The most simple but very fundamental message I kept hearing is that, if you intend changing your status to permanent residence you have the burden of proving that you provide benefit to the US.
Attorney Joe Fonlon chaired and coordinated the Q&A session. Attorney Innocent Anchang open the floor with a detailed insight on the various categories of immigration status. Attorney Kevin Patcha addressed the current immigration law. Attorney James Epo addressed deportation and criminal offenses. Attorney Joe Fonlon couldn't overstate the point that the law is important to know but your actions and conducts are just as important. Attorney Emmanuel Eloundu elaborated on Executive Orders that the Current President (President Barack Obama) has undertaken which has direct impact on our immigration status and how we can benefit from those. Attorney Elvis Angyiembe discussed the current Senate Immigration Bill and the impact on us. Elvis read the complete 184 pages Senate Bill and summarized the excerpts that are of relevance to Cameroonian immigrants. For instance, if the Senate Bill passes as is, you have 1 year to compile and apply for the respective benefits. The bill removes the 1 year requirement to file for asylee after entering the US, the bill allows for non-immigrants to have dual intents such as studying and staying in the US, etc. Below was the schedule of presentation:
- Visa Status - Kevin Patcha, Attorney at Law
- Deportation And Crimes - James Epo , Attorney at Law
- Immingration Laws - Emmanuel Eloundou, Attorney at Law
- New Immigration Laws And Legislative Update - Elvis Angyiembe , Attorney at Law September
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