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Order of Removal
Jun 7, 2017

Deportation: How Long Must You Wait Before Returning to the United States?

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

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I have many clients who have questions about deportation (removal) proceedings. Below are some frequently asked questions about deportation or removal from the United States.

I have been removed (deported) from the United States. How long must I wait before returning to the U.S.?
That depends. If you were ordered removed (or deported) from the U.S., you must remain outside of the country ...

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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

Jun 5, 2017

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, social media checks

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 Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. Below are some frequently asked questions.

Why did the Trump administration roll out new visa checks for U.S. visa applicants?
The new questions are part of an ...

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May 23, 2017

TPS for Haitian Nationals Extended an Additional 6 Months

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

As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer who represents numerous Haitian clients, I was disappointed to hear that Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly only granted a six-month extension Monday to 58,000 Haitian immigrants who have been spared from deportation since a devastating 2010 earthquake, saying the conditions in their struggling homeland are not stable enough to force them to return. Below are some frequently asked ...

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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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