How to Find the Best Immigration Attorney

Immigration Attorney

Immigration Attorney

Don’t make me crawl when I am born to fly! Most people nowadays don’t want to stay in one place. Everyone wants to reach the top and to make it possible they wander around the world. However, getting immigration in other country is not a piece of cake. This is where immigration attorney like attorney Robert Pascal plays a role of a superhero in our lives. Everyone knows how difficult it is to get immigration in a place like the United States. Therefore, it is important to choose the right immigration attorney.

Here are few tips to choose the best immigration attorney

Read Reviews and ratings


In the era of technology, you can easily check out the review and ratings of the firm on Google in a single swipe. Reviews from actual clients give you a true picture of the work culture and ethics of the law firm and its lawyers. Furthermore, a website speaks a lot about the professionalism, accountability, and sincerity about the entity. In the end, those who care about their business will eventually care about their client’s business.

Check out their Experience

Quality and goodwill play a great role in the corporate world. However, it comes with an experience and skills. Therefore, before choosing any law firm it is very important to check out their experience and knowledge in the respective field. For say, if you looking for an immigration lawyer, it is important to know how well do they know about immigration attorney.


Choosing the best law firm is not enough if they are not easily accessible every single time when you need them. Dealing with immigration cases is very stressful and hectic task as one mistake can ruin your efforts and money. Therefore, it is important that your lawyer must be easily accessible at the time when you need solutions for your doubts. After all, this is the reason we are approaching them.

Negotiate Fee charges

No doubt, quality matters over quantity, but it is important to discuss money with the attorney you are considering. As we know, immigration attorney charge for their time, so it is important transparent about the quote, and do ask them how he reached that figure. Otherwise, in the end, you might face a sudden bill that you not even imagined.

Choose a lawyer who knows your language

Language is one of the major barriers that face most people. Therefore, it is advisable to go for a lawyer who can read and speak your language easily. For say, you are living in Florida, the United States, a lawyer who understands the United States native language can be the best option for you. Most people in Florida, feel lucky as they hired good attorney Robert pascal firm for their immigration and other law related matters. They are known best in the industry for services and accountability.


So next time before choosing an immigration attorney, do consider these points in order to avoid rejection for the immigration. Have a successful life!

Hire the Best Criminal Lawyer in Las Vegas

Sometimes the fight between two people (family member and friends) has turned into physical violence. In this case, the police come and arrest any one of two for the crime of Domestic violence. The allegation of this criminal offense is really hard to fight with. Are you facing the charges of DUI cases in Las Vegas? If yes, then no need to be hopeless. Individuals can contact various available criminal defense attorney online for the legal representation against their criminal offense.

Robert Pascal is the best lawyer as he did all the possible things in order to defend the client’s right. Actually, sometimes individuals misunderstand the violence and file charges. Hence, you should have to discuss everything that has happened with the attorney. After this, the lawyer discusses the possible options for you and also tell whether to negotiate.


The Criminal Offense has Negative Impact on Life

The charges for any kind of violence really ruin the lives of people. Individuals can face problems like going to jail, high fines and loss of license etc. In addition to this, it also impacts many aspects of your personal life negatively. In fact, there are different Domestic violence penalties which are for various kind of crime.

Hence, individuals have to seek the help of Robert Pascal lawyer for resolving their problem. The professional endow the legal representation which is useful to bring your life to the normal track. One can take a deep breath because the lawyer defends them from any kind of legal issues against them.

Fight for Your Freedom

The violence charges are seriously difficult to deal with. Even if the jury declares you innocent or dismisses the charges, still there may be issues to resolve.  This is vital to investigate the issues that may be liable for the untrue charges. Robert Pascal the domestic violence lawyer Las Vegas endow the best support to his clients.

The professional did the best in order to close your case. Actually, the attorney gathers all the evidence for providing the complete view of the situation on the court. This criminal defense lawyer has the knowledge of the law as well as science and has the capability to challenges the evidence against you. The attorney examines all the angles of DUI cases for uncovering the truth and then let the jury decide.

Contact for the consultation with Las Vegas lawyer

It is advisable for individuals that never wait in order to get the protection that they need. You just need to make contact with Robert Pascal Domestic violence attorney. All you require to do is to drop a message or mail and making a call for the consultation. Actually, this lawyer has experience of many years of handling of handling the legal cases.


US Citizenship Interview & Child Support


by Attorney Robert A. Pascal

Today another potential client has arrived to discuss his application for US citizenship. He is well qualified: no problem with the English language; never arrested for a crime; and meets all the guidelines for eligibility, but one. He hasn’t been current with his child support obligations. Unfortunately, failure to maintain support goes to the standard of GMC or “good moral character”, which is required to become a US citizen.

In completing the N-400 “Application For Naturalization”, you are asked in Part 10 & 11, specific questions regarding marital history and children. This is followed up with a question in Part 12, 30 H as to whether you have “failed to support your dependents or pay alimony.” It will be your burden to provide sufficient documentary evidence to the examiner at the interview that you have complied with your support obligation, especially for your children. It does not matter whether the support has been court ordered or not.

Chapter 5 – Conditional Bars for Acts in the Statutory Period – of the USCIS policy guidelines state the following:

K. Failure to Support Dependents

“An applicant An applicant who willfully failed or refused to support his or her dependents during the statutory period cannot establish GMC unless the applicant establishes extenuating circumstances. The GMC determination for failure to support dependents includes consideration of whether the applicant has complied with his or her child support obligations abroad in cases where it is relevant. Even if there is no court-ordered child support, the courts have concluded that parents have a moral and legal obligation to provide support for their minor children, and a willful failure to provide such support demonstrates that the individual lacks GMC. “

The Policy manual further details that “an applicant who fails to support dependents may lack GMC if he or she:

– Deserts a minor child;
-Fails to pay any support;
-obviously pays an insufficient amount.

This section continues with the requirement the USCIS officer identify the period of non compliance by the applicant and a review of all court records regarding child support.

If the applicant has not stayed current with his support obligations, the officer can consider “extenuating circumstances” for the non-payment. For example, unemployment, financial inability, the cause of unemployment, good faith efforts to pay, mistaken belief the support obligation had been satisfied, or a miscalculation of court ordered arrears.

It is therefore, extremely important to bring copies of all court ordered support obligations, copies of all payments made either cancelled checks, receipts, or money orders. In addition, a certified letter from the spouse acknowledging payment of the support obligations. If you do not have this evidence, the USCIS can deny your application for US Citizenship.

If you have a support issue, please do not hesitate to call us at (954) 522-4058. we represent clients across the US and abroad via telephone, Skype, internet or in office appointments. You can also learn more about Robert Pascal’s qualifications by visiting   his profile at


USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Cards

Attorney Robert Pascal has recently read the USCIS announced that they will begin issuing redesigned greencards and employment authorization cards beginning on May 1, 2017.

These redesigns are enacted to reduce the instances of document fraud, and to also create cards that are more durable and tamper resistant.

These newly redesigned cards will feature the following changes:

  1.  The individuals photo will be displayed on both the front and the back of the card;
  2. There will be a unique color and graphic palette depending on the type of card. For the permanent resident card there will be a Statue of Liberty and for the employment authorization card there will be a bald eagle.

Each card will also have a holographic image and will no longer display the individuals signature.

You may obtain additional information by following this link to the USCIS notification page.

Tips to Prepare for your US Embassy Visa Interview

Alas, for many of you, the day has arrived when you went to your mailbox or checked your email and received a letter from the US Embassy or the National Visa Center (NVC) for your scheduled interview date.

You will usually be given about 6-8 weeks notice for the interview, and you will usually need this time to complete any remaining requirements, such as the medical examination or obtaining a police clearance letter, completed prior to the interview date. The requirements will differ between the types of visas you will be interviewing for, as there are significant differences in the documentation requirements between immigrant and non-immigrant applicants.

The most important step is to first read the interview letter completely. The letter will not only specify the date and time of your interview, but it will also direct you to the interview requirements of that specific US Embassy.

You can locate the US Embassy of your interview using the following link First click on the hemisphere, and from there you will be taken to a list of the countries in that specific region. One you find your appropriate US Embassy or Consulate, you will need to click on the “Visas”. You will now be taken to a page that will further direct you to information whether you are a immigrant or non-immigrant applicant.

After clicking on the appropriate link, the next page will have a link for the interview. This page will have very important information such as the list of documents you will need to bring with you to the interview. Remember the documents will need to bring need to be the originals or certified copies of the documents you may have previously submitted. Also, make one additional copy of these documents , should the Consular officer require documentation for their file.

Also, you may be directed to complete a DS-160 (Non-immigrant) or a DS-260 (Immigrant) online through the US Department of State website , which will need to be finalized before the day of your interview. Also, if required to obtain a physical examination, you will need to wait until you receive the interview letter first before being able to make the exam appointment.

Please check the US Department of State website at:

Once you arrive on this page, look to the middle and you will see a drop down menu that will provide you with the names and addresses of approved physicians in your country to conduct the physical examination. Do not use any physician other than those listed on the US Department of State approved physicians or your physical exam will be rejected.

Also, make sure you have all proper police clearance certificates required. In some countries, such as Peru , you will need two separate police clearance certificates.

With the interview notice there will be a documentation checklist indicating which documents have been submitted and which items are missing. Please take your time and go through the list to see that any missing documents are located and submitted at the interview as well as the originals or certified copies of those items on the checklist.

On the day of your interview, dress appropriately and be on time. If you are late for your appointment you will normally be denied entry and will have to reschedule the interview, causing a delay. Usually, only the applicant is permitted into the interview, unless a senior citizen or minor child. If it is a visa for a fiancé or spouse, I do encourage my client’s spouses that appled for them to attend the interview. No attorneys are permitted either.

When you get into the US embassy, please follow directions. The interview itself will be held at the equivalent of a bank teller’s window inside. If you have any photos or documents to produce, please see they are thin enough to slide under the glass as you will not be able to pass a photo album or such thick paperwork to the Consular Officer.

Please remain calm during the interview process. Answer all questions honestly as one lie will result in immediate denial of your application. Once the interview is completed you will usually be advised of the determination.

If the visa is denied, usually the denial is stamped there at the interview and if granted, the US Embassy may take the passport, issue you the visa, and send your passport back to you within five days to a nearby postal office or designated facility.

It our hope that you have a favorable determination following your interview. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Robert Pascal, and the Law Offices of Robert A. Pascal, P.A. at 954-522-4058 .

How To Apply For the USA Green Card Lottery

As we start moving into the fall, my office begins to receive inquiries as to when the DV-2018, green card lottery, will begin accepting applications and how to apply .This article will give you a general understanding of the application process.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Roughly 50,000 visas are available each year. We do not expect any reduction or increase in the number of visas for the DV-2018. The DV lottery usually opens from October to November each year.

To qualify for entry into this green card lottery, the entrant should first determine if they are from an eligible country. You can either visit the US State Department website at or to locate this list of eligible countries.

In the event an entrant is not from an eligible country, they could still qualify based upon a marriage to a person from an eligible country or the country of birth of either of the entrant’s parents, if the entrant was born in a country in which neither parent was born and in the entrant’s parents were not residents at the time of the entrant’s birth.

In addition, there is also the requirement that every DV entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience. A high school education or equivalent is defined as successful completion of a 12 year course of study of elementary and secondary education comparable to a high school education in the United States. Only formal courses will meet this requirement.  Correspondence courses or GED equivalents will not.  Documentary proof of the satisfactory completion of the educational requirement will be required at the time of the consular interview.

As to the work experience requirement, the applicant should go onto the US Department of Labor website and check the online database at  to determine if the work experience has a specific vocation preparation range of at least 7 or higher.

To conduct this search, go to and under the “find occupations” select “job family”, make your selection, and click “Go”. From there click on the link for your specific occupation and select the tab “job zone” to find the designated job zone number and specific vocational preparation rating range. If your job is a 7 or higher, you are eligible.

The actual entry form is prepared online and in an electronic format.  It should take no more than (30) thirty minutes to complete the online application and will also require you upload a digital photo of yourself.  There is no fee, it is free to enter.

If applying for yourself and your wife, you can each submit your own applications. Do not submit more than one entry or you will be disqualified.  Any of your single children under the age of 21 can also be included with your application.

As to the age requirements, you have to be a minimum of (18) eighteen years of age. You can submit the application even if you are in the United States, but if you are illegal, it will not be a waiver to file for an Adjustment of status application.

After 6-12 months from the Date of the lottery close, the US Department of State will notify winners via their confirmation number by the entrant accessing the Entrant Status check page on the website. This information will provide the entrant with further visa processing instructions and immigrant visa appointment time and date.

Best of luck!  I do have a number of clients that have won their green cards thru the DV lottery, so take a chance and apply!





Obama’s Expanded Deferred Action Plan

The Impact of the US Supreme Court’s Decision on President Obama’s Expanded Deferred Action Plan

Yesterday was a sad day for roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants and their families awaiting the possibility of expanded Deferred Action for Parents of US Citizens/ Lawful Permanent Residents,  and the removal of age restriction requirements for Dream Act applicants.  The US Supreme Court in 4-4 split decision affirmed the lower court ruling in the case of United States v. Texas.  All the US Supreme Court stated in their decision was “the judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.”

The case of US v. Texas was originally brought by a Republican led coalition from 26 states challenging the authority of the President to use his executive authority related to the announcement of the expanded executive action programs in immigration in November, 2014.

As a result of the Republican efforts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction on February 16, 2015, preventing President Obama’s expanded immigration program from going into effect.

The case was appealed to the United States District Court of Appeals , Fifth Circuit, who  affirmed the preliminary injunction,   and sent the case back to the trial court level.

Through legal meandering, the case eventually made its way to the US Supreme Court. On January 19, 2016, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the case.  We have now received a ruling six months later.

Essentially, with the Supreme Court not having a replacement for Antonin Scalia, and being split down the middle, the effect of their decision is to keep the preliminary injunction issued by the lower court in place for the time being. By doing so, the expanded DAPA and Dreamers programs are halted and will not go into effect.   The positive side of this issue, is that those who are currently Dreamers and those beneficiaries of the initial executive action programs will not be affected by this ruling.

The Obama administration could still request a rehearing on the ruling, and there are still two other pending court cases that present the same issues as US v Texas.  The current problem is there is still a Supreme Court vacancy that would need to be filled to help break the tie.  It is right now unlikely the US Senate will move forward with any confirmation hearings until the presidential election has passed.

For the time being, if you want immigration reform, then you are encouraged to support those candidates running for public office to stand with the 4 million affected and find a path to give the undocumented immigrants and their families a chance at the American dream.

To discuss your immigration case, please contact us via telephone (954) 522-4058, Spanish (954) 522-1452 or via email at Attorney Robert Pascal.

Law Offices of Robert A. Pascal, P.A.




I am regularly asked by my clients who are LPR’s (Lawful Permanent Residents) , how their residency status would be affected if they had to leave the US for a year or longer due to their employment, family or health issues and what they would need to do to protect their permanent residency status. This article will discuss those issues and recommendations to best protect permanent residency status.

First of all, being a lawful permanent resident means you have to physically reside in the USA. You are allowed to travel outside of the US, but need to be aware that residency can be jeopardized in certain situations for absences for six months or longer.

An extended absence from the US for a period of greater than six months but less than a year creates a “rebuttable presumption” that you are intending to abandon your US residency.  This means that you will need to rebut this presumption by providing evidence that you are maintaining a physical US residence, paying your taxes, and additional documentation to show that you have not abandoned your US residence. Also, your US permanent residency may be considered abandoned for absences shorter than one year if you take up residence in another country.

If you are outside of the US for a period of one year or longer then your Permanent Residence card becomes technically invalid.  Not only will it affect the continuous residency requirements in applying for US citizenship, it can result in denial of re-entry into the US unless the LPR holds a valid re-entry permit.

It is strongly recommended that if you anticipate an extended absence from the US for a year or longer, then be proactive and apply for a re-entry permit prior to leaving the US.

We will now discuss the application process for obtaining a re-entry permit. You will need to complete the USCIS form I-131, submit the documentation to substantiate your request, and pay the filing fee of $360.00.  Depending on where you live , you will need to file your application with the designated USCIS service center that has jurisdiction over your state. You need to be physically present in the US when you file this application as it is a requirement.

Following the receipt of the filing, the USCIS will mail you a Notice of Action within 30 days. We recommend that you strictly use a US address either your attorney, family or a friend. Usually, the next correspondence you will receive is an appointment notice for your biometrics. This appointment will be only for the purpose of obtaining your fingerprints, and there is no interview.  If you have left the US after filing your I-130, you can return for your biometrics appointment. We recommend not trying to reschedule the biometrics appointment as failure to complete the biometrics within 120 days will result in denial of your application.

After the biometrics have been taken, then the USCIS will review the application and determine whether you submitted appropriate documentation to justify the application or whether additional documentation is required.  If there is an issue, the USCIS will issue a yellow letter called a Request for Evidence. This letter will details what additional information or documentation is needed by the service. Usually you will be given two or three months to respond. If you do not respond within the time specified or fail to produce the requested evidence, the application will be denied.

Following the biometrics, If everything was deemed sufficient without a request for evidence,  you should expect a decision within 8-12 weeks.  If approved, you can designate which US consulate, US embassy or foreign USCIS  office, you would like the re-entry card sent to by the USCIS.

The re-entry card is valid for a period of two years, and can be renewed again for an additional two years. You will need to carry it with you each time you re-enter the US during the period of your extended absence or your eventual return to the US after a year.

Disclaimer:  This article is only intended as general guidance and is not deemed to be any form of legal advice by Robert A. Pascal, P.A. Any reader or interested applicant should consult with an experienced immigration attorney before attempting to file this document on their own as each case and facts are different.  


May, 2016
















After preparing and filing my client’s N-400 applications for US citizenship, I am then asked what they should do to prepare for the actual citizenship interview. I actually spend a couple of hours with each of my client’s before the actual interview and conduct an intensive practice session to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Although every client is different, I am going to give you a general set of guidelines to help you prepare. These are as follows:

1. Get to the Service center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled interview. The last thing you need aside from the nervousness you may feel is to be running late to the interview. Take a test drive by the Service center before the day of the interview so you exactly know where it is and the time it will take for you to arrive there.
2. Do not forget to bring any original documents along with a copy for the USCIS Officer. At the minimum this will require bringing your state issued identification, permanent residence card and passport. If you have a criminal record, then bring certified copies of the arrest report and criminal conviction.
3. Dress appropriately. A jacket and tie or a formal gown isn’t necessary, but neither is a t-shirt and blue jeans. Dress as you would for a job interview.
4. Answer the Officer respectfully. A Maam or Sir goes a long way in deferring to the authority the USCIS Officer who has in the ultimate outcome of your application.
5. Go to the USCIS website and download the civics and English test questions about a month before the interview. The civics book has one hundred questions and answers of which you will be asked five from the book. Usually the book gives you a few correct answers for a question, you usually need to know only one, but read each question and answer carefully.
6. The English portion is your ability to understand and respond accordingly to the questions that will be asked of you during the interview. You may be asked to write out a sentence in English and to respond to additional questions by the USCIS Officer. If you a not extremely proficient in the English language, and do not qualify for an exemption from the language requirement, then it is important to hone your English skills from the moment you submit your N-400 application. There are many free ESOL language courses offered across the USA as well as free internet courses available. If you speak your native language in your household, try to only speak English and watch English television shows.
7. Take a deep breath and relax before you go into the interview room. If for any reason you are not proficient with the language, civics or English requirements, you will usually be scheduled for an additional interview within 90 days to try again.
8. If you pass, you will then be given a notification that you passed the interview and that you will be scheduled for the next swearing in ceremony to formally become a US Citizen. This is usually within three weeks from your interview date.
9. If you do have an issue related to a criminal conviction or lengthy overstay over 6 months out of the US, please retain an Immigration Attorney to attend the interview with you.



This morning I walked into the office and was handed a stack of phone messages from prospective clients calling in regard to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration that was announced last night.
Although it will temporarily help 5 million undocumented immigrants, it is not the comprehensive solution that currently lies dormant in Congress and specifically the House of Representatives.
This Executive action is not Amnesty, and does not grant any legal residency or a pathway to citizenship. It only grants the applicant the ability to obtain a work authorization, driver’s license, and remain free from deportation for a period of three years. It could be renewed for an additional three years through additional executive action. As I explain to my client’s, you will neither be in heaven or hell, but will walk in a state of legal limbo. Most likely these applicants will be given priority in applying for any amnesty plan that is passed by Congress in the future.
Although there are many facets to this plan, I am going to explain the two primary groups that will benefit from this Executive order.
The First group will be Parents of Legal Permanent Residents or United States Citizens. The program will be called Deferred Action For Parents (DAP) and has the following requirements:
1. You are the parent of a child that is a United States Citizen or Legal Permanent resident;
2. You have been in the United States prior to January 1, 2010;
3. You have not been convicted of a crime

The Second group will encompass an expansion of the current (DACA) Deferred Action For Child Arrivals better known as “DREAMERS. This program will maintain many of the same requirements as DACA, including:
1. Proof the applicant entered the US prior to their 16th birthday;
2. The arrival was prior to January 1, 2010;
3. There has been no criminal conviction;
As to the requirement of having attained a GED or HS diploma, we will need to await the finalized rules as these will be promulgated by the USCIS.
Right now, it is expected to take at least six months until the USCIS will be able to accept applications under this new Executive Order. The most important component to these applications will be documentation, and the sooner you can get started in compiling this documentation, the sooner your application be submitted when the program begins accepting applications.

I am encouraging my current and prospective clients to call and schedule a consultation so that we can review your personal details and advise you as to the documentation you will need to compile for the application.

Tel: (954) 522-4058: