Interview with Warren
 

How did you first hear about Seifert Law Offices?
 
I needed an attorney and searched for who was the best person for me on the internet. 
 
It was 2013, and I was immigrating from England. I had a fiancé visa—and things got more complicated after my divorce. I did the paperwork to get here on my own, and I figured I could do the paperwork to stay for a couple of years. That's when I got help. 
 
I spoke to my family, and my dad was the one who told me to see someone, and he pointed me towards Lisa. And I did my research, and I agreed she was a great option. 
 
What was your experience working with Lisa like?
 
It was a great experience. I got myself into a bit of a mess with the process and thought I could do it myself—it turns out I couldn't. I met with Lisa, and she knew what she was doing. I decided to work with her, and she dealt with it from that point forward.
 
How influential was Lisa in your immigration case?
 
Very—she basically sorted the whole thing out for me, and I didn't have to do too much after she took over. 
 
I was about three years in, and I went to the immigration court for the 4th time. The first three times, I had a nice judge, and she was positive and helpful—then the judge changed, and she was mean—she was like Judge Judy on a bad day. That was the point where I realized I couldn't do this on my own because I needed to get help. 
 
I went to my appointments, and Lisa copied me on all the forms that went back and forth between her and immigration. I couldn't have done it without her. 



Would you recommend working with Lisa Seifert to someone else looking for immigration guidance?
 
Yes—absolutely. She's knowledgeable and efficient. She laid out to me what to expect, the different scenarios, and what we would do. She explained there were no definite timelines, but she kept me up to date with expectations. 
 
How did you feel after you had been approved/having a final solution?
 
Fantastic. It was three years back and forth, and it was stressing me out and costing me money. To have it all fixed and sorted was a massive relief. 



What advice would you give to someone going through the immigration process?
 
Be patient. 
 
Immigration can be "cold" and bureaucratic. It felt like it was going terribly wrong and that there was a chance I was going to be removed from the country.
 
For example, they told me to show up to a meeting and took my passport from me. I spoke to an ICE officer—who was unpleasant—and it turns out he didn't know what he was talking about. I went to court and told them I wanted my passport back, and they told me they hadn't received paperwork for a request.
 
It can be chaotic, but I got all my paperwork and passport back—and we sorted everything out before I got my green card. But, it was an irritating process. 
 
Lisa helped relieved the stress. 
Warren

Seifert Law interview with Client's Yuanyuan & Jerry

Name: Jerry & Yuan Yuan



How did you first hear about Seifert Law Offices?



Jerry: When we decided to have my wife, who is a Canadian citizen, come to the United States in 2018. I looked on Google and looked up the best immigration lawyer in Washington, and Lisa came up. Although I didn't initially call her, I had a family attorney who also recommended Lisa. That's how I came to Seifert Law. 
 
What was your experience working with Lisa like?



Jerry: I met with her alone the first time. I found her to be knowledgeable, courteous, and polite. She was informative and made me feel comfortable off the bat.
 
I've been a salesman for over 40 years, so I get a good idea of what people are like in a quick period of time—I felt very comfortable with her. 
 
When my wife came down, she also felt the same. It was a good relationship right from the beginning. We trusted her right off the bat. We found the immigration process to be complicated, and we didn't want to goof it up and lose money. We basically decided that Lisa was the best person to work with us—and she was.
 
It was a great experience, and I continue to feel she is the best immigration attorney in the state. We've gone beyond our client & attorney relationship and now consider her a personal friend. We certainly trust her with things regarding my wife's immigration status. 
 
The process can be time and energy-consuming. It can go wrong, so it's important to find the right person who is professional, attentive, and detailed oriented. 
 
How influential was Lisa in your immigration case?
 
Jerry: Very, very. We trust her implicitly. Whatever she said, we did. 
 
With our case, there was a lot to it. My wife was originally a Chinese citizen, became a Canadian citizen, and then came down here to the United States. There were a lot of documents we would've never been able to figure out alone.
 
I thank Lisa and the office—they were very good at gathering the information and putting it together. 
 
Yuan Yuan: In the whole process, she was very important. She helped me to be here and be a wife. I am going to be applying for citizenship, and it's going so smoothly—no hiccups. We've been following everything she's said, and it's all falling into place. I can't think of a better person than the way she helped us. 
We waited a pretty standard wait time of about 1.5 years to get my green card.  My green card is conditional. She helped assist me in removing the conditions. And everything has been going well so far. 
 
Would you recommend working with Lisa Seifert to someone else looking for immigration guidance?



Jerry: Absolutely, and we have. 
 
She is undoubtedly the best in the state. We also saw that in our interview, she was handling a couple of different clients at that time. We spoke with them briefly, and they felt the same way about her. Lisa takes on some very difficult immigration cases and seems to be very successful in a majority of them. You can't argue with success.



How did you feel after you had been approved/having a final solution?
 
Jerry: We were elated. Absolutely elated. It was one of the best feelings ever. Now we look forward to Lisa helping my wife becoming a citizen. Next year she is eligible, and we're looking forward to that. We always inquire and bring our questions to Lisa. 
 
It's been a very good experience. Lisa made it easier for us, and we were fully prepared for what she suggested. We knew nothing about this, and she was able to help us. 
 
She is very detailed, and she put everything clearly and to the full benefit of us—and that proved to be right. It was a great experience, and we never had any problems.



What advice would you give to someone going through the immigration process?
 
Be prepared. The best way to do that is to do it with an attorney such as Lisa. I would recommend Lisa above all others. You just have to be prepared—it's not a game. 
 
Be serious and prepare—don't assume. You have to be 100% about what you are putting on your form. Don't guess or assume—you have to know. If there's anything you're not sure about, ask, take them seriously, and listen.



Also, if you have a good attorney, everything that seems difficult turns out to be easier. 

New Administration, New Immigration Laws

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By Lisa Seifert

I’m here to talk about new immigration law and policy. We have a new administration and I’m excited about that. Everything feels relaxed, positive -- people are hopeful.

But how are you going to know if a law will affect you?

In the past, the previous president would announce things by tweet -- that’s no longer happening, fortunately. We are now back to normal government operations where an agency might report a new memo. Or, Congress might work on a new law or regulation.

An example of that now would be them working on the Dream and Promise Act, which has to do with Dreamers, those who came to this country at a young age and finished their education here. Related to that is the Farmworkers Bill.

These are very exciting potential developments, but they’re not a law. You will know they are a law if the president signs the bill and the news specifically is talking about him signing a bill.

In the meantime, watch on our social media for more announcements and developments. To schedule a personal consultation, email us at info@seifertlaw.com!

 

May 3 2021

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Citizenship: Test Up!


By Lisa Seifert

In December of 2020, the previous Trump administration decided to make the civics test more challenging. If you filed your application after that 2020 date, you probably studied for that new 2020 test. Luckily the Biden administration canceled that. While you could take the new test as an option, you aren't required to.

The actual test, which has been developed since 2008, is on the USCIS website. It is 100 questions and answers -- they're all there, including practice tests.

We are sure you will do great and good luck with your tests!

Stay tuned on our social media for more updates. If you are looking for more information about your specific situation, set up a consultation with us! Email info@seifertlaw.com to get started.

 

March 2, 2021

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We are so looking forward to improvements for our clients in immigration.
Another thing on my wish list is:
That Congress can remove the 3 and 10 year bars to admission for immigrants who want to apply for status, are qualified to receive status, but are in a terrible catch-22, that if they leave the country to formally apply for status, they are barred from returning for 3 or 10 years.   Related to this is the “permanent bar” of INA Section 212(a)(9)C.  These bars have served to lock so many immigrants inside the United States, with no hope of fixing their status.  This was not the intention of Congress in 1996.   To help solve the undocumented immigration situation, GET RID OF THE BARS, which would allow hundreds of thousands of people to get legal.   Over the years we have had dozens and dozens of clients be defeated by this policy.  They are still here, by the way.  Waiting for a way forward.  To fix illegal immigration, make it possible to get legal!

 

March 1, 2021

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We are so looking forward to improvements for our clients in immigration. One thing on my wish list is:
That the online experience at www.uscis.gov would WORK for clients to communicate with immigration.  Wouldn’t it be great if a person could track their status all the way from receipt to approval to receipt of the document?  Immigration has come a long way in the past years, but lately there are too many dead ends.   Related to this, we would love it if the electronic system permitted legal assistants and paralegals to communicate file information and receive information from immigration officers.   The current system places a completely unnecessary roadblock in the inquiry process.  Everyone understands it’s a giant waste of time to call, to wait on hold for over 100 minutes, or to wait several days for a call back from an officer who has the power to … take a message.   DO BETTER, CIS!!  You have the tools and hopefully can have the smart, motivated people.

 

A Vision for America as a Welcoming Nation

DACA Update December 2020

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DACA Update December 2020

DACA UPDATE -- A Federal Court has ordered that Immigration Accept DACA applications again. (December 2020)

What is DACA?   Lets review!

The DACA program was established under the Obama administration in 2012 to provide work permits and temporary legal status to qualified young people who came to the country as kids but never had legal permission to be in the U.S.  Under the program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youths.  DACA applicants are granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Trump administration attempted to terminate DACA in September 2017, which effectively cut off any new applicants to the program and kicked off a years long legal battle between DACA supporters and opponents.

In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that blocked the administration’s attempts to end the program. Days later, the Department of Homeland Security issued an illegal memorandum outlining new rollbacks of the program, including a continued prohibition on new applications and the reduction of renewal permitting from two years to one.  Finally on December 4th, a federal  court in New York insisted that the government fully restore the program as it was when announced in 2012.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/daca-restored-dreamers/2020/12/04/37254908-367a-11eb-8d38-6aea1adb3839_story.html

DACA applications are now being accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This is Great news!!!  Contact us for more information about eligibility and how to apply.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for DACA?
To be eligible for deferred action under the DACA program, you must:
  • Have come to the United States before your sixteenth birthday.
  • Have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and up to the present time
  • Have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, in undocumented status;
  • Be at least 15 years old at the time you apply for DACA.
  • Have graduated or obtained a GED or certificate of completion from high school or currently “be in school”
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense or significant misdemeanor
  • Not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

How many people were eligible for DACA?
 1.3 million young people were eligible for the program.

Other facts about DACA
DACA recipients came to the United States from all over the world, representing almost approximately 150 different birth countries, but approximately 80% of them were born in Mexico. The states with the largest DACA populations are California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.

The average DACA recipient arrived in the United States at age 7 and has lived here for more than 20 years. Because DACA required children to have arrived in the U.S. five years before its 2012 implementation (June 2007), younger Dreamers are not eligible for DACA. As the DACA recipient population has aged, a growing number have become parents. Currently, DACA recipients are parents to more than 250,000 U.S. citizen children.

*The government has never defined security or public safety threat, however gang activity seems to be included. Please contact an attorney if you believe you might have an eligibility problem due to crime or security issues.

For more information, see - https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/faqdeferredactionyouth/
And https://immigrationforum.org/article/fact-sheet-on-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca/#:~:text=There%20are%20as%20many%20as,are
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WARNING: Do NOT take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or a trusted community group legal advice about your case. A directory of legal service providers in your area is available at https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/.

 
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