On September 1, 2017, The Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (the “FAM”) to modify the guidance on the term “misrepresentation” for [...]
Due to a Technical Issue, 2019 Diversity Visa Entrants who Submitted Entries Between October 3 and October 10 Must Resubmit
The Department of State made an announcement today, October 16 that due to a technical issue the DV-2019 entry period that commenced on October [...]
Who do the visa sanctions recently announced by the Department of State affect? Why can’t nationals of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone be issued tourist visas?
The Department of State recently announced that it will stop issuing B tourist visas to nationals of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and [...]
Many of our E-2 Treaty Investor clients have spouses and children included in their applications as derivative beneficiaries. Some have large families with small [...]
What is humanitarian reinstatement? What happens if my petitioning family member passes away before my visa is available?
Anyone who has gone through the family based immigration process knows that it can take a very long time, sometime years or even decades, [...]
What is a 204(l) or relief for surviving relatives? What happens if my petitioning relative dies before I adjust to a green card holder? What happens if I am the derivative beneficiary of an application and the principal beneficiary dies before I adjust to a green card holder?
Immigration relief for families is in many cases tied to a petitioning family member (a principal), or in other instances, it is tied to [...]
If you’ve ever filled out USCIS forms, you have no doubt come across references to “A Numbers”. This can easily be confused with an [...]
Does My Spouse have to Apply for an E-2 Visa at the Same Time as Me? Can my Spouse Apply for an E-2 Visa Later?
Does My Spouse have to Apply for an E-2 Visa at the Same Time as Me? Can my Spouse Apply for an E-2 Visa [...]
Acquisition of citizenship is the legal term given to children born to U.S. citizens abroad who automatically become U.S. citizens at birth. Simply being [...]
An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for an individual or company who wants to start or purchase a business in the United States. In [...]
What happens if I get married or divorced after I file an application for asylum but before I have an interview?
If you have filed for asylum with the USCIS, you know that it is taking years to have an interview. There is currently a [...]
I am working on a nonimmigrant visa and just married a US citizen. What are the steps to apply for a green card? How will filing for the green card impact my ability to work and travel?
The process of getting a green card through marriage involves filing a number of different petitions, obtaining medical clearance, gathering supporting documents and attending [...]
What are my rights if Immigration Enforcement (ICE) comes to my home? What if ICE Comes to My Home to Deport Me?
In the last few weeks, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has introduced mandates that suggest a shift from focusing resources on certain individuals targeted for [...]
President Trump has signed the much anticipated new travel ban that stops the issuance of visas and does not allow entry of nationals to [...]
President Trump Bans Entry to the U.S. for Nationals of Seven Countries – How Will the Executive Order Impact Me?
At the end of the first week in office, President Trump signed an executive order that imposes a 90 day ban on foreign nationals [...]
What are my Rights and Responsibilities as a Green Card Holder? How do I Maintain my Permanent Residence?
A “green card” or permanent resident card is a document that shows a that a person can stay in the U.S. and work here [...]
What is a visa quota? If I am a dual citizen, what country am I assigned to for visa quotas? What country are my spouse and I assigned to for visa quotas if we were born in different countries?
What is a visa quota? Every immigrant visa category has a quota on the number of visas that can be issued annually, and within [...]
What happens if I get married when I am the beneficiary of a family based immigrant petition? Will my family-based preference category change if I get married or divorced?
Legal Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens are usually able to submit immigration petitions for their children. The ability for parents to sponsor their children [...]
Can I get work authorization as the spouse of an H-1B visa holder? Can I work if my spouse has an H-1B visa and has applied for an immigrant visa?
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. Spouses and children of H-1B visa holders [...]
Can my step-child obtain a visa from me? Can my adopted child obtain a visa from me? If I am a child’s legal guardian, can the child obtain any immigration benefits?
Can my step-child obtain a visa from me? Immigration treats step-children and biological children for the most part identically. If you married your step-child’s [...]
Can I apply for a green card for my child after my child turns 21? What happens if my child turns 21 before a visa becomes available?
The Immigration and Nationality Act defines a “child” as a person under the age of 21. If you have a child that is 21 [...]
Can I Bring my Mother and/or Father to the U.S. with me if I have an E-2 Visa? Can I Bring other Family Members to the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa?
Many nonimmigrant visas such as an E-2 visa, an L-1 visa and H-1B visa allow spouses and children under 21 to accompany the primary [...]
What are the DAPA and DACA Expansion Programs? How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision in U.S. v. Texas Affect Me?
On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear U.S. v. Texas, the landmark immigration case where Texas and 25 other [...]
¿Qué Pasa Con Mi Tarjeta Verde Condicional Si Mi Matrimonio No Dura? ¿Perderé Mi Tarjeta Verde Si No Estoy Casado Por 2 Años?
Los nacionales extranjeros que se casan con ciudadanos de los E.E.U.U. y tramitan la tarjeta verde dentro de los primeros dos años de matrimonio [...]
¿Cómo Puedo Ayudar a Mis Familiares a Obtener una Green Card? Patrocinando a un Familiar Como Portador de Green Card
Yo tengo tengo mi Green Card, ¿puedo patrocinar a mis familiares para Green Cards? Si, como portador de green card y un residente permanente [...]
I have my Green Card. Can I sponsor my family members for Green Cards? Yes, as a green card holder and legal permanent resident [...]
Que puedo hacer si me bloquean para obtener una Tarjeta Verde? Condonaciones de Tarjeta Verde una explicación
1. Que son las exenciones Inmigratorias? Las exenciones inmigratorias “perdonan” son ciertas causantes de no elegibilidad que normalmente no permiten a un solicitante que [...]
Cuando aplica por una tarjeta verde, usted podría ajustar su estatus migratorio o bien aplicar por la tarjeta verde por medio de un proceso [...]
Que pasa con mi tarjeta verde condicional, si mi matrimonio no dura? Perderé mi tarjeta verde si no permanezco casado por dos años?
Cuando personas extranjeras se casan con ciudadanos Americanos y corren el proceso de la obtención de la tarjeta verde y su matrimonio tiene menos [...]
As a legal permanent resident (green card holder), you are accorded various rights, including the ability to live permanently and work in the United [...]
Effects of Trips Abroad on Your Legal Permanent Resident Status Some people mistakenly believe that because they have a green card, they can stay [...]
What Happens to my Conditional Green Card if my Marriage Does Not Last? Will I lose My Green Card If I Do Not Stay Married for 2 Years?
Foreign nationals who marry U.S. citizens and go through the green card process when the marriage is less than two years old are granted [...]
Planning to Apply for Permanent Residency? Learn about the New Procedures in Determining Visa Availability and how it affects you
Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a permanent resident (green card) based on a family or employment-based petition? The Visa Bulletin [...]
When applying for a green card, you will either adjust status or obtain the green card through Consular processing. If you are in the [...]
There are several requirements that must be met in order to qualify for citizenship. In order to qualify, the applicant must be at least 18 [...]