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El Camino Hacia la Ciudadanía Estadounidense Comienza con Preparación y Estudio

Monty & Ramirez LLP publica ayuda educativa gratuita de estilo de novela gráfica para el examen de ciudadanía estadounidense

En la última década, más de 7 millones de personas se naturalizaron como ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos otorgándoles todos los derechos y privilegios de la ciudadanía. Para muchos, el camino a la ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos puede ser bloqueado por el miedo a lo desconocido, al proceso, a la prueba y el nivel de dominio del inglés.  Monty & Ramirez LLP se compromete a ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad a navegar con éxito el proceso de ciudadanía de los EE. UU. Al ofrecer clases semanales de ciudadanía gratuitas y a través de una ayuda educativa recientemente publicada, “Las Aventuras de Tío Sam y Alex: De Camino a la Ciudadanía”.

Publicado en sociedad con Barri y La Michoacana Meat Markets, “De Camino a la Ciudadanía” de Monty & Ramirez es un folleto educativo diseñado para ayudar a los inmigrantes que hablan español a aprobar el examen de ciudadanía estadounidense. Creado en forma de “historieta” (una historia contada en formato de dibujos animados o novela gráfica), este recurso único permite al lector seguir las aventuras de Alex y el Tío Sam a través de un recorrido divertido e informativo a través de la historia de los Estados Unidos, explicando todo, desde la Declaración de Independencia a los Derechos Civiles.

“Hemos estado ofreciendo clases de ciudadanía por 10 años y hemos tenido mucho éxito en que las personas que no dominan el inglés pasen el examen”, dijo Jacob Monty, Socio Director de Monty & Ramirez. “Crecí leyendo historietas. Este es el tipo de documento que los miembros de mi familia leerían. Es un medio con el que muchos solicitantes se sienten cómodos y que lleva la información a un nivel muy comprensible. Creemos que esto ayudará a las personas a prepararse para el examen “.

Copias de el folleto estarán disponibles para las comunidades del área de Houston a través de los puntos de venta de Barri en tiendas selectas de La Michoacana y en las oficinas centrales de Monty & Ramirez, hasta agotar existencias. La publicación también estará disponible como un archivo digital en el sitio web de Monty & Ramirez.

Para recibir una copia digital gratuita de “Las Aventuras del Tío Sam y Alex: De Camino a la Ciudadanía”, inscribese a nuestros boletines mensuales aquí

Solicitar la ciudadanía estadounidense puede causar ansiedad y confusión. Para obtener información adicional sobre el proceso, las clases gratuitas de ciudadanía de Monty & Ramirez, o cualquiera de sus necesidades de inmigración, comuníquese con los abogados experimentados de Monty & Ramirez LLP al 281-493-5529 o por correo electrónico a info@montyramirezlaw.com.

 

 

Nearly 100 People Charged on Marriage Fraud Scam to Obtain Green Cards in Houston

According to the Government, nearly 100 people have been accused, including an attorney, of participating in a massive marriage fraud ring in Houston, Texas. The scam allegedly involved creating sham marriages to help foreign people attain immigration status and admission into the United States.

According to the Government, the marriages were shams because the alleged couples did not live together, nor did they have any plan to do so, even though their statements and official documents indicated that they did. Moreover, in some cases, these “spouses” had only met briefly and usually just before obtaining their marriage license. In other cases, they never met at all.

These arrests come after a yearlong investigation into one of the largest alleged marriage fraud conspiracies ever documented in the Houston area. Marriage fraud is a serious offense and has a maximum sentence of five (5) years in custody. Those accused and charged with mail fraud could face up to 20 years in prison.

To obtain more information regarding your immigration case, please contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

 

The American Dream and Promise Act Passed by the House!

The bill offers permanent legal status for DACA recipients also known as “Dreamers” and thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.

The Bill still needs to be approved by the U.S. Senate and then the law has to be signed by the President to enter into effect.

Please contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP to obtain up-to-date information at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

Trump Proposes Merit-Based Immigration Plan

President Trump has formally announced an immigration plan that would completely change the way the country has approached immigration. According to President Trump, the U.S. must prioritize younger and highly-educated immigrants to “contribute more to our social safety net” and “restore the integrity of our broken asylum system.”

According to the President’s plan, immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship legally should also be held to a strict, point-based merit standard. Under his plan, the younger and more educated a person is, the more likely they are to have their applications approved. Points would also be added for having a “valuable skill, an offer of employment, an advanced education or a plan to create jobs.” In addition, immigrants would have to prove they are financially self-sufficient, will learn English, and pass a civics exam prior to entry into the country.

If you have questions regarding President Trump’s Proposed Immigration Plan, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

 

The Government is Making Efforts to Denaturalize Individuals Who Cheated in order to Obtain a Green Card

The Trump Administration has launched an office that will focus specifically on identifying immigrants who are suspected of cheating to obtain their green card or citizenship. This office will seek to denaturalize these individuals.

For many years, the Government has focused its efforts on stripping immigrants of their citizenship for suspected war criminals who lied on their immigration paperwork and these cases were pursued as they arose but not through a coordinated effort or office. For the past two (2) years, prosecutors have filed nearly twice as many cases than in prior years. The Government hopes that the office, which will be located in Los Angeles, will be up and running by next year.

If you have questions regarding your application for citizenship, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

 

The Government has Issued a Fraud Alert Regarding Individuals Pretending to be Government Officials

The Government has issued a Fraud Alert to warn citizens of recent reports that Government phone numbers were being used targeting applicants throughout the country.

The Government takes scams and matters like this very seriously. The scams are currently being investigated. Please DO NOT provide any information over the phone or receive or send any money requested from you.

If you believe you may have been a victim of this scam you are urged to call the Government Hotline (1-800-323-8603) or file a complaint online via the DHS OIG website at www.oig.dhs.gov. By asking the perpetrators for a phone number or email address you can use to contact them to facilitate payment, you may be able to obtain valuable information that could assist the Government to investigate the scam.

If you have questions regarding possible frauds, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

 

The White House Released a Presidential Memorandum Restricting Asylum

On April 29, 2019, the White House released a presidential memorandum in response to the large number of people being apprehended at the southern border in 2019. In the memo the President proposes three major changes to asylum law and requests that the changes be implemented within 90 days.

The three changes are:

  1. To add a Filing Fee for Asylum Applications,
  2. To Restrict the type of relief asylum seekers may apply for, and
  3. To bar people who entered without being inspected from being able to receive a work permit.

An individual seeking asylum could be subject to indefinite detention while their asylum case is pending and the change could also block many asylum seekers from obtaining employment authorization until they have been granted relief. This would leave many asylum seekers stuck in the immigration court backlog unable to work and provide for themselves and their families while their cases are pending.

To obtain more information regarding your asylum case, please contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

The Trump Administration Issues Memorandum Enforcing Legal Responsibilities of Family Sponsors

President Trump signed a memorandum last month that will place additional pressure on sponsors—usually family members—who accept financial responsibility for immigrants living in the United States.

For instance, it requires the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop several procedures for sponsors and immigrants. These include procedures to:

  • Hold sponsors accountable for means-tested public benefit reimbursements.
  • Assess the sponsor’s income and resources to determine whether the sponsored immigrant is eligible for the benefit in the first place.
  • Collaborate with the Departments of Homeland Security and State to reach out to sponsors about how the procedures will be enforced.
  • The memo also calls on numerous agencies to report on their current processes for issuing public benefits.

This is not yet in effect, so please contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Monty & Ramirez LLP to obtain up-to-date information at 713-289-4546 or via email at info@montyramirezlaw.com.

Originally published in the M & R Insider on Family Immigration newsletter. Register today!

 

What’s Up with American Immigration?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 — 12 PM – 1 PM
LSC-North Harris ACAD-126
Free
Presented by LASO-NH
Immigration Lawyer Carolina Ortuzar-Diaz shares her story and her knowledge.

Carolina Ortuzar-Diaz is a U.S. Board Certified Attorney – Immigration and Nationality Law – and an Immigrant. She is a partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP. She also holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a Law Degree from her native Chile. This presentation will help clarify America’s current immigration laws.

Event Flyer: What’s Up With Immigration – Flyer 2018

Dreamers, DACA, TPS, and the Laws and Lawyers Behind Them.

Thursday, 2p-3p February 8, 2018
LSC-North Harris ACAD 220
Free.
Presented by LASO-NH
Immigration Lawyer Carolina Ortuzar-Diaz shares her story and her knowledge.

Carolina Ortuzar-Diaz is a U.S. Board Certified Attorney – Immigration and Nationality Law – and an Immigrant. She is a partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP. She also holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a Law Degree from her native Chile.