What to Expect at Your Biometrics Appointment with USCIS.

Many forms of immigration relief or categories require that you attend a USCIS biometrics appointment. This important appointment allows the USCIS and DHS to get an accurate picture of who you are.

The Biometrics appointment notice will be sent to you typically 30 days after you have received a receipt for your immigration application. The notice will give you an address and time where you need to be in order to complete your biometrics appointment. It will also give you instructions on what to bring to your appointment, such as: the notice itself, and a valid form of Identification.  Read the notice carefully, as it contains information on your appointment. It also provides you with instructions on what you need to do, in the event you cannot make your appointment. However we strongly suggest that you make your appointment and not to reschedule, as rescheduling may delay your application.

It is best that you arrive at least thirty minutes early. Arrive in comfortable, but appropriate attire. Often this is the first time any USCIS member will see you, arriving late and untidy does not make a good impression. Do not wear anything that obstructs your face or head (unless it is part of your everyday religious attire), and make sure not to wear anything that can distract from your overall appearance.

When you arrive, you will show your notice to the clerk, who will stamp it and check your Identification, You will also fill out an information sheet. Once you have checked in with the clerk, you will need to wait to be called. There are often many people who have the same appointment time as you and applicants are called on a first come first served basis based on their appointment time.

When you are called you will go to the USCIS member who will make sure you have checked in, and will once again check your identification. The actual biometrics collection can take up to thirty minutes, so plan accordingly, adding wait time as well.

The Aurora, Colorado Biometrics Application Support Center is located at 15037 East Colfax Avenue, Unit G. It is located in the same shopping center as the King Soopers and the main cross roads are Chambers and Colfax. There is free parking in the parking lot of the Shopping center, and RTD buses run on schedule (Contact RTD for more information on bus schedules).

The most important thing to remember is to relax.  Taking of your Biometrics is only one important step in your immigration process. The team at the Law Office of Stephanie Grewe, LLC strives to help you understand every aspect of your case and we are happy to speak with you regarding any questions you may have about your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

•If I hire an Attorney will the government deport me?

No, simply hiring an attorney will not alert anyone that you are seeking legal counsel. In fact if you have an attorney, your rights are protected and you can call on your attorney.

•Once I submit an immigration application, the government has my address will they deport me?

No, The government asks for your address only to provide you with important information on your case.

•I heard that once you marry a U.S. Citizen you automatically gain legal status?

No, marrying a U.S. Citizen is only one way to gain legal status, but you must still submit an immigration application to the United States Customs and Immigration Service.

•Immigration law is always in the News, have the laws changed?

Yes, Immigration laws have changed there are several changes to the law that may affect your rights.

•How much will my case cost me?

It depends, no two cases are alike. We offer affordable payments plans, and inform you of fees for your immigration application.

• My cousin filled out their paperwork without an attorney why do I need an attorney?

No two cases are alike. Hiring an attorney at the beginning of your process ensures that the attorney knows every aspect of your case. An attorney can assist you if an issue arises.

 

DACA Renewal

The Department of Homeland Security and the United States Customs and Immigration service has  released the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) form to be used to renew your DACA status. Deferred action was originally granted for a period of two years, and must be renewed every two years. The Department suggests that you submit your renewals at least 120 days in advance.

If you originally received DACA status in 2012, your renewal date is fast approaching, or if you were granted DACA status for a period of less than two years your renewal date may also near.

The Law Office of Stephanie Grewe, LLC will assist you with the new and complicated process to ensure your status does not expire. Please call us to discuss your DACA status, or if you have never applied for DACA and are wondering if you qualify for DACA status.

 

 

Don’t Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud

Common Forms of Immigration Fraud

•Notario Fraud: Unscrupulous “notarios” who are not attorneys often rely on misunderstandings to exploit immigrants. They charge immigrants excessive fees without submitting applications to the immigration authorities or may induce deportation by submitting applications for relief which the immigrant is not eligible for.

•Misrepresenting Legal Credentials: Individuals who falsely claim to be attorneys. They take advantage of immigrants who will unknowingly pay exorbitant fees for their services. By misrepresenting their qualifications, these individuals can have a detrimental impact on the immigrants with whom they work.

•Unauthorized Practice of Law: Individuals who are not licensed to practice law but present themselves as attorneys or immigration law experts capable of providing legal advice and services. Do not be afraid to ask for an attorney’s bar license number. Do not work with individuals who do not provide you with a way to contact them.

•Fraudulent Promises to Expedite your Process: This type of fraud concerns individuals who say they know employees at immigration offices who can expedite the processing of their clients applications. They request high fees for this special service, but fail to provide it.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud contact the Colorado bar Association
(1-800-332-6736) and call us so we can protect your rights.

Thank you

Thank you to Carniceria La Concentida at 11651 E. Montview Blvd in Aurora for hosting us this past weekend. We were able to speak with many families and individuals, and provided free consultations. We look forward to working with them again.

368,644

Three Hundred Sixty eight Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-Four people were deported from the United States by the U.S. Government in 2013. 368,644 families were faced with the reality of not having their loved one in the United States. This number brings forward the reality that every day one thousand undocumented immigrants are removed from the United States.

Everyday people are faced with the realization that they could be removed from their loved ones, their live, their jobs, their business, their homes, and the surroundings in the United States they have come to know. Sixty percent of Hispanics are worried and faced with immigration removal of a family member, or a loved one.

At the Law Office of Stephanie Grewe, LLC we work with you to ease your fears. We work with you to help you understand your options under current U.S. Immigration law. We explain the immigration process, and provide you with full, safe, confidential, and honest answers. Please call us today so we can work with you to help you and your family.

* Information for this blog post was gathered from “U.S. Deportations Decline; Felons Made Up Big Share, JULIA PRESTON, December 19, 2013, The New York Times”*

Prayer for Immigrant Children

“Dear Lord, We Pray for the children who are U.S. Citizens, but live in fear of broken families because of the undocumented status of their parents, Please bring them hope as we work toward obtaining legal status for their mothers and fathers.”

“Querido Señor, te pedimos por los niños que son ciudadanos de los EE.UU., pero viven con el temor de las familias rotas a causa de la situación de indocumentados de sus padres, por favor traerlos esperan en nuestra labor.”

Keller v. Fremont, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-1043

The  U.S. Supreme Court rejected to hear a controversial immigration case. The case, Keller v. Fremont, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-1043is based on a Fremont, Nebraska City ordinance that requires landlords to check the immigration status of potential renters. If it is determined that the renter is an undocumented immigrant, their license to rent that property is revoked.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected to hear the case, this means that any city in the United States can regulate how they rent to undocumented immigrants. Other cities around the country have similar renting restrictions. This could mean that any undocumented immigrant cannot rent a house or an apartment. It could become illegal and punishable to rent any place to an undocumented immigrant.

At the Law office of Stephanie Grewe, LLC. we will work with you and your family to work on your immigration status. We will help you with your immigration status so that you are not forced out of your home.

Honest, Safe, and Confidential Answers

Immigration reform, it is in the news everyday. What will the United States Congress do? Will they pass an agreement that provides a pathway to legal status for the thousands of undocumented people living in the United States today? Will the president of the United States provide his own solution? Now that immigration reform is in the news daily will I be deported? Will I have to leave my family, home, friends, and the life I’ve made in the United States?

These questions and many others are always present in an immigrants mind. The uncertainty of what is happening, the unfamiliar process, and the fear that is always present are valid concerns that undocumented immigrants experience daily. The complex United States Immigration process is frightening. Many attempt to go through the process alone, and suddenly discover the consequences of a mistake. Consequences that soon rip them from their family. Consequences that cost more time and money, consequences that cost a person their life style in the United States.

At the Law Office of Stephanie Grewe, LLC. we offer a free 30 minute phone consultation. This consultation is free, confidential, and we explain the legal consequences of your situation. Calling our office is a safe and confidential way to find out what your options are. We explain your legal options and honestly inform you of any immigration solutions. During our free phone consultation we explain what services we can provide, and how we can obtain your immigrant goals. Please give us a call today, Do not be afraid, call today to receive Honest, Safe, and Confidential answers to all your immigrant questions.