Friday, March 31, 2017

BIG NEWS! Ninth Circuit holds TPS Recipients can adjust status as if they are in lawful status.

Today, the Ninth Circuit in Ramirez v. Brown (No. 14-35633) has held that recipients of Temporary Protected Status are deemed to be in lawful status and thus are considered to have been inspected and admitted for purposes of adjusting status. Read the decision here.

This decision affects many, many TPS holders. If you have TPS, you should schedule an appointment with us to determine whether we can get you a green card.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The new enforcement guidelines: what they mean and what you should do right now.

The new immigration enforcement guidelines are of great concern to us, particularly as they call for an expanded use of expedited removal. Expedited removal means that an officer can enter AND execute a deportation order without ever getting to see a judge. Not everyone who is in the United States without documentation is subject to expedited removal. You can read more at our detail page here.

Schedule an appointment with us immediately so we can prepare you to avoid expedited removal. Call us at (818)804-5729 to schedule an appointment today.

We can analyze your unique circumstances, advise you of your rights under the law and any available relief for which you may be eligible, and in most cases provide you with written materials that you can present to an immigration officer that may protect your rights in the event you or a family member gets detained.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our Renewed Commitment in the Face of the Recent Immigration Raids

The raids in Los Angeles and other major cities across the United States which began on February 10, 2017 as well as the malformed executive order which was recently frozen in the Court of Appeals have placed our offices and our staff on high alert. We stand ready to represent and advocate for any persons, or family members of any persons who may be harmed in the coming days, weeks, and months of the current enforcement environment.

Berke Law Offices, Inc., has been representing immigrants since 1990 with passion and intelligence. As proud members of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association we stand with our brethren in the Immigration Bar in fighting any efforts of the present administration to exceed its legal and constitutional authority to enforce the current law and to fight passionately against those aspects of the law which are unjust and unfair to our immigrant communities.

It is more important than ever that all aliens, residents, and even citizen KNOW and EXERCISE their constitutional rights (see an excellent primer published by the ACLU here.)

Now, more than ever, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you to prepare for what may come. We stand at the ready to examine your unique circumstances and work with you toward a strategy for withstanding these trying times. If our offices are not convenient to you, there are many excellent immigration attorneys to be found at

Finally, as it has always been, make sure you are consulting with a licensed attorney and not an immigration consultant or notario. Only licensed attorneys are permitted to give you legal advice.