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Immigration News

Keep informed on immigration news to understand ongoing changes and potential immigration reform. The provisional waiver and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are examples of new procedures and programs that immigrants need to fully understand before pursuing. MILLA LAW will guide clients through complex immigration changes.

Know Your Rights

Although the first two months of the Trump presidency have been filled with confusion and unpredictability, and even hostility toward immigrant communities, one thing is certain - now more than ever it is important to know your rights. Everyone living in the United States has certain rights protected under the United States Constitution, including undocumented immigrants.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is an organization committed to helping immigrants. The attorneys at Milla & Associates, LLC are experienced immigration attorneys and members of AILA, providing comprehensive immigration services, including removal (“deportation”) defense, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), asylum, U visas, provisional waivers and other hardship waivers, applications for permanent resident status (“green card”), and citizenship.

AILA has created “Know Your Rights” flyers to provide crucial information in the event of an encounter with ICE officers at home, at work, or in a public place. We understand how frightening the thought of an encounter with ICE can be, not to mention an actual encounter. Therefore, it is very important to know how to handle such a situation before it happens.

You do have rights. Please print and read the AILA flyers, and contact Milla & Associates if you want to learn more about your rights and possible eligibility for immigration benefits and relief.

FILIPINO NATIONALS

Filipino nationals may be eligible for certain types of immigration relief because of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

  • Read about potential immigration benefits for Filipino nationals here.
  • Read about Temporary Protected Status sought for the Philippines here.
  • Learn how you can help the relief efforts in the Philippines here.

ILLINOIS TEMPORARY VISITOR DRIVER’S LICENSE

Illinois passed a law in January 2013 that allows undocumented immigrants to receive Illinois driver's licenses. Starting November 12th, individuals can schedule appointments with the Illinois Secretary of State's office to apply for the Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDL). Read more on the TVDL process and requirements here. *Contact a licensed attorney if you have a driving history or record, which may affect eligibility.

SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL

Read Robert C. Milla’s article on how the Senate immigration reform bill, if enacted, would affect and create investment-based visas, “The EB-5: Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in U.S. Immigration”

DOMA RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

June 26, 2013: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a historic decision striking down DOMA. The SCOTUS decision opens the door to immigration pathways for binational same-sex marriages.

Read more on the SCOTUS decision and its impact on immigration here, here, and here.

Contact MILLA LAW if you are in a binational same-sex marriage and want to learn more about the SCOTUS decision and the potential for filing an immigration petition.

Other Immigration Reform News

  • Read Robert C. Milla’s article on investment-based visas and immigration reform, “The EB-5: Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in U.S. Immigration” here.
  • **June 12, 2013: Robert Milla featured on WBEZ 91.5 Afternoon Shift, discussing immigration reform and the need to stop deportations in light of pending reform legislation. Listen here .**
  • Read Robert C. Milla’s article – “Key Players and Plans in Immigration Reform” here.
  • Read more from Robert C. Milla on immigration reform at The Immigration Pages: news, laws, and lives in U.S. immigration.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented last year. Deferred Action is a program created for young undocumented immigrants who arrived as children and meet certain eligibility requirements. Read more here .

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The Provisional Waiver

March 4, 2013 marked the first day that immigrant visa applicants could file provisional waivers for unlawful presence. Under the prior procedure, individuals had to leave the U.S. before applying for the waiver, thus living abroad (and likely apart) from U.S. citizen family. Although the process just started in March, and we are waiting to see how the system is fully implemented, there is cause for optimism.

Read Robert C. Milla’s article on the provisional waiver here.

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Other Immigration News

Read Robert C. Milla’s article, “Reflections on Citizenship Pathways,” discussing immigration reform, citizenship, and NSEERS here.

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    “Result: DACA and employment authorization granted First let me start by saying THANK YOU doesn't quite cover it. Robert is an exceptional attorney! He pays attention to the details. We received no further request for evidence, & it was all over in 2 months. He made us feel very comfortable with the entire process and I was not as intimidated, as I had been in the past with other lawyers that I had worked with. He was always responsive by email or phone and kept us well-informed. Which helped manage any anxiety we might have otherwise had. For the first time in my 26 years in this country I have some normality to my life! With DACA secured, next I look forward to working with Robert on our marriage case and becoming a permanent resident! I know I can trust Robert to guide us through whatever is needed. I highly recommend Robert Milla to any one seeking an immigration attorney. I plan on passing his name along to any family, or friends who may need his services in the future! Thank you Robert!”

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    “Robert made sure I understood everything that was going on ad answered all my questions to the best of his knowledge. Before going to Robert for my immigration status, I looked around but other attorneys were not nearly as insightful or helpful as Robert. Robert always made sure that I was prepared for everything that I was going to through. For the interview he prepared me so well that I was not nervous when talking to the officers. Robert made sure I was aware of all the possible outcomes when I acquired his services. Robert made sure that I had the best experience possible for the trials that I was going to face with the immigration process. Result: Form I-751 Petition with waiver of joint filing (good faith marriage that ended in divorce) approved”

    Anubis

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    “Robert is one of the best and most trustworthy attorneys I have ever met or worked with. What separates Robert from others is his commitment to winning and his willingness to fight for you, regardless of how hard it might get or how long it takes. He does not use his law degree or the severity of a case to intimidate you or, unlike some, he does not use fear as a way of getting you to hire him. Instead, you can sense from the get-go that he does this as a matter of calling: he wants to help people win their immigration battles because it is the right thing to do. He is down to earth, relatable, yet very effective. His ability to use language seamlessly to drive a point home was quite remarkable and refreshing to see. He is tactful, but does not shy away from stating the facts aggressively and in a manner that makes the arguments stick. This is not something many attorneys know how to do. He was also very responsive and very sensitive to avoid misunderstandings in any regard. He asked and listened to the feedback and was not focused on anything else but to get the job done--which is both rare and extraordinary. He was also very flexible with payments and the entire process. Robert is a down to earth, caring guy and a very, very competent attorney who will take care of you. We hope to work with him again in the future and would strongly recommend him to you, as well.”

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    “I found Milla & Associates through Avvo as he had great ratings and reviews by previous clients. I had a fairly complicated case of immigration for naturalization N400) through a spouse as I had been out of the country for very large chunks of time. Robert was an excellent guide in terms of how to approach the case and what documents to include/exclude in order to make my case stronger. He was thorough with his research and very well acquainted with the whole process. Despite my super complicated case, he put it forward in such a way that it was a smooth approval. He made our immigration journey stress free and having him next to me at my interview made me feel confident since he is very competent! I highly highly recommend him for any immigration law cases”

    Hani