Episode 115

Published on:

13th Aug 2021

New Biometrics Rules: A Trap For Unwary Immigrants

I often cringe when I hear that immigrants are going to handle their cases on their own, without a lawyer.

I’ve seen far too many instances where pro per applicants – that is, immigrants acting as their own attorneys – made simple mistakes that could have and should have been avoided.

In some instances, when careless mistakes are made, a do-over is possible.  Other times, the problem is more serious.  It destroys their cases altogether.

A recent USCIS announcement, seemingly innocent, rekindled my worries for such “independent” applicants of immigration benefits.

The announcement pertained to biometrics appointments – appointments where an immigrant’s fingerprints and photographs are taken when they apply for green cards, citizenship, and other benefits.

On the surface, the announcement is not earth-shattering. However, the changes pose a real danger for unsuspecting immigrants.  

Recommended Links For More Information:

Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Pro Per Mistakes

The Impact Of Avoidable Actions: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences

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About the Podcast

The Immigration Mastermind
The Immigration Mastermind is a podcast for immigrants and their families that shares tips, insights, and tidbits to help guide the quest for permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. The podcast strives to build knowledge, while dispelling myths in short bite-sized, easy-to-understand snippets of pull-no-punches information.

Designed for both immigrant families who have already started the immigration process and those just starting to think about their journey, the Immigration Mastermind provides a mix of expert tips about legal rules, insights about breaking news, and tidbits to help immigrants and their families to keep their chin up, even when the road to success seems to be a never-ending road.

About your host

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Carlos Batara

Carlos Batara is an immigration lawyer, author, educator, public speaker, and online talk show host. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has cared for, protected, and guided immigrants from over 100 countries on their journeys to the United States. His goal is to help at least one family from every nation in the world before he calls it quits.

With family roots from Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, as well as Native American, Greek, and Turkish ancestry, he brings a broad multicultural background to the practice of immigration law.

Combined with knowledge gained from advanced studies in international relations and constitutional politics, Carlos is always willing to speak his mind openly on immigration issues.