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Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status: Frequently Asked Questions

A marriage-based adjustment of status is a direct way to access a permanent residence and eventually to citizenship. If you are a foreign-born spouse of a United States citizen and currently live in the United States, you may be eligible for lawful permanent residence–popularly known as the “green card.” The green card enables the holder to permanently live and work in the U.S., provided that you don’t commit any Read More

The Fiancé and Spouse Visa: Which One is Best for You?

U.S. citizens engaged to foreign nationals who want to live in the United States must ensure that their future spouse obtains the right immigration visa to avoid status problems down the line. The two main marriage-related visas are the K-1 Visa (known as the “fiancé visa”) and the Marriage-Based Visa (the “green card” visa). The K-1 is generally for people who want to bring their foreign fiancé to the United Read More

What Changes to Expect for Immigration Under the Biden Administration

Each new administration will have a set of changes they would like to make to rules and regulations. These changes may come slowly, as most changes to the law need to go through the House, Senate, and the President.   However, some changes can be made much more quickly by the President through Executive Orders.  The Biden administration may take some time to address the changes made by Trump’s administration to the Read More

You are a Permanent Resident of the United States & have the Green Card – now what?

Once the first immigration process is done and you have your green card in hand you can breathe a sigh of relief. You might feel like you have finally landed and this is now home, but this is just the beginning: It is a door you have just opened and now comes the part where you have to take the next steps - to know your rights and learn how to take advantage of having a Green Card. As a permanent resident you Read More

What is a Green Card & how do I get one?

A green card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is issued by USCIS under the Immigration and Nationality Act as evidence that you have been given the privilege to reside and work within the United States. While America is a melting pot, it has only 13.2 million green card holders out of a population of 328.2 million people - that is only 4.02 % of the country’s population. Having a green card allows Read More

USCIS Announces GIANT Filing Fee Increases

Since we all want to end any interaction with a positive outlook, I will address the bad news from last week first. The bad news is that USCIS announced that new filing fees will go in effect beginning with October 2, 2020. Why is this bad? After all, they are begging for a government bailout and need the money to keep almost 15,000 US workers employed, right? Not exactly. USCIS is funded by fees paid by Read More

4 Ways to Get a US Work Permit

Last time we wrote about ways in which you may be able to get a work permit in the United States, there were more options. The timing for his update could not be better because the immigration field changes weekly, if not daily, and so it is crucial to remain updated in any changes in the norms and regulations. First, who does NOT need a work permit? US citizens and permanent residents do not need a work Read More

Options for Green Card Holders unable to return to the United States

A lawful permanent resident unable to return to the US, may encounter one of these scenarios: If you are outside the US longer than 1 year and you obtained a re-entry permit, you can enter the US for up to two years. You can only apply for a reentry permit from within the US. If you are outside the US longer than 1 year and you did not obtain a re-entry permit before leaving the US, the actual green card Read More

Why You Should Respond ON TIME to USCIS Notices

You mailed your green card or waiver application to USCIS, you have your receipt and had your biometrics appointment. Great! Now all you have to do is wait for the Interview date, right? Not exactly… What I will discuss here applies to most types of applications: changes or extension of non-immigrant status, renewals of work permit, petitions for alien relatives, green card applications, waivers, VAWA, removal of Read More

LGBTQ Couples & Family-Based immigration: What to consider when documenting a Bona Fide Marriage

People have entered the United States through marriage for a very long time; it is perhaps one of the easier ways, at least in people’s minds, to gain entry and citizenship. However, many try to marry solely for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws, and that is fraud.  As a result, US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) have to endure a tough scrutiny from immigration officers to ensure that their Read More