Ahmad Yakzan Rated AV Preeminent By Matindale-Avvo

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan of the American Dream™ Law Office earned Martindale-Hubble’s highest rating, the AV Preeminent, for ethics and professionalism. The AV Preeminent Rating is Martindale’s highest rating. Attorney Ahmad Yakzan is the founder and owner of the American Dream™ Law Office, a full-service United States immigration law firm. He has represented his clients before the Department…

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3 Things to Avoid at Your Non-immigrant Visa Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eo1lUuQU4o Attorney Ahmad Yakzan here. I am an immigration attorney with offices in the Tampa Bay area. I would like to advise you today on three things to avoid during your non-immigrant visa interview at the US consulate in your country. Avoid lying: I have represented many clients in misrepresentation cases. The scenario goes like…

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Duress as an Exception to the Persecutor Bar

The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled recently that duress may be an exception to the persecutor bar of inadmissibility. This ruling may help many asylum applicants who were previously denied asylum for their role in foreign armed forces. What is the Persecutor Bar? The persecutor bar is found in INA Section 101(a)(42), which exempts any…

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Judge Kavanaugh on Immigration

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings regarding a plethora of issues, including immigration, will come under scrutiny in the coming months. During his confirmation, Judge Kavanaugh’s immigration rulings will be analyzed, and will undoubtedly play a role in the process. In this post, I will analyze his rulings…

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No Date-No Time-No Go: Pereira v. Sessions Case Note

In a decision that should help immigrants around the country, the Supreme Court ruled that a defective Notice to Appear that lacks time and place of proceedings cannot be used to stop the accrual of time for Cancellation of Removal purposes. This decision, Pereira v. Sessions, should lead to relief for many immigrants, including ones I…

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Sessions v. Dimaya: Relief at Last

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya, that the crime of violence statute allowing removal of aggravated felons unconstitutional. This will have grave consequences for people currently in removal proceedings for “crimes of violence” and those with removal orders for these crimes. What is a “Crime of Violence” Aggravated Felony? The Immigration and…

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Did Melania Trump Deserve the Einstein Visa?

There are multiple news stories discussing Melania Trump’s immigration history, and whether the First Lady deserved the EB-1 visa under which she received her permanent residence. In this post, I will discuss the EB-1 criteria, and analyze whether the first lady qualified for the visa. This analysis, however, will be based only on her public profile,…

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Case Note: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Yesterday, the legal community, and immigration advocates especially, were shocked by the Supreme Court’s decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez. The Supreme Court ruled that arriving aliens do not have the right to periodic bond hearings to assess the conditions of their detainment. I will sum up the plurality’s opinion in this post. The decision is…

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Board of Immigration Appeals Issues Decision on Particular Social Groups

The Board issued a new decision regarding “particular social group”. The Board ruled that an asylum applicant must delineate a “particular social group” before the immigration judge to be eligible for asylum. The decision is Matter of W-Y-C & H-O-B, 27 I&N Dec. 189 (BIA 2018). The Facts The Respondents, in this case, are a…

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