Racketeering Charges in Florida

For many people, the term “racketeering” immediately conjures up images of underworld dons and mafia bosses and memories of mobster movies. However, racketeering charges can involve more than organized crime. Broadly, racketeering charges are filed in any case involving an organized enterprise run in an illegal manner. This might lead some who thought their place of employment was legal to face such charges. As such, Read More →

Immigration Reform: Could it still risk a government shutdown?

President Barack Obama announced recently he would delay any executive action that would expand immigration relief to millions. Previously, Florida Senator Marco Rubio mentioned the potential for funding-related actions that his fellow Republican congressmen might attempt to halt any immigration action that the president takes. This means that the issue might prevent Congress from passing a budget, which could then lead to another government shutdown. Read More →

Can I petition for my same-sex partner?

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident may be able to petition a child, parent, sibling, spouse or fiancé(e) to immigrate to the United States. But same-sex marriage bans in many states – and the federal Defense of Marriage Act –previously made petitioning for a same-sex partner impossible. However, the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor overturned part of the Act, providing greater equality Read More →

Permanent Visa vs. Temporary Visa

For those who want to enter the United States but are not citizens or naturalized citizens of the U.S., a visa is required. Depending upon the purpose of traveling to the United States, there are two different types of visas that a person may seek: permanent visas and temporary visas. The laws regarding immigration are incredibly complex, and knowing which type of visa you should Read More →

Seeking Gay Asylum in the USA Based on Sexual Orientation

United States immigration law allows visas to be granted to people every year who have left their country and are afraid to return because of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or for belonging to a particular social group. While many of these claims are processed on the basis of the need for political or religious asylum, asylum visas based on sexual orientation Read More →

U.S. Visa Interview: Important Info for Preparation

As a visa candidate, you will receive notification of a U.S. visa interview date from the National Visa Center (NVC) once your petition is approved and you’ve submitted all required documentation. Potential immigrants are required to attend an interview to move forward in the process. The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs offers some tips for preparing oneself prior to the interview date. Getting Ready for Read More →

Green Card through Special Categories of Family

Individuals with family relationships or situations that meet criteria set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may be eligible for a green card through special categories of family. The following special categories of family members may be eligible for adjustment of status programs under the guidelines set by the USCIS. Battered Spouse or Child The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) was established Read More →

When to Apply for ESTA

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) offers automated eligibility checks for visitors wishing to travel to the United States through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP is a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that allows citizens or nationals from approved nations to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without requiring a current visa. Application to Read More →

Illegal Fishing in South Florida

Fishing is a relaxing pastime that many people engage in on a regular basis. And, most of the time, those who are fishing without a permit or in certain areas in Florida have no idea that they may be in violation of the law. Because of the complexities of Florida law, most people don’t know that they’re breaking the law by fishing at certain times Read More →

Organized Crime – Get Out Now

Organized crime refers to crime or crimes committed by a group of people, usually in order to make a profit. In fact, the FBI estimates that organized criminal groups around the world collectively reap approximately $1 trillion dollars in illegal profits each year. While organized crime can include such things as the mafia, gang crimes, drug trafficking and violent crimes, other types of organized crimes Read More →

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