When Immigration Matters


Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 @ 6:27 PM


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Permanent Resident vs. U.S. Citizen: What's the Difference?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

One of the most important questions that we receive here at Pollak PLLC is, “What is the difference between a permanent resident and a U.S. citizen?” First of all, while these terms are often used interchangeably on the web, and even by some people in the media, they are categorically different. Here is an overview of each designation.

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United States Citizenship and immigration ("USCIS") Warns of New Scam

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 5:55 PM

In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.  

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Why Should I Become a US Citizen?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains the beneifts associated with US citizenship.

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Apply for Deferred Action?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 @ 1:10 PM

It is not required to have a lawyer to apply for deferred action. 

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USCIS Releases Forms to Apply for Deferred Action

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 2:50 PM

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new forms and instructions to allow individuals to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from USCIS.  USCIS will begin accepting completed forms tomorrow, August 15, 2012. 

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H-1B Cap Reached June 11 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 2:07 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.

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Streamlining the EB-2 and EB-1 Visa Process.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:53 PM

USCIS has partnered with business experts to improve the way it approaches the employment-based and high-skilled visa categories used by immigrant entrepreneurs. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas kicked-off this innovative program, called the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative in February. The EIR initiative consists of a tactical team comprised of outside experts working alongside USCIS employees. For 90 days this collaborative team, comprised of both USCIS employees and entrepreneurs from the private sector, will identify opportunities where USCIS can streamline pathways for foreign entrepreneurs.  We welcome this significant effort to streamline visas for employment-based and high-skilled visa categories.   You can read more on this initiative at http://blog.uscis.gov/

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US Immigration & Family Podcast

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 @ 1:10 PM
Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak answers the following questions about immigration:
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US Citizenship Granted to 104 Year Old Oregon Woman

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 @ 8:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - There is an old saying, "better late than never" and Marion Pringle certainly demonstrated that when she finally received proof she's a U.S. citizen...at the ripe age of 104!

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