Monday, September 23, 2013

Will a criminal conviction or arrest affect my immigration status?

    If you are not a United States citizen, an arrest and/or conviction can affect your immigration status. Certain criminal convictions can directly lead to being placed in removal proceedings (also commonly referred to as deportation proceedings)
    If you are not a United States Citizen and you have been charged with a crime, it is particularly important that you consult with an experienced attorney that is familiar with the criminal and immigration laws. It is important that before you plead to any type of criminal charge you are fully aware of the immigration consequences of the criminal conviction.

    For more  information or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Immigration Attorneys, please call us today at 888-553-5806 or email

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Immigration Attorney Dina Castillo Ward

Dina Castillo Ward is an immigration attorney that brings a diverse immigration background to Brandt Immigration.

She has over 14 years of experience, including time spent as an Immigration Information Officer with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and as a Judicial Intern with the Executive Office for Immigration Review – Immigration Court.  Attorney Castillo Ward focuses her practice in all areas of immigration law.

Attorney Castillo Ward is a member of the Florida Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the office to schedule an appointment with Ms. Castillo Ward.

Monday, September 2, 2013

DS-260 Form to be Required for all Consular Processing Immigrant Visa Applicants

Beginning on September 3, 2013 the Department of State (DOS) will transition to an online Immigrant Visa application instead of filing the paper forms.

The Immigrant Visa application is the process by which a foreign national obtains his or her green card while outside the U.S.  The immigrant visa applicant will submit Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) online along with Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent).

These new online forms will replace the previous paper Form DS-230 and DS-3032.  Only Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole Applicants will continue to use the paper forms.

While the online Forms DS-260 is very similar to the paper Form DS-230 there are a few changes. Namely, the applicant’s residential history.  Previously on the paper Form DS-230, the Immigrant Visa applicant only had to list the City, State/Province, Country, and dates of their residency since the age of 16.

Now, the applicant must list the full address of every place they lived since reaching 16 years of age.  The full address must include the street number, street address, City, State/Province, and zip/postal code.

After the implementation date, the National Visa Center may instruct applicants who recently filed paper Forms DS-230 and DS-3032 to refile using the online system. This may only occur in some instances, but recent applicants should be prepared to refile.

Brandt Immigration is experienced at submitting Form DS-260 applications online and knows how detail-orientated the forms actually are.  If you or a family member are interested in obtaining an Immigrant Visa please do not hesitate to contact our experienced immigration lawyers today.