USCIS To Increase Filing Fees on April 1st, 2024

Starting April 1, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase its filing fees for various immigration applications for the first time since 2016. You must file your application before April 1, 2024, to avoid paying the new increased fees. Below is a list showing the current and new immigration filing fees for the most common family-based applications. FORM # IMMIGRATION BENEFITS CURRENT FEE NEW FEE (April 2024) I-90 Green Card Renewal or Replacement $540 $465 (decreasing) I-102 Certificate of Citizenship Replacement $445 $560 I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535 $675 I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $535 $675 I-131 Travel Document (Reentry Permit or Refugee Travel Document) $575 $630 I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant $930 $1100 I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission $930 $1175 I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 $800 I-485 Application to Register for Permanent Residence or ...
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Stefan Latorre interviewed by the Charlotte Business Journal

By Laura Williams-Tracy – Contributor, Charlotte Business Journal Sep 30, 2022 Twenty-five years ago, attorney Stefan Latorre traded his position as an international tax lawyer to help Spanish-speaking immigrants – many of them undocumented workers – who were helping to build Charlotte during a period of growth. Latorre crossed the language barrier and brought aggressive representation to a group who were overlooked. Along the way, Latorre helped change case law in the state, making it possible for undocumented workers to be paid worker’s compensation for injuries on the job. Even while he was changing the legal landscape for workers’ compensation, Latorre also developed uptown’s restaurant and nightclub scene, introducing Latin food that went beyond a traditional Mexican restaurant. The now-closed Latorre’s and later, Aquavina, provided upscale dining on par with what was available in Miami at the time. Today, Latorre’s focus is on his law firm, which has grown to ...
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Increase in Car accidents in 2021

More than 20,000 people died in car accidents throughout the United States in the first six months of 2021, an 18.4% increase over the same time period last year, according to the Department of Transportation. ...
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Mi Cultura Viva en Mí – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage beginning on September 15 to October 15 in the United States.  This month is reserved to honor the influence, contribution, culture, history and more importantly the achievements of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the United States. September 15 is significant because it is anniversary of the independence from Spain for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also celebrates their independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza is on October 12th. The celebration started in 1968 under President Lyndon B Johnson for a week but was later turned into a monthlong celebration in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. It is important that we celebrate this rich culture and history.  I am proud of my Hispanic roots, so this month holds a special significance in my own life. My experience growing ...
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DACA is Back!

As a result of recent court decisions regarding DACA, Immigration is accepting initial DACA requests again.  As a reminder, initial DACA requests were phased out by President Trump in September 2017, triggering many lawsuits.  In June 2020, the Supreme Court blocked President Trump’s changes to DACA and in July 2020, Immigration maintained that initial DACA requests would still not be accepted.  This month, a federal judge ruled that initial DACA requests must be accepted prompting Immigration to update its policy and accept initial DACA requests. USCIS updated their website confirming it is:
  • Accepting initial DACA requests again;
  • Accepting DACA based Advance Parole again;
  • DACA approvals and EAD’s will be issued for 2 year terms again.
 INITIAL DACA QUALIFICATIONS – To qualify for an initial DACA applicants must meet ALL of the below requirements:
  1. Over age 15;
NOTE: Applicants who are in removal proceedings/have a ...
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