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Biden Administration Finally Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

On March 8, 2021, the Biden administration designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status. The terms of the new program will be published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2021. This means that Venezuelans who were present in the United States on March 8, 2021, may now gain work authorization and travel authorization with a document termed “advance parole.” Among other lesser requirements, Venezuelans must establish that they:  • Are citizens or nationals of Venezuela,  • Registered for Temporary Protected Status within the 180 days registration period that commenced on January 9, 2021.  • Were physically present in the United States on March...

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News Release: Immigration expert to speak at AILA South Florida’s 41st Annual Immigration Law Update on Extraordinary Ability Visas and National Interest Waivers

On February 27, 2019, Francisco F. Symphorien-Saavedra, Esq., B.C.S., the managing attorney for Martinez Manglardi PA's immigration department is scheduled to speak at the annual conference for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), South Florida Chapter’s 41st Immigration Law Update.  AILA is the leading national organization representing and training immigration attorneys throughout the United States. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra will be speaking on an advanced panel of national experts on a session for experienced lawyers titled "The Extraordinary, Exceptional and in the National Interest." The panel will cover recent trends with regard national interest waivers and who is extraordinary or exceptional.  If you believe...

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Venezuelan asylum seekers should be especially wary of advice from “notaries” or Venezuelan trained lawyers.

In the midst of one of the largest humanitarian crisis the world has ever seen, Venezuelan immigrants have flocked to the United States in droves. In their desperation to find help, many are turning to a growing group of “notarios” or Venezuelan trained lawyers who are equally desperate to find work and are seizing upon the desperation of immigrants seeking legal help. In a world where immigration officers are increasingly under pressure to ferret out asylum fraud, many are aware of the lengths that notarios are willing to go—creating stories and fabricating evidence. In such an environment, the odds are...

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MMPA News Release: Supreme Court allows Trump administration to widen restrictions on immigrants who might need public benefits.

On January 27, 2019, the United States Supreme Court lifted a nationwide injunction barring the government from widening its scrutiny on immigrants who are deemed as likely to become a public charge. The Supreme Court order lifting the injunction means that the Trump administration may proceed with plans to restrict residency to a wider group of immigrants who receive government benefits or who come from disadvantaged groups, including the young, elderly, and the poor....

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Immigration Law Expert Authors Advice for Attorneys on EB-1 Success

Nationally recognized immigration law expert Frank Symphorien, Managing Attorney for Immigration at Martinez Manglardi, PA in Orlando, Fl, has co-authored a paper on how lawyers can overcome current difficulties in winning EB-1 visas for clients. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) published the paper, Strategic Considerations for Success in EB-1 Cases, as part of its latest edition of Immigration Practice Pointers in advance of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Immigration Law Conference in Orlando, where Symphorien participated in a panel discussion for immigration attorneys titled “How to Respond to Complicated H-1B & L-1 RFEs and Strategies after a Denial.”   Strategic Considerations for...

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Martinez Manglardi Immigration Law Expert Cited in Wall Street Journal

Immigration law expert Francisco Symphorien, Managing Attorney for the Immigration Division at Martinez Manglardi, P.A., was recently quoted as an authority in a Wall Street Journal story about the current state of deportation proceedings as they pertain to the case of a Major League Baseball player facing removal orders stemming from a child pornography scandal. Felipe Vázquez, a pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates, was arrested last month on charges of solicitation of sex from a teenage girl and child pornography. According to the WSJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is watching the case. This would likely mean deportation proceedings for...

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Immigration Expert Martinez Manglardi Attorney Speaks at Conference

  Immigration expert lawyer Francisco F. Symphorien-Saavedra, Esq., B.C.S., the managing attorney for Martinez Manglardi PA’s immigration department is scheduled to speak at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Central-Central Florida Chapter 33rd Annual Immigration Law Conference. AILA is the leading national organization representing and training immigration attorneys throughout the United States.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra will be speaking on an advanced panel for immigration attorneys titled “How to Respond to Complicated H-1B & L-1 RFEs and Strategies after a Denial.”  The panel will also cover recent trends with regard H-1B visas for professionals and L-1 Visas for multinational corporations seeking to transfer...

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Immigration Lawyer in Orlando Sees Rights Violations in New Policy

Orlando Immigration Lawyer Martinez Manglardi PA says new and aggressive anti-immigration measures run counter to America's tradition of due process. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that no state shall "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws". In other words, the law guarantees certain rights to every person in this country - citizen or no. Through its anti-immigration (and anti-immigrant) policies, the Trump administration is violating the letter and the spirit of the law. The administration's latest rule change...

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Immigration Lawyers: ICE Arresting Immigrants With No Criminal Records

Immigration Lawyers at Martinez Manglardi PA in Orlando note that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is arresting large numbers of immigrants who have no criminal record. The Orlando immigration attorney cites a report in The Tampa Bay Times. The Times analyzed two years worth of records since the Trump administration began its crackdown on illegal immigration. Despite administration claims of arresting mostly violent offenders, the feds are seizing record numbers of immigrants with no criminal history. "Nowhere was this enforcement shift more pronounced than in Florida, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis of federal data," the paper said. "Arrests here...

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Orlando Immigration Attorney: Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights

Orlando Immigration Attorney Martinez Manglardi PA says courts can sometimes violate the rights of immigrants in judicial proceedings. According to a recent NBC News story, immigration lawyers "feel asylum seekers face an uphill and often insurmountable battle." With the Trump administration making life difficult in general for aspiring citizens, undocumented immigrants face hurdles. In fact, it appears that the administration wants to do away with due-process altogether. The New York Times reports that Trump, if he had his way, would send undocumented immigrants home immediately "with no judges or court cases." For the time being, however, America is still a country of laws,...

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Orlando Immigration Lawyers on Denaturalization of Floridian

Orlando Immigration Lawyers Martinez Manglardi PA say that the government's recent move to strip a naturalized American of his citizenship is another worrisome sign for immigrants. The trial in the denaturalization proceedings against a 62-year-old Florida truck driver is underway in Jacksonville. Under the law, the government can revoke an immigrant's citizenship if they determine that a person obtained citizenship by lying or concealing information. Parvez Manzoor Khan of Branford, Florida has been a US citizen since 2006 without violating any laws since his arrival in America in 1991. The problem is that he arrived at Los Angeles Internation Airport from...

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Immigration Attorney in Orlando Says Real Crisis is Court Backlog

 Orlando immigration attorney Frank Symphorien-Saavedra says the real immigration crisis stems not from caravans at the border, but deliberate policy changes designed to bring the legal process to a virtual standstill. "The administration's stance on immigration can make the path to legal status very complicated," Symphorien-Saavedra said. "In this difficult atmosphere, it's crucial to obtain expert legal advice." More than 800,000 non-citizens in America are waiting for their cases to be heard in US immigration courts. Most of these cases involve people who either entered the country illegally, overstayed their visas or are seeking asylum. While there has been an immigration court backlog...

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Orlando Immigration Lawyer on H-1B Visa Changes

Orlando immigration lawyer Frank Symphorien-Saavedra says that despite being subject to legal challenges, changes to the H-1B Visa process are set to take effect on April 1st. The Trump administration issued an executive order last year that changed the procedure by which highly-skilled foreign professionals are granted work visas. H-1B Visas are in high demand among information technology companies which claim that there aren't enough qualified American workers. The program is popular with workers, many from India, who have specialized computer programming and engineering skills. The United States grants only 85,000 such visas a year, reserving 20,000 of these for workers with advanced degrees....

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MMPA News Release: MMPA managing attorney to speak at 2019 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law

On January 21, 2019, our managing attorney for the immigration division at Martinez Manglardi PA’s, Francisco F. Symphorien-Saavedra, Esq., B.C.S., accepted an invitation to speak at the 2019 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the leading national organization representing and training immigration attorneys throughout the United States. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra will be speaking on a panel discussing advanced issues with persons seeking EB-1 visas based upon their extraordinary talents in diverse fields. We are proud to have Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra representing our EB-1 clients who have extraordinary talents. ...

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Florida Immigration Expert Lawyer on Shutdown and Hearings

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, the managing agency for Immigration Courts nationwide, has indicated that immigration hearings will proceed on Monday as scheduled.  According to Martinez Manglardi’s managing attorney, Frank Symphorien-Saavedra, anyone scheduled for a hearing on Monday, January 28th and thereafter must appear or they could be ordered deported from the United States in their absence. As reported by the Washington Post and various other media sources, the current shutdown has resulted in thousands of immigration court hearings being cancelled, exacerbating a tremendous backlog in immigration courts.   Before the shutdown, the courts were already struggling to keep up...

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Orlando Immigration Expert at AILA Law Conference

On January 11, 2019, Francisco F. Symphorien-Saavedra, Esq., B.C.S., the managing attorney for Martinez Manglardi PA’s immigration department accepted an invitation to speak at the 2019 Inaugural Sports Immigration Law Conference for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is the leading national organization representing and training immigration attorneys throughout the United States. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra will be speaking on an advanced panel discussing options for litigating visa matters in federal court. The invitation reflects Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s standing and leadership in the field as determined by other immigration attorneys. We are proud to have Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra representing our sports related clients. ...

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Supreme Court 8-1 decision in favor of immigrants.

On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a major decision that could affect hundreds of cases filed in immigration courts. The case involved an immigration benefit called cancellation of removal, which is sometimes called “la ley de 10 años, ” and allows immigrant to gain resident status.

In the specific case before the Court, Wescley Fonseca Pereira arrived in the United States in 2000 and overstayed his visa. In 2006, the government served Pereira with a “Notice to Appear” in immigration court but did not specify a time or place. Pereira sought to defend himself by filing an application for cancellation of removal.

One requirement of this law, among others, is that immigrants establish physical presence in the United States for 10 years. Pereira argued that the notice to appear was defective and did not trigger what is known as the stop-time rule. The stop-time rule would have prevented him from accruing the necessary 10 years in the United States.

Orlando Immigration Expert: You Must Get Asylum Right the 1st Time.

Filing a basic asylum application can be simple; however, understanding the complex consequences of your answers will likely determine the fate of your asylum case from the outset.  If you misstate a simple fact in your original application and you wish to correct it at a later time, immigration authorities are likely to accuse you of lying on your asylum application.  Many immigration “notaries” or questionable processes can help you complete the required forms, sometimes at an exorbitant cost, but they are seldom competent enough to warn you about the dire consequences of not analyzing every legal aspect of your asylum application. Sometime notaries charge for simple forms, even though they are well aware that the government provides these forms at no cost. If you are considering filing for asylum, it is immensely important that you understand the overall asylum process to avoid being steered down the wrong path.

Dimaya v. Sessions Supreme Court: Deporting Violent Criminals

dimayaOn April 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a provision of U.S. immigration law requiring that legal immigrants convicted of violent crimes be deported even if they have lived in the U.S. for decades. The particular provision in question before the Court pertained to people who are convicted of certain crimes that present a “substantial risk of force against the person or property of another.” The case involved an immigrant from the Philippines, James Garcia Dimaya, who became a legal U.S. resident when he was a young teenager. Later, Dimaya was convicted of first-degree burglary in California. An immigration judge ordered him deported, declaring that the burglary was “an act of violence.” 

H-1B Visas: The Fight to Save Spousal Work Permits

 H-1B viSASThe Trump Administration’s plan to scrap an Obama era rule permitting the spouses of H1-B visa holders to be legally employed is causing a lot of anxiety in the immigration community. But there is hope. Rules prohibited spouses of immigrants who came to work in the U.S. from working. The situation strained the marriages and finances of many couples seeking to build lives and careers in America. President Obama tried to remedy the situation by allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders with pending green card applications to obtain temporary work permits. The new permits, called H-4 visas, allowed approximately 100,000 women to find work. 

Florida Expert Immigration Lawyer: Sessions Reopens Old Cases

May 19, 2018 Orlando, Florida On May 17, 2018, United States Attorney General Jeff sessions issued an order overruling immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The move concerns Immigration Judge’s authority to manage their dockets and “administratively close” cases over the objections of government attorneys. Sessions essentially stripped the judges of their independent authority to close cases, and potentially grants ICE attorneys unfettered discretion to place thousands of cases that were previously administratively closed during the Obama administration because they were considered low priority. While there are significant questions and potential procedural violations in the way Sessions referred the matter to...

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Florida Immigration Law Expert on Temporary Protected Status Rollback

On May 4, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency managed by a Trump appointee, announced that it would end Temporary Protected Status for Honduras effective January 5, 2020. Temporary protected status is a temporary reprieve against deportation that can be authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security to persons of countries affected by strife or humanitarian catastrophes. While hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras in 1998, and the Country remains in turmoil, somehow the DHS secretary concluded that the situation in Honduras has improved to the point that it warrants seeking the return of nearly 60,000 Hondurans who have...

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MMPA News Release: White House Immigration Proposal Pits Dreamers (DACA) Children Against Their parents and siblings.

January 26, 2018,
Orlando, Florida

On January 25, 2017, the Trump administration released a bullet point list of requirements for a limited immigration reform.  The plan limits family based petitions to just spouses and children, doing away with long-ago establish visa petitions for siblings, parents, and adult sons and daughters. The plan also does away with the diversity visa categories, also known as the visa lottery. Additionally, the plan provides $25 billion in funding for border security measures. In exchange for all of this, the Trump administration would allow dreamers or children presently protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to gain resident status and possible citizenship in 10-12 years.