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This is a question that comes up often. The consumption of marijuana has become a controversial topic in the United States in recent years, particularly due to the ongoing process of legalization in several states.  However, the situation becomes more complex when it comes to the rights and restrictions of non-U.S. citizens in the country.  This blog will examine the question: Can I get deported from the United States for smoking marijuana?  At BestImmigrationLawyer.com, it’s a question we get asked quite often.

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This month the United States Department of Homeland Security announced that it has designated the nation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”).  A country can be designated for TPS if the conditions in that country include armed conflict, environmental disaster or extraordinary conditions that otherwise make life dangerous in that country.  What this means in practical terms is that persons from Ethiopia currently residing in the United States as of October 20, 2022 can remain here for 18-months without fear of overstaying a visa or being deported.  That 18-month period can be extended if the TPS gets extended.  The rationale behind TPS is that persons from nations that have been designated for TPS status cannot return home without being placed in danger and therefore they must be allowed to remain in the United States for a temporary period of time for their protection.

Currently, Ethiopia’s Tigray region has witnessed an ongoing civil war since 2020 that has brought tremendous suffering and danger to the region.  In addition to this civil war, theshutterstock_2198353425-Converted-1-300x220 country is also experiencing food shortages, dangerous environmental conditions and other hardships that make life dangerous.  In recognition of this, the Secretary of DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas, recently commented that “Ethiopian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return will be able to remain and work in the United States until conditions in their home country improve.”  This news has been met with relief in the Ethiopian community and especially among those facing the prospect of overstaying a visa versus returning home to dangerous conditions.


A visa is a stamp in a person’s passport that allows him or her to travel to the United States for a specific purpose.  The only way to enter the United State legally is either as an immigrant or a non-immigrant with a visa.  There are two types of “B” visas: B-1 and B-2.  A B-1 visa  allows persons to come temporarily to the United States for business purposes.  A B-2 allows travel to the United States for non-business purposes such as visiting relatives or engaging in tourism activities.  The B visa is one of the most common types of visas a person can receive.  Here is everything you need to know about the “B” Visas. In fact, millions of visitors travel to the United States each year on B-1/B-2 visas.  A key point about B visas is that they only allow a person to remain temporarily in the United States.


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Welcome Patrick Lindemann, Esq. to the Best Immigration Lawyer Team

There are very few lawyers in the United States with Patrick Lindemann’s unique experience and accomplishments that practice immigration law. If you’re facing immigration issues and you need the best, you’ll want Patrick in your corner. An exceptional lawyer with deep experience and knowledge in the field of immigration law, Patrick is the first choice for client’s facing serious immigration issues. Based upon his professional background and work history, he has the respect of judges and government officials that deal with immigration matters.

Prior to joining BestImmigrationLawyer.com, Patrick spent over a decade with the United States Department of Homeland Security as a Trial Attorney handling nearly every type of immigration case. This unique experience has equipped Patrick to provide outstanding representation to clients dealing with the American immigration system. Whether you’re a business needing help with business immigration issues or you’re an individual facing deportation, Patrick can help. There are few lawyers with his level of expertise and knowledge regarding the immigration court process and system. Because of this, Patrick is often consulted by other lawyers who need help counseling their own clients about immigration matters. Whether your issue involves a bond hearing, a petition for asylum, adjustment of status, a DACA application or citizenship, Patrick and the BestImmigrationLawyer.com are here to help.

What you need to know about immigration court?

If you’re not an American citizen, or even if you are, you may have found yourself facing the immigration court system at some point in your life, perhaps because you entered the country without documentation or overstayed your visa. There are many misconceptions surrounding the immigration court system, and this confusion makes it much more difficult to navigate through it successfully, no matter what your particular situation is. To ensure that you’re as prepared as possible to navigate through this confusing legal process, take a look at the information below to help you understand how immigration court works.

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The law known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as “DACA,” was passed 10-years ago this month (June 15, 2012) during President Barack Obama’s Administration.  DACA protects individuals who arrived in the United States as children and affords them legal protection from deportation, along with giving them the right to work.  While the law was a significant step in the direction of providing protection to a large class of people living in the United States, immigration advocates have fought hard since the passage of DACA to provide recipients with a pathway toward permanent legal residence or citizenship.  The proposal to allow DACA recipients a pathway toward citizenship is known as the “Dream Act” and DACA eligible recipients are often referred to as “Dreamers.”

DACA hits 10 year anniversary sparking calls to pass the "Dream Act"

DACA hits 10 year anniversary sparking calls to pass the “Dream Act”

What’s The Difference Between A Green Card And A Visa?

This a question that gets asked often and is based upon a certain amount of confusion.  The starting point for alleviating the confusion and understanding the key differences between a green card and a visa is understanding that the entire American immigration system is based upon only two categories of persons: immigrants and non-immigrants.

What Is A Visa And Who Can Get One?


The short answer is “yes.”

Can You Sue USCIS If Your Immigration Petition is Taking TOO LONG?

Can You Sue USCIS If Your Immigration Petition is Taking TOO LONG?

The P Visa Admits Athletes, Artists And Entertainers

The Immigration Act of 1990 added the “P” class of visa to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The “P Visa” is a non-immigrant, limited duration visa that allows persons with high-profile international careers in sports and the arts or entertainment to compete or perform in the US.

Persons who wish to apply for a P Visa must meet certain qualifications to establish their level of international acclaim and, if approved, are then able to apply for the appropriate P Visa.

Domestic Violence Is A Crime That Will Get You Deported

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is set forth at Title 8 of the United States Code.  Section 237 of that law contains the provisions governing the deportation of noncitizens.  Committing certain crimes are grounds for automatic deportation and committing any crime may be found to be grounds for removal depending upon the particular circumstances. Crimes of domestic violence are specifically addressed by immigration laws.  Any noncitizen who commits a crime of domestic violence is deportable.  In addition to the provisions that address domestic violence, immigration laws include other domestic crimes that also result in deportation. If you’re a noncitizen and get convicted of a deportable domestic violence crime, it’s important to get legal assistance as quickly as possible to give yourself the best chance of successfully defending removal proceedings. Pinned-down-300x200

What Immigration Laws Say About Domestic Crimes

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