Immigration & Naturalization Attorney in Glenwood Springs Colorado
Helping Others Open New Doors
Executive Action Updates:USCIS will begin accepting applications for Expanded DACA on February 18, 2015!
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.
Deferred Action:We will be having open office hours on December 5, 2014 from 9:30am to 5pm to answer questions about the new announcements from President Obama.
We will not talk about individual cases, but will answer general questions about what we know so far and how to prepare when the new programs are available.
AILA Announces Pro Bono Heroes Honorees for the Third
Quarter of 2014
Jennifer Smith Visits Artesia, NMOur own Jennifer Smith recently visited Artesia, NM to assist the many women and children currently detained at the border. Listen to her interview with Aspen Public Radio.
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DACA Renewal Is Here!!If you received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and your work permit through USCIS, updated forms and guidance for renewal is right around the corner. USCIS recently published guidance for DACA renewals and has released the required the new form. We recommend you begin working on your renewal application no later than 180 days (or 6 months) prior to your expiration date. Some of the key points for DACA renewals are listed below. Be sure to keep checking back here or USCIS.gov for any changes and updates.
- The new Form I-821D has been released. The new I-821D will be a dual use form for both first time applications and renewals.
- Renewal applications will not be accepted any sooner than 150 days (or 5 months) prior to the applicant’s expiration date.
- It is strongly encouraged that you do not file your renewal application any later than 120 days (or 4 months) prior to your expiration. If you do not file at least 120 days before your expiration you run the risk of your status and work permit expiring before your renewal application is approved. Approval of renewal application is not retroactive and you will begin to accrue illegal presence in the U.S. if your DACA status expires prior to your renewal application being approved.
- The qualifications for DACA have not changed.
- You will only need to supply documents and evidence that were not previously submitted to USCIS. For renewal, we suggest gathering the following:
- Current status or completion of high school, GED, or equivalent
- Evidence of continuous residence in the United States since filing your initial application
- Copies of any records of immigration proceedings or certified copies of court records of incidents that occurred after filing your initial application
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!