I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?

Those who are officially deemed “inadmissible” to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status, must file USCIS Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. But not everyone is eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility—only certain types of applicants within each category qualify for applying (and Read more about I Need to File a Waiver (Unlawful presence, Criminal, Fraud, Smuggling). What Are My Chances?[…]

Conditional Permanent Residence and Divorce: Your Options

When you get married to a United States citizen and you are married for less than 2 years at the time of issuance of residency, you are issued what is called conditional residence that enables you to live and work in the United States until a later time when you can prove that the marriage Read more about Conditional Permanent Residence and Divorce: Your Options[…]

What To Do When You Marry Someone Who Entered the U.S. with a Visa

You never know where life will take you next, and for some people that means marrying a person who is in the United States on a temporary (non-immigrant) visa, such as one for tourism or work. The question is, what happens next? It is intuitive that there must be a path to legal permanent residency Read more about What To Do When You Marry Someone Who Entered the U.S. with a Visa[…]

US-born Children of Unlawful Immigrants: Options for the Parents

When the children of unlawful immigrants are born in the United States, the United States Constitution states that these children are citizens. This is obviously a great thing for the child, and can lead to an eventual path to legal permanent residency for the parents, though there are also special restrictions for these types of Read more about US-born Children of Unlawful Immigrants: Options for the Parents[…]

Everything You Need to Know about Provisional Waivers

For immigrants present unlawfully in the United States who have a relative (a spouse or parent) who is a United States citizen or legal permanent resident , a provisional waiver can shorten the time they are separated from relatives during the application process. Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for a provisional waiver, you must have Read more about Everything You Need to Know about Provisional Waivers[…]

Tips for Studying for the Citizenship Civics Test

One of the tests that you will have to take during your naturalization interview before you can get your United States citizenship is the Civics test. In many ways, this is the most difficult test you will have to take during your immigration process. With the written, spoken, and reading English tests, you are likely Read more about Tips for Studying for the Citizenship Civics Test[…]

Married to a U.S. Citizen? How to Prove Your Marriage is “Bona Fide” for purposes of Form I-751

It is the stuff romantic comedies are made of. A couple that is married just for the convenience of U.S. citizenship has to jump through hoops to prove to the government that the marriage is indeed real. Back in the real world, most marriages of an immigrant to a United States citizen are probably legitimate. Read more about Married to a U.S. Citizen? How to Prove Your Marriage is “Bona Fide” for purposes of Form I-751[…]

Immigration Inadmissibility, Waivers, and Your Odds of Success

If you are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses or certain other immigration benefits, your only chance is to file for a waiver. The waiver is Form I-601, and is only applicable for certain grounds of inadmissibility. First, here is a review of some Read more about Immigration Inadmissibility, Waivers, and Your Odds of Success[…]

Low Income? Getting Around the “Public Charge” Designation when Applying for a Green Card

If you have been following the news, you may have heard the term “public charge” in reference to keeping immigrants from obtaining permanent resident status. The Trump administration is supposedly considering new rules that will make it harder for an immigrant to get a green card if they have ever used a range of popular Read more about Low Income? Getting Around the “Public Charge” Designation when Applying for a Green Card[…]