Kansas City Immigration Attorneys
The attorneys at Hoppock Law Firm, LLC have represented hundreds of immigrants and their families all over the world in immigration court proceedings, BIA appeals, Circuit Court appeals, litigation, and benefit applications before the USCIS. We have years of experience litigating immigration cases in court, before the USCIS, and on appeal all over the United States. We have earned our reputation for being honest, hardworking, and willing to take on difficult cases in the toughest venues. We strive to develop caring relationships with clients built on communication and collaboration and would be glad to talk with you about your immigration matter.
Why Choose the Attorneys at Hoppock Law Firm?
Our firm has years of experience representing immigrants before the immigration courts, the USCIS, the asylum offices, the federal district courts, and on appeal before the Circuit Courts of Appeal across the United States.
We have limited our practice to Immigration and related issues for a reason. This area of the law is complicated, and it’s impossible to be an expert on every area of the law all at once.
We pride ourselves on our unique perspective. Sometimes there are better options you haven’t thought of. It starts with asking the right questions. We look for every angle to find the best option for each case.
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In addition to communicating with clients about their specific cases, we try to keep clients and others informed about changes in the law, practical changes at the BIA and immigration courts, political changes that might affect our clients, and Kansas City immigration attorney issues. Here are our most recent posts. You can also read all Blog posts here.
Here's something fun. Today I received in the mail a response to several FOIA requests I had made. The package contained two previously secret litigation "field guides" for Department of Justice attorneys. I'll be receiving more and will post them here when I do. The...read more
On January 4, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country for an additional 18 months, from March 4, 2017, through Sept. 3, 2018. This...read more
Given the lengthy processing backlogs for things like U Visas and employment authorization documents, clients often ask about what else we can do to speed things up. Lack of visa numbers, workforce inefficiencies, budget issues, and a whole host of other...read more
Bad news for the end of 2016. If you were hoping for movement in the U visa processing date, you're out of luck. I've been writing about the backlog in U-Visa processing for almost two years now. The processing of U Visas has ground to an almost complete halt, and the...read more
Yesterday afternoon we received a helpful unpublished decision from the BIA on a pro bono appeal we had filed for a permanent resident from Connecticut. The case involves the distinction between conspiracy and a predicate offense in determining whether a conviction is...read more
Nobody wants to be in immigration court or lose their visa, especially someone already paying a fortune for international tuition and studying hard to get their degree. But it is shocking how often international students are unaware that seemingly-innocuous actions...read more
Just in time for Christmas, USCIS will be increasing the fees it charges for the filing of Immigration forms on December 23, 2016 - some will increase significantly. The only real good news here is the naturalization fee. Some applicants will receive reduced fees. The...read more
In a new published decision on November 1, 2016 the BIA attempted to clarify the possible scope of the waiver found at INA 237(a)(1)(H) but in doing so ignored the plain language of the statute. Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016). The Board's...read more
This morning we won an Eighth Circuit appeal on the question of whether federal courts can review the process of "administrative closure." Our client had sought "administrative closure" because he fit the profile President Obama had described as a hard-working...read more
The BIA doesn't issue that many published decisions, but this week it issued four. They're all important and worth a read. 1. Matter of Ibarra, 26 I&N Dec. 809 (BIA 2016) ID 3872 (PDF) In this decision, written by Board member Roger Pauley (who seems to be...read more
Last week the USCIS announced a new parole program for entrepreneurs directing the development of startup entities whose stay in the United States would provide a "significant public benefit." That sounds a lot like the "startup visa" that Obama spoke of in November,...read more
Today the Department of Homeland Security announced the final rule for expanding the provisional waiver program. This is a huge change that will improve the logistical nightmare that is the current waiver process. Although this doesn't fix the problem for everyone,...read more
We are proud to spend the majority of our time and resources helping individuals and businesses to comply with the immigration laws. However, these are a few other services we provide:
The Hoppock Law Firm is dedicated to providing fair-priced legal services to the communities surrounding Kansas City. We have worked with local organizations like the Kansas City Rescue Mission to make free or reduced-cost legal services available to under-represented populations in Kansas and Missouri. We also volunteer for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s pro bono project, which includes pursuing pro bono administrative appeals before the BIA for immigrants who are typically detained and indigent. Although we do charge a legal fee for most of our work, we would be glad to consider working with you on a pro bono or low-cost basis or to help you find resources in Johnson County, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas, or Jackson County, Missouri.
In addition to representing immigrants in immigration court in Kansas and Missouri, we often assist our clients with traffic issues at traffic court in Johnson County, Kansas (Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Mission, Leawood, Prairie Village, and Roeland Park). Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about a traffic ticket and need assistance.
Although it doesn’t seem like traditional “immigration” work, our practice also leads to a number of Freedom of Information Act or FOIA requests. We submit FOIA requests on behalf of our clients for their own immigration documents. We also often request government documents to help understand how the federal agencies are processing certain immigration requests, and we make those resources publicly available. When a FOIA request is denied or limited we do sometimes litigate FOIA issues in federal district court. If you have a FOIA question or have had your FOIA request denied or limited, we would be glad to discuss possible litigation or other options to try to obtain the documents and information you need.