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Michael Hugh Carlin

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  • Can I receive the green card based on family immigration from inside the USA?

    My uncle who is a US citizen applied for my mum and her family for a green card. That was in 2002 and i was less than 18. Now the case was approved from the USCIS and went to the NVC National Visa Center for further process. It needs now 1-2 m...

    Michael’s Answer

    You should consult directly with an immigration attorney regarding your case. An important part of your situation is a determination of your own history in the United States, whether your time in the U.S. has been authorized, and your current status in the U.S. An experienced attorney will review your facts and history thoroughly and present you with the best options for success based on your situation. We are here to help. Best wishes.

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  • Steps after infopass and visa status

    As per the suggestions to my earlier question on avvo i went for infopass as a result of no notice after 1 n half month towards my application for asylum. The immigration lady told me that my status hasnt been updated in the system yet and is st...

    Michael’s Answer

    Have you been working with an attorney? You should have received a receipt notice from USCIS for your asylum application. I suggest that you work with an immigration attorney to have the best chance of success. Best wishes.

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  • Can I apply for a greencard now?

    My friend has married an American citizen during her two years' service in Confucius Institute. Now she has been back to China for one year. Is it legitimate for her to apply for green card now? Or can she apply for the B-type VISA to come USA for...

    Michael’s Answer

    It would be best for your friend, and her US Citizen husband, to work directly with an immigration attorney. We would be able to provide them with the information they need regarding their options. Applying for a visitor visa could carry certain risks and disadvantages, depending on the details of their situation. Best wishes.

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  • Can I travel overseas right after permanent resident (Adjustment of Status) interview?

    My wife is scheduled for an immigration interview on Jul 16th and she needs to travel overseas on Jul 17th, is that possible?

    Michael’s Answer

    At the interview, if the officer states that the case is approved, then your wife should ask for a temporary stamp in her passport that shows that she is a permanent resident. Your wife should have her travel itinerary or other proof that she has purchased a ticket. The officer might, or might not, place the stamp in her passport. Best wishes.

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  • I-131 is approved. We traveled and re-enter US with no problems. Passport got stamped. I-485 is denied and closed.

    I'm US citizen. My mother is 88 years old - 87 at the time of applying. We sent forms I-131 and I-485. Received 797 for both. Finger prints done. Letter received that interview could be waived.. Urgently need to travel for humanitarian reason...

    Michael’s Answer

    Based on the information you provided, it appears that USCIS may have made a mistake in denying your case. I suggest that you consult with an immigration attorney. It might be possible to get USCIS to understand the situation and USCIS might agree to correct the mistake. Best wishes to you.

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  • Travel out site country with Advance parole

    May I know what are the process to travel out side the country with Advance parole and what are the documents need to carry ? Please let me know entries process ?

    Michael’s Answer

    Have you received Advance Parole? If you have not, then you first would need to apply for it. It would be important to know information about your immigration status and whether, for example, you have a case in Immigration Court. Depending on your situation, traveling outside the US (even with Advance Parole) can cause problems. It would be a good idea for you to discuss your situation with an immigration attorney. Best wishes.

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  • Administrative Process for K1 Visa

    Hello,I am an Iranian applicant for K1 fiance visa,we created our case on September.2014 , I had my interview on 9.March.2015 , me and my fiance met 4 times since we engaged on June.2014 , I have my fiance`s father as my joint sponsor,he has enou...

    Michael’s Answer

    I hope that the U.S. Consulate will accept the joint sponsor for the Affidavit of Support. Some consulates do not accept joint sponsors for K-1 visas. Otherwise, I agree with my colleagues that administrative processing is not necessarily a bad thing. It might mean that the consulate needs to continue background checks. Best wishes.

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  • Curious to know, which is my asylum approved date?

    1) I-94 contains: Asylum Status Granted Indefinitely. May 07, 2014 & Sign of Asylum Officer 2) Asylum Approval Notice was Issued on May 12, 2014 and describes as follows: As of 5/07/2014, you have been granted asylum in the United State...

    Michael’s Answer

    I'm curious as to why the distinction matters, but, based on your posting, it would appear that you were granted asylum on May 7, 2014. Congratulations!

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  • I -485 process delay at Texas Service center USCIS

    Hi My i-485 (Employment based ) is pending more than 7 month with USCIS , Is there any why can I check most recent update about case (Like info pass etc ) .? other than online tracker (It's not update ) . Do it possible Can I request to c...

    Michael’s Answer

    You may not request a service center change. That is for USCIS to decide. You may request a status update on your case by calling USCIS at 800-375-5283 or by completing an online inquiry at: https://egov.uscis.gov/e-Request/Intro.do Best wishes.

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  • Interviewed for asylum but no decision ?

    I had interview last week. Officer told me they will mail me decision but didn't tell me when. How long normally it takes or taking currently? why they need time for decision?

    Michael’s Answer

    In some parts of the United States, it is taking YEARS, not weeks, to receive a decision after an asylum interview. The delays are caused partly by staffing shortages at USCIS and also an increase in the workload of asylum officers. Backgrounds checks on applicants can also significantly delay some cases.

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