186 episodes

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.

The Immigration Mastermind Carlos Batara

    • Society & Culture

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.

    Hardship Is Not A Silver-Spoon Theory

    Hardship Is Not A Silver-Spoon Theory

    It was the end of a heated battle.
    It was closing argument.
    I began.
    The concept of hardship, your honor, I said, is not a silver spoon theory. 
    What sufferings a person experiences in life, what contributions they make to this world, is not restricted to a small set of persons with elite titles and work positions.  
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    • 3 min
    Country Conditions: How To Assess The Difficulties Of Adjustment

    Country Conditions: How To Assess The Difficulties Of Adjustment

    The conditions of an immigrant’s home country is an important issue in all I-601 and I-601A cases. 
    Yet, such evidence is often minimized in waiver applications.
    The result?
    Many factors, which could make a difference between winning and losing, are missed in the process. 
    Related Podcasts:
    Episode 168: The Human Side Of Economic Hardships
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    Why The U.S. Must Grasp The Root Causes Of Central American Migration
    What Happens To U.S. Citizen Children Forced To Relocate With Deported Immigrant Parents?

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    Immigration Court: A House Of Misery

    Immigration Court: A House Of Misery

    Immigrants come to the United States for a singular purpose: to live a better life.
    A different reality often confronts them.
    Like stepping from a frying pan into a fire, once placed in immigration court proceedings, they come into contact with other individuals, who, trapped in their own personal misery, impose their negative sentiments onto immigrants.
    Related Podcasts:
    Episode 20: An Immigration Court Of Rudeness
    Episode 5: No Handshakes Allowed
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    Judicial Bullies In Black Robes: A Critique Of Immigration Courts
    A Simple Suggestion To Reform Immigration Bureaucracy

    • 3 min
    Affidavit of Support Tips You Should Know

    Affidavit of Support Tips You Should Know

    Anti-immigrant folks claim newcomers enter the U.S. to live off the government dole.
    The fear is embodied in immigration policy.
    The government does not want soon-to-be green card holders to become public charges relying on government support, such as welfare, food stamps, or Medicaid.
    Thus, when immigrants seek to win a green card, they must submit an Affidavit of Support.
    Related Podcasts:
    Episode 168: The Human Side Of Economic Hardships
    Episode 149: Do Not Fear A Request For Evidence
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    Nine Affidavit Of Support Keys To Permanent Residence Success
    Don’t Make These 8 Marriage Green Card Mistakes

    • 4 min
    The I-601 Hardships Of Children: Why Active Parenting Is Crucial

    The I-601 Hardships Of Children: Why Active Parenting Is Crucial

    The hardships of U.S. born children (or lawful permanent children) are often the deciding factor in waiver cases.
    This is true even when the children are non-qualifying relatives in an I-601A matter.
    It depends, in part, how much a child is close to dependent upon the parent whom is to be removed from that child’s life.
    This means evidence should be submitted that showcases bits and pieces of the child’s development.
    Their development, after all, impliedly speaks volumes about their parents.
    Related Podcasts:
    Episode 125: The Plight Of U.S. Citizen Spouses Of Immigrants
    Episode 94: Words Matter: The Political Myth Of Anchor Babies
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    I-601 And I-601A Qualifying Relatives: How To Unlock Hidden Hardships And Win Family Unity Waiver Cases
    What Happens To U.S. Citizen Children Forced To Relocate With Deported Immigrant Parents?

    • 3 min
    What Is The Notice To Appear?

    What Is The Notice To Appear?

    Do you have a date coming up in Immigration Court?
    If so, it means you have been served with a Notice To Appear – often referred to an NTA.
    It means the government has brought charges against you, and is asking the immigration court to deport you from the United States.
    The Notice To Appear is a short document – usually just two pages. 
    Don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity.
    Related Podcasts:
    Episode 59: What Is A Master Calendar Hearing?
    Episode 60: What Is A Merits Hearing?
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    Deportation Defense
    What You Need To Know About Removal Hearings And Trials

    • 4 min

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