Category: Immigration



The I-864 Explained: Affidavit of Support

The I-864, also known as the affidavit of support, is a “4-Part” form in the Green Card Process, whether Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing. The I-864 concerns the financial state of the sponsor. This form should be easy, except it requires numerous supporting documents and the Sponsor has to determine which “affidavit of support” […]

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Sponsoring Stepchildren: Green Card Process

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A U.S. Spouse or Lawful Permanent Resident can sponsor a stepchild to immigrate with their parent (foreign spouse) to the United States. The stepchild may be added in the I-130 or the I-129F Petition if the sponsor and the child falls under one of the following scenarios: If you are a: You may petition for: U.S. […]

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Deportation: How Criminal Acts Can Affect Immigrants, Even Lawful Permanent Residents

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Deportation is always a possibility for any immigrant, regardless of whether they are in the United States legally and illegally. Only United States Citizens are protected from being deported. Green Card Holders are sometimes worried about whether minor crimes could lead to their deportation. However, “small violations” hardly have serious immigration consequences. Deportation is likely […]

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The 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

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The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (aka Visa Lottery) is administered by the Department of State. Under Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the “diversity visa” is made available for countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2017, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. The […]

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When to have the Adjustment of Status Medical Evaluation?

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The Adjustment of Status Medical Evaluation uses the USCIS Form I-693. The I-693 medical evaluation has a shelf-life of one year. When an Adjustment of Status Green Card Process is using concurrent filing, the medical evaluation can be submitted with the I-130 Petition and I-485 Green Card Application. Additionally, the I-693 can be submitted at […]

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With Advance Parole, An Adjustment of Status Applicant Can Travel Outside of the United States

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In a general sense, an Adjustment of Status applicant (green card applicant within the United States) should not, and in most cases “cannot,” travel outside of the United States, unless the applicant applied for and was approved for Advance Parole. If an Adjustment of Status applicant travels without authorization under Advance Parole, the Adjustment of Status […]

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What Are The Eligibility Requirements For DAPA?

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DAPA, also known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, is an unavailable immigration status that was created in 2014. Currently, DAPA is wrapped up in litigation and is unavailable. However, its eligibility requirements have been known since 2014, and if approved by the United States Supreme Court, it will soon […]

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