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We are thankful for the brave and selfless service to our great Nation by Veterans and Servicemembers past and present.  We know firsthand the sacrifices made every day by our military members and their families so Americans can live in a country founded on freedom and liberty.  PLGPC founder Attorney Italia Carson is a retired

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After the May 2021 departure of USCIS Field Office Interim Director Steven B. Corley, USCIS has named Arvind Ramakrishnan to the post as its permanent head. Director Ramakrishnan has invited Alaska Bar members of the Immigration Law Section to meet in December 2021 for discussions on building positive relationships between and among stakeholders. The Anchorage

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U.S. Trustee Program’s Info Notice on Emergency Rental Assistance for Bankruptcy

Because federal and state eviction moratoria are set to expire without further renewal, there is a real possibility millions of Americans could find themselves facing evictions or other disruption to current housing arrangements due to financial distress. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program provides funding for various governmental assistance programs

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PLGPC’s New YouTube Channel

We’re excited to introduce our new YouTube channel! We will be posting content about legal topics relevant to our state and federal practice areas. Our goal is to educate and assist viewers to make informed decisions about their legal needs. Stay tuned, subscribe, and we hope you “Like” our content!

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Why Your Immigration Documents May Need An Apostille

Recently, we assisted an immigration client in Oklahoma with obtaining identity documents needed to meet the legal requirements to marry his fiancée in another country.  The country required each of the documents, which included the U.S. citizen’s birth certificate and divorce decree, be authenticated by an apostille.  While the process was not overly burdensome, it

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USCIS Updates Guidance to Require COVID-19 Vax for Green Cards

Green Card and other applicants for U.S. immigration benefits must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations starting October 1, 2021. On September 14, 2021, USCIS announced a policy update requiring all applicants for immigration benefits and others “deemed necessary” and needing a medical examination as part of their immigration or nonimmigration petition packet “must be

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“Renewal” versus “Removal” When it Comes to Green Cards

Like your passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued identification, your I-551 (“Green Card”) will have an expiration date and require renewal. When it comes to the Green Card, however, it’s important to recognize the distinctions between the two types: (1) Conditional, 2-year Green Card; and (2) Permanent, 10-year Green Card. If you’re a conditional resident

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High Court Strikes Down Immigrant Law Rulings from the Ninth Circuit

In the last two weeks, the United States Supreme Court issued two 9-0 decisions reversing U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisions related to immigration.  The cases touched on removal / deportation proceedings for aliens in the United States legally and the subsequent effects on immigrants seeking certain benefits under the Immigration and

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