Why You Should Hire An Immigration Attorney
If you have been researching the immigration process, you probably realize from the discussion groups and other resources on the Internet that many people have successfully gone through the immigration process without help from an attorney. On the other hand, you probably also realize that a lot of people who try to "go it alone" wind up stuck in endless bureaucratic delays or even have their visa application denied. So, you may be asking yourself:...
But lying to the U.S. government can get you in bigger trouble than the problem you are lying about. For one thing, you’ve never seen anyone angrier than a USCIS or State Department official who discovers that you’ve lied to them. For another, making misrepresentations on an application for immigration benefits is a ground of inadmissibility under U.S. immigration law. So if the lie is discovered, you've got double trouble -- not only the original problem about which you thought it necessary to...
To prove the marriage was entered into in good faith, the following evidence should be presented:
Document showing joint ownership of property;
Joint tenancy of lease;
Documentation showing commingling of financial resources;
Birth certificates of children born to the couple;
Affidavits of a third party proving there is a bona fide marital relationship between the couple; and
Other documents to prove that the purpose of the marriage is not to evade immigration laws.
No. Lawful permanent residents with an expiring Green Card will not lose their legal status in the United States—their lawful permanent resident status will not expire or change. However, they will need to renew their expiring Green Card in order to maintain acceptable evidence of their permanent resident status and avoid possible difficulties in obtaining employment, benefits and re-entry into the United States after traveling abroad. Green Card renewal applicants will receive temporary...
While police generally need a warrant to search you or your property — during a traffic stop, police only need probable cause to legally search your vehicle. Probable cause means police must have some facts or evidence to believe you’re involved in criminal activity.
In other words, an officer’s hunch without evidence of illegal activity is not enough to legally search your car. Before searching, he must observe something real. Common examples of probable cause include the sight or smell of...
If you are a permanent resident who plans to apply for citizenship in the future, you should always file a tax return even if you are unable to pay your taxes in full. If you have not, you may still be eligible for citizenship as long as you file as soon as possible and pay the required penalties. However, you must also take steps to negotiate a payment plan with the IRS and then make several payments on time prior to your naturalization interview.
Applying for Adjustment of Status requires submitting a comprehensive package to USCIS emphasizing the legitimacy of the marital relationship as well as the applicant’s eligibility for adjustment of status. The two main forms are:
§ I-130 – Petition for Immediate Relative
§ I-485 – Application to Adjust Status
Additional ancillary forms to be submitted include:
§ I-693, Medical Exam Results
§ I-864, Affidavit of Support (applicable version)
Lastly, to establish or preserve employment...
Passports are the property of a respondent’s respective foreign government, and not the physical property of the individual. ICE will not return a passport that has been confiscated by ICE or CBP unless and until the respondent’s case has a final administrative order granting relief (i.e. no appeal).
Unfortunately, immigrant visas are available on a "first come, first served" basis, and by law, no one is allowed to be processed for his or her visa "out of turn". For family petitions, your "place in line" for a visa is established upon the filing of a petition. The filing date of a petition establishes the person's "priority date". Therefore, the longer a petitioner waits to file a petition, the longer it will take to establish a priority date (and the beneficiary's place in line).
With few exceptions, every visa applicant is interviewed by a consular officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate. After all available information is reviewed, the application is approved or denied based on U.S. immigration law.
There are many reasons why a visa application may be denied. In some instances, the application is denied because necessary information or supporting documents were not submitted by the applicant. In other instances, the application is denied for more serious reasons. An...