Applying for Employment Authorization to Work in the United States

If you are a foreign national who needs to prove you are eligible to work in the United States, you will need to apply for Employment Authorization. This same authorization can be used by legal immigrants who are able to work here but need legal proof of that because their potential employer requires it. You Read more about Applying for Employment Authorization to Work in the United States[…]

Preparing For Your Consular Interview Outside the U.S.

After your visa petition has been approved and you have submitted all necessary fees and documents to the National Visa Center, it is time for your consular interview. Before your interview, you will normally have to go through the following steps: 1. Undergo a medical exam. The exam should be with an embassy-approved doctor, if Read more about Preparing For Your Consular Interview Outside the U.S.[…]

Filing a Proper Affidavit of Support as an Immigration Sponsor

When you are sponsoring another person to immigrate to the United States, as a part of the process you will need to fill out Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. Moving to a new country is a difficult process and requires basically starting life over again—a new residence, new job, new friends. The Affidavit of Support Read more about Filing a Proper Affidavit of Support as an Immigration Sponsor[…]

Permanent Residents: Is Your Green Card Expired?

Many permanent residents cannot wait to trade in their green card for full United States citizenship. Usually, after permanent residence of three (if married to a U.S. Citizen) or five years in the United States, the permanent resident is eligible to file the paperwork for his or her citizenship. But, for a variety of reasons, Read more about Permanent Residents: Is Your Green Card Expired?[…]

Stolen or Lost Immigration Documents: What to Do Next

For legal permanent residents, the green card is likely to be the most precious document they have in their possession. Nonetheless, life happens, and it is possible that a green card may be lost or stolen. This post will go over some of the basics on what a person should do if his or her Read more about Stolen or Lost Immigration Documents: What to Do Next[…]

What to Do When The Child of a U.S. Citizen is Born Abroad

Whether you are just traveling for fun or working abroad, when you or your partner is pregnant and a United States Citizen, the possibility exists that your baby will be born abroad. If you end up in this situation, prompt filing of paperwork is essential to avoid any long term issues with the baby’s citizenship. Read more about What to Do When The Child of a U.S. Citizen is Born Abroad[…]

How to File a Self-Petition as a Victim of Domestic Violence

Cases of domestic violence in which one of the participants owes their residency to the abusive party are very hard to identify and rectify, for obvious reasons. Without recourse, victims usually do not address the issue and are forced to continue living in an abusive household until things escalate even further, or until they decide Read more about How to File a Self-Petition as a Victim of Domestic Violence[…]

How to Prepare for Your Naturalization Interview

You have followed all the rules. You have fulfilled your permanent residency requirements, filed form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and your paperwork has been received and is being processed by USCIS. Now, the only thing standing between you and your United States citizenship is your naturalization interview. The first thing to note is that the Read more about How to Prepare for Your Naturalization Interview[…]

U Visas for Victims of Specific Crimes: What You Need to Know

  In the year 2000, Congress put into action the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. The legislation was designed to help law enforcement prosecute crimes, the victims of which would otherwise have been unwilling to speak up due to their illegal status and risk of Read more about U Visas for Victims of Specific Crimes: What You Need to Know[…]