On June 23, 2016, the US Supreme Court announced that by a 4–4 vote, it could not come to a decision in the case of U.S. v. Texas, which means that the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit controls; in this case, the Fifth Circuit blocked the November, 2014 Executive Order issued by President Obama expanding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs, which would have allowed additional aspiring Americans to apply for those programs. Thus, the effect of the Supreme Court’s gridlock is to force millions of aspiring Americans to continue to live in the shadows, in fear of discovery with no recourse.
I am an immigrant, a leader and a concerned citizen. I have served over 20 years in the U.S Army and continue to make a difference in the lives of others! Freedom is not Free. I am prepared to assist other immigrants who want to make a difference! I remain humble and grateful to have been given the opportunity to be in the presence of our First Lady Michelle Obama!
Visa Availability & Priority Dates:
In general, there must be a visa available for you before you can apply for a green card. In some categories, visas are always available, while in others, there are a limited number. Priority dates are given to immigrants waiting in line to get an immigrant visa and determine when a visa becomes available. Find out how to tell if a visa is available to you.Contact LPS for additional information if needed – call: 540-645-4662; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The process of becoming a U.S. Citizen is called “Naturalization”As a permanent resident, you have the right to: apply to become a U.S. Citizen once you are eligible.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What if my trip abroad will last longer than 1 year?
If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit. Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam.
Does travel outside the United States affect my permanent resident status?
Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence.
USCIS to begin accepting requests for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on February 18, 2015:
* If you entered the U.S before the age of 16;
* Have lived in the U.S continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirements of June 15, 2007.
Gather documents showing presence in the U.S.
The new immigration policies for undocumented immigrants will likely include a requirement of number years spent in the U.S., probably between five (5) and ten (10) years.
• Travel documents (passport with an admission stamp; Form I-94/I-95/I-94W;
any Immigration and Naturalization Service or DHS document stating your date of entry)
• School records (letters, report cards, etc.)
• Military records (DD Form -214 or NGB Form 22)
• Hospital or medical records
• Rent receipts or utility bills
• Employment records (pay stubs, W-2Form, etc.)
• Official records from a religious entity confirming participation in a ceremony
• Copies of money order receipts for money sent in and out of the country
• Birth certificates of children born in the U.S
• Date bank transactions
• Automobile license receipts or registration
In 2016 , Ms. Lamb was visiting Belize and happened run into a gentlemen by the name of Kevin Martinez a U.S military veteran who had been
deported to Belize for 13 years. After hearing his heart wrenching story, Ms. Lamb decided to take on his case. She gave Kevin, a camouflage bag and told him that he will be coming home. She renewed Kevin’s confidence. He had gave up a long time ago but, Ms. Lamb fueled
his spirit. LPS worked for years to get his paper work in order. This is his testimony.
“Today was a culmination of years of hard work by some wonderful individuals for whom I am immensely grateful for. Mr Craig Shagin, owner of Shagin Law Group and Geraldine Lamb owner of Lamb Professional Services, there aren’t enough words to thank you for working so hard and diligently on getting me back to the United States as a Permanent Legal Resident and now a United States Citizen. To my parents, Dennis and Mary Martinez, I know Nov 29, 2004 must have seemed like a nightmare when I called to give you guys the message that I was being detained and ultimately deported. You didn’t spare any resources to ensure I got the best possible opportunity to return. The home you already had built and your constant support made my transition and initial years in Belize less stressful. To my Children Brittany and Kevin, I know those first few years were extremely hard on you guys the most. Everyday that I attempted to sleep, thoughts of the two of you were heavy on my mind. Your well being was all I could ever think of. We were able to maintain our relationship despite the many challenges. Britt, I appreciate everything you have done for me. You have grown into a wonderful lady, a responsible mom and great person. Kevin, keep striving to reach your true potential. Let the demons of the past not hinder your future. To my son Elijah, you were not yet born at the time of my deportation but came into this world a few weeks later. I am happy to have connected with you. You are developing into a wonderful teenager. I hope to continue our connection and hope to see you soon.
To my siblings, I could not have gotten through those 13 years without your constant support. To June in particular, a special thank you for stepping up without hesitation, for allowing the legal team to bring you in as part of my sponsor, thanks sis. To my buddy Russel Lopez, bro I have to give you special acknowledgement for never wavering in our friendship. Each and every visit to Belize you’d check on me, each and every weekend you’d call me. Even now after my return you still show that same concern that genuine friends do. Those gestures never went unnoticed my brotha, I will forever remember, thank you for your support and encouraging talks. To my brotha Rich Majarrez, thanks for the white van, lol. Man thanks for everything that you did for me during those 13 years. I always looked forward to your visits. To the friends, associates and business partners I met throughout those 13 years especially my music brothers. Thank you for accepting me into your fraternity. It was a privilege for me to work with all of you. Supa G gave me my first opportunity into the Belizean music scene, culminating with Chico and the Sweet Pain Band. You all are a group of wonderfully talented individuals. Keep making great music guys. To my family at Courts Belize Limited, thank you for allowing me to be me and do what I do. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. To my cousin Alton and co-owner of All Day Fitness Gym, cuzzo I love you bro. You’ve always had my back wether it was here when we were younger or there to ensure things were straight. I appreciate each and everything cuzzo. We not done yet.
All Day will continue to mold and shape bodies…..can’t nobody do it like we do. We have the Discipline, Determination and the Dedication that it takes to achieve success. All Day Fitness will be celebrating 10 years of operation because of the three aforementioned qualities that you exemplify. To Hector Barajas and the Deported Veteran Support House/Organization, it is because of people like you that I got inspired to tell my story. There are many more deported veterans that need to be reunited with their families. Like building a house, brick by brick, we will get them home one vet at a time. I am just thankful for all those who supported me during my 13 year journey. I definitely could not have made it without your support. Lastly, to my immediate family, Sheila, Richard and Kayla thank you guys for your patience. I know these past few months has seemed empty without me. What you guys witnessed today was for me to be able to provide a better tomorrow for us all. If I missed anyone, please accept my apology. It was not done on purpose.”
Receiving His Citizenship
Kevin Martinez receiving his Citizenship. Dec. 19th 2018. A day in History for LPS