Immigration Injunction Watch: One Dissolved (TPS), One Handed Down (Immigration Fees)

By Leslie Kirby
September 30, 2020
Temporary Protected Status Cleared to End On September 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction suspending the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for beneficiaries from Sudan, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.  In dissolving the injunction, the court found that the…

Leslie Giron Kirby Recognized as Best Lawyer in Immigration Law

By David Kirby
September 3, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America, a widely regarded guide to legal excellence, has recognized Leslie Giron Kirby as one of the Best Lawyers in its 2021 edition.  Leslie was selected as a Best Lawyer in Immigration Law and has been so recognized every year since 2018. Leslie is…

Leslie Giron Kirby & Teresa Messer Selected as Texas Immigration Super Lawyers

By David Kirby
August 17, 2020
The Giron Kirby Law Group is proud to announce that Leslie Giron Kirby and Teresa Messer have been recognized by Super Lawyers as Texas Rising Stars for 2020. Rising Star honorees are selected by Super Lawyers, a division of Thompson Reuters, based on independent research, peer nominations, and…

Trump Administration Rescinds Rules on Foreign Students Studying Online

By Leslie Kirby
July 15, 2020
Facing eight federal lawsuits as well as opposition from hundreds of colleges and universities and the public at large, the Trump Administration has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to rescind the guidance issued on July 6, 2020 that would have required F-1 and M-1 international students to take in-person…

International Students on F-1 Visas are in the Trump Administration’s Crosshairs; While an Injunction is likely, don’t be Complacent

By Leslie Kirby
July 9, 2020
The Monday following a long 4th of July weekend celebrating the independence of the United States of America, the Trump administration again shocked the American public by announcing that foreign students in the United States on F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant visas whose course loads are carried out exclusively online…

How U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Running Out of Money Could Affect You

By Leslie Kirby
June 23, 2020
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) declared in a letter to Congress that the coronavirus pandemic had caused unavoidable budget shortfalls. USCIS is funded by fees from visa petitions and immigration benefit applications. It estimates that it will run out of money this year. It has asked Congress…

New Executive Order on Immigration Outlines Status Quo, Generally

By Leslie Kirby
April 24, 2020
On Monday evening, President Trump tweeted about temporarily suspending legal immigration into the United States: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into…

Founding Shareholder Leslie Giron Kirby Earns Board Certification

By David Kirby
January 29, 2020
The Giron Kirby Law Group is pleased to announce that Founding Shareholder Leslie Giron Kirby has earned Board Certification in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Congratulations Leslie!  This significant mark of distinction is but one more accolade in Leslie’s growing resume, and…

GKLG Participates in the HYLF Adopt-an-Angel Program

By David Kirby
December 18, 2019
The attorneys and staff of the Giron Kirby Law Group were happy and excited to participate in the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s (“HYLF”) annual Adopt-an-Angel program.  A deserving thank you goes out to firm attorneys Leslie Giron Kirby and Teressa Messer as well as firm paralegal Mariana Vasquez for donating…

Teresa Messer Joins GKLG

By David Kirby
November 20, 2019
The Giron Kirby Law Group is excited to announce that Texas attorney Teresa Messer has joined the firm.  Teresa brings a wealth of immigration related knowledge and experience to the practice. Teresa’s own experience as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants cultivated her desire to assist other…