Back in 1999, my brother and I were fortunate to be present when my father, an immigrant from Croatia, took the oath of citizenship in a naturalization ceremony in Philadelphia. Although he had been a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) for decades, he was finally sworn in among immigrants from all over the world. He Read More

State College Attorney Helen Stolinas of The Mazza Law Group, PC, has recently been admitted to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the Read More

Immigration Law Update: In a decision which will impact consequences of criminal convictions and limit immigration benefits, on May 19, 2016, the Supreme Court decided in Luna Torres v. Lynch that certain state, local, and federal offenses are “aggravated felonies”. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), an alien (non-citizen) convicted of an aggravated Read More

Student Visa – Immigration Law: Extension of Optional Training Period for certain foreign students extended- new rules take effect May 10, 2016 An immigration benefit for students has recently been expanded. Certain foreign nationals with student visas who earn degrees from US institutions of higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering or Read More

Deferred Action: Supreme Court to hear arguments regarding Executive Action to expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for parents of US Citizens and Permanent Residents). On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding President Obama’s executive actions to expand relief under certain programs meant to benefit certain immigrants Read More