura with all of their immigration needs, the firm’s DTLA immigration attorneys have a wealth of experience, determination, and tenacity. Attorney Elsa…

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Tips for Filing a Successful E-2 Visa

Tips for Filing a Successful E-2 Visa

Posted ByLaw Offices of Elsa Martinez TheE-2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa, allowing foreign entrepreneurs from “treaty nations” to come to the U.S. and make investments and achieve trade activities. Whether you are trying to start a new business or purchase a pre-existing business, investment activities are required to be substantially proportional to…

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