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Category: Visa

  • Matter of H. N. Ferreira, 28 I&N Dec. 765 (BIA 2023)

    Matter of H. N. Ferreira, 28 I&N Dec. 765 (BIA 2023)

    Given the significance of a respondent’s interest in securing review of a denial of a petition to remove the conditions on permanent residence, an Immigration Judge should ordinarily review the denial of a Form I-751 upon the request of the respondent. [Full Decision] Matter of H. N. Ferreira, 28 I&N Dec. 765 (BIA 2023) At…

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  • Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Workers Sunset Date

    Today, September 30, 2023, was the final day or the “sunset date” for Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program. On Dec. 29, 2022, the president signed into law H.R. 2617, which extended the program through September 30, 2023, to allow these workers to immigrate or adjust to permanent resident by that date. Congress had amended…

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  • Visa Bulletin

    Visa Bulletin

    The number of visas that are available for immigrants coming to the United States is limited under the law. The limitations are determined annually and then a monthly visa bulliten is published based on the number of visas used. The visa bulletin is used to determine when a visa is available. As an example this…

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  • Petitioning for Relatives

    PETITIONING FOR RELATIVES  Type of Relative for Whom You May Petition Immigration Benefit Related Forms Spouse Children (unmarried and under 21) Sons and daughters (married and/or 21 or over) Parents, if you are 21 or over Siblings, if you are 21 or over Green Card (permanent residence) Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative Form I-485,…

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  • Bona Fide Marriage Exemption

    Non-citizens who marry U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents while in removal proceedings must show by clear and convincing evidence that the marriage was entered into in good faith. See INA § 245(e)(3). What is commonly called, “the bona fide marriage exemption” must be requested in writing and submitted with Form I-130. See 8 C.F.R. § 204.2(a)(1)(iii)(A). The request must state…

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  • Conditional Residency (two-year green card)

    What is conditional residency (conditional green card)? A conditional green card, also known as CR1, is valid for two years and is issued to foreign nationals who have been married for less than two years. It is important to note that the conditional green card cannot be renewed. To maintain your status and avoid the…

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  • How Petition to Bring a Family Member to the U.S.

    As a citizen of the United States, you may help a relative become a lawful permanent resident of the United States by obtaining what is often referred to as a “Green Card.” To do so, you need to sponsor your relative and be able to prove that you have enough income or assets to support…

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  • As A Legal Permanent Resident Who Can I Petition For?

    As A Legal Permanent Resident Who Can I Petition For? What relatives can I petition for? How can my family get a visa if I have a green card?

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  • HOW DO I RENEW OR REPLACE MY PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD (GREEN CARD)?

    How do I renew my green card? How do I replace my green card? Renew or replace a legal permanent residency card.

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  • Crime Victim Visa (U Visa)

    A CRIME VICTIM CAN POTENTIALLY GET A VISA, AND EVENTUALLY LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY, BASED ON THEIR COOPERATION WITH THE POLICE OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. To make sure that immigration laws do not discourage immigrants in the U.S. without lawful immigration status from cooperating with law enforcement or reporting crime, Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the…

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  • Religious Worker (R) Visa

    Religious Worker (R) Visa

    Legal Authorities For A Religious Worker Eligibility Requirements For a Religious Worker Religious Worker Adjustment of Status Eligibility Requirements The applicant has been inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled into the United States. The applicant is physically present in the United States at the time of filing and adjudication of an adjustment application. The applicant is eligible to…

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