Category Archives: Family Based Immigration

  1. How To Overcome A Lengthy Absence From The US As A Green Card Holder

    Once you obtain the green card you need to be careful not to lose it.  Obtaining a green card and maintaining permanent residence requires an individual to spend most of their time in the US. When COVID hit a lot of green card holders got caught outside of the US and were forced to remain…

  2. USCIS Claims It Will Adjudicate Cases Faster And Expands Premium Processing

    For a long time, processing times for applications filed at USCIS have been spiraling out of control and certain applications do not qualify for premium processing. For example, the current processing time for EB-5 cases is 47-71 months!  Imagine investing over half a million dollars, paying a $3,675 filing fee and then having to wait…

  3. Obtaining A Green Card For A Parent

    So, you have finally reached the end of the road and become a U.S. citizen and are wondering how to obtain a green card for your parents. Fortunately, parents are immediate relatives, which means there is no wait time for a green card, except of course the time it takes for USCIS to process the…

  4. DACA Renewals and the Future of the American Dream and Promise Act

    In 2012, the Obama administration under the President’s executive power implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, better known as DACA, after congress failed to pass the more comprehensive DREAM Act which was first introduced in 2001. DACA was created to allow for applicants, or so-called Dreamers, that were brought to the U.S before…

  5. What To Expect During A Marriage-Based Interview?

    So having filed your immigration paperwork with USCIS and after enduring the prolonged processing times USCIS has now sent you a notice asking you to appear for an interview. So, what can you expect? Clients often ask me how they can prepare for an interview and want a set list of questions; however, there is…

  6. USCIS Extends Validity Of I-751 And I-829 Receipt Notices From 18 To 24 Months

    Another action by USCIS demonstrates that current processing times are becoming increasingly protracted. Effective September 4, 2021, USCIS announced that to accommodate current processing times for I-751 and I-829 petitions, they are increasing the validity of the receipt notices from 18 months to 24 months. Applicants who obtain a green card through a marriage where…

  7. How to file an Extreme Hardship Waivers for a Spouse or Parent

    Filing a marriage-based petition is often considered to be one of the easiest and fastest ways for someone to obtain a green card.  However, if an applicant entered the U.S. without inspection, in other words illegally, then it becomes necessary to file a Hardship Waiver.  This turns a relatively straight forward process into a much…

  8. The 5 Year Rule – Getting Remarried as a Green Card Holder

    Obtaining a green card through marriage is often described as one of the easiest ways to obtain lawful permanent residency.  However, what happens if after obtaining the green card you get divorced?  Can you get remarried and sponsor your new spouse? While this is certainly possible, if an individual received a green card through marriage,…

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    I-864, Affidavit of Support

    The Affidavit of support is filed to establish willingness and ability to financially support your immigrant spouse or family member.  By filling this form, you are declaring to USCIS that the intending immigrant (and joining family member) will not become a public charge.  As the Petitioner of the immigrant, you are required to submit this…

  10. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)

    DACA is a program instituted in 2012 that allows young undocumented immigrants, who came to America as children in circumstances beyond their control and have lived here since at least 2007 to request consideration for deferred action and receive work authorization and sometimes advance parole for short trips outside the United States. The fee to…

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