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Jul 11, 2017

USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I noted with interest that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has redesigned the application form to apply for permanent residence, commonly referred to as a green card. Below are some frequently asked questions:

What is new about green card application?
The new document, officially known as Form I-485, now has 18 pages and includes new questions on the background of ...

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DOMA
Feb 26, 2016

Marriage Petitions for Same Sex Spouse

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

Looking back on 2013 as a Miami immigration lawyer, I must remark on the fact that it truly was a momentous year for LGBTQ rights. Following the decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples were implemented swiftly and smoothly. What this meant ...

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immigration law

Jul 5, 2017

Deciding Between a Marriage and a Fiance Visa

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I receive many questions about people who are deciding between a fiance visa and a marriage visa. Below are some frequently asked questions.

What is the faster method to get my green card?
There are many categories of visas and other immigration benefits for people wanting to visit or live in the United States. But none of them will get you a green card overnight or without significant ...

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undocumented immigrants
Jun 28, 2017

House to Vote on Immigration Bill

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I read with interest that the House Republicans are preparing to take up a pair of bills next week that crack down on illegal immigration, according to leadership sources, in a bid to carry out President Donald Trump's promise of tougher enforcement. Below are some frequently asked questions.

What are in the immigration bills?
One of the bills to see a floor vote, dubbed Kate's Law, ...

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LGBT immigration

Jan 7, 2015

Gay Marriage Begins in Florida

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

As a Floridian and a Miami immigration attorney, I am proud to join in the resounding chorus of support for a very momentous occasion. As of Monday, January 6, 2015, gay couples will be able to obtain marriage licenses from the State of Florida. I congratulate the LGBT community for this historical development, and thank them for their tireless activism in bringing this day to fruition.
If you and your same-sex partner are thinking of getting married, ...

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Dec 5, 2014

Same-sex marriages to be allowed in Florida thus eliminating the hassle and expense of green card seekers to marry out of state

AUTHOR MICHAEL G. MURRAY, P.A., IMMIGRATION LAWYER (MIAMI)

As a Miami immigration attorney, I was especially pleased about this week's announcement that same-sex marriages could begin in Florida after January 5th, 2015.  The announcement followed after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings.
The appellate court ruling permits  same-sex couples to tie the knot when the stay expires after Jan. 5. Pam Bondi, ...

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