Category: Immigration



I-864: Using Dividends and Stock Portfolio as an Asset

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The I-864 affidavit of support is a mandatory form to establish “financial stability” for the immigrating spouse or family member. There are instances where the Sponsor has either been extremely successful in the stock market or has been investing for years and is at a point in life where the investment is either supplementing the […]

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I-864: Using Real Estate as an Asset

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Real Estate is generally the MOST EXPENSIVE investment in many people’s life. A House can be easily valued at $100k to $400k. For USCIS Purposes and the I-864, a piece of real estate can be used to supplement or completely cover the financial responsibility of Sponsorship. USCIS will look for the “Equity” or “Equity of […]

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I-864: Self Employment and Business Ownership

Self-Employment and Business Ownership are most commonly one of the MOST difficult types of income to prove to USCIS. Why is that? Well, there are three reasons: First: USCIS Officers have generally never been (1) Business owners or (2) Tax experts. Second: Business and Self Employment do not generally get paid by the hour or […]

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E-filing DACA: An Important Improvement for USCIS

On April 12, 2022, USCIS announced the commencement of an electronic filing option for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals. This is EXTREMELY important in: Reducing Processing times Reducing costs associated with mailing (est. $9-$15) the DACA Renewals every 24 months (realistically every 19 months) Allowing the DACA Applicant to see UP-TO-DATE information on […]

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What can a K-1 Visa Holder Legally do in the US while they wait for the EAD Card and Green Card?

Congratulations on arriving to the US on a K1 Fiance Visa!!! Hopefully, the Wedding / Marriage Ceremony was beautiful. This post will focus on the most common follow-up questions associated to the K1 Period between (1) Entry to the US on the K1 and (2) Receiving either the Green Card or Employment Authorization Document. In […]

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I-864 Sponsorship: How is SSI and SSDI Assessed?

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The I-864 is a Sponsorship Form from USCIS that is used in nearly all Family-based Immigration. This Blog Post will address how SSI and SSDI is assessed in this process. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) provides financial assistance to older adults and persons with disabilities (regardless of age) with very limited income and resources. SSI is […]

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VA Disability and US Immigration

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This Blog Post is written for both a Petitioner (Spouse, Parent, Child, and Sibling) that is sponsoring a family member to receive a Green Card, and also a Co-sponsor that is joining an immigration filing to help support the Financial Stability Review, also known as the I-864 Affidavit of Support. What is the I-864? For […]

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Canadian Divorce Decree for US Immigration Purposes

The US Government accepts two versions of a Canadian Divorce Decree: Original / Court-Certified copy of the Final Divorce Decree from the Court where the divorce took place Form 36B: Certificate of Divorce (Example found here: http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/static/media/uploads/courtforms/family/36b/flr-36b-e.pdf) A good practice is to acquire and provide BOTH versions of the Divorce Decree, as the Certified Court […]

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