We've moved! 

01/19/2017

 
Please visit us at our new office, centrally located in northern Denver at 2325 W. 72nd Ave. We are on 72nd between Federal Blvd. and Pecos. 
 
 
In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on DAPA, which will be announced any day now, here are some recommended do’s and don’ts:

DO:

·      Begin organizing your paperwork. You will likely need evidence that you’ve been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, and were here when President Obama announced the executive action on November 20, 2014. You will need your children’s birth certificates (if born in the U.S.) or copies of green cards (if permanent residents).

·      Get certified dispositions for any criminal charges you’ve had.

·      Make sure you have a valid passport from your country of citizenship. If you don’t, apply for one now.

·      Contact a lawyer to assist you in requesting copies of your records through fingerprints or a Freedom of Information Act request if you’ve ever had contact with ICE or border officials.

·      Start saving money for the filing fee (likely to be $465 but still unclear) and attorneys fees.

DON’T:

·      Feel like you have to hire an attorney right away. If the Supreme Court upholds the executive action, it will likely take several weeks or months to implement, meaning you won’t be able to file an application right away. Hiring an attorney right away doesn’t necessarily get you a “better place in line.” The date when USCIS will begin accepting applications will be the same for everyone.

·      Apply without consulting with an attorney. There are always risks in filing immigration applications, and it will not be advisable for people with certain criminal or immigration histories to apply. Plus, a consultation with an attorney might lead you to discover that you qualify for something even better!

·      Use an unlicensed legal consultant. Notarios have no legal training and frequently create problems for their “clients” that an attorney might not be able to fix in the future. 

·      Lose hope if the Supreme Court fails to uphold DAPA. You might still choose to consult an attorney to see if there are other options available to you.

 

La decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre la DAPA será anunciada en cualquier momento, así que aquí está una lista de recomendaciones de lo que debe hacer y no hacer:



SI:

•    Comience a organizar sus documentos. Es probable que va a tener que comprobar que ha estado en los EE.UU. desde el 1 de enero del 2010, y que estuvo aquí cuando el Presidente Obama anunció la acción ejecutiva el 20 de noviembre de 2014. Necesitara certificados de nacimiento de sus hijos (si nacieron en EE.UU.) o copias de sus micas (si son residentes permanentes).

•    Obtenga disposiciones certificadas de cualquier cargo criminal que ha tenido.

•    Asegúrese de que tenga un pasaporte válido de su país de ciudadanía. Si no lo tiene, solicite uno ahora.

•    Póngase en contacto con un abogado para ayudarle a solicitar copias de sus expedientes a través de las huellas dactilares o una solicitud de la Acta de Libertad de Información, si es que alguna vez ha tenido contacto con el ICE o oficiales fronterizos.

•    Comience a ahorrar dinero para la tarifa (probablemente sea $465, pero todavía no se sabe) y honorarios de abogados.



NO:

•    Piense que tiene que contratar a un abogado inmediatamente. Si la Corte Suprema aprueba la DAPA, es probable que tardara varias semanas o meses para ponerse en práctica, así que no va a poder presentar una solicitud de inmediato. La contratación de un abogado de inmediato no necesariamente se obtiene un "mejor lugar en la fila." La fecha en que el USCIS comenzará a aceptar solicitudes será el mismo para todos.

•    Aplique sin consultar con un abogado. Siempre hay riesgos en la presentación de solicitudes de inmigración, y no será recomendable para las personas con ciertos antecedentes penales o de inmigración a aplicar. Además, con una consulta con abogado podría descubrir que usted califica para algo aún mejor!

•    Use un notario (un asesor legal sin licencia). Los notarios no tienen educación jurídica y frecuentemente causan problemas a sus "clientes" que un abogado podría no ser capaz de solucionar en el futuro.

•    Pierda la esperanza si la Corte Suprema no aprueba DAPA. Todavía puede consultar a un abogado para ver si hay otras opciones disponibles para usted.

 
 
Attorney Alyssa Reed was elected as the Chair of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in May 2015. Attorney Reed was also nominated to serve on AILA's national committee on VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act) which serves to educate and assist attorneys across the country with VAWA self-petitions, U visas for victims of crime, and T visas for victims of human trafficking. She was also invited to speak on advanced VAWA issues at AILA's national annual conference in Washington, D.C. in June 2015. AILA is an organization of more than 14,000 immigration attorneys nationwide. 
 
 
Did you know that minor children fleeing violence in their home countries who find themselves in deportation proceedings here don't have a right to a court appointed attorney? If they can't afford an attorney, they have to represent themselves in an extremely complex legal proceeding. If you'd like to help these kids, between now and June 30 the Colorado Bar Association will match donations made to the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Center (RMIAN), which helps secure representation for unaccompanied minor immigrant children. Read more about this issue in the attached article and donate here: www.rmian.org. 

http://www.cobar.org/tcl/tcl_articles.cfm?articleid=8794


 
 
Among the actions announced by President Obama last week was an expansion of deferred action for childhood arrivals and parents of U.S. citizen and permanent resident sons and daughters. Below is a chart summarizing the requirements for each program. If you think  you may qualify, please consult with Reed Immigration! Remember, applications are not yet being accepted. Don't be scammed by notarios who say otherwise. 
 
 
The Obama Administration has expanded the MAVNI program, allowing a very small number of immigrants with highly specialized skills to apply to serve in the U.S. military. Read more here:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/25/pentagon-to-take-illegal-immigrant-recruits-approv/
 
 
The National Immigration Project, the ACLU and other organizations are suing over serious due process violations that are resulting in children who fled to the U.S. in fear for their lives being removed without having a chance to present their bona fide asylum claims. "...the government's policy violates that basic law and core American values — we do not send people who are seeking asylum back into harm's way. We should not sacrifice fairness for speed in life-or-death situations." Read the press release here.