What to Do if Your U.S. Visa Application is Denied

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What to Do if Your U.S. Visa Application is Denied 

Navigating Visa Denials with Ibrahim Law Office

Understanding the Visa Process and Your Next Steps

Have you recently faced a rejection in your U.S. tourist visa application? It's a common hurdle many encounter. At Ibrahim Law Office in Chicago, we understand the mix of emotions and confusion you might be experiencing.

A visa denial doesn't have to be the end of your journey – it's a detour. Let's explore what you can do next and how our team can guide you through reapplying. Call us today at (312) 767-8611 to get started.

Why Was My Visa Denied?

First, it's vital to understand the reasons behind visa denials. Typically, the U.S. Embassy or consulate provides insight into the specific immigration law that led to the decision. Some of the most common reasons include the following:

Immigrant Intent Concerns

Many denials, particularly for B visas, arise from INA Section 214(b). This law requires applicants to show solid ties to their home country, ensuring they don't plan to stay in the U.S. indefinitely. If your application faces rejection, you can't appeal, but reapplying is an option. For a stronger subsequent application, you might need to present fresh evidence showcasing significant changes in your circumstances.

Documentation Issues

At times, applications get denied due to missing or incomplete information, falling under INA Section 221(g). If this is your situation, address the specified gaps promptly. You have a year from your denial date to submit the necessary documents. After this period, a new application process begins.

Navigating Administrative Processing

Sometimes, visa processing requires extra steps. This "administrative processing" needs additional information, typically not from the applicant directly. You'll receive a notice explaining the procedure, but remember, each case's duration varies.

Waivers for Ineligibility

If deemed "ineligible," in some situations, you might qualify for an inadmissibility waiver. While this doesn't guarantee future approval, it's a step toward a potential positive outcome.

What to do After a Visa Denial

Thinking About Reapplying? Here's What You Need to Know:

You can reapply for a visa anytime you want, but just doing it without any changes might not help. Think about why you were denied the first time. Was it because they weren't sure you'd return home after your trip? Or they may want to see more proof of how you'll pay for your trip. If these were the issues, make sure to show stronger ties to your home country and better financial plans the next time.

Visa Denied Because of Missing Papers?

In cases where your visa got denied because you didn't give all the needed information or documents, you will usually have up to a year to fix this. It's important to act quickly and provide all the documents they ask for. This way, you can avoid having to start over with a new application.

What is Administrative Processing?

Your application might sometimes need to go through a deeper check, known as "administrative processing." This is pretty normal for some applications. It's like a longer security check to make sure everything is okay. This process can take different amounts of time for different people, so you might need to be patient.

Got Labeled "Ineligible"?

Sometimes, you might be told you can't get a visa for certain reasons. But don't lose hope just yet! You may have a chance to apply for what's called a "waiver of ineligibility." This is like asking for special permission to get the visa despite those reasons. Whether this is possible depends on what the embassy official tells you. So listen carefully to their advice and instructions on how to go about this.

Why Choose Ibrahim Law Office?

At Ibrahim Law Office, we're not just experienced in immigration law; we're your allies in navigating the intricate visa application process. With a deep understanding of U.S. immigration law and a heart for those yearning to explore America, we provide tailored assistance to strengthen your visa application or tackle a prior denial.

Personalized Guidance Every Step of the Way

Our team at Ibrahim Law Office, located in the heart of Chicago, is committed to guiding you through reapplying. We know every case is unique, and we're here to ensure your application shines with the strongest evidence and preparation. Whether it's your first application or you're dealing with a denial, our expertise can be the difference between another refusal and a ticket to the U.S.

Accessible and Open Communication

U.S. immigration law can be confusing. At Ibrahim Law Office, we make sure you're never lost or overwhelmed. Our team believes in clear, open communication. We always explain things in a way that's easy to understand without complex legal jargon. This means you always know where you stand, what to expect next, and how best to prepare. We're here to answer your questions, big or small, ensuring you feel heard and supported throughout your journey.

Affordable and Honest Services

We believe that getting expert legal help should be affordable and fair. At Ibrahim Law Office, you won't find any hidden fees or surprises. We offer honest, upfront pricing so you can plan your budget without worry.

Our goal is to make quality legal assistance accessible to everyone dreaming of life in America. We work hard to provide top-notch services at a cost that doesn't break the bank, ensuring your path to the U.S. is smoother and more achievable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reapply for a visa after a denial?

Yes, you can definitely reapply for a visa if your application was denied before. It's important to understand why it was denied in the first place. We can help look into the reasons and give advice on how to fix any issues.

When you reapply, your application should be stronger and address the reasons for the previous denial. Feel free to reach out to us, and we'll guide you through the process to improve your chances next time.

How can I prove my ties to my home country?

To prove your ties to your home country, you should show that you have reasons to go back after visiting another country. This could be a steady job where you've worked for a while. If you have family, like kids or elderly parents that you take care of, that also counts.

Owning property like a house or land is another strong tie. If you've traveled and always returned home, this shows you have strong connections. We'll help you gather the right documents and present your ties clearly in your application.

Should I reapply immediately after a denial?

It's usually better to wait a bit before reapplying after your visa is denied. This gives you time to address the reasons why it was denied. You might need to get extra documents or fix problems in your application.

Rushing to reapply without making any changes might lead to another denial. We can work with you to identify what went wrong and help make your application stronger for the next time.

Do I need to pay a fee each time I apply?

Yes, there's a fee every time you apply for a visa. Fees can change, so it's a good idea to check the latest cost before you submit your application. We keep track of these fees and can tell you how much you'll need to pay. Paying the fee doesn't guarantee that your visa will be approved, so it's important to submit a well-prepared application.

How long does the visa process usually take?

The time it takes to process a visa can differ a lot. Some people might hear back in just a few weeks, but for others, it might take months.

The time depends on many things, like where you're applying from and the type of visa you need. We can take a look at your specific case and give you a more accurate idea of how long it might take for you.

Is there a limit to how many times I can reapply?

There's no official limit on how many times you can reapply for a visa. But keep in mind, if you've been denied several times, it could be harder to get approved in the future.

Each denial needs to be looked at to understand what went wrong. We can help figure out why you were denied and give tips on how to improve your application for better chances next time.

What happens if my visa gets approved, but then I can't travel?

If you can't travel after your visa is approved, don't worry too much. But remember that visas are only good for a certain period. If you wait too long and your visa expires, you'll need to apply again. It's best to let us know right away if your plans change. We can advise on the best steps to take so your visa doesn't go to waste.

Do I need to attend an interview for my visa application?

For most visa applications, you will need to go to an interview. Interviews help the people who decide if you get a visa or not. They will ask questions to learn more about you and your travel plans.

We can help you prepare for this interview by giving you tips on what to expect and how to answer questions. Being well-prepared for the interview can increase your chances of getting your visa.

Get Your Visa Journey Back on Track

Don't let a visa denial get you down. Contact Ibrahim Law Office at (312) 767-8611 for experienced legal guidance. Together, we'll navigate this challenge and work toward making your American dream a reality.

How Do I Find Someone Who Has Been Detained by ICE?

There are over 200 immigrant jails and detention centers in the US. It is terrifying to learn a loved one has been detained by ICE, or the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency. With so many centers, you may feel lost when trying to find out where they are and determine what is happening.

There are many reasons why someone may be detained. There is also an online locator to help family and friends find someone detained, though it doesn’t always give answers. If you have a friend or loved one detained by ICE, you may want to consider speaking to an immigration attorney about your options. Contact our office at 312-767-8611 to request a consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

What Does It Mean If Someone is Detained by ICE?

When ICE detains someone, it means they are being held due to an immigration matter. This could be an illegal entry into the US, a mandatory hold, or a problem with a visa. ICE also detains immigrants subject to removal or deportation. People detained by ICE are held at a detention center until trial or the issue is resolved.

What Happens When Detained by ICE?

When detained by ICE, the person is taken into custody and held in the detention center. This could be for days to months, depending on the situation. If someone is detained for illegal entry into the US or for breaking immigration laws, they likely will face removal or deportation.

How to Find Someone Detained by ICE with ODLS:

ICE has an online detainee locator system (ODLS). This system can be accessed 24/7 and is updated daily. It can take 24 hours for a new detainee to enter the system. The online locator system is the best place to start after ICE detains someone. There are two ways to search for someone:

Search by Personal Information

You can search for someone with their name, country of origin, and birthdate. The first and last names must match exactly to find the person you seek. It’s best to check with and without spaces for hyphenated names if you are not finding a result.

Search by Alien Registration Number

The other option is to search for someone using their A-number. This is their alien registration number issued by the Department of Homeland Security. This number is found on employment authorization or residency cards. It is a 9-digit number. When using this option, you must also provide the country of birth.

What If You Can’t Find Someone In the Locator System?

More than likely, if you are not finding someone in the database, it is because of one of these reasons:

If you still struggle to find someone detained, it may be time to ask for outside assistance. The embassy in the person’s birth country can likely help find them.

How Long Can ICE Detain Someone?

Many factors impact how long ICE can detain someone. If they were arrested for a crime, the time would likely be longer than a visa issue. When detained by ICE, the detainee is subject to an investigation. If they are found to be in the country illegally, have expired documents, or return after removal, they face an immigration trial to remove them.

If you fear the detainee will be deported or removed, it’s critical you speak to an immigration attorney as soon as possible. They have many forms of deportation defense that may be able to help them stay in the US. While ICE detention is scary and overwhelming, there may still be hope. Ibrahim Law wants to help you understand your legal rights and options with this matter, so contact us today.

Can I Visit a Friend or Family Member Being Detained by ICE?

Yes, visits are allowed by family members, friends, consular officials, and legal representatives. Once you have found someone in the online locator database, you will determine which facility they are held at. You can find contact information, visitation guidelines, and the officer in charge of their case contact details.

If you must travel to visit a detainee, calling first and ensuring the visitation policies haven’t changed may be a good idea. Many facilities changed protocols during COVID-19. We encourage you to visit detainees if possible. Being detained is a traumatic experience, and visits from loved ones can help with their mental health.

It’s also important to note that visiting an ICE detention center gives the agency the right to conduct a background check on you. If you are also an immigrant, they can detain you or start removal proceedings if you are here illegally.

What Are Detainee Rights When In an ICE Detention Center?

People detained by ICE have the following rights:

The consulate from the detainee’s home country can help them to find a lawyer and navigate the situation. If they are unable or unwilling to call the consulate, they can call family members or lawyers directly for assistance.

Detention centers are supposed to be non-punitive. Detainees should be treated fairly and humanely when in these centers. If they are not, you may want to contact an attorney.

How Do I Find Out If a Detainee Was Deported?

Unfortunately, the locator system doesn’t indicate if someone was deported. A family member or legal representative can contact the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agency to determine if a detainee was deported. The locator system also shows the ERO office responsible for the immigrant.

FAQs About ICE Detention:

Read more about the most popular questions people have about ICE detention below:

How Many ICE Detention Centers Are in the USA?

There are 200+ ICE detention centers in the USA. You can search all the locations here. The online detainee locator tells which center the detainees are located.

Can a US Citizen Be Detained by ICE?

In theory, no. ICE cannot detain US citizens. However…ICE has the authority to detain anyone they suspect is a threat to national security. Sometimes, this means US citizens are detained. ICE agents must have reasonable suspicion that the citizen was an illegal alien.

Why Are People Detained by ICE?

There are many reasons ICE may detain someone. The following are the most common reasons:

Each situation is unique. If you are unsure why ICE detained someone you care for, it’s best to search for them in the system and go from there to find as much information as possible.

Is the ICE Detainee Database Accurate?

Mostly, yes, but there is a delay after updating the information. Sometimes, the information takes 8 hours to show up in the system. New detainees are usually in the system after 24 hours.

How Can Ibrahim Law Help Clients?

Ibrahim Law helps clients with immigration matters, including deportation defense, residency, and visas. Michael Ibrahim has the expertise clients need to navigate immigration courts and laws without making a misstep. Read more about the benefits of working with Michael Ibrahim below:

Protect Your Rights

As an immigrant, you have rights. Many people are degraded or mistreated during ICE detention, which is unacceptable. Hiring an immigration lawyer helps protect clients' rights while ensuring they have all open opportunities.

Legal Expertise

Michael Ibrahim has extensive immigration law expertise. He has helped numerous clients with their immigration matters. He speaks four languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, and Syriac) and can help resolve global immigration issues across 135 countries. He supports clients with the following:

Michael Ibrahim has helped over 1,000 people obtain green cards and 500+ people avoid deportation. He wants to help you, too. Contact his office at 312-767-8611 to request a free consultation.

Case Preparation

Michael Ibrahim helps his clients prepare for interviews and trials. He is well-versed in immigration laws and leverages that knowledge to create strong, complete applications for his clients. He is proud to help immigrants start their new paths in the US.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you have a loved one detained by ICE, Ibrahim Law may be able to help. We understand how frustrating and scary the situation is. We work hard to help as many clients as possible with immigration troubles in the US. If you want to speak to an attorney in more detail about your immigration matter, schedule a consultation today.

The Battle for TPS

On October 3rd, 2018, a federal judge ruled to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of non-citizens. This is one step closer in victory for those fighting against deportation laws and regulations currently enforced under the Trump administration. Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blocked the administration ending TPS protections, stating that it would cause "irreparable harm and great hardship."

TPS grants temporary protection to non-citizens who come to the United States fleeing humanitarian crises in their home country, such as civil war and natural disasters. Many TPS beneficiaries have been in the United States for decades, are law-abiding, and make positive impacts on our communities.

"We have families, we have kids, we pay taxes, so I think it's time." - Edwin & Mily Murillo, protesters supporting TPS

TPS supporters are pushing for a resolution to allow those who have been in the United States and supporting the country for years to acquire permanent residency and be removed from the deportation list. It seems like Judge Chen, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, has sided with TPS supporters, but not indefinitely. Chen seems to have quoted a legal brief highlighting the large contribution of labor that immigrants contribute to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through highly desirable and hard to fill arduous labor. Chen highlighted that, according to the brief, 17 states estimated that they would lose about $132 billion in GDP $5.2 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions, and $733 million in employer turnover costs if the ruling on TPS was to send those immigrants home.

Chen went on to quote much of the Trump administration’s efforts on increasing immigration enforcement laws, both beneficial and harmful to his cause. He also mentioned that the movement to end TPS may be fueled by racial bias, which has been a large issue and topic of discussion under the Trump administration.

An official hearing for the Trump administration and the plaintiffs has been set for October 26th.

To find out how this may or may not affect you, reach out to Ibrahim Law LLC immigration firm today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one

Hondurans Need Help

Upwards of 3,000 Hondurans are on the journey to the United States, seeking hope and opportunity while collectively leaving a life of government corruption and gang violence.


Making a massive public statement, these Honduras have recently joined together in hopes of seeking refuge here in the United States. News spread like wild fire, and what seemed to be a few Hondurans suddenly grew in numbers. Quickly gathering their essentials and stuffing their sacks with what would be a treacherous journey, these Hondurans created a caravan destined for the United States, beginning their journey with little to no food at their disposal.


These were not always the plans for the desperate Hondurans. Government instability and gang-related violence remain prevalent in Honduras. With a lack of support from Honduran President Joan Orlando Hernandez, coupled with President Trump anti-immigration policies, the issue seems to be a complex one. Hondurans have seen United States as the solution to their struggle, but the question still stands on how Hondurans will approach the United States at its borders.


U.S. immigration law has been in much discussion lately, constantly appearing on the news and being question by both pro- and anti-immigration proponents in the United States. Many question if the caravan is welcomed and point fingers at Donald Trump for the policies that are currently in place. His defense? Citing that he is working hard on advancing the current situation with immigrants, standing true to his campaign efforts in immigration law, and making negative references to President Obama's immigration policies. On October 16, 2018, President Trump tweeted: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

The discussion on immigration law is at a peak, and with the Honduran caravan on the hike, will the United States answer when they arrive on our front door step?


To find out how this may or may not affect you, reach out to Ibrahim Law LLC immigration firm today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

Immigration in the Midterm Election

The 2018 mid-term elections are right around the corner and everyone is on the edge of their seats to find out how some hotly contested races pan out. Among the major issues debated among the candidates stands out the discussion of immigration policy. Made a highlighted topic during the Obama and Trump campaigns, debate on deportation enforcement and border security has been on the rise for years. So what does this mean for immigration law in the United States? What are some important immigration-related issues this election, and what does it mean for you if you are a lawful permanent resident, a temporary protected status holder, a non-immigrant, or an individual seeking entry to the United States? Let us look at some important statistics as a baseline for discussion.

According to the American Community Survey (ACS), More than 43.7 million immigrants resided in the United States in 2016, accounting for 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 323.1 million. Between 2015 and 2016, the foreign-born population rose by approximately 449,000, or 1 percent, which is lower than 2014 to 2015's increase of 2.1 percent.

As of 2017, the "Current Population Survey (CPS)" reports immigrants, including their U.S. born children, now account for about 86.4 million people, which comes out to about 27 percent of the total U.S. population.

Google also states that as of 4:18PM on 10/23/2018,  the current trending midterm election topic is on immigration, or more specifically the caravan coming from Honduras, as previously discussed in our blog, "Hondurans Need Help".

Immigration Law Caravan Trending


As a matter of fact, immigration is such a widely discussed topic for November’s elections that it is the only topic currently on the top 23 items searched on Google. This tells us that there will be a great discussion and change approaching during the elections. Make sure to pay attention to these topics and related comments from both Democrats and Republicans whenever the news is made available.

Google projects total search results ranking on the November elections to complete as follows:

1.      HealthCare

2.      Immigration

3.      Social Security

4.      Abortion

5.      Minimum Wage

What do these numbers mean to the American voter, political observant, or potential immigrant? It means that we may be in a wave of progression and that although immigration is a stressful topic, it is being widely discussed. We can only hope for justified, long-overdue pro-immigration reform post-mid-terms. We urge you to stay current on these topics on Ibralaw.com with Ibrahim Law Office LLC and in the news.

If you are a U.S. citizen, please don’t forget to vote - your opinion matters. Remember that only citizens of the United States over 18 years old are eligible to vote.

To find out how this may or may not affect you, reach out to Ibrahim Law LLC immigration firm today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

Tips for the Naturalization Exam

Studying for exams can be difficult. One of the most important exams for U.S. foreign nationals is the naturalization exam. U.S. citizenship is available for certain lawful permanent residents. There are several benefits to U.S. citizenship, including the right to vote, certain public benefits, and certain employment opportunities, and much more. U.S. citizenship marks the end of the immigration journey for most foreign nationals. Knowing what to study, how to study, and how to answer are tricky and confusing topics. Do not fret, as Ibrahim Law Office is here to help you!

The naturalization exam is broken down into different sections: speaking, reading, writing, and U.S. History and Civics. Certain exemptions to the exam requirements exist and may be available to you. If you believe you may qualify for an exemption, please contact our offices for a consultation.  Let us break down these sections and take a deeper look into the information surrounding them.

The speaking exam consists of you speaking the English language as clearly as possible. This is done over the course of your naturalization interview as you communicate with a USCIS officer. Practice speaking and listening to English. Try speaking with a friend or relative who knows English. Recite words from English songs and watch English television shows.

The reading portion of the naturalization exam requires you to read, out loud, sentences provided to you by the USCIS officer. Again, a great method for this is to read patriotic material, such as the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. USCIS has provided a list of recommended words for the applicant to study and learn before taking the exam, which can be found here.

The writing portion is similar to the reading portion, but instead you must write one sentence accurately. Don't forget to get some practice writing in the English language! You can find some quality sources and material online that can help you with maintaining English writing skills, as well as a list provided by the USCIS, which can be found here.

The last component of the naturalization exam is U.S. history and civics. You will be asked any 10 out of 100 pre-set possible questions. It is very important to know all 100 answers to the questions in order to respond correctly and pass! You must answer at least 6 out of the 10 questions the USCIS officers asks correctly in order to pass the U.S. history and civics exam. You can find the list of 100 questions here. Put these questions on flashcards to learn, have a friend or family member quiz you, or read them from the list and try to answer them without looking.

USCIS says that “you have two opportunities to take the English and civics tests per application. If you fail any portion of the test during your first interview, you will be retested on the portion of the test that you failed between 60 and 90 days from the date of your initial interview."*

Good luck! If there is any other way we may help you in achieve U.S. citizen status, reach out to Ibrahim Law Office today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

Appeals Court Rules Trump Administration Unlawfully Ended DACA

On November 8, 2018, a federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump cannot put an end to the "dreamers act". The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court injunction that blocked the Trump administration's September 2017 termination of DACA. Before being terminated in September 2017, DACA protected young non-citizens who had no lawful immigration status from deportation if they demonstrated that they had completed or were enrolled in high school or a GED program, had no significant criminal history, and warranted the discretion of the government.


"Dreamers," as DACA recipients are often called, often were brought to the United States when they were infants or toddlers by their parents, have lived in the United States their entire life, and have integrated into American society. DACA offers young, undocumented individuals living in the United States a work permit and an opportunity to remain in the United States with temporary protection from deportation. It was and still is a temporary benefit used as a way for an estimated 700,000 young people to be able to work lawfully in the United States, despite facing attempts from the government of DACA student deportation.


In its published, official opinion, the Court states that DACA recipients "have plausibly alleged that the rescission of DACA was motivated by unconstitutional racial animus in violation of the Equal Protection component of the Fifth Amendment," and that the Trump administration's efforts to dismiss the lawsuit must be denied. For now, initial, first-time DACA applications are still unavailable. DACA holders may still continue to renew their DACA, per the decision of the district court months ago. The administration may now decide to appeal the 9th Circuit decision to the Supreme Court in its effort to terminate DACA. Ultimately, DACA advocates hope that the administration will decide to work with Congress and USCIS on immigration reform.


To find out how this may or may not affect you, reach out to Ibrahim Law LLC immigration firm today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

Central American Migrants Face Tear Gas at U.S. Border

We last spoke about the “caravan” of Central American asylum seekers back on October 18th, 2018 and the situation has changed since then.

To get you caught up, the migrant asylum seekers have approached the border. President Donald Trump made an aggressive statement informing the public that the asylum seekers will not be allowed in the United States. In addition, he had advised Mexican politicians to insure the safety and safe-keeping of the migrants by helping them return home. Nonetheless, these desperate migrants continued marching forward.

Central American migrants are currently attempting to enter the United States from all regions of the border, most recently from Tijuana in which President Trump responded by closing the port and threatening to close all southern entry to the United States from Mexico if the current immigration situation continues to worsen. A tweet was posted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency stating that entry and departure between San Diego and Tijuana was suspended. The statement was not enough to stop the Central Americans from attempting entry, so Border Protection responded with actions of tear gas and increased forces on land in which President Trump deployed military forces into the region.

Reports from the Mexico-United States border claim aggressive altercations between asylum seekers and U.S. border patrol. The current actions of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency includes the use of tear gas and physical altercations against children and adults in what observants would describe as a battle field.

President Trump also mentioned on Saturday that migrants at the United States and Mexico border would be forced to stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually adjudicated in the United States, after an apparent deal was struck with Mexico. However, Mexico’s incoming government denied any deal being met.

Migrants gathered themselves soon after the tear gas fiasco, proceeding to march in front of Mexico federal police officers stationed at the border. The migrants are making a bold statement as their efforts to gain protection from corruption, government instability, and gang violence continue. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez seems to be unable to find a solution for his own citizens.

Tensions are high at the border, but it must be noted that the overwhelming majority of Central American migrants are merely seeking a fair opportunity at applying for asylum in this country. Immigration court proceedings would offer them a fair opportunity to obtain lawful status.

If you have any questions regarding the current status on entry into or departure from the United States, reach out to Ibrahim Law Office, an immigration law firm, to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

DACA Recipient Named "Rhodes Scholar"

Only a select few obtain the honor of being named a Rhodes Scholar. Jin Kyu Park, 22, was born in South Korea. His parents brought him to the U.S. when he was only 7 years old. He currently attends Harvard University and has already achieved amazing accomplishments.

The "Rhodes Scholarship" is said to be one of the world's most prestigious educational awards, with only 100 allocations allotted worldwide every year. It is an internationally awarded, post graduate, scholarship given to those qualifying who wish to attend Oxford University. The scholarship was created by Cecil John Rhodes, promoting his desire of unity between English nations, while actively choosing recipients who demonstrate signs of high moral leadership, regardless of their career paths. Notable recipients of the Rhodes Scholar are Australian prime ministers  Tony Abbott, Bob Hawke, Malcolm Turnbull, and former U.S. president  Bill Clinton.

In an interview with a Harvard University news outlet, Park stated “I’m thankful that the Rhodes have expanded their eligibility to include DACA recipients.” Park went onto mention that “…it’s important to note that I am just one of 11 million. And this really reflects the fact that if you give DACA recipients a chance, we can really contribute to this country and do amazing things. Every DACA recipient is capable of great things.”

Jin Kyu Park makes a great point as well as a bold statement. Any immigrant or DACA recipients can accomplish great things for a country they love and all it takes is a chance. Facing immigration deportation comes at a cost of knowledge and success, in which the key of the American opportunity can unlock.

American opportunity is what can push a child into accomplishing great things, such as getting accepted into an Ivy League school or the most prestigious scholarship in the world. Ibrahim Law Office has worked with several DACA recipients achieving great things in the United States. These DACA holders include accountants, small business owners, business people, lawyers, and medical professionals.

If you have any questions regarding the current status on DACA qualifications and status, reach out to Ibrahim Law LLC immigration firm today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.

What does the U.S. border security debate mean for intending migrants?

U.S. border security became a major public talking point when Donald Trump entered the race for the U.S. presidency. During Trump's election campaign, he emphasized the importance of building a wall along the United States-Mexico border to prevent immigrants with no lawful status from entering the country. Border security and unlawful immigration is still a point of contention today.

Soon after Trump won the election on November 8th, 2016, undocumented immigrants and their advocates grew concerned about their status and how the future administration would deal with them. At first, Trump proclaimed that Mexico would fund the wall’s construction. Trump hinted that tariffs and taxes would fund the project.

Today, the U.S.-Mexico border wall has come to the spotlight, as President Trump has partially “shutdown” the federal government as part of his ongoing negotiations of the border wall’s construction. This means that most deportation hearings will be cancelled and rescheduled until the federal budget is agreed upon.  This will only cause further delays in an already backlogged process.

The effect of a constructed border wall is questionable. Although a southern border wall will presumably make it more difficult to walk across the border, it does little to deter unlawful immigration smuggling and trafficking.

Human smugglers, or “coyotes,” are paid thousands of dollars to help bring non-citizens over the U.S.-Mexico border. These smugglers have decades of experience and are able to evade U.S. Customs officials who are unaware of the human capital they are transporting. Most of these smugglers are capable of transporting individuals through ports of entry and need not rely on walking over the border by land. The administration has yet to provide any evidence on how human smuggling and trafficking would be deterred or prevented by a “wall.”

To find out how enhanced border security or the pending government shutdown may effect your immigration case, reach out to Ibrahim Law Office, an immigration law firm, to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.