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Sarah Blackwell
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Immigration: Keeping Families Together.
Interests: Hardship Waivers, Denied Naturalizations, Family-based Green Cards
Recent Activity
The U.S. has just elected Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America. On January 20, 2017, there will be a Republican President and a Republican Congress. But what might that mean for immigration? DACA and DAPA... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Immigration Matters
USCIS has released the much-awaited form and instructions for renewing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA status lasts only two years and must be renewed to continue the benefits of having DACA status. Although DACA is not a green... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Immigration Matters
In the news over the weekend is another story about a U.S. military veteran who has suddenly discovered he is not a a U.S. citizen. Mario Hernandez, a Latino veteran, is now caught in an immigration limbo: he is not... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Immigration Matters
The U.S. Supreme Court is about to make a decision on a case (Mayorkas v. Rosalina Cuellar de Osorio, et. al ) that could move thousands of people, who have already waited a very long time for their immigrant visa,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Immigration Matters
Lawful permanent residents are eligible to serve in the U.S. military. They are all enlisted personnel because officer must be U.S. citizens. There are no statistics on how many vets get deported, but one fact is a given: the deportation... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Immigration Matters
March 4, 2013 was an important date for many mixed status couples: it was the date USCIS began accepting provisional hardship waiver applications. Blackwell Law Group (BLG) does a lot of hardship waiver work. In the last year, BLG has... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Immigration Matters
The Problem The regulations state that if someone with an approved I-130 petition has been previously scheduled for an immigration interview prior to January 3, 2013, then the person is not eligible for the provisional hardship waiver. This particular rule... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Immigration Matters
A week ago, the White House leaked details about Obama's plans for immigration reform should Congress fail to act. What does the plan tell us? First, the plan has much more detail than anything yet released by any Congressional groups... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Immigration Matters
If the media is to be believed, then after years of waiting, repeated disappointments and continuous frustration, Congress has finally got its act together: immigration reform is about to happen! I wish. For all the media attention on immigration reform,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at Immigration Matters
There's a lot of chatter going on about immigration reform and the principles that should govern it. One principle repeatedly espoused is that those who are here should "go to the back of the line." But what exactly does that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Immigration Matters
The moment so many people have been waiting for: the provisional hardship waiver regulations. Important key points: 1) Applications can be filed from March 4, 2013. Don't file any provisional hardship waiver application before March 4, 2013. Hopefully USCIS won't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Immigration Matters
Everyone is impatiently waiting for the publication of the much-anticipated provisional hardship waivers. When will the regulations be published? According to the government, the new regulations will be published by the end of 2012. There are only 13 days left... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Immigration Matters
My first clients have been fingerprinted and report the process went quickly. That's always nice to hear! I had prepared them for the possibility of a wait, so I was pleased to know they were quickly in and out. USCIS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Immigration Matters
First applications went out from my office on August 20. Receipts received 10 days later and biometric appointment notices received this week. Biometric appointments are being scheduled for approximately 4-5 weeks after the application is filed. This is excellent news.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Immigration Matters
Danielle If you live in Wisconsin, then you will be eligible for a State driver license or State ID if you get approved for deferred action. If you live in a state other than Wisconsin, you need to speak with your State's Department of Motor Vehicles to find out whether you will be eligible for a driver license or ID.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2012 on Deferred Action-Latest News at Immigration Matters
Each State must decide whether to issue driver licenses and State IDs to individuals who are eligible for deferred action child hood arrival (DACA). The State of Wisconsin will issue a driver license or State ID to individuals with approved... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Immigration Matters
There's a bit of a debate going on among immigration attorneys whether to encourage individuals to apply as soon as possible or to wait until after the election. Those who favor waiting until after the election are concerned for two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Immigration Matters
So you have seen the video message from Senator Durbin and Representative Gutierrez. And you are wondering what to make of it. Is it good advice? Do you need an immigration attorney to help you with a deferred action application?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Immigration Matters
Joanna Advance parole is pre-approval for you to re-enter the U.S. after a trip abroad. As long as you don't do anything while outside the country that would make you inadmissible (e.g. get arrested for a crime), you will be allowed to re-enter. Another important rule about advance parole: you must not leave the U.S. until after you receive the approved advance parole document. If you leave before, you run a major risk of not being allowed to re-enter. (And don't think that leaving the country before the application is approved and then having it mailed to you will help you avoid that problem. The government will know what date you left the country and what date advance parole was approved.)
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2012 on Deferred Action-Latest News at Immigration Matters
John, the government has very clearly stated work authorization will be granted only if the applicant can prove "economic necessity." Now, it might be that the need for a social security number in order to apply for college will meet the economic necessity argument, but I wouldn't assume so at this point. By all means though, apply and make the argument.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2012 on Deferred Action-Latest News at Immigration Matters
USCIS has just concluded a teleconference on deferred action. The process for deferred action is now much clearer though some details remain to be sorted out. Key points are: No applications accepted until August 15, 2012. There will be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Immigration Matters
Secretary Napolitano (senior official for the Department of Homeland Security) appeared today before the House Judiciary Committee. She testified that the procedures for how to apply for deferred action will be released on August 1, 2012 with applications accepted from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Immigration Matters
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced the government will provide work authorization and relief from the risk of deportation to certain individuals who are under age 30. The benefit, known as "deferred action," will last for 2 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Immigration Matters
The most challenging waiver cases are often for the spouses of lawful permanent residents when the LPR spouse has had the green card for only a short period of time. If someone has only been an LPR for 1-2 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at Immigration Matters
The consultation period for the proposed regulations for the provisional hardship waiver closes today. The government will consider the comments received and publish the final regulations later this year. I am expecting the final regulations to be published in September.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at Immigration Matters