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What do I need to know if the DACA program ends?

  Media reports from the last week culminated in a White House leak to Politico yesterday that Donald Trump is expected to announce the end of the DACA program on Tuesday. There will be a six-month delay to end the program. If you currently hold DACA status, I encourage you to keep informed and invest in a consult ...

Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Residents

Of course, that is provided that they meet all other requirements. TPS does not provide blanket eligibility. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the Western States, including California, ruled in Ramirez v. Brown that a grant of TPS to a noncitizen qualifies as an "inspection and admission." TPS stands for ...

Longer wait times for green card interviews on the horizon

A USCIS spokesperson confirmed yesterday evening that USCIS will require in-person interviews for those on employment-based visas applying for green cards.  Similarly, in-person interviews will be required for those applying for adjustment of status from asylee (granted asylum) to lawful permanent resident. ...

Post-election Immigration Update

Last weekend after the election I attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference. I was able to speak with other experts and listen to a government interagency panel about what changes may happen in immigration. I did a Facebook Live post to share the information with the public, ...

Angel Island

Last week I toured Angel Island for the first time. I was part of a group of immigration attorneys there for a day trip as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference in San Francisco. Angel Island is known as the Ellis Island of the West. The immigration station was in operation ...

Applications for U.S. Citizenship Have Been on the Rise!

Applications for U.S. citizenship have been on the rise this year, with many people hoping to be sworn in before election day so they can vote.  Many of my clients here in San Francisco applied for citizenship because it was finally their time, as well as to vote against He Who Shall Not Be Named. Many people have also ...

Grace Alano on Your Legal Rights Radio Show with Chuck Finney

My Appearance on “Your Legal Rights” Radio Show

I was recently a guest on Chuck Finney's radio show, "Your Legal Rights," on San Francisco station KALW.  Mr. Finney is the Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo. He has a weekly radio show with various legal topics.  Our week's topic was an update of immigration laws and issues. Other guests included J. Antonio "Tony" ...