Nashville Immigration Lawyers

Middle Tennessee Organization Needs Help Transitioning Refugee Children to Life in the U.S.

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2014

Imagine leaving behind your home, friends, and everything you know in order to seek a better life in another country. You understand little to none of the native language and culture that surrounds you, making adjusting to your new life extremely difficult.

The Nashville Immigration Lawyers with Ponce Law recognize these struggles. That is why the firm is so excited to see a Middle Tennessee organization working to relieve these stresses for many who are working to start a new life in the area.

WSMV 4 News reports that the Catholic Charities Refugee Youth Mentoring Program partners local volunteers with children and teens who are new to the United States and Nashville area. These individuals then help the children adjust to the sights, sounds, and experiences their new home has to offer.

One 14-year-old boy from Tanzania who participates in the program discussed how the program introduced him to Laundromats, and most recently, the history of Elvis Presley.

The organization is in need of more volunteers to assist in the program though and is calling for anyone who has several spare hours a week to reach out to help.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize encourage anyone with time available to help this great cause.

Government Reminds Filipino Refugees of Immigration Relief Efforts

by Staff Blogger | December 9th, 2013

December 9, 2013

A deadly typhoon ravaged the Philippines last month, leaving millions homeless and claiming countless lives. The Nashville Immigration Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that Filipino nationals may be eligible for certain immigration relief efforts from the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

A Press Release from the USCIS indicates that under certain circumstances like natural disasters, those applying for immigration to the United States may be eligible to extend certain application deadlines and grants. They may even qualify for changes to their nonimmigrant status, even if the authorized period of admission has expired. Certain fees may also be waived, and employment authorization may also be expedited.

Those who have been affected by the typhoon may also be eligible for faster processing of immigration petitions if the applicant has immediate relatives who are citizens of the United States.

Anyone wishing to invoke their right to these exceptions are encouraged to contact the USCIS through their website or by contacting the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates point out the processes to implement these exceptions can be quite complicated and complex. That is why the firm would encourage anyone considering changing their immigration status to discuss his or her legal rights with a reputable attorney first.