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Harris County Legal Issues Blog

Undocumented Workers Have Workplace Rights

The growth of the gig economy continues to change the relationship between a large percentage of the U.S. work force and employers. In 2014, approximately 34 percent of workers were independent contractors. Surveys indicate that total is expected to push 50 percent by 2020. The freelance structure that permeates all types of industries has pros

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Federal Judge Reinstates DACA – At Least Temporarily

A federal judge ruled that protections provided to undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy must remain in place and the government must resume accepting new applications. Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said the Trump administration’s reasoning for terminating the program was based

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Who gives voice to separated immigrant infants?

If you are unsure of what’s going on with the reunion of immigrant children separated from their parents, you are not alone. Despite a court’s order to reunite thousands of families by July 26, government officials offer only vague ideas of how they intend to comply. Even as those reunion expectations hang in the balance, civil rights

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You got married. Now officials want you to prove it’s legitimate

Adapting to life in Texas as an immigrant can be quite challenging. If you married a U.S. citizen, your spouse is likely helping you master the English language, become accustomed to new foods and traditions and otherwise embrace your new culture as you build your life together. Every immigrant encounters challenging situations at some point;

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Have these issues caused you obstacles as a skilled immigrant?

The lack of skilled workers in Texas and throughout the nation has sparked an opportunity for skilled workers from other countries. Perhaps, you possess skills that you know U.S. employers are seeking and have taken steps to apply for a visa. Understanding that life in America will be quite different from life in your country

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Immigration court is not the same as a criminal trial

If you are a foreign national living in the United States, the one thing you may fear most is the threat of deportation. Whether you are lawfully present or you entered the U.S. without inspection, it is important to understand that your status in the country can change rapidly, especially if you have encounters with

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How does your foreign future spouse enter the United States?

Whether you met online, in your future spouse’s country of origin or here in Houston, you fell in love and decided to marry. The two of you decided to have the wedding in the U.S. and live here. The question is how your intended can legally enter the country for the ceremony and what happens thereafter. Fortunately,

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Adapting to life in Texas as an immigrant

Before arriving in Texas, you might have dreamed of that moment a thousand times as you prepared to leave your country of origin behind and start life afresh in the United States. Then again, you might be one of many immigrants whose entrance across a U.S. border was rather unexpected and hasty due to a

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Applying for a Work Visa

Many people come to the United States in search of work; however, getting into the country for work reasons isn’t ultimately as simple as crossing the border. In fact, foreign citizens are not legally allowed to work in the United States unless they have permission from the federal government. This means obtaining a work visa or

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