Category: Immigration


South Africa Birth Certificate for US Immigration Purposes

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US Immigration law has strict requirements on foreign documentation. As a general rule, all Birth Certificates, whether foreign or from the US, “MUST” be “long-form” or a version that contains parental information. This post will explain South Africa requirements. Birth Certificate Name: US Immigration requests the Long-form South African Birth Certificate (more commonly named: Unabridged […]

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Renewal of Employment Authorization

Being admitted to the United States does not mean that you are permitted to work legally in the country. In fact, many nonimmigrant visa holders are not permitted to work at all, such as a B-2 visitor’s visa or people entered under visa waiver programs (VWP). Other employment-based nonimmigrant visas, such as H-1B, L-1, O, […]

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Brazilian Birth Certificate for US Immigration Purposes

Brazilian Birth Certificates vary in form depending on the state where it was issued and can be found at the Civil Registry (Cartório de Registro Civil das Pessoas Naturais) of the Brazilian State of Birth. However, there are two (2) versions that are acceptable for US Immigration: standard version and unabridged version. The extended versions […]

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US Immigration Requirements: Colombia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Police Certificates

The US Immigration Process is very strict when it comes to documentary requirements. The National Visa Center (NVC) is the leading guidance regardless if you are applying for a Green Card in the United States through the Adjustment of Status process, at the US Embassy in Bogata, or at any other US Embassy/Consulate around the […]

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US Citizen’s Guide to Marrying in the Philippines and Immigrating a Philippine (Filipina) Spouse to the United States

The Philippines, a beautiful country with polite people, delicious food, and a positive culture. Marrying someone from the Philippines is wonderful! This article will discuss the two common questions: How does a US Citizen marry in the Philippines? How does the Philippine Spouse immigrate to the US? If you are interested in the US K-1 […]

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Bona Fide Marriage Evidence: How many Photos does USCIS want with an I-130 Filing?

Bona Fide Marriage Evidence means: documentation or proof that a marriage is true, loving, and real, and not solely for the purposes of acquiring a Green Card. For purposes of the I-130 marriage-based filing, our office has the following formula/criteria to determine the ideal amount of photos: If you are under the age of 30: […]

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List of Green Card Categories and What They Mean

What is a Green Card Category? The Category or Code of a Green Card represents the lawful permanent resident’s (LPR’s) or conditional permanent resident’s (CR’s) class of admission. The letter(s) indicates a broad category and the number(s) indicates the order and relationship in the category. The Category can be found on the Lawful Permanent Resident […]

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FAQ: What you need to know as an International Student taking distance-learning courses in Fall 2020?

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on July 6, 2020 announced that they will no longer provide exemptions for international students who are taking online courses due to the pandemic during the Fall 2020 semester. Please click here for the complete information. The following are some common […]

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