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Irene Arfaras Steffas

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  • What they can do in info pass

    I m student here from 5 year and I married to us citizen and I file my green card last year we been married more than 2 year but my status is in initial review so I call them last Mont but they saying they r not able to answer so now I get info pa...

    Irene’s Answer

    Generally, a case like yours is adjudicated within one year. So I would be concerned that this much time has passed. Did you receive a notice for biometrics? Initial review? If USCIS needed more documents they would have issued an RFE - Request for Evidence. I hope you received a receipt when you filed your case. (It should have been mailed to you). An info pass may answer some questions, like has your file been lost? The InfoPass appointment is the first step to trying to figure out where your case is. If you don't get good answers or you are in a deeper fog, then you definitely need an attorney to jump start your case. You are welcome to all our office. 770-642-6075

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  • Can I file form i29f in order to have my stepson come live with us (husband has cr1 visa) until his I130 is approved

    My husband lived germany and now in in usa my stepson lives with his grandmother in nigeria.

    Irene’s Answer

    How old was your son, when you married? I presume from your question that you are the petitioning US citizen. If you married your husband when your son was under the age 18, you can sponsor him as your step child. There are more important questions - how old is he now? I highly recommend you call for an appointment. I see no reason to file an I-129.

    Give our office a call: 770-642-6075

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  • Can I have my future husband adopt my 12 yr old son without an attorney?

    Biological father never wanted this child and never has tried to contact my son. Getting married to man who has filled the dad role for 5 yrs and he wants to adopt my son so that my son can legally have a father! There is no way I can come up wit...

    Irene’s Answer

    It is necessary to first terminate the rights of the biological father - for this step you absolutely need an attorney. Don't get scared away by what you hear adoption fees are. Call a few adoption attorneys in Missouri - you might be surprised. My office frequently offers payment plans and accept credit cards. I think you will find the same in your state. This is too important of a legal process to do on your own. Additionally, a judge may refuse to hear your case without an attorney.

    Good Luck

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  • If I am not married and my oldest son's father wants to adopt my younger son can this be done?

    My almost two year old son's bio dad refuses to show up for paternity testing and has had almost nothing to do with him since he was born. However my older son's dad has been raising him since he was 8 months old and wants to adopt him legally but...

    Irene’s Answer

    Generally speaking, this man could only adopt your son if he was married to you. However, I have seen an adoption like you propose once in 30 years. With the help of a very good adoption, attorney you might be able to accomplish this. In my case the mother was terminally ill and she wanted to make sure her child did not end up in foster care. Seek the help of an experienced adoption attorney - Best wishes

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  • Does Gwinnett County have any sort of pre-trial diversion for a first offense misdemeanor (theft by shoplifting)? No prev record

    Female of adult age. No prior record. College degree. FIrst offense misdemeanor (theft by shoplifting). Am I eligible for the pre-trial diversion, if so, what do I need to do?

    Irene’s Answer

    One thing that is important to remember - even with a pre trial diversion - If you are ever asked if you have been arrested, you must answer yes. On a federal level, this will always show up - even when you expunge the record, the arrest will always so up on an FBI search.

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  • Immigration after adoption?

    Facts: International adult adoption. Adoptee adult age 26. male. Adoption in Austin Texas. Adoptive partent former us marine 60 years old. I know no citizenship for adult adoption. But do I get a green card or a legal permanent reside...

    Irene’s Answer

    The answer to your question is NO. In order for an adoption to be considered as a basis for creating a family and then obtaining immigration benefits, the adoption MUST have been finalized prior to the adoptee's 16th birthday. An adult adoption will not provide immigration benefits. There may be other benefits to an adult adoption - estate planning, emotional security etc.
    Good Luck to both of you.

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  • What steps to take regarding a potential absent parent before birth of the child?

    I had found out I was pregnant. The father and I mutually ended things 3 weeks prior to finding out. After finding out, I wanted his help figuring out what we should do. Long story short, no input from him even after sending him information regard...

    Irene’s Answer

    I commend you for looking beyond the legal issues. Building a family and caring for children is a very important to the life of a child. Your focus should always be what is in the best interest of the child. Without knowing history, personalities and ability to parent, it is hard to advise you. The comments of my colleagues is all true and valid. However, this is not just about you and the birth father. Child support belongs to the child not to the parent. I encourage you to take your time and really think this through. The father may be willing to acknowledge paternity - what does that mean? he is on equal footing with you re custody, he gets rights for visitation and he has obligations to financially support the child. What makes sense in your case? You may want to file a paternity action or it may be in your best interest not to have him be in the child's life. Those are questions you must answer.

    Considering adoption does not necessarily mean that he is shrugging responsibilities. Since he has other children that he is supporting, the considering adoption may simply be a realistic in considering the child's future. He knows how hard it is to be a good father and he may be acknowledging that he is tapped out. Making an adoption plan is not giving up on a child - it is planning for the child's future. Please do not consider that comment as negative to you or the baby - it can be a loving choice. Again, you have a better understanding of who he is.

    Best wishes for you and the baby.

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  • Who can witness a TPR for adoption paper?

    The document says that I need two non-related witnesses but it also includes a place for a seal. I happen to be out of the country and am representing myself. Is it ok for my wife's cousin and his wife to sign or are they considered relatives? Wou...

    Irene’s Answer

    You are voluntarily consenting to an adoption, In order for the document to be valid, it must be signed in front of 2 witnesses- and a notary public. If you have any questions, you should consult with an attorney to clearly respond to those questions. One item, frequently overlooked is the state's reunion registry. You can get that from the state's website. It is free, easy to fill out and I highly recommend that you sign and file it now. An easy detail to forget. Also, if you really want to do the child a huge favor, let the family you will always be available if they need medical information. That is the most important gift you can give a child. The attorney handling the adoption should furnish you with a medical family social history for you to complete. I encourage you to complete that. Best wishes,

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  • What if someone change her name after marriage?

    My friend has got married a week ago with her foreign fiance.After marriage she has changed her last name in social security.Now her husband is about to apply green card. Question is that what last name should be use in I-864 because in income tax...

    Irene’s Answer

    She should use her current name. On other forms there are places to list "other names known by" Also the I-864 is tied to more than just her name- her social security number,

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  • How long is the financial obligation of a sponsor of immigrant? What if the immigrant NEVER becomes a citizen or is employed?

    My son, who is a U.S. citizen, and daughter-in-law (foreign-born) live abroad and have been married one year. I would be willing to be a joint sponsor so they could move to the U.S. but I am hesitant because it's unclear to me when my financial ob...

    Irene’s Answer

    The simple answer is after your daughter in law has worked and contributed to social security for 40 quarters. However, I agree with my colleagues = its worth the effort of going to the website provided above and see all the exceptions - if she becomes a US citizen, it is only until that period - less than 4 years. Take the time to read. If you got to AVVO to ask the question, you are competent to understand the government's form Thanks for being a supportive mother-in-law/

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