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If I am Eligible, How Do I Apply for Citizenship?

Once you have been assured that you are eligible for citizenship, there are certain steps to follow when applying. Form N-400 The form to use for applying for US citizenship is the N-400, which can be downloaded from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website or obtained...

What Can You Do If Arrested by Immigration Officials?

Much of what you can do if you are arrested by immigration officials depends on where you were arrested. If you are arrested at the border or airport, you may have fewer rights than if you are arrested while at work or on the street following a traffic violation, for instance. In...

What is the Dream Act?

The recently enacted Dream Act by the US House of Representatives, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that is intended to allow the children of undocumented aliens or those brought to the US as children to not be deported, to be eligible for work and to...

What is a Green Card and Who is Allowed to Get One?

A Green Card is an authorization or proof of your lawful status in the US and allows you to work and receive state and federal benefits though you are not allowed to vote or exercise any other rights reserved for those with American citizenship. There are a number of ways that...

What Are My Immigration Options if I am in the Country Without a Visa or Other Status?

Regardless if you are in the US without a visa or other documented status, there are some options for you to either defer potential deportation or to gain permanent residency status. Some of the more common options are discussed below. Deferred Action (DACA) Should you have...

Form N-400 for Naturalization

For most individuals seeking naturalization, the main form to use is the N-400, which can be obtained either online from the US Citizenship and Naturalization (USCIS) website or from any immigration advocacy group or immigration law office. Before filling out the form, there is a...

Immigrants Driver’s Licenses Now Available

We know that having a car in California is an absolute necessity and for years the undocumented members of our community have had to roll the dice every time they take the wheel. This is no longer the case with a recent passing of a bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown....

Who Qualifies for a Work Permit?

There are numerous categories for people who are visiting the U.S. or seeking permanent resident status who wish to work here. If you have your Green Card, you are automatically qualified to work here. Tourists are not eligible to work but some undocumented aliens may apply under...

Common Things Couples Fight Over in a Divorce

Each divorce is unique but there are some things that divorcing couples commonly fight over when their marriage is dissolving. Division of Marital Property Couples have to decide first what property is considered marital. Any property acquired during the marriage is considered...

DUI Checkpoints for 9-27-2013

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints 7pm-3am – West Hollywood – Southbound Fairfax Ave, South of Santa Monica Blvd 7pm-2am – Redondo Beach – Undisclosed Location 7pm-3am – Pasadena – undisclosed location Hollywood – DUI Saturation Patrols   Inland Empire DUI Checkpoints 7pm-3am –...