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DAPA update: The final ruling

Changes or additions to U.S. immigration law often influence large groups of people, from those wanting to come to the country for work or school to those who are seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. For immigrants living in the United States without the appropriate documentation, new laws may threaten to break up families, or allow them to stay together.

New information request may appear on DHS screening tool

One of the primary goals of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies dealing with immigration issues is to protect the country from those who would threaten its safety. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there are exceptions to some of the rules, and these allow citizens of 38 other countries to enter the country legally without applying for a visa. These are outlined in the Visa Waiver Program.

Are these clauses in your lease?

Miami is a beautiful city, but its access to beautiful beaches and sunshine can make your search for a home challenging thanks to the high demand for property in the area. When you find a home that you like, it may be tempting to hurry and sign on the dotted line so you do not miss the opportunity. However, according to, if you are planning to rent a residential property, leases can have clauses within them that are not in your favor. By identifying these, you may be able to negotiate for their removal and still move into the home.

Town’s new zoning law limits lawn options

Owning real estate in South Florida allows people a certain amount of freedom from the restrictions that typically attend leasing a home. However, just because they do not have a landlord imposing rules about what they may or may not do with the property, they are not necessarily without limits. Municipalities and communities have some rights to impose their own regulations and ordinances setting constraints on what is permissible within their borders.

Parole instead of admission after your inspection

If you are seeking entry into Florida or another U.S. port of entry, you may be going through the inspection process in hopes of being admitted. After achieving this goal, you may be eligible to apply for adjustment of status and become a legal permanent resident. However, there are conditions under which you may not fulfill the admission requirements. At Cuevas and Garcia, P.A., Attorneys at Law, we have answered questions for many foreign nationals who find themselves inspected and paroled rather than admitted.

What is the inspection and admission process?

As an immigrant who plans to become a permanent resident of the United States, you must complete certain steps before you are eligible. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, your eligibility to file for adjustment of status depends on what happens as you go through the inspection process.

Is foreclosure dismissal possible?

Falling behind on mortgage payments on your Florida home may cause some legitimate concerns about whether you will be able to retain your property. Once a foreclosure case has been filed, it may seem as if the process is on its way to completion. Events are not always straightforward, though, and under some circumstances, cases have been dismissed. explains that this may occur if the lender loses the promissory note on your loan.

Florida statutes limit condo association charges

Moving can be a costly undertaking in the Miami area, and the process typically includes expenses while searching for a place to live as well as those related to the lease or purchase. Whether a person wants to rent or buy a property, condominiums often have rules and regulations that make it difficult to become a resident. To prevent these from becoming too burdensome, Florida statutes impose some regulations.

Don’t lose your green card

Just as becoming a permanent resident in Miami and elsewhere in the United States is a process, there are things you should do to retain that status, too. This is particularly true if you plan to go abroad, as circumstances may arise that put your green card at risk. At Cuevas and Garcia, P.A., we are aware of the many documents you may use to help establish proof that your home is in this country.

What is a motion to reopen or reconsider a visa application?

Although some types of visa applications for people who want to come to the United States are more likely to be approved than others, there is no guarantee. However, if you have been planning to live or work in Florida, but your application was denied, you may still have options under certain circumstances. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a new situation or argument may lead to the reopening or reconsideration of your visa application.

If your visa application is denied

There may have been many factors you considered when making the decision to go to Florida from another country, one of which was what type of visa you were eligible to file for. If your petition or application was denied, you may now be wondering whether you will be able to live or work in the United States after all. At Cuevas and Garcia, P.A., Attorneys at Law, we have often provided legal advice to those who believed their applications were denied wrongfully.

Can I help my parents immigrate to the United States?

Family connections are essential in many cultures for the emotional well-being of the members. If you have left your parents behind in your country of origin, you may feel as if your new life in Miami is missing an important element. While permanent residents in the United States cannot petition for their parents to get a green card, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services points out that as a U.S. citizen over the age of 20, you do have that right.

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