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  • BR Client of the Month- April 2014

    Our Client of the Month for April 2014 is Jose Menjivar Mercado, who became a lawful permanent resident of the United States on March 25, 2014. Jose’s story is an inspiring tale of courage and perseverance that took him from an abusive home in Honduras to a loving adoptive family – and ultimately a green card – in America. Jos.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- March 2014

    Kyle is our Client of the Month for March 2014. Kyle became a United States citizen on March 10, 2014 when Gina Pastore, a supervisor for the Naturalization Section for the Newark office of the Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS), invited Kyle to her office, with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline, for a private oath ceremony. The .. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- February 2014

    We are pleased to recognize Sithandekile “Tandy” Moyo as our February 2014 client of the month. Over the past 25 years, she has dedicated herself to the betterment of the United States, raising and providing for three United States citizen children as a single mother, dedicating herself to her education and training to become a nur.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- January 2014

    We are proud to recognize our friend and client, Ambassador Husain Haqqani (http://www.husainhaqqani.com/)as our first Client of the Month for 2014. Husain Haqqani is a Pakistani scholar and public figure and, most recently, the author of Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (http://www.amazon... Read More

  • BR Clients of the Month- December 2013

    Our clients of the month for December 2013 are Clemens Osorio Tello and Yury Soto Cabrera. As an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Clemens has dedicated his career to serving his country. Yet, his service was considerably limited when he married his Guatemalan wife Yury. Because Yury was undocumented, the U.S. Coast Guard stripped Cleme.. Read More

  • BR Clients of the Month for November 2013

    Our Clients of the Month for November 2013 are Taras Shumelda and Oksana Korenovska. We can think of few people who have had such a productive six months. Six months ago, Taras was a permanent resident. He and Oksana had married years ago, but she continued to hold student status. Oksana was pregnant with the couple’s first child. B.. Read More

  • Clients of the Month- October 2013

    Our Clients of the Month for October 2013 are Erickson Badillo and John Taylor. Erickson and John got married in Maryland in July 2013, weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from recognizing marriages valid under state law, was unconstitutional. The Windsor de.. Read More

  • BR Clients of the Month- September 2013

    Our clients, Sudipto Banerjee and Somasree Dasgupta, are our clients of the month for September 2013. In August, the CIS informed the couple that their applications for adjustment of status to residence has been approved. The approval came approximately three months after the CIS also decided that Dr. Banerjee is an outstanding researcher in .. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- August 2013

    Abel Rodriguez is our client of the month for August 2013. On July 30, 2013, Abel took the oath of naturalization to complete his journey from undocumented immigrant to citizen. Abel's "path to citizenship" was long, circuitous and by no means certain. It was Abel's determination, constancy, and affability that go him through a thicket of la.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- July 2013

    Our July 2013 Client of the Month is Temitope "Tope" Akinsade, United States citizen. A native of Nigeria, Tope came to the United States with his family as a 7-year-old in 1988. In 2000, at the age of 19, he pled guilty to a felony embezzlement charge after cashing three checks for some neighborhood toughs at the bank where he was workin.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month - June 2013

    Khuswant and Shweta Singh are our June clients of the month. They came to the United States in 1999 in search for better opportunities and the American dream. Khuswant began working for an employer who agreed to sponsor him for an employment-based visa, while Shweta enrolled in school to continue her education. They continued working and con.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month - May 2013

    Here at Benach Ragland we fight to keep our clients and their family members safe. Our client, Sophie, fled Cambodia after suffering a lifetime of violence, exploitation, and abuse, first as a child victim of the Khmer Rouge and then as a victim of unimaginable domestic violence at the hands of a powerful provincial governor. After her arrival in.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month - April 2013

    Eusebia Zamudio is our client of the month for April 2013. Eusebia has had her residence for three years and has established herself as a successful independent businesswoman. She recently was awarded a brand new Chevy Equinox from Mary Kay cosmetics for achieving outstanding sales goals. But it wasn’t always this way for Eusebia. For.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month - March 2013

    Here at Benach Ragland, we never give up – we are steadfast in fighting for our clients until justice has been achieved. After eight years of anxiety, numerous immigration applications filed with the U.S. government, and several government errors, our clients, a brother and sister from Iran, recently realized that justice. Our clients c.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month - February 2013

    Here at Benach Ragland, we fight for families (http://liftedlamp.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/fighting-for-togetherness/) - families like our clients from Bangladesh, who were separated for over five years because of a misunderstanding at a consular interview and a mistake that the consul repeatedly refused to correct. A naturalized U.S. citizen husba.. Read More

  • U.S. immigration law

    U.S. immigration law is tough and unforgiving. The immigration process is unsettling and your success depends on a steady, skilled hand to guide you through the minefields of the immigration system. Whether you're in removal proceedings, want to apply for residence or citizenship, or need to take your case to federal court, Benach Ragland has the .. Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Dree Collopy on I-601A Provisional Waivers

Benach Ragland - Friday, September 13, 2013
In June 2013, Immigration Briefings, a West publication serving lawyers, published Dree Collopy' (http://www.benachragland.com/dree-k-collopy)s article entitled "I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence: A Practitioner's Guide for Preserving Family Unity." (/documents/June2013_IB.pdf) Intended to help attorneys navigate the new legal landscape of the I-601A provisional waiver (http://www.benachragland.com/waivers-of-inadmissibility), Dree's article demonstrates Dree's expertise in hardship waivers and skill in getting the most for her clients. The article identifies the problems that the I-601A provisional waiver was meant to solve and the practical step lawyers should follow to ensure that they prepare a proper application. Moreover, Dree provides a detailed discussion of the nature of "extreme hardship" and provides suggestions to show how applicants can meet their burden of establishing extreme hardship. The complexities of the new I-601 provisional waiver process and the ..

Meet Jim Mowrer, Running for Congress Against Steve King

Benach Ragland - Friday, September 13, 2013
(http://liftedlamp.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/mowrer-with-acb-and-jdc.jpg) On Tuesday, August 20, approximately fifty people gathered at Benach Ragland’s offices in Washington, DC to meet and support a 27 year old candidate for Congress from the 4th District of Iowa. Jim Mowrer (http://mowrerforiowa.com/), born on a farm in Boone Iowa, and a veteran of our war in Iraq, is challenging the incumbent Steve King (http://swampland.time.com/2013/07/26/the-republicans-have-a-steve-king-problem/) for his seat in Congress. Readers of this blog need no introduction to Steve King (http://liftedlamp.com/2012/09/10/oh-no-he-didnt-romney-endorses-anti-immigrant-wingnut-steve-king/) as he is a leader of the extreme anti-immigrant faction of American politics. With little results to his name, King has emerged as a rallying point for the “deport ‘em all” crowd with his willingness to say things that are not only insulting but patently and verifiably false. As t ..

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