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Scam Targets Undocumented ColoradansJennifer was recently interviewed by NPR on scams targeting undocumented Coloradans. Read story here.
Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman Warns Immigrants About Persons Illegally Selling Driver's License AppointmentsDENVER -- Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman revealed today that her office, in cooperation with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at the Colorado Department of Revenue, is investigating whether persons obtaining – and then selling – DMV appointments under the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO-RCSA) are violating Colorado law.
Currently, this CO-RCSA program allows for immigrants, notwithstanding their legal status, that live and pay taxes in Colorado to obtain a state driver’s license or Colorado ID. The IDs can only be obtained at one of three DMV locations. Applicants must make an appointment in advance through the DMV’s on-line scheduler and then appear at one of these locations. The DMV does not charge for making these appointments.
"Our office received information from the DMV that a number of people were hoarding appointment times and then selling those appointments at prices that range from $50 to as high as $1000," said Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman. As a result, said Coffman, "We need people who have been victimized to come forward so we can identify these unscrupulous individuals and businesses who are profiting from a free government service. Anyone engaged in this scam should cease their activity and immediately cancel any scheduled appointments they’ve reserved."
Consumers who have "purchased" an appointment with the DMV for a driver's license from another individual or business should file a formal complaint with the Attorney General at www.stopfraudcolorado.gov. They can also provide information or tips – to either English or Spanish speaking investigators - by calling the Colorado Consumer Line at 1-800-222-4444.
The Attorney General advised that individuals hoping to apply for these special licenses or IDs can make a free appointment online at the DMV's appointment scheduler: https://www.colorado.gov/apps/jboss/dor/online/appointment/scheduling/index.xhtml. Once in the scheduler, they should select the orange button labeled "CO-RCSA SB251". There is no charge for making an appointment.
EOIR Announces New Immigration Judges in DenverThe Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) also known as the Immigration Court announced that the multiple immigration judge vacancies in the Denver area will be filled by 2017.
EOIR anticipates having five (5) immigration judges at the downtown Denver immigration court and three (3) at the GEO Group detention facility in Aurora by March of 2017 or sooner.
Following this announcement, EOIR began sending out new hearing notices for hearings formerly scheduled for 2019. At this time, clients of Smith Immigration are receiving new hearing dates set for the spring of 2017 with the new judges.
If you currently have a hearing scheduled for 2019, you should expect to receive notice shortly of a new hearing date for your case in 2017. If you are a client of our firm, we will keep you advised as to any changes in your hearing date as soon as we are notified. Please keep your contact information up to date with Smith Immigration.
CHANGES TO THE BULLETIN ALLOW FOR EARLY FILING OF PERMANENT RESIDENCE APPLICATIONSOn September 9th, the State Department and USCIS jointly announced new procedures that will allow individuals stuck in the family-based and employment-based immigrant visa backlogs to begin filing their immigrant visa or adjustment of status applications before their priority dates become current. Starting with the October 2015 Visa Bulletin, there are now two charts listing dates for each preference category and country of chargeability: (1) an "Application Final Action Dates" chart ("Final Action Date"), and (2) a "Dates for Filing Applications" chart ("Filing Date"). For insight into the categories that are most impacted in October, see this chart, which compares the "Final Action Dates" to the "Filing Dates" as reported in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin. Please call us to set an appointment if you think your case may benefit from this.
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUDCheck the government web site at www.uscis.gov. The lawyer helping you should have a list of any state attorneys .
Do not believe anyone who tells you that there is already a new immigration program. Do not trust anyone who tells you that you can secure a work permit, a visa or a residence/mica . If you suspect fraud, report it to your consulate or the police.
Driver's LicenseColorado residents who either only have temporary lawful status (such as tourists) or are unable to demonstrate lawful status in the United States are now able to apply for a Colorado state identification card or begin the process to obtain a Colorado driver's license. If you are able to demonstrate lawful status, temporary or otherwise, you may visit your local DMV in order to take advantage of this program. (Examples include but are not limited to: DACA, deferred action, TPS, Legal Permanent Residents, U visa holder.) If you are unable to demonstrate lawful status you can call (303-205-2335) or go to www.colorado.gov/revenue now to make an appointment at one of five (5) authorized Department of Motor Vehicle offices. View key points about how to take advantage of this new program. You can also visit the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act's information page to find a fact sheet and information in both Spanish and English regarding document requirements, fees, and frequently asked questions.
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
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Smith Immigration 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.
Smith Immigration 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 Smith Immigration about your immigration matter, please call (970) 945-5111, or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!