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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 Legal Aid.

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 near term.

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 community.

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 action initiative.

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 workplace rights.

The DOL has posted a fact sheet here: 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:

Same-Sex Marriage

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 Beach, Florida.

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 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:

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.


Attorneys 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. 2

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 sectarianism". 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.

1 Anne Barnard, "Syria Death Toll Reported to Rise By 10,000 in Less Than 2 Months" The New York Times, May 20, 2014. (last accessed, 07/30/2014).

2 "2014 UNHCR country operations profile - Syrian Arab Republic" last accessed, (07/30/2014).

3 Daniel Brode et al., "Syria's Threatened Christians", New York Times, June 28, 2012, (last accessed 07/30/2014); Jamal Halaby," Syrian Rebels Seek Control of Christian Village", Associated Press, accessed 07/30/2014); "Syria Crisis: ISIS Imposes Rules on Christians in Raqqa", BBC, (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.)

4 Jen Psaki, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State, "Christians Under Threat in Syria, March 3, 2014, (last accessed 07/30/2014.), International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, U.S. Department of State, Human Rights and Labor,

We welcome 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 TPS grantees.

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.

Please 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.

Successful E-2 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 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.

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