Mac-Arthur Pierre-Louis

About Mac-Arthur Pierre-Louis

Mac Pierre-Louis is managing attorney at Pierre-Louis & Associates, PLLC and founding editor of (@amcarilaw) & (@childsupportesq). He can be reached at (@macpierrelouis) No content on this blog should be deemed legal advice, nor does content create an attorney-client relationship. Please seek professional legal advice since this blog is for informational purposes only.

  YouTube Screenshot Executive Action Many people are concerned about the new immigration executive order issued by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017. Below are some of the major points from the President’s directive. Called EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES, the Order suspends entry into the United States of migrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days (excluding diplomats and certain personnel of international organizations). While allowances are made for the entry of certain individuals on a “case-by-case basis”, the impact on the millions of potential nationals from these countries is massive. I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined… The order suspends the admission of ALL refugees into the U.S. from anywhere in […]

Should You Travel to Haiti During the Trump Refugee Ban?

President-elect Donald Trump’s one percentage point win over Hillary Clinton has a lot to do with which voters were motivated to turn out and which voters were pessimistic and stayed home.  One day a study of Trump’s slim 120,000 vote win over Clinton may reveal some very interesting turn out data. My 2002 college senior thesis centered on the question of African American versus Haitian American political socialization. I argued then that while time and cultural assimilation may amalgamate the two groups, they are distinct politically and Haitians have the tendency to rebel and do their own thing. Perhaps it will be seen that President-elect Trump’s seemingly insignificant move to speak and court Haitian Americans in Miami’s Little Haiti on Friday, September 16, 2016 was a factor that helped him get over the top. The Huffington Post recently discussed whether Little Haiti helped Trump win Florida: Did Trump’s Visit to Little […]


No. But first, what is DACA (properly known as Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)? Announced June 15, 2012, DACA is an executive order that allows young people who entered the U.S. as children and are out of status to apply for “deferred action” to not be deported from the United States. Approved individuals also become eligible for work authorization. Currently, DACA recipients are protected from removal for 2 years at a time. Recipients can renew their status as long as DACA is available When it was announced, to qualify for DACA, one must basically: have entered the U.S. before turning 16 years old; have resided in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007; be under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012; have been out of status on or before June 15, 2012 be in school or at least have graduated high school or be honorably discharged […]

Can DACA Help You Get Your Green Card?

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase for the first time in 6 fees paid by applicants and petitioners. In it’s October 24,2016 press release, USCIS affirms it is almost entirely funded by application fees. In reaction to fiscal concerns brought up in its recent by-annual funding review, the agency is bumping up fees to cover the increased costs associated with its administration of the nation’s immigration laws. Some popular forms going up are the I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, increasing from $420 to $535 at the end of the year. The N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, is going from the current $600 to a wooping $1,170. The complete list of increased fees can be found here. The list of fees pasted below. Credit to USCIS. Notes on their website. Immigration Benefit Request New Fee ($) Old Fee ($) G–1041 Genealogy Index Search Request 65 20 G–1041A Genealogy Records […]

Immigration Applications to Get More Expensive December 2016

Petitioning for your fiancé(e) to be allowed to enter the United States and marry you is not as straightforward as you might think.  A petition filed using Form i-129F is only intended to “classify” your fiancé(e) for marriage, and his/her children, to enter the U.S. and get a green card. Your petition may be approved when you properly show your intention to marry your fiance within 90 days of their admission into the U.S., and you show you had personally met your fiancé(e) in person within the last 2 years. However, despite your petition being approved, your fiancé(e) may still be denied their K-1 visa admitting them into the United States. Reasons your fiancé(e) may not obtain a K-1 visa. A main reason is your fiancé(e) may bomb their interview. For starters, an immigration officer must be satisfied that a legitimate marriage will occur between you and your fiancé(e). The […]

Difficulties in Bringing in Your Fiancé(e) under a K-1 Visa

Immediate Relatives If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to help your relatives immigrate into the U.S. and receive a green card, you must first sponsor them by petitioning for their immigrant visa. Immediate Relative (IR) immigrant visas are available for certain close relatives of a U.S. citizen, including their spouse, unmarried children under 21, and parents. This means that these close relatives do not need to wait for a visa number to become available; their visa number becomes available immediately. There are 5 categories of IR immigrant visas that a U.S. citizen can use to help bring their loved ones into the U.S. They include: IR-1: U.S. citizen’s spouse; IR-2: U.S. citizen’s unmarried child under 21; IR-3: U.S. citizen’s child adopted abroad; IR-4: U.S. citizen’s child adopted in the US; and IR-5: U.S. citizen’s parent over 21. Non-Immediate Relatives To help immigrate more distant relatives that do not classify […]

Understanding the Family Immigration Categories