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  • How long does it take for USCIS to schedule a permanent residency interview?

    I applied for an adjustment of status on the c(9) category on March 23rd 2015. As of June 28th, the status says that "the case is ready to be scheduled for an interview" but I haven't received any notices from USCIS scheduling the interview. I ha...

    Carl’s Answer

    The waiting time is different at each USCIS District Office, but generally, it takes about 6 months to get an interview. If you need to travel internationally, you should apply for an advance parole.

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  • I got denied with I-751.

    Married my american husband in 2011, a year after we are split. I moved out and rented a room for me and my daughter. Then filed for divorce.Meanwhile he had submitted some statements saying that the marriage was a fraud. I also had applied for t...

    Carl’s Answer

    If you and your husband got back to together, you need to get remarried and have him apply for a two-year green card for you, not an I-751. Please see

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  • Does spouse H4 EAD valid, if the H1 B employer changed.

    I'm on H1 B with i140 from employer A and my spouse got H4 EAD, if I change from employer A to B, will my spouse's H4 EAD valid ?

    Carl’s Answer

    Yes, your spouse's EAD remains valid even though you changed employers. Please see

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  • Can a green card holder invite the husband?

    Am a green card holder, came to the states with the diversity visa lottery in 2012. Can I invite my husband who is in the UK for a visit. He also has a visa to stay and work in the UK. We have a two year old son and my husband hasn't seen him sin...

    Carl’s Answer

    It may be difficult for him to obtain a visitor's visa since he is married to a green card holder. He will need to demonstrate that he intends to remain in the US only temporarily.

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  • Is it important to keep F1 visa status until get the asylums decision.

    1 year ago I went to asylums office for general interview but my decision is still pending, I'm still on my F1 status, is it important to keep my statuse while is asylums decision is pending? Or I can cancel my F1. What is the benefit to keep F1 w...

    Carl’s Answer

    Unless you maintain a valid nonimmigrant status while you asylum application is pending, should your asylum application not be approved, you will be placed under removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge. Please see

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  • Adding my husband to my asylum application

    I have applied for asylum in February 2015. I belong to a muslim family from Pakistan. I converted to christianity recently and hence cannot go back to Pakistan. I am currently waiting for the interview, which might take a year or two. I have m...

    Carl’s Answer

    Yes, once you marry him, you can add him to your asylum application. The fear of persecution pertains to you, not to your husband, so it does not matter where he is from. If your husband has custody of his minor son, he can also be added to your asylum application. Please see

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  • Can I update my Asylum declaration as it was written 2 years ago?

    I have received my interview date now after 2 years. Can I update my asylum declaration as some things have changed in 2 years time and also some of the details why I fear procession and some basic details about the case are missing. Many thanks.

    Carl’s Answer

    Yes, you should update your asylum application, and supply additional supporting documents to the USCIS.

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  • Applying for Religion asylum for Jordanian.

    I would like to apply for religion asylum, I would like to convert from Islam religion to Christianity, What is the success possibility of this asylum?

    Carl’s Answer

    You must demonstrate that you have a well-founded fear of persecution based on your religion.

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  • For affirmative asylum applicants in removal proceedings, are judges assigned randomly or is there criteria that determine this?

    I noticed that judges have vastly varying degrees of approval ratings. Are there any criteria (credibility/country conditions etc) that determine the assignment of a judge that would explain this discrepancy? I got assigned a relatively liber...

    Carl’s Answer

    Although Judges are randomly assigned cases, the same Judge that did your master hearing will be the Judge who decides your asylum application.

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  • Applying for Eb-5 while in asylum procedure

    I have applied for asylum due to religious persecution. Waiting on the interview now. I am scared, because they say that I may fail the interview easily. Can I switch to Eb-5 now? Will my asylum case have negative impact on my Eb-5 application?

    Carl’s Answer

    Complex. However, unless you have over 180 days of "unlawful presence" in the US, you can continue with your asylum application and go abroad (Not to your country!) to get an immigrant visa as an EB-5 investor. If you have enough money for EB-5, you certainly have enough money to afford an experienced immigration attorney. Please see

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