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I-864 Question: Should Spouses file “Married, Filing Separate” or “Married, Filing Jointly”

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This question of whether to file separately or jointly is extremely common with regard to the I-864 Affidavit of Support. The Answer actually differs depending on the situation. The common situations are as follows: Scenario 1: Spouse is Illegal The unauthorized and illegal income from an illegal spouse is NOT RECOGNIZED by US Immigration Agencies. […]

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Immigration Checklist: What our law office generally recommends

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Documents! Documents! Documents! US Immigration Filings REQUIRE documentation to establish eligibility and confirm the information provided and what resulted in a background check. Without documents, nothing is believed. Without documents, an immigration filing can be Rejected, RFE-ed/Delayed, or Denied. This post will break the Immigration Process down into 3 main time periods: Filings generally before […]

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Policy Update: USCIS Raleigh-Durham Field Office beginning to Waive Green Card Interview Requirements

In the Summer of 2022, USCIS Raleigh-Durham Field Office began Waiving some Green Card Interview Requirements as a way to reduce local processing time and the focus of local USCIS field officers. The local field office is likely to waive I-485 Adjustment of Status interviews where the following have occurred: The I-693 Sealed Immigration Medical […]

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Military-Related Question: What to do if my active-duty spouse is unable to attend my Green Card Interview?

For a Spousal Green Card Interview, there are two (2) important facts: (1) first, marriage is composed of two people and both are required to attend, and (2) the interview notice states BOTH spouses must attend. In the situation of an active-duty service member, USCIS has certain policies and everything depends on the situation. Deployment, […]

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I-129f Multiple Filer Waiver

Looking for love in all the wrong places! Looking for love! For some US citizens, it might feel like the immigration system is built to work against them. For starters, the I129F has a bar on approving a fiancé’s petition if the US citizen has gotten engaged and petitioned for someone else within the past […]

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Thailand Birth Certificate Guidance for US Immigration Purposes

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The Thailand Birth Certificate for US Immigration purposes is called a Sutibat. The Sutibat is free and can be acquired at the District “Amphur” Registration Office having jurisdiction over the place of birth. The Birth Certificate should be Translated to English, which our office recommends www.montesinotranslation.com, and the foreign Certificate would be accompanied by an English […]

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