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VAWA
Aug 3, 2017

USCIS Issues New Form, I-765V, Application for Employment Authorization for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouse

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

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I noted with interest, back in early 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memo making victims of abusive spouses in certain nonimmigrant (temporary) visa categories eligible to apply for employment authorization documents (EADs or work permits). The legal basis for USCIS’s action is the Violence against Women’s Act (VAWA). Below are some frequently asked ...

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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

United States Citizen parent
Aug 2, 2017

GOP senators to introduce bill to slash legal immigration levels

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

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I read with interest that President Trump will appear with a pair of conservative Republican senators at the White House on Wednesday to unveil legislation aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail. Below are some frequently asked questions.

Which GOP senators are introducing the bill?
Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue ...

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nationality
Jul 27, 2017

Basic Information on the Naturalization Test

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

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I always caution my clients who are applying for citizenship to study and prepare as much as possible for the citizenship test. Below are some frequently asked questions.

What are the components of the citizenship test?
All citizenship applicants must take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and ...

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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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