As an immigration lawyer, I work with people who are considering adopting a child from another country. Before the process ever begins, there are some concerns and questions that any adoptive parent must address. Adoption within your home country can be a long road and going outside of the country can be even trickier, although […]
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In my work as an immigration lawyer, I have to make sure that parents are well aware of the steps they must take to ensure that the new member of their family meets U.S. immigration and citizenship requirements. Here’s a summary of those steps that adults involved in intercountry adoption may need to take. As […]
When you work in the area of immigration as an attorney, you’re certainly sensitive to client concerns and keep current on national and political trends. Thus, when President Obama barely touched on immigration reform in his State of the Union Address, giving it a mention in one sentence, I knew there would be fallout from […]
I find as an immigration lawyer that the issue of immigration reform, next to health care reform, creates heated debate. Many feel that it’s an economic issue and that undocumented immigrants put a strain on our economy. But for many lawmakers and leaders in this country, it’s become clear that something has to happen and […]
When working as an immigration attorney, it’s important to keep current on not just shifting trends but the reasons for them. As an example, if proposed changes in the immigration law are based more on sentiment than fact, this may say something about the forces behind those changes and even their ability to make change. […]
As an immigration lawyer, I’m well aware that immigration law will be changing again shortly as the US Congress prepares to debate this hot button issue. One major bill, which has been introduced by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and strongly supported by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) is The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security […]
Those couples or individuals who want to adopt a foreign born child must go through a home study. The home study, which is conducted by an authorized or licensed home study preparer and not by the USCIS. Purpose of the Home Study The home study has two purposes. First, it is done to aid the […]
Anyone wanting to adopt a foreign born child will go through an array of investigative processes, including a home study and background check. As an immigration attorney, I find that often people know little to nothing about the background check and how it works. In this blog, I’m going to consider what you should expect […]
When I work as an immigration attorney with client’s who are looking at intercountry adoption they are often surprised to hear that there are three separate processes in which people in the United States may engage. There are two primary types—the Hague Process and the Orphan Process (non-Hague). There is a third type that the […]
For those seeking to adopt a child, we at the Ranchod Law Group in Sacramento and Stockton, know that it can be a daunting experience. The road of international adoption can be especially complicated and tricky. Who is Considered an Orphan by the USCIS? A foreign-born orphan is defined by the USCIS as a child […]
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