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Data & Privacy Policies

Please review our privacy policies for information as to how we process personal information. We update and change our privacy policies from time to time. We most recently made changes to our privacy policies on December 1, 2019 and these included making material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share personal information, including personal information that is provided to us.

Cookie Policy

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that may be placed on your computer by websites you visit. There are several ways they may be used such as, to provide information on the use of the website, to add additional functionality and services or to help manage content.

How we use cookies
We use a third-party tool (Google Analytics) to collect and store certain information when you use, access, or interact with this website. The type of information we gather may include the location of your IP address, the number of visits made, the pages visited, the duration of the visit, the type of device used and how you interact with the site content. This information is anonymous and is only used by us to help improve our digital services and user experience.

Opting in or out
Cookies are not gathered without your consent and choosing to opt out of cookies on this site or Google Analytics will not affect the use of our site.

Consent is granted to us when you select ‘Allow Cookies’ button on the cookie notification banner. Alternatively, consent can be declined by selecting ‘Decline cookies’ on the cookie notification banner.

Cookies will not be gathered if you have chosen to opt out of Google Analytics. Further information on opting out of Google Analytics can be found on this page.

Digital Privacy Policy

U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP is committed to compliance with relevant United Kingdom (UK) and European data protection laws and will responsibly protect the information you provide to us and the information we collect in the course of operating our business.

This Privacy Policy describes how the company, as data controllers, may collect, use, and share information, particularly in association with the operation of our website (www.usilg.net) and all of our HTML-formatted email communications that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, “Digital Services”).

This Privacy Policy describes:

  • The types of information we collect
  • How we use the information
  • How we share the information
  • Third-party services and content
  • Protection and storage of the information
  • Your choices and rights
  • How to contact us
  • Changes to this Privacy Policy

The types of information we collect
We collect your personal information when you provide it to us. Personal information is any information that can be used to identify you or that we can link to you. We may automatically collect certain information when you use, access, or interact with our Digital Services. And we may collect information from other sources, such as social media platforms that may share information about how you interact with our social media content.

Information you provide to us
You generally can use our Digital Services without providing us with personal information.

We collect information that you voluntarily provide to us, including when you communicate with us via email or other channels; when you request a consultation through our website or sign up for or request that we send you newsletters, alerts, or other materials; when you submit an application for a position with us; when you sign up for a webinar or event; and when you respond to our communications or requests for information. The information you provide may include your name, contact information, title, and information about your immigration matter.

Information we may collect automatically
We use a third-party service, Google Analytics, and similar technologies (collectively, ‘Cookies’) to collect and store certain information when you use, access, or interact with our Digital Services. We may, for example, collect information about the type of device you use to access the Digital Services, the operating system and version, your IP address, your general geographic location as indicated by your IP address, your browser type, the content you view and features you access on the Digital Services, the web pages you view immediately before and after you access the Digital Services, whether and how you interact with content available on the Digital Services, and the search terms you enter on the Digital Services. For information about how we use Cookies and the choices you may have, please see our Cookie Policy.

Client Privacy Policy

U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP is committed to compliance with relevant UK and European data protection laws and will responsibly protect the information you provide to us and the information we collect in the course of operating our business. This Client Privacy Policy (Privacy Policy) describes how the businesses, as data controllers, may collect, use, and share information about you and your rights in relation to that information.

Your provision of information to us constitutes your acceptance of the terms of this Privacy Policy. Please do not send us any information which you do not want to be used in the ways described in this Privacy Policy.

Scope of this Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy applies to your use of our services, including when you request information from us; when you engage our legal services; and as a result of your relationship with one of our clients.

Privacy information about your use of our online services and how we market to you can be found in our Digital Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy describes:

  • The types of information we process
  • How we use the information
  • How long we retain information
  • How we share the information
  • Protection and storage of the information
  • You and your rights
  • How to contact us
  • Data controller
  • Changes to this Privacy Policy

When we use personal information about you or others in connection with providing our legal services to clients we do so as a data controller.
The types of information we process
We will process personal information we receive directly from you, on your behalf, other organizations with whom you have interactions, government agencies, publicly available records and the third parties described in ‘How we share the information’ below.
We may collect current and historical personal information including/relating to: your name, contact details, identification, ethnic origin, marital status, employment/business, finances, academic history and criminal offences/convictions (this is non-exhaustive which depends on the circumstances).

How we use the information
We may use your personal information if:

  • It is necessary for the performance of a contract with you or our client on your behalf
    (e.g., When we are providing our services to you as envisaged by our engagement letter);
  • It is necessary in connection with a legal obligation (e.g., when we are carrying out anti-money laundering and conflict checks);
  • You have provided your consent to such use (e.g., you have approved the use of a specific third party to assist on your matter);
  • We consider such use of your information as not detrimental to you, within your reasonable expectations, having a minimal impact on your privacy, and necessary to fulfil our legitimate interests (e.g., to manage and attend at home office or consular appointments on your behalf, to manage fees and invoicing, or to recover money owed to us); or
  • We are otherwise required or authorized by law.

Special categories of particularly sensitive personal information require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using it.

Depending on the nature of our instructions, we may collect, store and use any of the following special categories of information about clients, prospective clients and/or about related parties to a matter:

  • Physical or mental health, including any medical condition or disability;
  • Race or ethnicity;
  • Political opinions;
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • Trade union membership;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Genetic information and biometric data;

Depending on the nature of our instructions from you, we process this type of information where it is necessary to establish, exercise or defend your immigration status (including legal claims), where you have made the information public, or by asking for explicit consent. If we seek your consent, you may withdraw consent at any time as described in ‘Your choices and rights’ below.

We use your information to:
• provide and improve our services to you;
• maintain and develop our relationship with you;
• facilitate our internal business operations;
• fulfil our legal requirements (including in relation to anti-money laundering) and professional obligations;
• monitor and analyze our business.
We may not be able to do these things without your personal information.

How long we retain information
We recognize that it is important to only retain your personal information for as long as is required by law (which is currently 6 years) or we consider reasonably necessary, after which we will destroy it. Due to the nature of immigration services, a full record of information obtained from you, third parties and advice provided by us shall not be retained longer than 15 years unless you request that it be erased. This is because we consider that it is in your best interests that we retain a full history of data which may be relevant to future matters you instruct us to assist with. Such data can also be relevant to your immigration position should there be any dispute with the authorities or for us to be able to provide you with a record should you misplace important immigration documents/information. If you would like us to rectify or erase your data, please refer to the section on ‘Your choices and rights’ below.

How we share the information
We may share your information with third parties where:
• You have consented for us to do so;
• We are under a legal, regulatory or professional obligation to do so;
• It is necessary for the purpose of, or in connection with, legal proceedings, or to exercise or defend legal rights;
• It is required or will assist us in providing our services, which includes: government and related independent organizations, representatives for submission of applications to the immigration authorities, reference/qualification checking, translators, international couriers, research, archiving, professional advisory (including legal, accounting, financial and business consulting), banking, payment, debt collection, insurance, marketing, and information security services.;
• If, in the future, we re-organize or transfer all or part of our business, we may need to transfer your information to new entities from which our business will be carried out.
In connection with any proposed incorporation, purchase, merger or acquisition of any part of our business; we inform the potential buyer (and its agents and advisers) that it must use your personal information only for the purposes disclosed in this Privacy Policy.

Where we transfer your information internationally, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that your information is treated securely, and the means of transfer provides adequate safeguards.

If you have any questions in relation to the transfer of your personal information, please contact us.

Protection and storage of the information
We take steps to hold information securely in electronic or physical form and to prevent unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. Our information security practices are supported by several security safeguards, processes and procedures. We store information in access- controlled premises or in password- protected electronic form. We require our third- party IT providers to comply with appropriate information security obligations. All staff and third- party providers with access to confidential information are subject to confidentiality obligations. However, the transmission of information via the internet is at your own risk as it is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to us but can offer a secure portal for the exchange of electronic information. We are regularly reviewing ways to improve our security offering as technology develops.

You and your rights
Subject to applicable laws, you may have certain rights regarding information that we have collected and that is related to you. We encourage you to contact us to update or correct your information if it changes or if you believe that any information that we have collected about you is inaccurate. You can also ask us to see what personal information we hold about you, to erase your personal information and you may tell us if you object to our use of your personal information. If you would like to discuss or exercise the rights you may have, please contact us. We should be able to resolve any matter quickly and to your satisfaction.

How to contact us
If you would like to contact us with questions about our privacy practices, please send us an email via our Contact page or contact Lisa Ramirez at lisa@usilg.net.

If you are a data controller or a data processor
If you are a data controller or a data processor in your own right, and you provide personal data to us, you confirm to us that you have a lawful basis for doing so under data protection law and all necessary consents, where required.

Changes to this privacy policy
We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. The effective date of the current Privacy Policy is December 1, 2019. We encourage you to periodically review this policy. If we make any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share the personal information that you have provided, we will notify you by posting notice of the changes in a clear and conspicuous manner on the company website.

Rectification Procedure

We are committed to providing a high-quality legal service to our clients. We will work to resolve inaccurate personal data brought to our attention as soon as possible.

Please contact Lisa D. Ramirez, at 714-543-5185 or by email at lisa@usilg.net to update or correct your personal data.

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