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How to Get a Green Card for your Parents: The Definitive Guide [2019]

You worked hard, came to the United States, and made a life for yourself and your family. Your parents were reluctant to leave their home… but they are getting older, and there is no longer a choice. They need to come here to live with you. Now that you have made the decision, you face the hurdle […]

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5 Tips for an Adjustment of Status Interview based on a Family Petition

1. Remember the Burden is on You It is vitally important to understand that the burden is on you to prove that you are in a bona fide relationship. You probably have friends or family members who got married and never merged their finances, got joint credit cards, took out a life insurance policy, or […]

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The “90 Day Rule” and Adjustment of Status

What is the “90 Day Rule”? On September 1, 2017, the Trump administration amended the Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual to establish a “90 day rule.” The Foreign Affairs Manual is used for guidance by consular officers stationed at US consular posts abroad when making determinations about whether to issue a visa. Under the […]

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I-751 Removal of Conditions After Separation or Divorce

What is an I-751 Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residence Petition? When an immigrant obtains permanent resident status as a result of a spousal petition, and the couple has been married for less than two years, the beneficiary will receive a conditional green card. Similarly, all successful K1 fiancé adjustments will result in the foreign […]

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Adjustment of Status vs Consular Processing

Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing for a Spousal Green Card There are two ways to obtain a green card in the United States – adjustment of status and consular processing. Adjustment of status the process of obtaining permanent resident status from within the United States. Consular processing is the process of obtaining permanent resident […]

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Spousal Green Card through Consular Processing

When do you apply for a spoual green card through consular processing? When the beneficiary is abroad, you will be filing either a spousal or fiancé visa petition and go through consular processing. You will start the case by submitting a filing with USCIS, and finish off the processing at the US consulate or embassy […]

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The K1 Visa Process and How an Attorney can Help

What is a K1 Visa? A K1 visa allows the fiancé of a United States citizen to come to the United States for the purpose marrying their citizen fiancé and adjusting status to become a permanent resident. A K1 visa is initiated by the US citizen fiancé by filing form I-129F with United States Citizenship […]

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Au Pairs and the J-1 Home Residency Requirement

What is the Two Year Home Residency Requirement? Some immigrants who come to the US on a J-1 visa are required to return to their country of nationality for two cumulative years before they can petition for permanent residence from abroad or adjust status from within the US. This requirement is variably referred to as […]

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How Can a Lawyer Help You Get a Marriage Based Green Card?

Marriage Green Card Lawyer There are two ways to obtain a marriage based green card. First, you can process a spousal green card completely from within the United States. Second, you can petition for a marriage based permanent residence through a consular office abroad. A lawyer can help in both cases by using their experience […]

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