Attorneys Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Service at AILA’s 2015 Citizenship
Day Event, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville, Florida: For the second consecutive year, Attorneys Silvia Manzanero and Daniel
Ross of David F. Vedder, P.A. volunteered at the Citizenship Day event
at Florida Coastal College of Law in Jacksonville on April 18, 2015. The
event was sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),
in conjunction with Florida Coastal School of Law and Jacksonville Area
Over the course of the day, approximately 100 individuals completed the
paperwork necessary to become United States citizens. Attorneys Manzanero
and Ross assisted several lawful permanent residents by reviewing their
applications and assisting with fee waiver requests. The duo also helped
train other attorneys less familiar with the nuances of naturalization law.
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone at Florida Coastal School
of Law and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for once again hosting a stellar
event and for providing a venue for attorneys to deliver pro bono legal services.
At David F. Vedder, P.A. we pride ourselves in serving the community. We
currently plan on hosting a Citizenship Day event in the Daytona Beach
area in September of 2015.
David F. Vedder, P.A. attorneys Silvia Manzanero and Daniel Ross, with
Florida Coastal School of Law
Adjunct Professor and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid staff attorney Kara Roberts.
Attorneys Vedder and Ross represent Albanian asylee in a significant case
in immigration court.
Our attorneys represented the respondent in
Matter of E__F__ which commenced in Immigration Court in Miami; venue was transferred to
Orlando. DHS filed charges seeking our client's removal for a conviction
of a crime involving a controlled substance and a drug trafficking and
illicit trafficking aggravated felony.
The attorneys successfully argued that the conviction, conspiracy to possess
cocaine with intent to sell, is neither an aggravated felony nor a particularly
serious crime and therefore respondent's asylum status could not be
terminated. After spirited advocacy, the Immigration Judge agreed and
ordered proceedings terminated.
We anticipate our client's release from detention at ICE/Baker in the
Immigrant’s Path to Permanent Residence Paved after Approval of his
I-601A Waiver Application
Like thousands of immigrants coming to the United States every year, Sergio
entered this country without proper immigration documents, fleeing a grim
and dangerous future in Mexico, his country of birth. Sergio has been
working ever since, learning English and becoming a contributing member
of his local community.
Since Sergio married Allison, a U.S. born citizen, he also became her "personal
guardian angel", and the main income provider for a family that additionally
includes Allison’s two young daughters, also U.S. citizens. Sergio
and Allison are devoted to each other, to their children, and to their
Sergio, however, was not eligible to adjust his status to permanent resident
in the U.S. because he was not "inspected and admitted." Further,
since he was unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than one year, Sergio
was not eligible to obtain an immigrant visa for 10 years after he leaves the U.S.
This hard-working family, like many in our country, could have been broken
apart indefinitely by immigration laws, but for the new I-601A Provisional
Unlawful Presence Waiver. This program, implemented by the Obama administration
in 2013, was developed with the intent to protect family unity, and to
prevent devastating periods of separation often associated with the traditional
I-601 waiver process, which requires the applicant to be outside the United
States at the time of application and wait for the waiver’s adjudication.
To obtain a provisional unlawful presence waiver, the applicant must be
present in the United States, be the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen,
and be the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition giving him an
immediately available immigrant visa number. The applicant must also demonstrate
that his only ground of inadmissibility is accrued unlawful presence in
the United States. No other ground of inadmissibility can be waived by
the I-601A provisional waiver.
Finally, the applicant must also demonstrate that his/her U.S. citizen
spouse or parent may suffer "extreme hardship" in the event
of the applicant’s removal or inability to immigrate to the United
States. Developing a convincing "extreme hardship" waiver most
often requires the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney,
often collaborating with other professionals.
Attorney Silvia Manzanero represented Sergio and Allison in their immigration
case seeking espousal classification, a provisional waiver of inadmissibility
and immigrant visa issuance.
Manzanero prepared a compelling case that clearly demonstrated the extreme
economic, emotional, health hardships that Allison would suffer if Sergio
is removed or if this family of four is forced to relocate to Mexico.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved Sergio’s
waiver last August 28th, 2014.
On February 3, 2015, Sergio successfully completed the final step in this
three-phases process, immigrant visa issuance at the U.S. Consulate in
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Sergio recently entered the United States, this
time lawfully as a resident. Sergio can finally live and work as a permanent
resident in this country, with his spouse and their two daughters.
Sergio’s immigration case included one of the numerous inadmissibility
waiver applications that attorneys at David F. Vedder P.A., have successfully
prepared for clients from all over the world.
Changes to U and T nonimmigrant visa categories as part of President Obama's
The Obama administration has included two important changes with respect
to U and T visas for victims of crime in the workplace and trafficking
as part of its administrative reform, by expanding the DOL's U visa
certification protocol to include three additional qualifying criminal
activities, and committing to certification of T visas. It has also established
an interagency task force to protect immigrant workers from employers
who exploit their immigration status when they seek to exercise their
The DOL has posted a fact sheet here:
http://www.dol.gov/dol/fact-sheet/immigration/u-t-visa.htm. The fact sheet specifies that these changes will be enacted in 2015.
Among the DOL's changes include:
· Expand its existing U visa certification program by certifying
requests that include: extortion, fraud in foreign labor contracting,
and forced labor. (Although forced labor is not specifically enumerated
in the U visa statute, it should be considered substantially similar to
involuntary servitude. See, e.g.
United States v. Bradley, 390 F.3d 145 (1
st Cir. 2004)).
· Certify applications for trafficking victims seeking T visas when
human trafficking activity is detected in the course of the Wage and Hour
Division's workplace investigations. The DOL will publish a Federal
Register notice delegating authority to issue T visa certifications and
will amend procedures and protocol to reflect these changes.
The Obama administration has also announced the establishment of an interagency
working group addressing consistent enforcement of federal labor, employment,
and labor laws, which will seek to ensure that federal enforcement authorities
are not used to undermine worker protections through the use of immigration
authorities in labor disputes, and strengthening processes for staying
the removal and providing temporary work authorization for undocumented
workers asserting workplace claims. See:
The attorneys at our firm recently completed our first same- sex marriage
case, which was processed by USCIS Jacksonville. The case went smoothly;
CIS behaved well and immediately approved same. Our client's green
card was promptly issued.
Permanent Residency Obtained for Canadian-born Indian:
David F. Vedder, P.A. recently secured a green card on behalf of a Canadian-born
member of an Indian tribe. Upon consulting our office to develop a strategy
for obtaining permanent residence in the United States, our attorneys
discovered that our client's Indian heritage made her immediately
eligible for a green card based on the Jay Treaty, signed in 1794, and
still in force today. The treaty allows for free passage rights between
the United States and Canada for individuals meeting the following qualifications:
(1) possess 50% American Indian blood, (2) were born in Canada, and (3)
have proof of ancestry via official documentation from a tribe recognized
by the federal government of the United States or Canada.
We recommend individuals meeting the above qualifications that desire to
reside in the United States contact our office so we may assist in obtaining
a green card by requesting a creation of record of lawful permanent residence
at a local USCIS field office. The attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A.,
are well versed in this area of law and have the ability to assist both
qualified individuals already in the United States and those contemplating
a move from Canada.
Mr. Vedder Reversed Decision
Mr. Vedder represented a prominent physician whose application for naturalization
was erroneously denied. Mr. Vedder filed suit in Federal District Court,
Middle District of Florida seeking judicial review of the denial. Shortly
thereafter USCIS/Orlando reversed its decision and naturalized our client.
Successful R-1 Change Of Status Petition
David F. Vedder and Daniel C. Ross recently secured a change of status
on behalf of Pastor Andres Villalpando. Pastor Villalpando is a Mexican
citizen ordained in the Southern Baptist faith. He originally entered
the United States on a B-1 tourist visa but approached our firm about
changing his status to R-1 nonimmigrant religious worker after First Baptist
Church of Daytona Beach offered him a position as Pastor for Hispanic
Ministries. We filed a timely change of status petition on his behalf
and successfully prosecuted it to approval. The attorneys at David F.
Vedder, P.A. are experienced in both immigrant and nonimmigrant religious
worker visas. Further, we urge the Spanish speaking community interested
in First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach to attend Pastor Villalpando’s
services at 11 a.m. every Sunday morning at 118 N. Palmetto Avenue, Daytona
Mr. Vedder recently attended the 2015 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference
Mr. Vedder recently attended the 2015 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference presented
by EB5 Investors Magazine. This one-day event delivered an intimately
interactive and premium networking experience for all attendees and sponsors,
and provided valuable information on various EB-5 topics such as regional
center issues, using EB-5 for financing or immigration purposes, and current
legal trends. Mr. Vedder had the opportunity to see keynote speaker Congressman
Jared Polis, chair of the NewDem Coalition's Immigration Task Force
and sponsor of The American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act which
would reform and make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program.
Attorney Vedder also had the chance to discuss pending EB5 Legislation
with Senator Rand Paul.
Mr. Vedder wins approval of an I-751 before the Immigration Judge
Mr. Vedder represented Respondent, M. S., before the immigration court
in Orlando. DHS was seeking his removal because CIS denied his joint petition
I-751 and placed him in removal proceedings.
At the individual hearing December 31 DHS opposed granting the I-751 and
called witnesses to support its position. Mr. Vedder successfully argued
that the operative fact was the original purpose the marriage was entered
into and the Government, which had the burden of proof, offered no evidence
indicating the parties’ original intent was not bona fide. The I-751
was granted and proceedings were terminated.
Attorneys attend continuing legal education seminar
Our attorneys, David F. Vedder, Silvia Manzanero and Daniel C. Ross attended
the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Clearwater
on October 17-18, 2014. The Conference was sponsored by the Central Florida
Chapter and the attorneys each earned hours of continuing legal education credits.
David F. Vedder, P.A. is committed to our attorneys’ continuing education
and provided the attorneys with the resources they needed to attend.
David F. Vedder was tapped as a speaker and presented a topic on L-1A nonimmigrant
visas and residency in the EB-13 category (certain multinational executives
and managers), in addition to attending sessions on advanced immigration law.
DAVID F. VEDDER, P.A., ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE:
David F. Vedder, P.A. attorneys Silvia Manzanero and Daniel C. Ross, were
recently recognized by Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.,
as Guardians of Justice for their substantial pro bono work over the past
year. The recognition was presented at the October 2, 2014 joint meeting
of the Volusia County Bar Association and the Flagler Association for
Women Lawyers. Florida Bar President Gregory W. Coleman, pictured below
with Manzanero and Ross, was the featured speaker at the event. David
F. Vedder, P.A., prides itself in taking an active role in the community
and providing pro bono legal services to those in need.
Charlie Crist campaign event
On September 25, Mr. Vedder attended a campaign fund raising event for
Charlie Crist, who is running for Florida Governor, at the home of prominent
St. Augustine trial attorney Patrick Canan.
Mr. Crist’s position on immigration, which includes helping "DREAMers"
and "keeping Florida’s doors open," would bring a more
sensible approach on immigration in Tallahassee and would be a welcome
change. Mr. Crist’s position on immigration can be viewed at: www.charliecrist.com/policy-positions/immigration.
Rice & Rose Legal Forum radio program
Attorney David F. Vedder and associate attorney Daniel C. Ross made a recent
appearance on the Rice & Rose Legal Forum radio program on WNDB AM1150,
guest hosted by attorney Matthew Shapiro, Rice & Rose Law Firm, Daytona
Beach, Florida. The attorneys discussed the field of immigration law and
took calls from the public during of the show. Questions from the public
included an update on President Obama’s consideration of executive
action to expand deferred action and the citizenship status of children
born in the U.S. to noncitizen parents.
David F. Vedder, PA expresses our gratitude to Mr. Shapiro, Rice &
Rose, and WNDB for allowing us the opportunity to discuss immigration
law in our community. We encourage all local residents to tune in to the
Rice & Rose Legal Forum every Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 9:30am
on 1150AM WNDB.
Attorneys at David F. Vedder P.A. Successfully Obtain Inadmissibility Waiver;
Immigrant Visa Issued to Chinese Client.
Navigating the immigrant visa process can often become a frustrating labyrinth
leading nowhere. The process may be further complicated when the applicant,
rightly or erroneously, is found to be inadmissible to the United States.
Legal representation by experienced immigration law attorneys versed in
consular processing and the preparation of inadmissibly waiver applications
is critical to successful visa issuance.
Attorneys David F. Vedder and Silvia Manzanero recently obtained approval
of an inadmissibility waiver and secured an immigrant visa for a Chinese
national who, after a year of failed attempts to obtain an immigrant visa,
is finally able to immigrate to the United States with her U.S. citizen
husband, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the couple's six
year old U.S. citizen child.
Vedder and Manzanero challenged an initial determination by a U.S. Embassy
in China that their client was inadmissible, and accordingly, the need
for an inadmissibility waiver. Manzanero prepared a compelling response
to a request for evidence to an I-601 waiver application filed by the client
pro se which clearly demonstrated the extreme hardships that the client's
U.S. citizen spouse - and their minor child - has suffered as a result
of his spouse not being able to immigrate to the United States .
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services swiftly and unequivocally approved
the inadmissibility waiver in record time, clearing the way for Vedder's
and Manzanero's client to obtain approval of her immigrant visa. The
fact that the client was erroneously found inadmissible was mooted by
the waiver grant.
SUCCESSFUL E-2 VISA RENEWAL AT EMBASSY LONDON:
David F. Vedder and
Daniel C. Ross recently obtained reissuance of an E-2 treaty investor visa at Embassy
London on behalf of longtime clients, Mark and Claire Venables. Mr. Venables
is a British citizen, and the President and CEO of Daytona Employment
in Daytona Beach, Florida. Claire is a Vice President and Office Manager
at Daytona Employment. The clients have held an E-2 visas since 2002 based
on their substantial investment into the company. The attorneys at David
F. Vedder, P.A., have successfully obtained multiple visa extensions on
Mr. Venable’s behalf so that he may continue to enter the United
States and direct his company. Daytona Employment provides a wide array
of professional staffing services to the greater Daytona area and can
be contacted at
US Citizenship granted
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently approved David F. Vedder,
P.A. client, Nicolas Albarran’s, application for adjustment of status
under Act § 245(i). David F. Vedder was counsel of record in the
proceedings. Mr. Albarran entered the United States without inspection,
which ordinarily bars one from adjusting status to permanent resident
in the United States. Because his father filed a visa petition for him
in 1993, he was able to benefit under former Act § 245(i). Congress
allowed Act § 245(i) to sunset, but generously grandfathered all
those who had a visa petition or labor certification filed on their behalf
before April 30, 2001.
Congratulations to Mr. Albarran!
Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida Continues to Recognize Syrian Christians'
Fear of Persecution.
On July 28, 2014, the Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida, granted asylum
relief to another Syrian national represented by Silvia Manzanero, Esq,
after finding that he had a well-founded fear of persecution on account
of his Christian faith.
Manzanero's client had fled Syria after he was kidnapped by a group
of armed individuals, who, after several verbal death threats, dragged
him out of his placed of employment, blindfolded him, tied his hands behind
his back, and drove him to an unknown location where he was kept by the
captors for four days, tied to a chair, and given virtually no food or
water. The captors continuously made derogatory comments about the Respondent's
Christian religion and clearly indicated that his religion was the reason
for his kidnapping. Although the Respondent reported his ordeal to the
local police, he received no protection nor was the kidnapping investigated.
Upon acknowledging that acts of persecution of the Syrian Christian minority
were thoroughly documented in the case, the Immigration Court found in
favor of Manzanero's client.
This decision came after the Immigration Court in Orlando granted asylum
relief to another of David F. Vedder, P.A.'s clients, also a Syrian
national of Christian faith represented by attorney Manzanero, on July 22, 2014.
These grants of relief are not surprising. The armed conflict that began
with the pro-democracy demonstrations in March 2011 has thus far claimed
the lives of over 160,000 Syrians.
1Of the country's pre-war population of about 22 million people, over
2 million have sought refuge outside the country, while more than 6.5
million Syrians have been internally displaced.
Syrian Christians, in particular, have become the target of both extreme
factions of the opposition and the Syrian government forces. In areas
controlled by the opposition, kidnappings of Syrian Christians are on
the rise. Similarly, Syrian Christians are being forced to join the rebel
groups, flee their homes, or face death.
3Likewise, The Syrian government has engaged in attacks against Christians
and other minorities in what has been interpreted as an attempt to "bolster
4Attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A. appreciate the fact that Immigration
Courts are recognizing that Syrian Christians have a reasonable fear of
persecution and encourage anyone with a meritorious claim to seek the
protections guaranteed to them under U.S. immigration laws.
Daniel Brode et al., "Syria's Threatened Christians", New
York Times, June 28, 2012,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/opinion/syrias-threatened-christians.html (last accessed 07/30/2014); Jamal Halaby," Syrian Rebels Seek Control
of Christian Village", Associated Press, http://bigstory.ap.org/article/syria-al-qaida-rebels-control-christian-village(last
accessed 07/30/2014); "Syria Crisis: ISIS Imposes Rules on Christians
in Raqqa", BBC,
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26366197 (last accessed 07/30/2014); Washington Post, 145. "Islamic State
Declaration Could Lead to Schism" Associated Press, June 30, 2014.
(last accessed 07/30/2014.)
Jen Psaki, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State, "Christians Under
Threat in Syria, March 3, 2014,
http://m.state.gov/md222802.htm. (last accessed 07/30/2014.), International Religious Freedom Report for
2012, U.S. Department of State, Human Rights and Labor, www.state.gov/j/drl/irf/rpt/.
Arina Belkin at David F. Vedder, P.A. Arina joined our firm in March 2014 as a Legal
Assistant, bringing over 10 years of administrative and managerial experience.
She immigrated to the United States in 1994. Arina has an Associate of
Paralegal Studies from Daytona State College, 2009.
Grant of Asylum Immigration Relief for Christian Syrian - On July 22, 2014, a Syrian national who had fled his home country seeking
protection from persecution was granted asylum immigration relief by the
Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida.
Under current U.S. immigration laws, an individual seeking asylum must
demonstrate that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution on account
of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group,
or political opinion.
Attorney Silvia Manzanero, David F. Vedder, P.A., represented the Syrian
national before the Immigration Court, presented a compelling and thoroughly
documented case, and successfully demonstrated that her client had a well-founded
fear of being persecuted on account of his Christian religious faith.
As an asylum grantee, Manzanero's client will be able to apply for
lawful permanent residence in one year.
Our attorneys are working on several cases involving the possibility that
persons who entered the U.S. without inspection (EWI) granted temporary
protective status (TPS) may be eligible to adjust their status to permanent
resident. Of course, the applicant must be the beneficiary of an approved
visa petition and be either quota exempt or have a visa number available.
New developments in judicial case law allow some EWI TPS grantees to qualify
even though they were not inspected and admitted. This is based upon a
provision in the statute which regularizes the nonimmigrant status of
The other possibility is to obtain a TPS travel document, advance parole,
depart foreign and apply for parole at a port of entry. If paroled, the
applicant may be eligible to adjust as one who has been inspected and
admitted or paroled.
contact our attorneys if you are interested in additional information regarding this new development.
David F. Vedder recently spoke on consular processing of visas at U.S. Embassies abroad,
before a meeting of the Central Florida chapter of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association. The topic covered visa refusals and waiver of inadmissibility.
Extension of Status and Visa Renewal - David F. Vedder and Daniel C. Ross recently secured an extension of
E-2 status and reissuance of an
E-2 visa at Embassy Frankfurt on behalf of German client, Dieter Canje. Mr.
Canje is the founder and CEO of the company responsible for the development
of the MySky MS-1, a light sport aircraft with the potential to revolutionize
the personal aviation industry. Mr. Canje came to our office with a need
to remain in the country past his period of authorized stay in order to
oversee and protect his substantial investment in the MS-1. The attorneys
at David F. Vedder, P.A. quickly developed a case plan to fit Mr. Canje's
needs and promptly obtained an extension of status on his behalf. The
law firm went on to successfully prosecute a new
E-2 visa application at Embassy Frankfurt. As a result, Mr. Canje was able
to remain in the country and protect his investment before traveling to
Germany at his convenience to obtain a new visa. Information about the
state of the art MySky MS-1 can be found at
http://www.mysky.aero/. The attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A. are experienced in providing individualized
immigration solutions to foreign investors, and we encourage anyone needing
assistance to contact our office today. Information about the state of
the art MySky MS-1 can be found at
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Successful L-1a Visa Extension - David F. Vedder, P.A. recently secured an extension of L-1A status for
longtime client, Dennis Hockley. Mr. Hockley is the President of Ultimate
Seats USA, LLC. His company designs, manufactures, and sells custom motorcycle
seats that have a reputation as the most comfortable seats on the market.
The business originated in Canada, but when plans were made to begin a
U.S. based company in 2009, Mr. Hockley needed an immigration status that
would allow him an active, prolonged role in the United States company.
After consulting with Mr. Vedder, an L-1A case plan was put into action
which allowed Mr. Hockley to transfer to his American company in his executive
capacity. The firm seamlessly led Mr. Hockley through both the initial
visa process and the subsequent extensions. Ultimate Seats USA, LLC, is
open for business and located at 348 Destination Lane, Ormond Beach, Florida.
Mr. Vedder was recently elected Vice President of Education for the American Immigration
Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter. His primary responsibility
is to plan, organize and run the Chapter’s annual seminar, which
has been held in recent years in October in St. Petersburg, Florida. The
seminar provides immigration lawyers an intense education opportunity
over two days focusing on basic and advanced immigration law.
Daytona Beach, FL -
David F. Vedder of David F. Vedder, P.A. was recently notified by the Florida Bar that
his Board Certification in Immigration and Nationality Law has been renewed
for another five years. It is significant to note that less than 6% of
all attorneys in Florida are board certified. This is an acknowledgement
by the Supreme Court of Florida of special knowledge, skills and proficiency
in Immigration Law as well as, character, ethics and a reputation for
professionalism in practice.Mr. Vedder has been certified since 1998.
Mr. Vedder has been practicing immigration law for 40 years; he is an AV
rated attorney and has been selected as Super Lawyer since 2007
Additionally, David Vedder, PA | The Immigration Firm is pleased to announce
that Daniel C. Ross has joined our firm as an Associate Immigration Attorney.
Mr. Ross received his JD in 2012 from Florida State University, cum laude.
He practices exclusively immigration and nationality law.