Category Archives: Family Based Immigration

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Proposed Revisions To Form I-864, Affidavit Of Support

    The Department of Homeland Security (hereafter “DHS” or its agency “USCIS”) proposes significant revisions to the regulations governing the Affidavit of Support (I-864). These proposed revisions published on October 1, 2020, are set to take effect within 30 to 60 days from their publication. What is the Affidavit of Support? The affidavit of support, Form…

  7. Removal Of Conditions Process (Form I-751)

  8. Fiancé Visa Process (I-129F)

  9. Obtaining a Green Card through Marriage – Part 1

    Part 1: General overview. Which route is applicable? If you are a US Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) your spouse is eligible to obtain his/her green card through your relationship. Within Part 1 of this article series, we will provide general information to help with determining which route is applicable when filing for…

  10. Obtaining a Green Card through Marriage – Part 2

    Part 2: Adjustment of status Please see the flowchart on our website, which provides the general steps involved with this type of filing. [Link-AOS Flowchart].  Part 2 of this series will provide further details on the steps and important items to consider when filing the cases with USCIS. If your Foreign National Spouse is immediately…

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