Do you need to hire an immigration attorney based on where you live?
- NO. Regardless of your location the same law applies to all immigrants, because Immigration
is a Federal law. It means that you potentially can hire an immigration attorney
outside of the state you reside in. (With the exception of deportation cases and
complex immigration/criminal cases) In addition, if you live in a big city such as
New York or Los Angeles you should consider looking for counsel in a different location
because attorney’s fees may be changed due to external factors such as office costs
and standard of living.
Are Notary Publics / Notarios attorneys?
- NO! Notary Publics and Notarios are NOT attorneys and therefore CANNOT give you legal
advice. In a lot of countries, except the United States, in order to be a notary
you need to have at least a license to practice law and other certifications. However,
in the United States in order to become a notary public you only need to pass a state
notary program that consists of taking a required course (there are several courses
offered including an Internet course that average about 5-8 hours to complete), then
complete the required open book online test and pay a small license and application
fee. No educational requirements are needed. The only requirement is that the applicant
is 18-years-old, a citizen, and be able to read and write English. An attorney can
also become a notary, but cannot notarize any of the documents they are working on.
So do not get confused, notaries are not attorneys and are not prepared or authorized
to give legal advice. If in doubt ask to see a state issued attorney license card.
In fact, notaries MUST advertise the following at their office:
12-55-110.3. Advertisements for services - unauthorized practice of law - prohibited
conduct - penalties. (1) (a) A notary public who is not a licensed attorney in the
state of Colorado and who advertises, including by signage, his or her services in
a language other than English shall include in the advertisement the following notice,
both in English and in the language of the advertisement:
I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AND I MAY
NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.
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Can I reunite my family?
- Yes, but time is an important factor. Although we face a broken immigration system
with long waiting periods you still can use some immigration tools in your favor.
For example, the sooner you file an I-130 petition of an alien relative to the member(s)
of your immediate family; the sooner they can get residence or at least a place in
line until a visa becomes available.
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DEFERRED ACTION (DACA): DREAMERS and FAMILIES
- Who will be benefit from the June 15, 2012 Janet Napolitano announcement?
- Age requirement: if you entered to the USA when you were under 16 years of age.
- You were less than 31 years old or younger at the time the announcement took place.
- Physical Presence: You have continually resided in the USA for at least 5 years before
this announcement and have been present in the USA when this announcement took place.
- Education Requirement: If you are a student, have graduated from High School, received
your GED, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed
Forces of the USA.
- Does this mean that I will get legal status? No it does not mean that you will get
a legal status. However, if DACA is granted you will be allowed to apply for a temporary
employment authorization card.
- I want to have my employment authorization as soon as possible where do I have to
go to apply for this and how much will I have to pay?
- If you are facing immigration proceedings (meaning that you have a hearing date with
the Immigration Court) talk with your immigration attorney immediately. This is
another tool in your fight. It may mean relief from deportation.
- Organize evidence regarding your physical presence in this country including but
not limited to: medical files, school files, pictures, etc.
- Do not get in trouble. Keep a good moral character.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF: Watch the news, make an appointment at the free legal clinics that
are offered in Colorado, talk with an immigration attorney. (An immigration attorney
will know best where you stand and what you can do)
Do not let your excitement make you a victim of unauthorized practice of law.
REMEMBER A NOTARY IS NOT A LAWYER AND IS NOT COMPETENT OR AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE
Here are some helpful links:
U.S. Immigration Court for Denver is located at:
621 17th Street, Room 300
Denver, CO 80293.
The telephone number is (303) 844-5815.
Detainee hearings are conducted at the Global Expertise in Outsourcing (GEO) detention
facility in Aurora. The address is:
3130 North Oakland St., Room 1, 1st Floor
Aurora, CO 80011
The telephone number is (303) 361-0488.
Colorado Bar Association Legal Clinics
Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocate Network
The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)
Denver Center for Crime Victims
If you are a felon, you have committed a significant misdemeanor, more than three misdemeanors or can be considered a threat to national security or public safety you do not qualify for DACA. If you have a criminal conviction or had problems with the law enforcement in the past you MUST talk with an immigration attorney to make sure you qualify.