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Immigration Newsletter – 2013 11 – November Edition

Pathways To Immigration Success
November 30, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 4

I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving Day.
For those who are currently engaged with fighting against deportation and removal, I know this is a difficult time to be grateful.
It appears immigration reform is dead for 2013.
I do not think this is a bad thing because the proposal Congress was talking about passing, S.744, had many bad aspects to it.
Congress and the President are now hinting they will address immigration reform one issue at a time. This could be good for immigrants and their families. It allows the country to engage in a serious debate on immigration reform problems without having to be misled on some of the side concerns.
By the way, be alert to a “revenge strategy” being proposed by some so-called immigrant advocates. Many of the proponents are subtly pushing a political party agenda, designed once again to use immigrants as election fodder.
On the lighter side, this month, we’ve added a new section, the World Flags contest. Each month, we plan to post the flags of three different countries. If you’re the first person to guess the three countries, you’ll win a free gift card for Starbucks.
Simply click on the Starbucks card link in the right column.
To Your Immigration Success!


Feature Article

Don’t Make These 8 Marriage Green Card Mistakes”

As a green card lawyer, I’ve met too many married immigrant couples who take the permanent residence process too lightly.
They think, “We’re legitimately married, so why worry?”
Not so fast.
Marriage, alone, is no guarantee of immigration success.
Sure, marriage is one of the quickest routes to earning legal residency.
However, there are several potential pitfalls on the way to green card happiness.
Here’s a list of the most common stumbling blocks.


Your Turn To Ask Carlos

My Cousin Left The U.S. Over 10 Years Ago.
Can She Return With Her Old Permanent Resident Card?”
- – - Alice U., Palm Desert, CA
The answer to your question depends on many different factors.
The general rule is that once immigrants are given green cards, they are required to keep the United States as their main residence.
They are supposed to live in the U.S. at least six months out of each 12 month-period.Remaining outside for longer periods of time can lead to problems.
For instance, if they leave the country for over one year, the U.S. government is likely to classify their long departure as an abandonment of their green card status.
Once that happens, they’ll be stripped of their residency status.This is the situation facing your cousin.It is possible for permanent residents to avoid this outcome. It requires planning ahead.
Here’s how it works.
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“How To Recognize And Avoid Immigration Fraud – Before You Become The Next Victim”

  • Why you should be extra careful when hiring a community friend to help you file immigration papers.
  • How to tell if your lawyer is a “real” lawyer, not a sham posing as an attorney.
  • Why you never blindly trust anyone who makes 100% iron-clad promises of success.
  • How to avoid legal assistants and notarios who claim they have inside connections.
Carlos Batara, Immigration Attorney

is uniquely qualified to help you and your family — even with the most challenging immigration cases.

His background, education, experience, and skills make him a one-of-a-kind advocate for your needs.

With family roots in Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, Carlos is a Harvard Law School graduate and earned degrees in International Relations and Economics at the University of Southern California (USC).

Carlos opened his first law office in San Diego in 1993 – helping clients earn their green cards and lawful permanent residence, naturalization and citizenship. It quickly expanded into a nationwide practice.

Today, Carlos has five law offices in Southern California. He has handled cases from clients living in more than 25 different states and 80 different countries.

As an immigration trial and appeals attorney, Carlos has won several cases when other immigration lawyers told clients they had no chance to prevail.

If you liked today’s issue, you’ll appreciate Carlos’ blogs, articles, and free reports to help guide you and your family on the journey to immigration success. Learn more at

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