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Immigration Newsletter – 2013 10 – October Edition

Pathways To Immigration Success
October 31, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 3


If you’re confused about immigration reform, you’re not alone.

One day, reports suggest Congress will pass immigration reform before the end of the month.

The next day, newspaper stories proclaim the death of immigration reform for 2013 is near.

Like kids on a teeter totter, immigrant advocates and reform opponents trade places, each sensing victory, back and forth, day after day.

So will immigration legislation pass Congressional scrutiny?

In just a few days, a full year will have passed since the November 2012 elections when most “experts” told the public that immigration reform was a lock in 2013.

Unfortunately, they were wrong.

Because even if  S.744, the Senate bill hailed in some media, political, and activist circles as comprehensive immigration reform, is passed by Congress, it fails the big test.

As an immigration measure, it is not immigrant friendly legislation.

In this month’s article, I discuss how one aspect, the family unity system, will be torn apart by the current reform proposal.

To Your Immigration Success!


Feature Article

A Brief Glance At Family-Based Immigration Reform Under S.744″

If and when reform legislation is passed, many aspects of immigration law will undergo major transformation.

None will change more dramatically than the family-based immigration system for aspiring permanent residents.

This article provides a short glimpse at the changes under the Senate’s immigration reform proposal.



Your Turn To Ask Carlos

ask-riverside-permanent-resident-lawyer-carlos-batara Question: I have been married for eight years. I was granted a green card and became a permanent resident through my wife. She is a U.S. citizen, born in Phoenix, Arizona. We are now separated and have lived apart for several months. I moved to California and she lives with our children in Seattle, Washington. Despite our separation, can I still file for citizenship?

- – - Frank K., El Cajon, CA


As a general rule, you do not have to be physically living together with your wife at the time of filing to become a naturalized citizen of the United States.

But based on what you have written, separation from your spouse could have an adverse effect on your application at this time.

Allow me to explain.

Read the complete explanation here…

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“What Family Members Can You Immigrate?”

In This Video:
Immigration Lawyer Carlos Batara provides a simple guide for immigrants who would like to sponsor their relatives for family visas, as the first step on the journey towards a green card and permanent residence.

Having helped immigrants from over 80 countries, immigration attorney Carlos Batara explains the family immigrant visa process looks simple. It’s not. As a result, Carlos has prepared a short outline showing which relatives you can immigrate.

“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.

“Each individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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