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April 2, 2018 - HUGE Asylum News; $20,000 Financial Aid for Your Immigration Case

Your Monthly News & Updates

Springtime is here. We hope you are able to enjoy new beginnings, laugh with friends and celebrate the season with loved ones.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,
Elizabeth Blandon

BREAKING NEWS: A Court Victory for Asylum Seekers

A federal court in Seattle issued a favorable decision in the class action lawsuit, Mendez Rojas v. Johnson.

Specifically, under the court’s ruling, the Department of Homeland Security must accept an asylum application from individuals who were EVER released from immigration custody and are afraid of returning to their country.

The one-year deadline will not apply for cases filed between now and April 2019.

More details from the American Immigration Council

Call Blandon Law for expert asylum advice 954-385-0157


Financial Aid for Immigration – Up to $20,000

If you need financial assistance to make your immigration dreams a reality, help is here!

Through our expert network, Blandon Law has found a solution for clients who may not have enough money saved for quality legal services.

The Capital Good Fund is a nonprofit, U.S. Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution offering loans in amounts up to $20,000 for legal fees associated with your immigration case.

– Loans up to $20,000
– No Application Fee
– No Social Security Number Required
(if you don’t have an ITIN, you will need a co-applicant)

You Must:
– Have a bank account
– Reside in Rhode Island, Florida or Delaware
– Have an income

You no longer have to delay your dreams or put your family at risk because of a lack of funds.

For more details and application information, visit: Capital Good Fund


5-Star Reviews from Clients Like You

We always appreciate when prior clients and colleagues refer immigration cases to our office.

We take this responsibility seriously and work hard to ensure that every client who walks through our door has a positive experience.

“A great team, a lot of communication, very focused on your case. all are professionals of high recommendation, many thanks to the lawyer Ena, who has accompanied me in almost all my process, also Elizabeth, Brenda and the rest of the team. 100% recommended.”
– Luisa Restrepo

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February 28, 2018 - IMPORTANT Asylum Approvals in Less Than 1 Month; DACA News

Your Monthly News & Updates

Immigration is always changing, and these changes can happen in the blink of an eye. There are two very important pieces of news that we need to inform you about this month:

1) DACA will not end on March 5th – the program will remain in place for the time being

2) USCIS is now scheduling asylum interviews within 21 days of filing

Below, I explain what you need to know below about these announcements. Forward and share.

Here to protect and inform,
Elizabeth Blandon

Important Change in Asylum: Interviews in 21 Days

USCIS has announced that they are scheduling asylum interviews within 21 days of filing.

In this video, immigration expert Elizabeth Blandon explains what this means to YOU, and why asylum applicants must consult with an immigration attorney. The new policy means that your case must be impeccably assembled and reviewed by a legal expert. This rapid time frame leaves no room for error. Your application and your evidence must be perfectly presented.

Click here to watch video


For more information, call the Blandon Law Office at 954-385-0157


Supreme Court DACA News

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to take up a case dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that an appeals court should hear the case first.

This means that DACA will no longer end on March 5th – the program will stay in place for now.

Under the latest guidelines, USCIS is not accepting new DACA applications, but the agency is once again accepting renewal requests under DACA.

More from NPR


Fundraising Event to Support Judge Yael Gamm

Judge Yael Gamm is the first Israeli-born woman to sit on the Circuit Court bench in Broward County.

She was appointed to the bench in February of 2017 after a 16-year legal career devoted in large part to public service in Broward County.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP by email: sthompson@krupnicklaw.com

Event Details

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: 12 SE 7th Street, Suite 801, Legacy Bank Building, Fort Lauderdale, FL

* All contributions should be made payable to the Yael “Elle” Gamm Campaign.
Florida law limits the maximum contribution to $1,000 per person or entity.

If you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to the campaign, please visit:


5-Star Reviews from Clients Like You

We always appreciate when prior clients and colleagues refer immigration cases to our office.

We take this responsibility seriously and even offer a “Happy Client Guarantee” to ensure that every client who walks through our door has a positive experience.

“They help me with my case which was a hard immigration case. And successfully immigration approve everything it does take time but it’s worth it and now I’m a Permanent Resident. With the help with Claudia and Elizabeth Blandon. Very Professional.”
– Andie

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February 7, 2018 - What to do NOW Before TPS and DACA End

Your Monthly News & Updates

The New Year has brought immigration changes that will impact many of our clients and friends.

Congress has until February 8th to negotiate a DACA solution or face another government shutdown.  Citizens of El Salvador and Haiti will lose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2019.   The new, quicker scheduling of asylum interviews means applicants MUST hire experienced asylum experts.

Below I explain actions to take NOW to remain in the United States. Forward and share.

Here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon

Alternatives to Temporary Protected Status

On Jan. 8, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of Sept. 9, 2019. Haiti’s will end in July 2019.

There are several possible alternatives that could be available to you (even if you initially entered the US illegally). If you currently have TPS, and you have never left the United States, you may be able to:

Apply for Asylum Immediately
After a minimum of 8 months, you will receive a work permit.
READ HERE About the Change in Asylum Interview Scheduling.

Travel on Advance Parole Immediately
Advance parole will allow you to apply for residency and receive a work permit.

For more information, call the Blandon Law Office at 954-385-0157

Family Reunification (Not That Other Term)

President Trump’s first State of the Union Address covered topics ranging from immigration to unemployment. Immigration – particularly the fate of DACA recipients – is the subject of much debate and discussion.

The current administration uses the term “chain migration” policy, which actually refers to the immigration of African-Americans’ ancestors in chains as slaves.

NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro discovers the facts with Tomas Jimenez, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford who studies immigration.

More from NPR

Your Legal Expert for All Import & Export Matters

With 20 years in the community, Blandon Law has access to the most skilled professionals in South Florida.

Peter Quinter, Chair of the U.S. Customs and International Trade Law Group at GrayRobinson, P.A. (Miami, Fl), has more than 25 years of experience representing individuals and companies in matters involving CBP and import and export situations.

He was previously an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for U.S. Customs in Miami, Florida.
Learn more here

5-Star Reviews from Clients Like You

We always appreciate when prior clients and colleagues refer immigration cases to our office.

We take this responsibility seriously and even offer a “Happy Client Guarantee” to ensure that every client who walks through our door has a positive experience.

“Thanks for the great work. We have zero issues working with Ena Valera-Teano. Everything was great from beginning to end. Ena replied to every single email and phone call the same day.

“I would strongly recommend Ena Valera to anybody that needs assistance in immigration and consulting. She prepared me for all stages of the interview and resulted in having success and receiving my green card. – Melissa (January 1, 2018) “

Read more 5-star reviews from happy clients

January 8, 2018 - Become A Citizen in 2018. Vote for Health Care, Education & More

Your Monthly News & Updates

Happy 2018 to our friends, family and clients!

A New Year is a new chapter, full of exciting possibilities. Last year was one of great success and positive changes for many of our clients, and this year we want to help even more deserving people to find peace and safety.

Our 2018 resolution is to create more US citizens…even when health problems prevent them from learning English or arrests make the goal seem impossible. Urge your friends and family members to apply for citizenship. It is the only way to make the change that you wish to see in our country.

If your goal is to become a citizen, Blandon Law is here for you. You CAN make it happen.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Apply to become a Citizen in January and VOTE in 2018

Medicare. Obamacare. Social Security.

Changes are coming so now is the time to become a citizen. When you become a citizen, you gain an important power. The power to VOTE. It is the only way to make your voice heard about education, health care, protecting the environment and other issues that might affect you and your family.

If you start the process now, it is possible for you to become a citizen with the power to vote in the next election.

Call 954-385-0157 to schedule your consultation today


Free Video Series: How to Complete the US Asylum Application

Did you know that some judges have an asylum denial rate of almost 100 percent?

Board-Certified Immigration Attorney Elizabeth Blandon has created a free online educational resource to assist anyone seeking asylum in the United States. The new Blandon Law video series provides crucial information on how to properly complete the federal application to request asylum in the United States.

Get started now with the first video: Click here


View the complete video series:How to Complete the US Asylum Application


5-Star Reviews from Clients Like You

We always appreciate when prior clients and colleagues refer immigration cases to our office.

We take this responsibility seriously and even offer a “Happy Client Guarantee” to ensure that every client who walks through our door has a positive experience.

“Thanks for the great work. We have zero issues working with Ena Valera-Teano. Everything was great from beginning to end. Ena replied to every single email and phone call the same day.

Interview went great as well. She prepared us very good. I got my Green Card and very excited to contribute more for this country. Thank you very much to Ena and everyone at Blandon Law in Weston, FL.”

– Yefim B.

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December 5, 2017 - Thank YOU For This

Your Monthly News & Updates

As we take the time to reflect on the past year, I am most grateful for the victories that we’ve accomplished for our clients. Each approval means a family will be able to stay together, a son will be able to travel to see his elderly parents, or a mother will be able to work legally to support her children. Thanks to our wonderful team and clients like you, we’ve been able to achieve:

• 100% Approval for Violence Against Women Act Cases
• 70% of our new cases referred by happy prior clients
• 5-Star Client Rating on AVVO (the highest possible)

I am also humbled by the professional appointments and community service awards that I have received this year, including:

• 2017 Section Chair Award Broward County Bar Association
• Bravo! Award Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
• Appointed Vice Chair of the Nationality & Law Certification Committee- Florida Bar
• Appointed Chair of the Asylum Committee American Immigration Lawyers Association (South FL Chapter)

While these professional achievements are much appreciated, I am even more grateful for the opportunity to share my knowledge about immigration law because I know that this information can change lives.

This year Blandon Law attorneys presented free training seminars at numerous non-profit organizations, including:

• Hispanic Unity of Florida
• YWCA of Palm Beach (Harmony House)
• Safespace Foundation, Inc.
• The Lodge Miami (Victim Response, Inc.)

Finally, in the spirit of giving back to the community, Blandon Law awarded $6,000 in scholarships to asylee and refugee students attending Broward College.

Everything we’ve been able to accomplish this year is because of YOU – our clients.

Thank you for the trust you place in us every day. Thank you for taking the time to post reviews on Google and Avvo about your experience with Blandon Law. Most of all, I want to thank you for referring your friends and family to us. That trust is humbling, and we take the responsibility to heart.

Wishing you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year,

Elizabeth Blandon

November 2, 2017: What are the Three BIGGEST Things to Be Grateful For This Season?

Your Monthly News & Updates

We are grateful this month for the people we’ve met, the ability to work, and the ability to travel to see friends and family.

Enjoy the opportunity to make wonderful new memories with those you love this Thanksgiving.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Opportunity to Meet People Who Can Help

If you have an immigration issue, we can help. We have options for any situation, whether you prefer a consultation from the privacy of your home or will drive to our office.

We take the time to learn about you, your family and your immigration goals. With 20 years of experience, our attorneys know the best strategies to win your case.

Learn more about our convenient Consultation Options.


Opportunity to Work

Because of confusion about when to apply for what, many foreign nationals waste valuable time waiting to apply when they could be working.

Blandon Law assists foreign nationals to work legally — we don’t just prepare your application, we confirm your immigration status in writing to potential employers. Our expertise can get you to work faster.

Learn more about Work Permits


Opportunity to Travel

The immigration experts at Blandon Law will help you every step of the way to ensure you know your options for legal travel.

If you need assistance with proper travel authorization for international travel or simply want to obtain a driver’s license, we can help you. Whether you are driving locally or flying internationally, we will obtain the permission you need for smooth travel.

Learn more about Travel Documents and Driver’s Licenses


Extra Services Available at NO COST to You

With 20 years in the community, Blandon Law has access to the most skilled professionals in South Florida.

Contact us if you need a referral to a reputable professional who can assist you with:
• Accidents or car crash legal representation
• Accounting services & business plans
• Commercial realty
• Family law issues

Call 954-385-0157 and ask for Brenda Alvarado, your Community Connection

October 4, 2017: Asylum Application October Special; New Blandon Law Hours; Community News

Your Monthly News & Updates

The quote below is for our friends, loved ones and clients recovering in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Mexico. During difficult times, we see the best of humanity: neighbors helping neighbors, unlikely heroes rescuing the smallest creatures, and unbelievable acts of bravery from first responders.

We will get through this together. Forward this email to someone who needs reassurance.

Blandon-Law-Weston-FL-samual Smiles

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Asylum Application SPECIAL – This Month ONLY

Our experienced attorneys will prepare your asylum application for a flat fee of $1,500. Our lawyers specialize in asylum – they know the most effective methods and legal strategies to use when applying for asylum.

The Blandon Law Difference:
• 20 years of Immigration Law Experience
• Board-Certified in Immigration Law
• We ONLY practice Immigration Law
• Secure online communications portal
• All client calls returned within 1 business day
• Happy Client Guarantee

Call 954-385-0157 to schedule your appointment today

To qualify for this special, your consultation and retainer agreement must be completed in the month of October.


New Travel Ban & the Supreme Court

Due to the Trump administration’s newest Travel Ban order issued last month, the Supreme Court has postponed a hearing on the original travel ban, which was scheduled for October 10, 2017.

The new ban will include citizens from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela – although the restrictions on Venezuela target only government leaders and their family members.

In the latest twist, however, a suit brought by winners of the U.S. annual visa lottery could complicate matters. Click here to learn about the unresolved fight over the lottery visa case.

Please follow the Blandon Law Facebook page for the latest immigration updates and our YouTube Channel for answers to frequent questions.


Our Business Hours Have Changed

Blandon Law has new business hours. Our office is now open:

Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

As always, our phone lines are answered by a live person 24 hours per day:

954-385-0157 OR 877-4-BLANDON

Clients can reach their case manager through the secure client portal.


Extra Services Available at NO COST to You

With 20 years in the community, Blandon Law has access to the most skilled professionals in South Florida.

Contact us if you need a referral to a reputable professional who can assist you with:
• Accidents or car crash legal representation
• Accounting services & business plans
• Commercial realty
• Family law issues

Call 954-385-0157 and ask for Brenda Alvarado, your Community Connection

September 9, 2017: DACA: What you Need to Know; Blandon Law Closed During Hurricane Irma

Your Monthly News & Updates

Blandon Law and many of our clients are in the projected path of Hurricane Irma.

Please stay safe and take all necessary precautions to protect your family. We also urge you to remember your pets in your evacuation and disaster plan. For more information on shelters, preparedness and what you should be doing right now, please visit FloridaDisaster.org

Blandon Law will be closed Thursday 9/7 and Friday 9/8 to prepare for the hurricane. If you need to contact our office, please do so through the password-protected message system. This is how we will be communicating with all clients until the storm passes.

We look forward to better days and calm skies in the near future.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


What You Need to Know about the DACA Announcement (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

While the President has announced that DACA has been rescinded, there is a 6-month window allowing Congress to act to save the program in some form. In the meantime, here are the most important points that you need to know:

1) DACA and work permits will remain valid until their expiration dates (see I-795 Approval Notice and Employment Authorization Document)
2) USCIS will not accept or process first-time DACA applications after September 5, 2017
3) For all DACA or work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018, you MUST apply for a 2-year DACA renewal by October 5, 2017
4) Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel outside of the US. Any pending applications will not be processed (fees will be refunded by DHS).

Blandon Law is here to help. Call our office at 954-385-0157 with any questions.


If You Have TPS, You May Be Able to Get a Green Card Without Leaving the US”

If you entered the US without authorization AND currently have TPS (Temporary Protected Status), we have big news.

Can a US Citizen Living Outside the US Petition a Family Member?

Immigration expert Elizabeth Blandon explains how and why a US citizen can live outside the United States and still file a petition for a family member. At one part of the process, the US citizen will need to show their intent to return to the United States.

Click here to watch video

August 8, 2017: TPS & Asylum for Venezuelans; Get Your Immigration Papers for the Holidays

Your Monthly News & Updates

Our thoughts turn often to the Venezuelan chaos this month. Our clients, friends, family and co-workers — including Blandon Law attorney Ros-Ana Guillen and of counsel Ricardo Rivas — are dealing with the crisis in their homeland.

I hope that the following video provides some inspiration during this difficult time. The unwavering spirit of Nelson Mandela helped him to endure decades as a political prisoner to become president of South Africa.

Watch the video

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela?

Elizabeth Blandon discusses the difference between TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and Asylum and how this could help Venezuelans remain in the US.

Watch the video


If You Have TPS, You May Be Able to Get a Green Card Without Leaving the US”

If you entered the US without authorization AND currently have TPS (Temporary Protected Status), we have big news.

Normally, you would have to leave the United States to apply for a visa abroad. However, for those who are married to (or are parents of an adult) US citizen, there is now a way for you to get your Green Card WITHOUT LEAVING THE US.

The 9th Circuit Court in California has ruled that individuals with TPS can be approved for Adjustment of Status. If you are willing to live in California (for at least 3 months), this temporary relocation to California could help you avoid the uncertainty of leaving the US.

Contact Blandon Law at 954-385-0157 for all the details.


Don’t Let a Car Accident Wreck Your Immigration Case

Did you know that insurance companies cannot request documents or ask about your immigration status at all? They can only request tax returns if there is a claim for lost wages.

If you been in a car accident, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney representing you. Otherwise, you may volunteer information that could damage your immigration case.

Please keep the Blandon Law number (954-385-0157) programmed in your phone, and call us if you ever have a car accident. We can refer you to the right legal specialists.


Let Us Give You a Holiday Gift!”

Sign your retainer in August and we will have a receipt from Immigration in your hand by December.

Don’t delay getting your papers.

Call 954-385-0157 today for details

(All requested information and documents must be submitted to Blandon Law no later than September 15, 2017)

July 10, 2017: Client Good News - Venezuelan Hero; Blandon Law Office in New York

Your Monthly News & Updates

It has been a month of highs and lows. We have many clients from Venezuela, and the situation in that country is becoming more difficult every day. Conditions continue to deteriorate, and many of our clients’ friends and family members are still in harm’s way.

Reports of students and others facing danger in Venezuela bring to mind our client, Marco Coello, who was arrested as a student during 2014 protests. Thankfully, we just received some wonderful news about his case, which I will discuss below. Despite the sometimes difficult nature of our work, we always try to celebrate victories — as joyfully as these adorable foxes on a trampoline.

Enjoy! Watch the video

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Good News! Venezuelan Activist Marco Coello Can Proceed With His Asylum Case in Miami

It has been two months since Marco Coello was unexpectedly detained prior to his asylum interview in Miami on April 26, 2017. We finally have news about the status of this case.

Blandon Law attorneys filed a Motion to Terminate, and we received an order from the Immigration Judge on June 26, 2017 stating that his court case has been terminated. This decision came exactly two months after Mr. Coello was placed in deportation proceedings. Such a rapid decision from the Immigration Court is extraordinary.

We have requested that the Miami Asylum Office re-schedule his asylum interview as quickly as possible. To date, we have no explanation as to why Mr. Coello was not allowed to proceed with his original asylum interview.

Read the following article from The New York Times: Torture Victim Seeking Asylum in U.S. Will Not Be Deported


As Venezuela Crisis Intensifies, US Asylum Applications Rise”

With unrest and turmoil at home, Venezuelans are now filing more asylum petitions than any other nationality.

The attorneys at Blandon Law are asylum experts, and we have extensive experience with Venezuelan asylum claims in particular. If you are afraid of being forced to return to a country in crisis, please contact us today.

All cases are personally supervised by Board-Certified Immigration Attorney Elizabeth Blandon. Since 2002, Blandon Law has been helping families to find safety in the United States.

Call our office at 954-385-0157 for assistance. We can help.


NEW: Immigration Consultations Now Available in New York

To better serve our clients in the Northeast US, Blandon Law attorneys are now available for consultation in Long Island, New York (by appointment only).

Blandon Law Main Office available for consultation in New York
870 Middle Country Road, St. James, NY 11780

Please call 954-385-0157 to arrange for a consultation at either location.


Client Review: “Client Review: VISA H1-B Renewal”

“Ms Blandon and her team helped me renew my VISA flawlessly. They supported me in making the process smooth, simplifying the papers required and giving accurate advise. Also throughout the process they kept me updated and were always following up. Very professional, totally recommended.”
– Cesar, May 25, 2017

Be like Cesar and let others know help is available. Click on this link: Google Review.

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June 20, 2017:Immigration Raids in FL; Blandon Law Scholarships & Service

Your Monthly News & Updates

I wanted to start this month’s newsletter by sharing some good news. World Refugee Day is June 20th – a day dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees worldwide. I will be doing my small part to raise hope in our corner of the world by granting scholarships to refugee and asylee students in South Florida.

An important part of our work at Blandon Law involves giving back to the community. I am very proud to be the recipient of two prestigious awards this month, but even more important are the positive reviews from our clients about the Blandon Law team. I’ve shared one of them below.

Even with the serious situations faced by our clients, we always put our best foot forward – just like little William performing the Paso Doble. Enjoy! Watch the video

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Attorney Elizabeth Blandon Recognized for Community Service

Elizabeth Blandon was awarded Broward County Hispanic Bar Association’s Bravo! Award for dedication and leadership in public service and promoting diversity.

Ms. Blandon has also been selected to receive the Broward County Bar Association 2017 Section Chair Award. As Chair of the Immigration Section, Ms. Blandon presented educational seminars and contributed informative articles for Broward attorneys.

Blandon Law attorneys also volunteered for Hispanic Unity of Florida, providing free legal assistance for its immigration clinic.

Ms. Blandon was recognized at the BCBA Annual Installation Dinner on Saturday, June 17, 2017.


“ICE Crackdowns are not just happening in TX and CA”

Nestor Duarte, a 55-year-old Argentine resident of Key West, Florida, was driving his car when Monroe sheriff deputy David Lariz pulled him over for an alleged traffic violation. When asked about his immigration status, the driver admitted he was undocumented.

Duarte was then delivered to the Border Patrol, and he is now in a detention center facing deportation after 16 years in the U.S.

The officer who stopped Duarte is the same sheriff deputy who recently sparked outrage in the immigrant community when he asked about the legal status of a Honduran man who had just been run over by a car, even before offering him assistance or medical attention.

Read more:
Key West chef handed over to Border Patrol after being stopped by police (Lea esta nota en español)

More cities and states are requiring that law enforcement begin cooperating with immigration enforcement. The time is now to consult an attorney regarding your immigration status. Do not delay.

Contact our office at 954-385-0157 for assistance.


Blandon Law Awards $6,000 in Scholarships to Asylee and Refugee Students

As part of the celebration of World Refugee Day, Broward College and members of the Broward Area Refugee Task Force held a naturalization ceremony and a Refugee Awards ceremony to recognize the contributions and outstanding performance of local refugees.

Blandon Law founder, Attorney Elizabeth Blandon, presented scholarship awards to student winners of a short story contest.

The First-Place winner received $5,000 and the Second-Place winner received $1,000 from Blandon Law to help fund their education at Broward College.


Client Review: “Strongly recommend Ms. Blandon – I could not have been in better hands!”

“I have been Ms. Blandon’s client for 4 years, first in my H1-B process and currently with my Green Card (through marriage). Both cases have been successful. Ms. Blandon is an incredible professional fully dedicated to her clients, taking the time to listen and understand the case to present the most adequate options and going above and beyond the call of duty.

“Anyone working with Ms. Blandon and her team would be truly lucky to have her as their attorney.” – Eduardo, June 5, 2017

Be like Eduardo and let others know help is available. Click on this link: Google Review.

Read more 5-Star AVVO client reviews

May 8, 2017 - Released After 1 Day; FREE Immigration Boot Camp; $25 Gift for YOU

Your Monthly News & Updates

Our goal at Blandon Law is to help every client to achieve success. Each client is not just a case, but an individual. We care deeply about your family and your future.

When one of our clients was recently detained at his asylum interview, we didn’t give up. Every single person in our office was determined to help. We made hundreds of phone calls, we stayed late, we spoke with the media. You can read more about the case below.

If you want to learn more about your immigration options, join me for a free “Immigration Boot Camp” seminar on June 3, 2017. I will be joined by a family law attorney and a licensed therapist, and we will teach you how to protect your family and care for yourself during these stressful times.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Blandon Law Client Marco Coello Released from Detention

Watch the video

Our client, Venezuelan activist Marco Coello, was recently detained at the Miami Asylum office.

Within minutes of ICE officers leading him away, the entire Blandon Law office was mobilized with one goal in mind: get him out of the Krome detention center.

We began working on an Emergency Motion for Bond, contacted the media and spoke with anyone who might be able to intervene. From Congressional representatives to UN specialists to Human Rights Watch International. Here’s a link.

The team effort paid off and just over 24 hours later, Marco was released from detention.

If you know someone who needs our help, please contact our office at 954-385-0157


“Could I Be Detained at My Asylum Interview?”

Our Board-Certified Immigration Attorney Explains

Political activist Marco Coello was detained at the Miami Asylum Office on April 26, 2017. The authorities mistakenly believed he had two convictions. Even then, his experience is not the norm.

Attorney Elizabeth Blandon explains the two ways an asylum claim can be filed (affirmative and defensive). Learn about the process, what to expect and why detention at an asylum interview is unusual.

If you believe you will be harmed in your home country, please contact our office at 954-385-0157 and read our Free Asylum Book, in English or Spanish:
• Best Tips to Win Green Cards Through Asylum – click here
• Los Mejores Consejos para Ganar Residencia A Través del Asilo – click here


Free Immigration Boot Camp Seminar in Weston, FL

Learn how to plan for the future and protect your family!

We have gathered the best experts in immigration law, family law and therapy to answer your questions.

Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Comfort Suites Weston
2201 N Commerce Pkwy, Weston, FL 33326

Free food and beverages will be provided

Only 50 seats available! Register NOW:
Blandon Law Immigration Boot Camp

For more information or to register by phone, please contact the Blandon Law office at 954-385-0157


Your Chance to Win a $25 Gift Certificate

Answer our brief 6-question survey and you will be entered to win!

We want to know you better so we can provide the best service possible at Blandon Law. For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to your favorite store, please answer these 6 quick questions. Only those with COMPLETE answers will be included in the drawing.

Blandon Law Survey – click here

Thank you for your time! We appreciate the opportunity to serve you better.

April 13, 2017 - NEWS: TPS = Path to Residency; Tax Tips

Your Monthly News & Updates

This month, we have important news about your tax return information as it relates to immigration. There are also big changes that may impact those in Temporary Protected Status, particularly individuals from Haiti. I hope you will forward this newsletter to your friends and family. You never know who you might help.

With all the serious news, I wanted to start by sharing this video. It’s how we feel every time we are able to help a client change their life. Enjoy! – click here

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Temporary Protected Status = Path to Permanent Residency

According to a recent federal court decision, someone with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is in lawful status, even if they entered without authorization. Thus, they satisfy one of the requirements for obtaining legal permanent resident status without leaving the US.

In Ramirez v. Brown, the TPS recipient originally entered the U.S. without inspection. He later married a U.S. citizen and applied for adjustment based on the visa petition filed by his wife.

TPS holders can keep working while waiting for the green card to be mailed to them. Because TPS status for a country can be rescinded at any time by the President…

Contact our office at 954-385-0157 for assistance.


Top 4 Tax Issues That Can Impact Your Immigration Status

Board-Certified Immigration Attorney Elizabeth Blandon explains the most important tax information that foreign nationals MUST KNOW when preparing their taxes.

Your tax returns can potentially harm your chances for a successful immigration decision. Learn the top tips before filing on April 15th.

Click here to watch the video


There IS an Option for Residency if Haitian TPS Expires

Former President Barack Obama initially approved Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the wake of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake. With the new administration’s stance on immigration, however, it is uncertain whether TPS will be renewed.

Haitians in the US may face being returned to a country that has not fully recovered from several natural disasters. Many South Florida congressional lawmakers have signed a letter urging the extension of TPS due to “the continued difficult conditions in Haiti.”

The Good News: If you are in TPS and married to US citizen, you have a unique option for obtaining residency. As long as you do NOT have a deportation order, you can get permission to travel (known as Advance Parole). Upon your re-entry into the United States, you can apply for an adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident.

For more information, please contact the Blandon Law office at 954-385-0157. The time to act is BEFORE TPS expires. Our attorneys are here to help.

Read more: Haitians wonder if they will be sent home to a still-devastated Haiti

March 9, 2017 - Citizenship WITHOUT an English Exam; Work Permits for the Undocumented

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It’s hard to believe that we are less than 2 months into this new administration. The pace of changes in immigration policy have left many confused about the best course of action.

There is one thing that I can tell you with certainty: if you have an opportunity to become a resident or citizen, you should grab that opportunity while it still exists.

Legal ways for foreign nationals to remain in the US are being severely restricted. This month’s newsletter focuses on paths to citizenship for those who live in the US – even those who do not speak English. Please share this information. For the latest immigration news, please follow the Blandon Law Facebook Page.

As always, we are here to protect and inform,

Elizabeth Blandon


Become a Citizen, Even if You Don’t Speak English

One of the requirements to become a naturalized US citizen is to take a test demonstrating your ability to read, write and speak basic English.

Many foreign residents who lack English skills never apply to become citizens because they don’t realize there are exemptions to this English language requirement.

You do not have to take the English language test if:

1) You meet one of these age and residency requirements
• You are at least 50 years old AND have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years
• You are at least 55 years old AND have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 15 years


2) You meet certain disability or medical requirements
• You may qualify for a medical waiver if you are under medical treatment for problems related to learning, hearing, cognitive impairment, neurological disorders or other conditions.
• We work with your physician to get a medical assessment.

Contact our office at 954-385-0157 for assistance regarding your situation.


5 Ways to Obtain Work Permits if Undocumented

Board-Certified Immigration Attorney Elizabeth Blandon will explain FIVE WAYS that foreign nationals who entered the US without permission can work here legally.

Learn about these five options, which are:
• Provisional Waiver
• Asylum
• Cancellation
• Prosecutorial Discretion and 245i
• Military Parole
You will get a detailed overview of each type of case, followed by requirements, steps, and how long it will take to get the work permit.

You can ask questions that will be answered during the webinar. For those who attend: a link to videos (in English and Spanish) with bonus information will be provided.

Date: April 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 11:40 am (ET)
Register NOW
Watch Video
(Strictly limited to 25 participants)


If You Receive a Transfer Notice from USCIS

Many of our clients have been receiving Transfer Notices from USCIS in recent weeks. We want to assure you that this is standard procedure and has nothing to do with the status of your individual case. These transfers occur when USCIS needs to balance the workload between its five service centers.

Your receipt number will not change, and the transfer will not delay the processing of your case.

For more information, see: USCIS Workload Transfer Updates

February 9,2017: Travel Warning, Warnings for Employers & You Can Be Put in Deportation Proceedings

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Drastic immigration policy changes are spelled out in the recent Presidential Executive Orders, so I recommend that you read the actual text of these documents.

In addition to being informed, we must all speak out about issues that impact our immigrant friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Please let your representatives know that any assault on legal immigration is not in the best interests of this country. You can easily search for your elected officials on the Common Cause website.

Below you will find an overview of the most critical current issues. Share this newsletter.

To protect and inform,
Elizabeth Blandon


Travel Warning for US Visa Holders 

The fate of the travel ban for individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya) is in the hands of judges. Once the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decides, the case will likely be presented to the Supreme Court.

Right now, Customs and Border Protection agents are allowing visa holders from these countries to enter the US.

We do expect the Court of Appeals ruling very shortly, but this legal clash could extend to the Supreme Court. My best advice is to read the Executive Orders and stay informed about the latest court decisions. Please follow the Blandon Law Facebook Page, where we will be posting the most recent developments.

Valid visa holders from all other countries are not impacted by the ban. These individuals are able to travel and re-enter the United States.

Full text and analysis of Executive Orders related to immigration (from NPR)


You Can Be Put in Deportation Proceedings 

All US Visas have an expiration date. In the past, the normal procedure was to file your extension application before that expiration date. Immigration would then take several months to process your request. Those whose legal stay expired while an extension was pending were considered to be in the US with AUTHORIZED PRESENCE.

Now, however, if your extension application has still not been approved after your expiration date, you are out of status and can be placed in removal proceedings. It doesn’t matter if you have an extension application in process with U.S. Immigration.

To protect yourself, you must file your extension application 6 months before your stay expires AND file it with premium processing, if possible.

If you are ever questioned or detained by immigration officials, it is important to know your rights. The ACLU provides an excellent overview in multiple languages.
ACLU; Know Your Rights


Warnings for Employers and Immigrant Business Owners

If you manage a business that employs foreign workers, ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) may perform a site visit. While three days’ advance notice is usually given, ICE inspectors may arrive at your business unannounced.

During the site visit, the ICE inspector will verify information submitted in the petition. This includes checking that the petitioner is on the premises during work hours

If there are any changes from your initial filing, you must file an amendment. Even for something that seems unimportant. For example, if you work from home one day per week.

Employers should take these site visits seriously and contact their attorney as soon as they are notified that an inspector will be conducting a visit. If you do not have procedures in place, Blandon Law can train your personnel how to properly handle an ICE site visit. Simply call us at 954-385-0157.

January 10, 2017: Want to Apply for Asylum? Do it NOW & Get Educated, Get Active!

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Happy New Year to all of our clients, family and friends!

The New Year brings with it a new Congress, a new President and new changes to immigration policy. I hope this newsletter will inspire you to take action for yourself and others who may be facing immigration challenges.

What can we do in the face of this new reality? We must unify, organize and make our voices heard. How? By becoming politically educated, getting involved on the local level and supporting those representatives who will fight for our best interests.

For almost 20 years, I have been dedicated to helping those who are searching for a safe place to call home. Whatever this new administration may bring, the attorneys and staff at Blandon Law will continue to protect and inform you as we navigate this year together.

All the best,

Elizabeth Blandon

Want to Apply for Asylum? Do it NOW

Immigration reform is among the top five executive actions that Donald Trump has claimed he will take on his first day in office.

If you think you may be eligible for asylum, the time to apply is now. The new Congress is likely to act quickly on immigration by changing laws to restrict asylum and rush removals of undocumented individuals.

Learn more about asylum by reading our FREE E-Book: Best Tips to Win Green Cards Through Asylum –  Click here

Call the Blandon Law office at 954-385-0157 to arrange your individual consultation.

For those may need financial assistance, Capital Good Fund Immigration Loans are available with no credit history required.

Get Educated, Get Active!

Bills such as The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 1153, originally introduced in the 114th Congress), are likely to be re-introduced that would limit access to asylum in the United States for vulnerable individuals who need protection.

There are real human consequences to immigration laws – they take a toll on hard-working individuals and their families, in addition to the economic impact on the US as a whole.

It is up to every one of us to become educated and active on these issues. Here are some links to get you started on becoming more politically involved!

My Civic Workout – Click here
National Hispanic Leadership Agenda – Click here
National Immigration Forum – Click here

December 12, 2016: "The Pardon" Get it before It's Gone! & The End for Employment-Based Visas?

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! While the holiday was a nice break, there is little time to waste for those of us working on immigration issues. The message of this month’s newsletter is simple: time is of the essence.

Whether you are an investor seeking residency based on an EB-5 project with employees, a professional who needs H-1B for employment, or an undocumented who must file a Provisional Waiver to obtain residency, do not delay.

ALL of these programs could be severely limited in the near future. The time is NOW to establish a strong plan for your future by calling 954-385-0157. If you wait, you could miss your chance to become a US citizen or permanent resident.

We are always here for you.

To inform and protect,
Elizabeth Blandon

“The Pardon” Get it before It’s Gone!

Through the provisional waiver process, even individuals in the US without permission can get residency. There are many paths to obtaining your green card through this program, but you need an experienced immigration attorney who is familiar with the Provisional Waiver process to guide you.

Our newest video explains “the pardon” in detail, including the types of family relationships that would be considered for this program.

Watch Now: Blandon Law Provisional Waiver Video

The End for Employment-Based Visas?

Employment-based visas like the H-1B visa program help to drive the US economy and support technological advances. Annually, H-1B visas are responsible for allowing 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate students to work in the US.

With the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to become Attorney General, President-Elect Trump has sent a strong message that business immigration will be restricted under his administration. Learn more by reading the article below, and always feel free to call Blandon Law at 954-385-0157 for information on employment-based immigration.

Read more: Tech worker visas face uncertain future under Trump, Sessions

November 11, 2016: Breaking News: What the Trump Presidency Means for Immigration

Breaking News: What the Trump Presidency Means for Immigration

After waking up to news of a Trump presidency, we know change is coming especially in immigration policies. Campaign promises have included a ban on Muslims and a southern border wall.

This truth, however, remains: we are here to protect and to inform our family of clients. We will stand beside you every step of the way.

Democracy can be a messy business. I know that many of you are frightened about your future in this country. Many of you are facing your children today, struggling to answer the question, “does this mean you will be deported?” Some of you may even feel that the United States is no longer the place where you wish to settle your family.

While the situation in uncertain, one thing IS certain: Now, more than ever, you need an experienced immigration attorney to guide you through the process. The attorneys and staff at Blandon Law are re-assessing strategies for our clients and marshalling our 15 years of experience to ensure the best possible outcomes.

It is our privilege to work with you as we face the challenges ahead together.

To protect and inform,
Elizabeth Blandon

Ahorre el 20% en casos de Inmigración; Las 5 cosas más importantes que debe decirle a su abogada

Actualizaciones Este Mes

This newsletter is meant to keep you updated, and I hope you find it useful. Below is an explanation of how to save 20% and more on immigration cases before U.S. government fee increases. Also in the news, a recent failed attempt to remove authoritarian President Nicolás Maduro has resulted in regional unrest and turmoil in Venezuela. As the situation intensifies, we expect to see significant increases in the number of Venezuelans applying for US asylum and residency.

Blandon Law is an expert in obtaining asylum-based immigration benefits for Venezuelans. In fact, national hero Marco Coello is a client. If you have friends or family who wish to seek asylum in the US, please have them call my office at 954-385-0157 for assistance.

We are here to support anyone attempting to escape violence and oppression in their homeland.

Best wishes always,
Elizabeth Blandon


Updates from One of South Florida’s Top-Rated Immigration Lawyers

USCIS has announced that it will be increasing the fees it charges for many immigration petitions beginning December 23, 2016.

Whether you are considering starting the application process or have a case in progress, NOW is the time to act if you wish to avoid paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in extra fees.

The complete list of new fees can be found on the USCIS website (click here), but some changes include:

• Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) will increase from $380 to $410
• Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (I-129) will increase from $325 to $460
• Petition for Alien Relative (I-130) will increase from $420 to $535
• Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (I-526) will increase from $1,500 to $3,675

Please contact our office at 954-385-0157 as soon as possible to have your documents filed before this fee increase goes into effect.


Top 5 Things Foreigners Forget to Tell Their Immigration Attorneys

Even if you don’t want to share personal or potentially embarrassing information, it is crucial that you are completely honest with your immigration attorney. Learn the Top 5 Truths that you must share with your attorney. By staying silent, you could hurt your chances of living in the US and ultimately becoming a citizen.

Read the Complete Article by Elizabeth Blandon, Esq. – Click here

October 1, 2016: Breaking News, GC for Victim of Non-Physical Abuse & Asylees as Authors Winners

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Watching the Democratic National Convention, I was touched by the story of Karla Ortiz, an 11-year-old girl and an American citizen living in fear that her undocumented parents will be deported. Her DNC speech brought many to tears as she said, “On most days I’m scared that at any moment my mom and my dad will be forced to leave.”

Instead of being a child, she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As an immigration attorney, I am here to be an advocate for you and your family. If you or someone you know could benefit from the information in this newsletter, please pass it on to them.

Best wishes always,
Elizabeth Blandon


Breaking News!

There are over 11 million persons with unlawful presence in the United States, and many of these individuals can benefit from a newly-announced expansion of the provisional waiver process. This final rule will allow certain individuals who are family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (and who are eligible for immigrant visas), to more easily navigate the immigration process. Even if they have been ordered deported! Call 954-385-0157 to make an appointment.

It is important to note that you should not submit a request for a provisional waiver until after the final rule takes effect on Aug. 29, 2016. If you apply before that date, USCIS may deny the application.

Rule Change Helps Immigrants Seeking Legal Status (Click here)


Green Card for Victim of Non-Physical Abuse

Our client, Rosa R., was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently abandoned by her husband. Despite the fact that there was no physical abuse during their relationship, Blandon Law was able to show a pattern of ongoing emotional abuse which included humiliation and verbal threats. Because the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides legal permanent resident status to survivors of abuse, Rosa eventually divorced her husband and was able to stay in the United States with her two children. In THREE years she will be eligible for citizenship.

For more information about the types of incidents that are considered non-physical abuse, please take a look at the Immigrant Power and Control Wheel (Click here), which is available in an English Version (Click here) and a Spanish Version (Click here).

If you need immigration assistance and are experiencing any form of abuse from your partner – emotional or physical – call us at 954-385-0157. We are here to help survivors of violence and abuse by providing confidential one-on-one consultations.


Asylees as Authors Announces Winning Student Stories

asylees-as-authors-announces-winning-student-storiesWe strongly believe in the power of higher education and literature to transform lives. Every year, the non-profit Asylees as Authors partners with Blandon Law to provide scholarships to student asylees and refugees based on a short-story fiction writing contest.

This year W. Nay from Burma wrote the $1,000 Second Place submission and P. Zotamou from Guinea won the $5,000 First Place scholarship. His story is available online: Black Bird (Click here)

September 1, 2016: Green Card Means $12,000 More; Cases Re-Opened for Abuse Victims

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How many years have you spent in the United States, supporting your family and working hard, waiting for the day when “an amnesty” would allow you to get your green card?

For those who are eligible, the Provisional Waiver is that amnesty. It is a path for foreigners in the United States to become legal permanent residents – whether they entered without authorization (illegally); have orders of deportation; or have been in the United States for more than six months without permission.

You could be eligible if you have one of the following relatives:

  • US Citizen or Resident spouse
  • US Citizen or Resident parent
  • US Citizen adult sibling or child

The new Provisional Waiver guidelines went into effect on 8/29/16, so NOW is the time to start the process. I would be honored to help you — all you have to do is call my office at 954-385-0157.

The green cards of tomorrow will be granted to those who file TODAY.

Best wishes always,
Elizabeth Blandon


Cases Being Re-Opened for Victims of Relationship Trauma

If you are a victim of domestic violence (physical or non-physical), and you were represented by an attorney who DID NOT file for asylum in your case, you could potentially have your case re-opened. Even if you have an order of deportation, you can successfully petition to have that deportation order removed.

This new policy means that there is hope for many women to stay in the United States while their case is re-examined.

Please call Blandon Law at 954-385-0157 immediately to find out if your case is eligible.

For more information, see our FREE eBooks:
The Abuse Victim’s Best Guide to a Green Card
Best Tips to Win Green Cards Through Asylum


Green Cards Increase Annual Income by Almost $12,000

A 2012 study by a University of Nevada, Reno economist found that employer-sponsored workers in the United States who obtain their green cards and become permanent residents increase their annual incomes by about $11,860.

A green card is an investment in yourself, your economic future and a better life for your family.

Read More Here

September 1, 2016: Tarjeta de Residente Significa Ganar $12,000 más; Casos de Victimas de Abuso Son Re-Abiertos

Actualizaciones Este Mes

¿Cuantos años ha pasado Ud. en los Estados Unidos, manteniendo a su familia y trabajando duro, esperando el día que “una amnistía” le permitiera obtener una residencia permanente legal?

Para aquellos que califican, el Perdón Provisional es esta amnistía. Es el camino para que extranjeros en los Estados Unidos se conviertan en residentes permanentes legales – aunque hayan entrado sin autorización (ilegal); tengan orden de deportación, o hayan permanecido en los Estados Unidos por más de seis meses sin permiso.

Es posible que usted califique si tiene uno de los siguientes familiares:
• Conyugue Ciudadano Americano o Residente
• Padre Ciudadano Americano o Residente
• Hermano o hijo adulto Ciudadano Americano o Residente
El nuevo Perdón Provisional entro en efecto 8/29/16, así que AHORA es el momento de empezar el proceso. Estaría honrada de poder ayudarlo – todo lo que tiene que hacer es llamar a mi oficina al 954-385-0157.

La residencia permanente legal de mañana será otorgada a aquellos que apliquen HOY.

Deseándole siempre lo major,
Elizabeth Blandon


Victimas de Relaciones Traumáticas:
Se Pueden Reabrir Deportaciones

Si usted es, o fue, víctima de violencia doméstica (abuso físico o trauma mental) y tiene orden de deportación, posiblemente tiene una forma de reabrir el caso y obtener la residencia. Esto es para aquellas que fueron representadas en la Corte de Inmigración por un abogado que NO aplico para asilo en su caso. Aunque tenga orden de deportación, usted puede exitosamente pedir que remuevan esa orden de deportación.

Esta novedad significa que hay esperanza para muchas mujeres de quedarse en los Estados Unidos mientras su caso es re-examinado.

Por favor llame a Blandon Law al 954-385-0157 inmediatamente para saber si su caso califica.

Para más información, vea nuestros libros GRATIS (haga click en el titulo):
La Mejor Guía Para Que Víctimas de Abuso Puedan Obtener Una Residencia
Los Mejores Consejos Para Ganar Residencia a través de Asilo


La Residencia Permanente Legal Aumenta Su Ingreso:
Por Casi $12,000 Cada Año

Un estudio del 2012 hecho por una economista de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno, encontró que trabajadores incrementan sus ingresos cada año por aproximadamente $11,860 cuando obtienen su “green card” o tarjeta de residencia.

Una residencia permanente legal una inversion en su futuro económico y una vida mejor para su familia.


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July 7, 2016: The Supremes Stopped & Nationwide Lawsuit on Asylum Seekers

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As we turn towards the warmer months of the year, immigration news heats up. Clients have received approvals in incredible cases, including asylum, business visas, and residency. Photos of those approvals are available on the Blandon Law Facebook page. There’s other great news of a more personal nature below.

No other way to say it. The immigration news in late June left me feeling like a washed up, run over, dazed stray. The next day, however, the sun rose and I remembered that knowledge is power. Options are available, even lawsuits against the government.

I hope the information provided here is of help to you and yours. Don’t give up the fight.

Best wishes always,
Elizabeth Blandon


The Supremes Stopped, But Not in the Name of Love

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled — with one sentence — that millions of parents of US citizen and legal permanent resident children would need to remain in the shadows for at least another two years. All this because the Justices could not compromise. Whether these parents will obtain work permits depends on who becomes President in November 2016.

For detailed information as to what happened and why the Presidential election matters, click to this FAQ article from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The options that may be available to undocumented foreigners depend on their circumstances and include green cards through asylum, VAWA and consular processing with a provisional waiver.

Even adjustment of status (obtaining a green card without leaving the US) may be possible if the person was admitted into the US or meets the requirements of 245(i). If you know anyone who may benefit from a consultation, have him or her call 954-385-0157.


Nationwide Lawsuit: Asylum Seekers Barred by 1-Year Deadline

With few exceptions, an asylum applicant must file for benefits within the one year after arriving in the United States. Someone who misses the deadline may be returned to a country where his or her life is at risk. It is doubtful whether this deadline meets our country’s obligations under international law. Nevertheless, there it is.

Despite these life-or-death consequences, Department of Homeland Security agents and officers do not tell possible asylum applicants about the deadline. What is worse, the current procedures make it difficult to file within the time limit. For more information about the lawsuit, click here. For professional advice from a recognized expert on asylum, call 954-385-0157 and read the free Asylum eBook on our website.

June 1, 2016: Atlanta Undocumenteds & Broward County Bar Association Appointment

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As we turn towards the warmer months of the year, immigration news heats up. Clients have received approvals in incredible cases, including asylum, business visas, and residency. Photos of those approvals are available on the Blandon Law Facebook page. There’s other great news of a more personal nature below.

The news is not great nationwide, however, as a report just released shows. No one would want to be an undocumented in one particular American city. See below for the story.

This month, we also inaugurate our Spanish-language newsletter. Email ERBlandon@blandon-law.com with the full name and email address of someone who can use it.


Atlanta: Why It Is One of the Worst Cities For Undocumenteds

A recent news article by the Huffington Post (available at this link) explains why Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the worst cities for anyone who has even overstayed a legal entry. Don’t even think of visiting or flying into that airport.

I represent clients in Immigration Courts throughout the United States and can personally attest to the horrible conditions in Atlanta. We specialize in helping women and children with asylum and relationship violence cases; these are among the worst victims in Atlanta’s court system.

If you know anyone living in Georgia who may be at risk, have him or her call 954-385-0157. Blandon Law may be able to get their much needed papers.


Appointed Chairperson in Broward County Bar Association

Incoming President Charles Morehead, Esq., honored me with an appointment as Chairperson of the Immigration Section of the Broward County Bar Association for the 2016-17 term, beginning July 1.

The BCBA was founded in 1925 to foster courtesy, ethics, and professionalism among Broward County lawyers, to educate the citizens of Broward County on their legal rights, and to provide necessary legal services to Broward County’s residents.

Please contact me by return email with issues for the BCBA.

March 14, 2016: Work Permits for Abused Spouses & Immigration Reform

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Foreigners benefit when immigration rules change.  That’s the case this month for spouses of H, E, G, and A nonimmigrants who may be eligible for a two-year work permit.  They can renew it continuously.

I’ve also been encouraging decision makers to pass immigration reform.  See photograph below. Please send your suggestions on how we can work together to ERBlandon@blandon-law.com.

I personally answer every email. Best, Elizabeth Blandon

Work Permits for Abused Spouses of H-1B, E-3 Foreigners

Elizabeth-Blandon-Work-Permits-for-Abused-Spouses-H1-B-E-3The Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed in a memo last week that abused spouses of certain foreigners can get two-year WORK PERMITS. The victim can also get a work permit if the abusive nonimmigrants (H-1B, E-3, G, A visas) died within the last two years OR lost their status because of a domestic violence incident OR there was a divorce within the last two years.

These work permits can be RENEWED. Blandon Law specializes in helping foreigners who are victims of relationship violence. We have won cases for victims of emotional abuse, without any physical battery, and represent persons who live throughout the United States.

Call 954-385-157 to schedule a private consultation. Link on more Information, including a Free eBook: “Abuse Victim’s Best Guide to  Green Card.

Let’s Work Together for Immigration Reform

Elizabeth-Blandon-Democratic-Debate-03-09-16Elizabeth-Blandon-Democratic-Debate-03-09-16-2Changing immigration laws will require a nationwide effort by citizens, legal permanent residents and foreigners. We can all do something to influence our representatives to do the right thing. Toward that end, on March 9, 2016, I was honored to be asked to speak about immigration reform prior to the Democratic Debate sponsored by Univision and The Washington Post. The audience included national, state and local lawmakers.

Whatever your views, please get involved in one of the most important elections in American history.

February 1, 2016: Green Card Seminar & Free eBook on Green Cards

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Last month, I said 2016 was going to be amazing. The Daily Business Review and The Miami Herald say I had a pretty great 2015, too. These publications honored me as one of the top-rated immigration lawyers in south Florida. See more information below. My expert advice on how to get a green card is available in several ways. Click on the links below for free eBooks, a limited-space seminar, and private consultations.

As always, we are here to make your immigration goals a reality.

Best, Elizabeth Blandon

Free eBook: Green Cards for Relationship Violence Survivors

Green Cards for Relationship Violence Survivors is now available for free – Download eBook Survivors of relationship abuse can obtain — or keep — their legal permanent residency without depending on their abusive spouse or adult child. The document Immigration gives to residents is commonly known as a “green card.” Because a foreigner can get a green card based on emotional abuse, hospital and police reports are NOT required.

Blandon Law just published a FREE easy-to-understand guide. It is called “The Abuse Victim’s Best Guide to a Green Card.” If you are (or know someone who is) in a relationship where a US citizen or legal permanent resident is using power and control over the victim, please call 954-385-0157. Phone and Skype consultations are available.

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Top-Rated Expert Gives Green Card Seminar

Elizabeth Blandon was just named one of south Florida’s top-rated immigration lawyers of 2015. Click to this link for the complete list of attorneys. Her name is on page 66. To inform the public about options for getting legal permanent residency, Ms. Blandon will host the first of a series of seminars on February 18th at the offices of Blandon Law. Limited to 10 persons, so click on the link below ASAP. More Information – click here

January 4, 2016: Asylum Book Available on the Internet

2016 is going to be amazing. The next President of the best country on the planet will be elected. The Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case about giving government-issued IDs to parents of US citizens. And Blandon Law will use technology to help millions of foreigners meet their immigration goals. We published one eBook (see below) and another is expected shortly, with Spanish-language versions to follow. Phone and Skype consultations are available for those who cannot travel to our office, including certain victims of relationship violence.

Best, Elizabeth Blandon

Asylum Book Available on the Internet

Best Tips to Win Green Cards Through Asylum is now available for free – Download eBook This book includes tips learned from over a decade representing asylum clients all over the United States – in front of Immigration Officers, Judges, and federal courts. One chapter explains the documents needed to win asylum. For advice on a specific case, call 954-385-0157 to schedule a private consultation with a Board-Certified immigration expert. Link to Additional Resource Download eBook

Internet Articles for Rich Abuse Victims Hiding in Silence

Foreigners who are married to abusive spouses can become residents (shown by a green card). At Blandon Law, we handle these cases with great privacy and refuse to reveal information to the husband. Internet articles give information and support that is otherwise unavailable because of two unusual problems faced by rich abuse victims.

First, others hesitate to believe rich abuse victims because outing the abuser may result in negative financial consequences. Second, while the rich victims may have access to computers and smartphones, these women cannot come to the office because they are often tracked with technology (such as GPS on phones).

Elizabeth Blandon authors guides about immigration benefits for abuse victims. These guides are freely available through the website AVVO. For an example. If you are (or know someone who is) in a relationship where the spouse is using power and control over the victim, please call 954-385-0157. Phone and Skype consultations are available. Link to Immigration Benefits for Abuse Survivors

December 8, 2015: Dual Citizen Asylum; Green Cards for (Even Remarried) Widows

Believe that there are ways for foreigners with two citizenships to get asylum. Believe that there are ways for widows or widowers of U.S. citizens to stay in the country — even if they have remarried. Believe that the Blandon Law team wants to make your immigration goals a reality…because we really do.

Happy Holidays.

Asylum Despite Second Citizenship

Persons who apply for asylum often have citizenship (or the ability to get citizenship) through marriage, parents or grandparents. For example, many from Venezuela are also nationals of Spain, Italy and Portugal. Likewise, Jewish nationals of any country are automatically citizens of Israel. This link explains how they can get asylum despite this obstacle. Call 954-385-0157 for a personal consultation. Link to Additional Resource

Green Card After Spouse’s Death

If a foreign national lives in the United States when a petitioner dies, and continues to live here, her green card case continues. This is true EVEN if: — the US citizen died before thy had been married for two years OR — the surviving spouse of the US citizen has remarried If you were married to a US citizen and your case was denied, or you think this new change applies to you, please call 954-385-0157. Link to Additional Resource

November 10, 2015: The Supremes Will Decide DAPA & Green Card at the End of the Prayer

Every relationship improves when the brain is positive first, according to Harvard University professor Shawn Anchor. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Blandon Law is sharing the good side of recent immigration news to send you to your happy place.

The Supremes Will Decide DAPA

The Obama Administration will seek an appeal about work permits for about 5 million parents of US citizens to the Supreme Court. It is known as DAPA. The good news? The linked article explains that we might get a decision by June 2016. Link to Additional Resource

Green Card at the End of the Prayer

For your happiness, have faith that things will turn out well. Central American children who were religious are more likely to win an asylum case. One year later, they become residents and five years later — if they are over 18 years old — they become citizens. Because there is a deadline for asylum cases, please mention Blandon Law to your pastor, priest or rabbi. Link to Additional Resource

October 5, 2015: Marco Coello Chooses Blandon Law to Represent Him with Asylum Case

We are honored to represent Venezuelan hero Marco Coello in his request for asylum.  He was forced to flee last month because his government ensnared him in the politically-motivated trial against Leopoldo Lopez, who is Latin America’s most well-known prisoner.

Marco hopes his asylum case will serve as a beacon of hope to other Venezuelans who want to seek protection in the United States. In a CNN interview (click here), Marco explained how Venezuelan authorities tortured him to force him to sign a statement against opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. When he refused to sign, the government detained Marco for over 100 days. He was 18 years old at the time.

Before his last trial date, at which he knew he would be sentenced unjustly as Mr. Lopez eventually was, Marco left Venezuela on his U.S. visa.

September 1, 2015: Important tips for those who are waiting to get a green card through backlogged asylum applications or petitions filed by parents who have since died.

Some things are worth waiting for. Some are not. This newsletter has important tips for those who are waiting to get a green card (legal permanent residency) through backlogged asylum applications or petitions filed by parents who have since died.

When Will the Wait End? Asylum Scheduling Bulletin is Online

Foreign nationals who apply for asylum with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are waiting years for an interview. Fortunately, there is now a website (click here to visit) that gives some idea as to the processing times for the case.

The Miami Asylum Office scheduled interviews in July 2015 for applications filed in February 2013. If you know someone who can benefit from a work permit through asylum, please have that person call 954-385-0157 or email BAlvarado@blandon-law.com to schedule a consultation.

Using an Approved Petition Filed by a Parent Who Has Since Passed

Usually, when US citizen or Legal Permanent Residents die, the petitions (Form I-130) they filed for their children are no longer valid. But there are two ways to keep the green card case going. If anyone who would have benefited from the petition resided in the US when the parent died, continues to be resident on the date of the decision on the pending petition; and qualifies as a beneficiary, the petition is not terminated.

This law also helps foreigners who would benefit from abuse and other petitions. The foreigners can also request humanitarian reinstatement. Since this is not general legal advice, those hoping to get a green card should call 954-385-0157 and schedule a consultation. We’ll let you know your chance of winning and how long the process takes.

August 5, 2015: Work Permit for Entrepreneurs / Green Card Despite Not Living with Cuban Family Member

Blandon Law specializes in helping those who need an immigration miracle — including victims of relationship violence and those who cannot return to their home country. Whether the victim is married to a Cuban citizen or the foreigner has a great business plan for the U.S. — this newsletter has can’t miss information. Like notes in a classroom, this should be passed to your friends.

Work Permit for Entrepreneurs: Based on President Obama’s Parole Program

Entrepreneurs who significantly benefit the public — but are not yet eligible to apply for legal permanent residency — may be able to get a work permit. Recently, the Dept. of Homeland Security requested input from the public about this initiative. Founders of startups will be allowed to stay in the United States if they have been awarded substantial U.S. investor financing (think “Shark Tank”) OR “hold the promise of innovation and job creation” through new technologies or cutting-edge research. If you know someone who can benefit from this parole program, please have that person call 954-385-0157 or email BAlvarado@blandon-law.com to schedule a consultation.

Green Card Despite: Not Living with Cuban Family Member

Family members of a Cuban DO NOT need to live with the Cuban to get legal permanent residency IF they have suffered abuse. Importantly, abuse includes all the ways that one person exerts power and control over another. We have won green cards for clients who were NEVER hit by their abusers.

The spouses or children, including step-children, of qualifying Cubans can also get a green card under VAWA. They can also apply for residency more than 2 years after divorce. Since this is not general legal advice, those hoping to get a green card should call 954-385-0157 and schedule a consultation.

We’ll let you know your chance of winning and how long the process takes. We’re Here to Help Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Call or click to the web site to schedule a consultation. We enjoy making immigration goals a reality. Blandon Immigration Law 2853 Executive Park Drive Suite 103 Weston, Florida 33331 954-385-0157

June 01, 2015 : Green Cards for Children of 1 Cuban

This newsletter explains that people born anywhere to one Cuban parent can get a green card. Those who are legal permanent residents, and were arrested for certain offenses, can keep their green cards thanks to a change in the law. All in all, a great beginning to summer. I also recommend that spouses of persons with H-1B status call Blandon Law. We are now preparing work permits for them.

Green Cards for Children of 1 Cuban: Residency No Matter Where Born

A recent Sun Sentinel article confirmed that children of at least one Cuban parent can get a green card. Blandon Law will explain to Immigration why the Cuban Adjustment Act allows the foreigner to get legal permanent residency. We explain Cuban law, which says that anyone born anywhere to one Cuban parent is a Cuban, and stay on the case until it is approved.

Importantly, the applicant needs either a birth certificate or a certificate of citizenship. These can be obtained from the Cuban consulate. If you know someone who has one Cuban parent, call 954-385-0157 or email BAlvarado@blandon-law.com to schedule a consultation. Change in Law: Residents with Arrests Avoid Deportations A person who became a legal permanent resident (LPR) while living in the U.S. — by a process known as adjustment of status — can now breathe easier. They will not be deported for certain crimes if their deportation would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. citizen or LPR family members. This pardon, known as a 212(h) waiver, might apply for the following offenses:

  • crimes of moral turpitude (that’s a legal term for certain offenses)
  • crimes with total jail time of 5 years or more
  • prostitution; or
  • one offense of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana

Since this is not general legal advice, someone who wants experienced defense in Immigration Court MUST call 954-385-0157 and schedules a consultation. We’re Here to Help Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Call or click to the web site to schedule a consultation. We enjoy making immigration goals a reality. Blandon Immigration Law 2853 Executive Park Drive Suite 103 Weston, Florida 33331 954-385-0157