An individual is “inspected and admitted” when they present themselves to a Customs and Border Patrol Officer at a port of entry (a U.S. [...]
New In-Person Interview Requirement for Applicants Applying for a Green Card – What is the New Green Card Interview Requirement?
The Trump administration has imposed a new in-person interview requirement that will lengthen the amount of time it takes to get a green card. [...]
If I have a Green Card Petition Outstanding Can I Apply for an E-2 Visa? What is Non-Immigrant Intent?
Each time someone enters the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, B-2, TN, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1) they enter with a specific intent regarding [...]
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 [...]
Under certain circumstances, E-2 visa holders may seek permanent status in the US and apply for a green card. It is important to note [...]
A TN visa is a visa available to Canadians and Mexicans and is based on a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The visa [...]
The EB-5 program allows investor to obtain a green card if they invest either $500,000 or $1,000,000 in business or projects that will ultimately [...]
If I sponsor an employee for a green card do I have to place advertisements? What does it mean to “test the labor market”? What are the Steps for PERM?
If you are an employer planning to sponsor one of your employees for a green card, there are several steps to the process. The [...]
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 [...]
Did Immigration change the design of green cards and work permits? Will my green card and work permit still be valid? Do I need to get a new green card or work permit if the one I have now is not expired?
Immigration has announced plans to begin issuing green cards (“Permanent Resident Card”) and work permits (“Employment Authorization Document”) that have a new design starting [...]
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the beneficiary [...]
Does an L Visa lead to a Green Card? I am on an L-1 visa and want to apply for a green card. What are my options?
What is an L-1 visa? An L-1 visa is a great visa for an employee or owner of a company abroad who wants to transfer to [...]
What is the Cuban Adjustment Act? Have there been changes to the Cuban Adjustment Act since the repeal of the “wet foot/dry foot” policy?
When an individual applies for a green card within the United States, an application is submitted for an adjustment of status to lawful permanent [...]
What is a Green Card Option if you are Being Deported? What is Cancellation of Removal? A One Page Summary of Cancellation of Removal
What is Cancellation of Removal? (Deportation is the same thing as Removal) An Immigration remedy that stops your deportation that is available to immediate [...]
Can I Apply for an EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa using my E-2 company? Does an E-2 Visa Lead to an EB-5 Visa? Does an E-2 Visa Lead to a Green Card?
What is an E-2 Visa? An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for an individual or company who wants to start or purchase a business [...]
What is the National Interest Waiver? Will the New National Interest Waiver Standard Help Entrepreneurs? How can I obtain a green card without going through the labor certification process?
In order to obtain a green card through an employer, in most instances your employer must go through a labor certification process through the [...]
Intent is an important concept in immigration law. Under the law, most foreign nationals coming to the United States are presumed to be immigrants [...]
When an investor or foreign company wants to start operations in the United States they can select between three possible investor visas including an [...]
Breaking News: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Extended by Congress through April 28, 2017 via Continuing Resolution Legislation
Congress extended the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allowing the visa program to run in its current format until April 28, 2017 as part of [...]
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 [...]
E-2 Investor Visa An E-2 visa is an investor visa granted to entrepreneurs who want to start or buy a business in the United [...]
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 [...]
What is Happening to the EB-5 Investor Visa Program? How Will the Reauthorization Affect Foreign Nationals Who Want to Invest in the United States?
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a green card option for an immigrant entrepreneur that would like to buy an existing business, start a [...]
What is the Diversity Lottery? When does the Diversity Lottery open? Can I apply for the Diversity Lottery if I am in the U.S. without status? Can the provisional waiver be used with the Diversity Lottery?
The Diversity Lottery is a program that provides green cards for people from countries with historically low rates of immigration through a lottery system. 50,000 [...]
If my company transfers me abroad, will I still be able to apply for citizenship? Can I apply for citizenship if I have to spend time outside of the United States?
In today’s global economy, intercompany transfers between U.S. companies, their foreign branches, or subsidiaries are common. For green card holders of the United States [...]
How Will Traveling Outside the U.S. Affect My Green Card? How Will Travel Affect My Citizenship Application?
If my company transfers me abroad, will I still be able to apply for citizenship? Can I apply for citizenship if I have to [...]
We recently received an approval at the U.S. Consulate in Tokyo for an EB-5 immigrant visa filed on behalf of a Japanese national. The applicant invested in a regional [...]
A New Immigration Rule that May Help You – Can I get a green card if I live in the U.S. without any legal status? What is the New Provisional Waiver Rule?
In most cases, a person must have some sort of legal status in order to apply for and obtain a green card in the [...]
Scott Legal obtains USCIS Approves I-751 Waiver of Joint Filing Application for Conditional Resident
We just received an approval from USCIS for a Form I-751 Waiver of Joint Filing for Conditional Resident recently divorced from her U.S. Citizen spouse. Client [...]
We recently received a decision from an immigration judge granting our motion to reopen and terminate the deportation order for an undocumented Colombian petitioner. [...]