Jered Dobbs

Jered Dobbs

The Law Office of Jered Dobbs, PLLC
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Jered Dobbs is an experienced immigration lawyer based in Dallas, Texas. His practice covers all aspects of immigration law, including deportation defense, immigration appeals, marriage and family-based green cards, citizenship matters, and litigation of immigration cases in federal district court (mandamus, habeas corpus, etc.). Mr. Dobbs also handles all kinds of business and investor visas (TN, E-1, E-2, O, P, etc.).

Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
5th Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Managing Attorney
The Law Office of Jered Dobbs, PLLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
Davis & Associations
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Associate Attorney
Verdin Law Firm
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Attorney Advisor
U.S. Department of Justice, Dallas Immigration Court
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Education
University of Houston - Main Campus
J.D. (2009) | Law
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Activities: University of Houston Immigration Clinic Houston Business and Tax Law Journal
Texas A&M University - College Station
B.A. (2006) | English
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa
Awards
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019
Super Lawyers
Selected by Texas Super Lawyers as a 2019 Rising Star.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas # 24069618
Member
Current
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member
Current
Dallas Bar Association
Member
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Crimmigration Update: Recent Changes
Dallas Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Wrongful Arrest and Removal Proceedings, AILA Dallas Chapter Meeting, Dallas, TX
University of North Texas International Student & Scholar Services
Immigration Options After Graduation, University of North Texas International Student & Scholar Services, University of North Texas
University of North Texas International Student & Scholar Services
Career Counseling and Hiring International Students, MAC3 Summer 2016 Drive-In Professional Conference, Lewisville, TX
The Metroplex Area Consortium of Career Centers
Alternatives to the H-1B: Traditional and Entrepreneurial Immigration Strategies, University of North Texas
UNT International Student Office
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. I'm a green card holder and started filling out the N400 form for citizenship. My green card expires 2/2020.
A: I recommend you complete the N-400 and then also file an I-90 to renew the green card. You remain a permanent resident regardless of whether your green card is expired or not, but obviously an expired green card can make it difficult to get work, renew driver's licenses, travel abroad, etc. So I usually recommend filing the I-90 even if you are also filing the N-400 (though it's not required). The temporary stamp you are referring to is based on having filed the I-90 rather than the N-400. If you file an I-90 and the new card is not issued prior to the expiration of your current green card, you can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center and schedule an INFOPASS appointment, where they will stamp your passport to show you are a permanent resident with a pending I-90. The stamp is valid for work, travel, etc. The IR7 marked on your card is only relevant if you think you may have automatically derived US citizenship from your father under the Child Citizenship Act. This law states that "A child born outside of the United States automatically becomes a citizen of the United States when all of the following conditions have been fulfilled: -At least one of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization; -The child is under 18 years of age; -The child is residing in or has resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence." If all of those things happened while you were under 18, then you actually would not need to file an N-400, but an N-600 and a US passport application. Otherwise, N-400 is the way to go.
Q. My I-130 is still under process, but visa bulletin dates are current, can I file I-485?
A: The answer on this is generally yes, assuming you have otherwise maintained lawful immigration status in the US and have not worked without authorization. Keep in mind also that when to file the I-485 is governed not only by the Visa Bulletin, but also the USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Chart (https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo). The latter indicates whether family-based and employment-based adjustment applicants should use the Date for Filing Chart or the Final Action Date chart from the Visa Bulletin. For July 2019 and for August 2019 as well, USCIS has authorized F2A applicants to use the Final Action Date chart, which as you noted has gone current. So it's a great time right now for F2A applicants to file the I-485, and I'm urging my clients in this situation to file the I-485 asap.
Q. Master Hearing in Removal Proceedings
A: Strictly speaking, you are a permanent resident all the way up until an immigration judge revokes your green card and orders you removed, so in theory you could still travel. However, I would say travel is very high risk under the circumstances, as you could risk detention upon reentry, amongst other things. My general recommendation is that permanent residents in removal proceedings stay put.
Q. I'm applying for citizenship online and they ask if I had been cited or arrested?
A: Technically the answer would be yes, you should disclose the citations, though you don't have to document them. The N-400 instructions state that "[y]ou do not need to submit documentation for traffic fines or incidents that did not involve an arrest or did not involve drugs or alcohol, if the only penalty was a fine of less than $500 or points on your driving record." I usually respond to the question with something like "Speeding ticket in 2016 - paid fine." That should cover you.
Q. Immigration question: Mother is out of US, I am in US. She was deported almost 10 years ago in 2011. Details below.
A: Unfortunately the 10 year bar can only be waived (form I-601) if your mother herself has a spouse or parent that is a US citizen or permanent resident. However, in the interest of ensuring she gets to the US as soon as possible, I recommend that you go ahead and file an I-130 for her now. The I-130 petition takes between 6 months and a year to be approved, and you don't have to wait until she completes her 10 year bar to file it. So that's 6-12 months of waiting time you can save in the future by filing the I-130 now.
Q. I-751 and N-400 filed and questions related to both
A: Generally the I-751 and N-400 will be adjudicated at the same time in a situation like this. Both will be handled at the N-400 interview.
Q. I am on B2 visa which expires on 7/28 shall i have applied for extention of the status to F1 and send i-539a. Shall I s
A: You need to file a separate extension of the B2 as well. Relying solely on the I-539 seeking change of status to F-1 can result in problems because F-1 status can only be granted beginning thirty days prior to your program start date. If 30 days before the program start date is after your B2 status ends, USCIS will consider there to be a gap between your B2 and F1 statuses, and will deny the change to F1. This is a common mistake, but it can usually be avoided by filing the extension of B2 status in addition to the change of status to F-1.
Q. Is short-term travel on an ESTA visa in the US allowed while I am waiting for approval of my I-485 visa application?
A: Using your ESTA to try to visit your husband will not have any effect on your CR1 case per se (that is, there's nothing illegal about it). However, there can be some complications. The biggest risk is that if you travel to the US on ESTA while the CR1 case is pending, you might be denied entry to the US. The reason is that those seeking entry to the US on ESTA must have the intent of returning to their home countries. The CR1 case is essentially viewed as a manifestation of your intent to reside permanently in the US. I have seen people travel successfully to the US on ESTA, tourist visas, etc. while permanent resident applications are pending, but entry to the US is ultimately decided by the officer at the port-of-entry. Much would depend on the particular officer you get. I generally recommend trying to avoid travel to the US on ESTA once an I-130 has been filed if possible. If not, make sure you can demonstrate to US immigration officials that you intend to return to Europe. Documents such as lease agreements, proof of employment, etc., will help in that regard. Should you ultimately be denied entry, request that you be permitted to "withdraw your application for admission" rather than receiving an expedited removal order. The latter will have an adverse affect on your CR1 case, whereas the former would not.
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