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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.

    Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
    What can you do to help this battle against modern day slavery?
    Become more self-aware of the problem. Learn how to spot its signs. And share this information with your friends, family members, co-workers, and acquaintances.
    Here are two organizations to help you get started: https://www.castla.org/ (The Coalition To Abolish Slavery) and https://hopeforjustice.org/ (Hope For Justice).
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/human-trafficking-in-riverside-and-san-bernardino (New Centers Of Human Trafficking )
    https://www.carlosbatara.com/human-trafficking-awareness/ (Human Trafficking Awareness: The First Step In Defeating Human Slavery)

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    I-601 Hardship (Tip 5)

    I-601 Hardship (Tip 5)

    When you prepare your hardship application, you don't want to exaggerate your suffering.
    But you also do want to understate your case.
    Create a list of the different factors of hardship in your life. Label them as either a discomfort or a disaster.
    For those in the discomfort category, is there evidence you're missing?
    For those in the disaster category, are you sure you have adequate proof?
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/i-601-waiver-hardship-guidelines (The New I-601 Hardship Waiver Guidelines)
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/hardship-changes-expanded-categories-restrictive-decisions (The Power Of Discretion In I-601 Waiver Decisions)

    • 2 min
    I-601 Hardship (Tip 4)

    I-601 Hardship (Tip 4)

    Do your closest family members, friends, and co-workers even know you have an immigration case?
    If not, you may be missing out on a ton of good evidence.
    Individuals who know you well, who can testify about your tight bonds and influence with your wife and children, may make the different between winning your hardship waiver or losing it.
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/i-601-waiver-hardship-tips (8 Tips For Winning Your Hardship Waiver)
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/subjective-deportation-decisions-without-parameters (I-601 Qualifying Relatives: How To Win Family Unity Waivers)

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    War Criminals: A U.S. Citizenship Puzzle

    War Criminals: A U.S. Citizenship Puzzle

    After war, participants often seek refuge in far-away lands.
    Some take on new identities, hiding their roles in carrying out war crimes. Many become residents of their adopted countries and lead normal lives in new communities.
    The United States is not immune to such subterfuge.
    War criminals from a wide range of countries have slipped through immigration safeguards and acquired U.S. citizenship.
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/war-criminals-denaturalization (Citizenship, War Criminals, And Immigration Fraud)
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/denaturalization-revocation-citizenship (Denaturalization And Revocation: Losing Your U.S. Citizenship)

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    Immigrant Adoption Potholes

    Immigrant Adoption Potholes

    U.S. immigration law has many policy potholes. Citizenship rules for adopted immigrant children is one such chasm.
    Brought here as youngsters, thousands end up as persons without a country to call home.
    They grow up believing they are American citizens.
    Only to find out, years later, when they're adults, that they lack valid immigration status.
    They're vulnerable to being deported to a country that does not recognize them as one of their own.
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/international-adoption-family-unity-shortcoming (International Adoptions: Another Crack In The U.S. Family Unity System)
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/impact-avoidable-immigration-actions (The Impact Of Avoidable Actions: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences)

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    Why Entries And Exits Can Make Or Break Your Case

    Why Entries And Exits Can Make Or Break Your Case

    Before taking a case, I ask questions, sometimes a lot of questions, about the immigrant’s entries to and exits from the United States.
    Some prospective clients get antsy, and say, “I just want to know if I qualify for permanent residence. Why do you need to know all that information?”
    My response?
    “To do exactly that – To figure out what, if any, paths to legalization exist for you.”
    After all, entries and exits are facts that the government always looks at.
    Recommended Links For More Information:
    https://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/four-immigrant-entry-questions (Entry, Exit, And Admission Problems: Which Do You Need To Overcome?)
    https://www.carlosbatara.com/why-thorough-consultations-are-necessary/ (Why Thoroughness Should Not Be A Mere Afterthought In Consultations)

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