Helping clients navigate immigration issues and the complex legal process.


April 2024 Update


  • Expanded Use of TPS May Have Other Advantages
  • H1B Visa Lottery Recipients Announced
  • New Migrants Get Work Permits. Other Undocumented Immigrants Want Them Too
  • The Billions Paid in Taxes by the Undocumented

I hope you've all survived Tax Day! It's worth mentioning that undocumented immigrants pay billions in taxes every year that contribute to the U.S bottom line. We have an article that shows just how much is paid by this hard working group of individuals.

And, did you know there may be a benefit to applying for advance parole (travel permit) if you have or are still eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? Currently there are 16 countries with TPS designation. This means that if you or someone you know meets the requirements for TPS, and were out of status in the past, you could permanently legalize your status if you apply for an Advance Parole (Form 512T), have a US citizen family member and make an entry with Form 512T.

Contact us if you would like to explore your options. We have an article illustrating how the administration has expanded TPS.

Also, the first round of H1B Visa recipients have been announced. Congratulations to those who have been selected. If your registration still says 'submitted' on the portal, you still have a chance in the upcoming selections. We have the information from the USCIS below.

Plus, long term undocumented immigrants and many of the employers who depend on them to work are upset with the Biden administration for not affording them work permits as provided to those who have recently crossed the border. We have that story, too.

Finally, we just launched Pines Law Group on Instagram! Follow us ( for the latest updates on immigration news and issues.

Next seminar at the Miami Board of Realtors: 

Foreign Investment for Immigration Purposes

April 30, 2024 – 10 a.m. in Miami HQ. To register, click here.

May 15, 2024 - 9:30am in Coral Gable. To register click here.

If you should need help with immigration issues, upcoming immigration benefits and/or business-related visas, our firm can be of service.

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¡Espero que todos hayan sobrevivido el día de Taxes! Vale la pena mencionar que los inmigrantes indocumentados pagan miles de millones en impuestos cada año que contribuyen a los ingresos del país. Tenemos un artículo que muestra cuánto paga este grupo de personas que trabajan duro.


Y, ¿sabía que puede haber un beneficio al solicitar un permiso de viaje ó “Advance Parole” si tiene o aún es elegible para el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS)? Actualmente hay 16 países con designación TPS. Esto significa que si usted o alguien que conoce cumple con los requisitos para el TPS y estuvo fuera de estatus en el pasado, podría legalizar permanentemente su estatus si solicita un Advance Parole (Formulario 512T), tiene un familiar ciudadano americano y hace una entrada con el Formulario 512T.

Póngase en contacto con nosotros si desea explorar sus opciones. Tenemos un artículo que ilustra cómo la administración ha expandido el TPS.


Además, se ha anunciado la primera ronda de beneficiarios de la visa H1B. Enhorabuena a los seleccionados. Si su registro aún dice "enviado" en el portal de, todavía tiene una oportunidad en las próximas selecciones. Tenemos la información del USCIS a continuación.


Además, los inmigrantes indocumentados por años y muchos de los empleadores que dependen de ellos para trabajar están molestos con la administración Biden por no otorgarles permisos de trabajo como los que han proporcionado a quienes han cruzado recientemente la frontera. Nosotros también tenemos esa historia.


¡Finalmente, acabamos de lanzar Pines Law Group en Instagram! Síganos


para obtener las últimas actualizaciones sobre noticias y temas de inmigración.


Próximo seminario en la Junta de Agentes Inmobiliarios de Miami:

Inversión Extranjera con Fines de Inmigración

30 de abril de 2024 – 10 a.m. en la sede de Miami. Para registrarse click here

15 de mayo de 2024 - 9:30 a.m. en la sede de Coral Gables. Para registrarse click here


Si necesita ayuda con asuntos de inmigración, próximos beneficios de inmigración y / o visas relacionadas con negocios, nuestra firma puede ser de su ayuda.

Expanded Use of TPS May Have Other Advantages

Did you know it may be possible to change an immigrant's status through Advanced Parole for Temporary Protected Status? So, it may be worth applying for Advanced Parole with existing TPS. (We can certainly help with that.)

We also thought it was worth noting how the use of TPS has expanded since 2021. To read the article, click here.

H1B Visa Lottery Recipients Announced

The USCIS has announced the first round of recipients for the 2025 H1B Visa Lottery. If you've logged in to and seen the status of your application as 'Selected', congratulations. If your application says 'Submitted', there is still a chance you could be selected in a subsequent round. The USCIS has been known to award additional H1B visas months after the original selection. 

In the meantime, to see other reminders, click here.

New Migrants Get Work Permits. Other Undocumented Immigrants Want Them, Too

Long-term undocumented immigrants — and their employers — are feeling left out by Biden administration policies allowing most who just crossed the border to work legally.

To read the full story, click here.

Adding Up the Billions in Tax Dollars Paid by Undocumented Immigrants

Often lost in political and policy debates about undocumented immigration is a simple yet crucial fact: undocumented immigrants pay taxes. Like everyone else in the United States, they pay sales taxes.

They also pay property taxes—even if they rent. As a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) points out, “the best evidence suggests that at least 50 percent of undocumented immigrant households currently file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), and many who do not file income tax returns still have taxes deducted from their paychecks.” 


o read full article, click here.

Contact your legislators

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R - D1) 


Rep. Neal Dunn (R - D2)


Rep. Kat Cammack(R - D3)


Rep. John Rutherford (R - D4)


Rep. Al Lawson (D - D5)


Rep. Michael Waltz (R - Dist. 6)


Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D - D7)


Rep. Bill Posey (R - D8)


Rep. Darren Soto (D - D9)


Rep. Val Demings (D - D10)


Rep. Daniel Webster (R -D11)


Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R - D12)


Rep. Charlie Crist (D - D13)


Rep. Kathy Castor (D - D14)


Rep. Scott C. Franklin(R - D15)


Rep. Vern Buchanan (R - D16)


Rep. Gregory Steube (R - D17)


Rep. Brian Mast (R - D18)


Rep. Byron Donalds (R - D19)


Rep. Alcee Hastings (D - D20)


Rep. Lois Frankel (D - D21)


Rep. Ted Deutch (D - D22)


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D - D23) 


Rep. Frederika Wilson (D - D24)


Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R - D25)


Rep. Carlos Gimenez(R - D26)


Rep. Maria Salazar (D -D27) 



Sen. Rick Scott (R) 



Sen. Marco Rubio (R) 



Elizabeth C. Pines
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