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Kevin Lawrence Dixler

Kevin Dixler’s Legal Guides

26 total

  • Can or Should I file for My Parents? What are the Issues?

    Some who become U.S. Citizens immediately feel the compulsion to want their parents to immigrate to the United States. What should I consider before I file? Will I be responsible for my parents? Can the petition be denied? Here are some thoughts. 1. You must be a U.S. Citizen, wh...

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  • Naturalization: Do I Have Continuous Physical Presence on a Green Card to File For U.S. Citizenship?

    Many lawful permanent residents with a green card assume that after three, perhaps five years of lawful permanent resident status, they should file for U.S. Citizenship by Naturalization. This may be an expensive and unwise idea. Some should consider filing to preserve continuous...

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  • Engagement or Marriage? When Do K-1 Visas Prevent Mess? When Marriages Make Sense? View From Abroad

    A few commenters have warned against the K-1 fiance visa. I don't. Each situation is unique. In our current state of immigration law and slow visa processing, a K-1 visa can be a blessing, not a curse. Some are extremely wise to choose engagement over marriage for consular proces...

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  • What is Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal? How Can I Qualify?

    What is Cancellation? Permanent resident cancellation is a form of relief from removal. Only those who have a green card can qualify, but even those with a green card can be disqualified from getting a cancellation hearing. This form of relief requires that an application be prop...

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  • Top Reasons When to Avoid filing a B-2 Visitor Visa Extension

    When you intend to immigrate. If you decided that you want to stay and immigrate into the U.S., then filing for a non-immigration visa extension can lead to a denial. The visa can also be canceled. I

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  • Asylum: Persecution is Not Prejudice. When and Whether to Fear Filing for Asylum

    Asylum can prove one of the most difficult matters to prove. Many who file for asylum without an attorney are referred to immigration court for deportation. For approval, what must an applicant prove to the satisfaction of an Asylum Official? An applicant's testimony that he...

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  • What is a Priority date? What does the January 1, 2010 Date in the Family 2a Category Mean?

    In order to control the U. S. Population, Congress has passed laws limiting the number of immigrants per year. In 1990, these numbers were cut to historically low levels. As a result, many foreigners suddenly could not efficiently re-unite with family members who just immigrated....

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  • Immigration 101: Flat Fees versus Capped Fees. What are the Concerns and Differences?

    All clients want to limit legal fees. Most reasonable attorneys want to avoid being surprised by unexpected situations not caused by reasonable immigration practice. What should a client do? What can the attorney do? First, a potential client should think before shopping around ...

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  • Immigration 101: How Long will it Take Me to Get My Fiance or Spouse into the U.S. with a Green Card

    This is a common question with a disappointing answer for some. A lawful permanent resident will wait significantly longer, perhaps, quite a few years for their spouse to immigrate.

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  • Top 5 Reasons Why Foreigners End up in Immigration Court

    They are arrested and detained for a crime. If police charge a foreigner with a crime and arrest, then this means that the person is in a public facility where they can be questioned. Local authoriti

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