Immigration & Naturalization Attorney in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Helping Others Open New Doors
President Speaks on Immigration Reform BillRead More
Senate Immigration Reform BillPost Independent - Roaring Fork Valley activists hopeful about Senate immigration reform bill
Immigration FraudAPR - Immigration Fraud Strikes Communities Across Colorado
An Immigration Reform Bill has been introduced into the U.S. Senate. It is currently in committee. To become law, the bill will need to pass out of committee, and onto the senate floor, where after debate would need to be voted on. If the Senate votes to pass the bill, it will then move to the House of Representatives, who will also have to pass the bill before it can move to the President for signature.
Immigration Reform Bill
STOP: because while there is a lot of excitement around immigration reform, the truth is that no new law has been passed. Do not believe notarios and other unauthorized consultants who say there is a new law in order to steal your money.
WAIT: until real reform is enacted, hopefully later this year. The wrong help can harm your chances of becoming a lawful resident or citizen.
TALK: to a qualified immigration attorney, ASK questions, and REPORT notarios who are trying to take advantage of you or your family.
Read more about the new immigration reform bill
In-State Tuition at CMC:Colorado Mountain College voted to give undocumented students in-state tuition!
New Provisional Waiver Process:Starting March 4, 2013, spouses and parents of U.S. citizens who will need a waiver or pardon for their unlawful presence in the U.S. can ask for the waiver before leaving the U.S. This new process will keep families together and reduce the amount of time a family member must wait outside the U.S for the consulate to process the visa.
In order to qualify for this new process, you must have an approved I-130, and paid the immigrant visa processing fee, and not have been scheduled for an interview at the consulate before January 3, 2013. There are additional requirements if you have a case in the immigration court.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform:Efforts are being made to amend immigration laws to offer a path to citizenship for individuals in the U.S. There are no actual laws written yet, the process is still being negotiated in Congress. However, we will update the website as we learn more. We have noticed in the various proposals that there is an emphasis on learning English and paying taxes. We suggest that you start now to make sure you are working on both of these issues.
All dreamers – to get work permit you must qualify:
- You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States under the age of sixteen
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
- Are currently residing in the United States at the time of application to USCIS
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Read more about the new deferred action qualifications
Aspen Public Radio Article
Post Independent Article
Federal officials say that families would also be protected from scrutiny."We have internally set it up so that the parents are not referred for immigration enforcement if the young person comes in for deferred action," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN. "However, the parents are not qualified for deferred action. This is for the young people who meet the criteria that we've set forth."
Western Colorado's Full-Service Immigration Only Law Firm
The Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. has been leading the way in opening new doors for Western Colorado's immigration clients with an office centrally located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Our office has a reputation for excellence in providing legal services to individuals, families and businesses. We combine our legal knowledge with teamwork and personalized service to get the results our clients seek.
Personalized Legal Service to Focus On Your Unique NeedsImmigration and nationality law is a complex and constantly changing area of law. A knowledgeable and trained immigration attorney can effectively advise and represent individuals before the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Court.
The Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. prides itself on getting to know the clients with whom we work and understanding our clients' unique issues and goals. We offer a personal touch and superior customer service to each individual that we represent. Each case is assigned to a team of professionals with includes an attorney and paralegal with knowledge and expertise in immigration law.
Immigration ExpertiseOur attorneys are all members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of immigration attorneys. We are members of the National Immigration Project. We frequently appear as experts in the courts, community, and the media. Our attorneys and staff have lectured in special areas with various professional and community groups.
We have successfully represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts. In addition, we have successfully represented businesses facing hiring compliance issues under federal and state law.
If you are interested in speaking with an attorney from the Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. about your immigration matter, please call (970) 945-5111, or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!