1. Internal News – Welcome our new Phoenix immigration layers, members who joined our fast paced USCIS Department: (1) Mayra Ontiveros: “Hello my name is Mayra Ontiveros. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I am about to graduate in May with my Bachelors in Human Services. Since I was a child I have always enjoyed helping other people. I like to help others because growing up my parents were undocumented and poor, we were fortunate enough to have people help us. I saw that people who we didn’t know would go out of their way to help my parents, siblings and I.When I heard Maria Jones was hiring, I was interested because I have an opportunity to help people. I enjoy my job and if there is anything I could do for anyone I will try my best to help them out. Helping people with their immigration status is such a great feeling and satisfaction because I know I am making a difference in their lives.” (2) Yuridia Lizarraga: “I was born in Culiacan Sinaloa Mexico and raised in North Hollywood CA. I moved to Arizona in 2006 and have been residing in AZ since then. I was in removal proceedings, when I came across Maria Jones Law Firm seeking for legal help. It took about 2 years to finish my case with Immigration Judge, but it was all well worth waiting!!! Thanks to Maria Jones Law Firm - in April of 2011 my residency was granted. Every time I came in the office I loved and was impressed how everyone was so nice, helpful and professional. At that point I knew I wanted to help other immigrants like myself. When I saw Maria Jones Law Firm was hiring I quickly applied and I’m happy to say I will now be your new legal assistant. I’m looking forward to meeting you and I will be more than happy to assist you and your family in any way I can.” 2. Immigration Law News – UPDATE At Maria Jones Law Firm, US Immigration News, is very important to us. We provide our clients with the latest updates and changes happening in the industry. The latest modification is that "The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses, children, or parents) who are currently residing in the United States to apply for a provisional waiver while in the United States, provided they meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the regulations and warrant a favorable exercise of discretion. The law provides that USCIS can deny an I-601A waiver application if USCIS has reason to believe that the individual is subject to another ground of inadmissibility, in addition to the unlawful presence ground that is the subject of the I-601A waiver application. The public asked us: when the possible additional ground of inadmissibility is a prior criminal offense, does the existence of anyprior criminal offense trigger the automatic denial of the I-601A waiver application, or must USCIS have reason to believe that the prior criminal offense would actually render the applicant inadmissible? There are some criminal offenses, such as certain petty offenses for example, that do not serve as a ground of inadmissibility under the governing statutes. In response, USCIS has determined that it should not find a reason to believe that the prior criminal offense would render the applicant inadmissible and deny an I-601A waiver application based on a prior criminal offense if the criminal offense falls under the petty offense or youthful offender exceptions or is not considered a crime involving moral turpitude. GREAT NEWS!!! Starting on March 18, 2014, USCIS will reopen, on its own motion, all I-601A waiver applications that were denied prior to January 24, 2014, solely because of a prior criminal offense, in order to determine whether there is reason to believe the prior criminal offense might render the applicant inadmissible. USCIS will re-adjudicate the cases where applicants have not been issued an immigrant visa, consistent with the new field guidance. USCIS will notify applicants (and their legal representatives) of this action within 60 days. Once the case has been reopened and reviewed, USCIS will continue to process the I-601A waiver application and either approve or deny it or request additional information from the applicant." 3. Clients News – Another exciting win for the Phoenix Immigration Lawyer, Maria Jones and her team: Miss Maria C. hired Maria Jones Law Firm (MJLF) for her NACARA case in 2011 as derivative of her husband. Maria C. was supposed to get a response from USCIS in 2012 in order to get her residency (“Green Card”). Our office keptopen communication with heron a regular basisconcerning USCIS requests for an update on her case. It has been an ongoing issue between our office and USCIS during 2013. It was very frustrating for us and our client, Miss Maria C. to wait and have no answer from USCIS.Finally, MJLF case manager was able to obtain information from USCIS and our office received a fingerprint notice for the Client. This week, Miss Maria C. came in for an appointment to Maria Jones Law Firm and to her pleasant surprise she was delivered some great news! Per MJLF Attorney, she will be getting her “Green Card” very soon and once she adjusts she will come back to hire for her son’s case. Miss Maria C. was very grateful and happy!!!