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SJC Holds Padilla to Be Retroactive Under Massachusetts Common Law and Article 12 of The Massachusetts Declaration of Rights

A unanimous opinion recently issued by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) may give some immigrants a shot at obtaining legal status. In Commonwealth v. Sylvain, the SJC found that it is still the responsibility of the defense counsel to inform noncitizens clients of any possible immigration consequences.

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Attorney Foley in Belfast with Lord Mayor

In Ireland last week, I traveled north to Belfast to visit old friend Mairtin O Muilleoir. In addition to being the publisher of the Irish Echo newspaper in New York, Mairtin is a member of the Belfast City Council and he is currently the Lord Mayor of Belfast.

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Foley Law Files Same Sex Adjustment Case

We have filed our first same-sex adjustment of status marriage case following the groundbreaking decision from the U. S. Supreme Court (United States v. Windsor) that ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (commonly referred to as “DOMA”) was unconstitutional. DOMA had barred same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits including immigration benefits.

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An Alternative to H-1-B Visas

With H-1-B visas exhausted for the year, Foley Law Offices has been fielding calls from individuals from around the world interested in the EB-5 visa. Once known as the Million Dollar Visa, an EB-5 allows an intending immigrant (plus spouse and all children under 21) to invest approximately $550K in a regional center to obtain a Legal Resident/Green card.

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Welcome to The New Immigration Blog for Foley Law Offices

For more than two decades, I have been able to assist men and women of all backgrounds and nationalities in their pursuit of legal residency and renewed hope and opportunity here in the United States of America. I am passionate about helping my clients discover answers to their immigration problems and enjoy the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

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