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Candace C. Vanderwall, Attorney

Can an Immigration Attorney Help Me Get a Work Permit Through DACA?

In June of 2012, President Obama announced a new program to help undocumented students who came to the United States as children. This program is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA for short) or the Dream Act. Those who qualify under DACA have come to be known as The Dreamers.

This program allows those who qualify for DACA to receive prosecutorial discretion (meaning they will not be deported) and to obtain a work permit. The work permit is valid… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo


Being detained by Immigration Enforcement (ICE) or finding out that a family member has been put in deportation proceedings can be very scary. Although you are not required to be represented by an immigration attorney in deportation, it is very helpful to hire a deportation attorney to represent you. Deportation attorneys know the immigration law and can determine your best options for relief.

Generally, there are two main applications that you can file in deportation proceedings: Asylum and Cancellation of… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Applying for a Green Card Abroad versus in the United States

The application process for a green card (officially known as a permanent resident card), may be initiated either within or outside of the United States. If you process from within the United States, it is called adjustment of status. If you process from abroad, it is called consular processing. It is important to have a foundational knowledge of which pathway you must take so that you don’t waste your time, money, and energy on a process that will… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Application for Green Card in a Family-Based Petition

It’s no secret that green cards are a hot topic of discussion these days, especially given the recent and pending changes to the United States immigration system. With so many questions surrounding America’s immigration laws, it is essential to understand the facts before considering an application for a green card.

What is a green card?

A green card is a nickname for the United States permanent resident card. A green card allows you to live and work permanently in the… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

601 or 601A Hardship Waiver

What is a 601 or 601A Hardship Waiver, and Why do I Need It?

Deportation-01I meet many people who want their spouse or parent to file a petition for them to obtain their green card. They have heard that they might have to leave the country and that they might need to file for a special waiver.

The family petition process can be overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the steps and documents required. Do not fear. We are here… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Selective Service and Your Citizenship Application

Failure to Register with the Selective Service Can Hurt Your U.S. Citizenship Application

What is Selective Service?

US-CitizenshipThe Selective Service System is used by the U.S. federal government to keep a name of all eligible men in the United States who could be called upon to serve in the armed forces during a national emergency or time of war. Registering with the Selective Services does NOT mean that you are signing up to join the armed forces as a job… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Why the implementation of DAPA is so important

Child of undocumented parentsBeing an immigration attorney, I have met thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many of them, I can help to achieve lawful immigration status in the United States. However, there is a huge number of undocumented individuals in the United States who deserve an opportunity to legalize their status, and are not given that chance because of the archaic immigration laws currently in effect in this country.

I am talking about the parents of US citizen children.

In… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Who is the most at risk for deportation?

handcuffs-and-gavel-01I have many clients who nervously tell me that Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has come to their house searching for a friend or family member.

Although anyone who is currently in the United States without the proper documentation is at risk for detention and removal, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency responsible for the apprehension and detention of those who are not legally in the United States, has released a memorandum explaining its enforcement policies and guidelines. There are… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

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