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Andrew Davies Holley

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  • Where should i mail the Asylum application (I589)?

    I live in South California, should i mail the application to the following address : " USCIS California Service Center PO Box 10881, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0881 ?

    Andrew’s Answer

    No. The instructions part of the I-589 says that if you're living in Southern California and you're not in removal proceedings, you mail it to the Texas Service Center with the following address:
    USCIS Texas Service Center
    Attn: Asylum
    P.O. Box 851892
    Mesquite, TX 75185-1892

    Read for more instructions:
    http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-589instr.pdf

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  • Visa with arrest warrant

    I have recently applied for a visitor visa and received a 10 year multiple entry visa. I dont know for sure, but there could be a warrant out anywhere in the US, dont know for sure tho. Im a bit sc...

    Andrew’s Answer

    While an arrest warrant is bad, and while it probably is uploaded to a federal database that immigration authorities have access to, it doesn't necessarily affect your immigration status. Arrest warrants go out on all sorts of things - from simply failing to community service as part of probation for a DUI, to serious issues. Oftentimes local authorities in the same state won't even make an arrest if they stop and find that someone has an outstanding arrest warrant. The key question is what the warrant is for. Second, you should assume border authorities will have access to that information and will ask you questions. If they ask you about arrests, convictions, and warrants, you must be honest, because even if the warrant is for something small that doesn't have immigration consequences, dishonesty will have a very negative affect on all applications

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  • Removal proceedings terminated... format of i485 interview

    Judge recently terminated removal proceedings because of i130 approval( wife filed for me). will my i485 interview be like a i130 interview.- were they just ask questions and verify if answers match . or will it be like a i130/i485 interview - w...

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    Congratulations on your marriage and in getting out of immigration court. The I-485 will be a similar format to the marriage visa interview (if you had one), in that an officer will ask you questions based on your application. There will still be some questions about your marriage, but most of the questions will focus on you and if you have left and come back to the US, if you have any diseases, committed any crimes, any fraud, were you a part of any groups in your former country. The questions will come almost entirely from the application, so get familiar with the I-485 form.

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  • When can I apply for citizenship?

    Hi. I have green card since 2007. I have applied for reentry permit twice since then each for two years. I've been staying in the US from December 2013. I was wondering when I can apply for citizenship.

    Andrew’s Answer

    You can apply now. The requirement is 5 years continuous residence and physical presence if you received a green card thru some method other than marriage, and 3 years if the green card was obtained thru marriage. USCIS will accept applications 4 years and 9 months from the date on your green card in the first case, and 2 years and 9 months in the second case. It sounds like you have enough time here either way.

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  • False claim

    Unfortunately I have received my records from the dmv in my area and only on one of my applications I have noticed the us citizen box is checked for a state ID it still does state that I was born in Mexico and all other applications submitted to t...

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    Wait. What is your situation? Is USCIS or the court claiming that you made a false claim of citizenship and is denying an application, or did you simply mark that you are a US citizen on a DMV application?
    If it's the former, you have problems, and should speak with an immigration attorney. If it's the latter, and there's no court or pending green card application then you have nothing to worry about. DMV applications don't affect green card or citizenship applications, and the USCIS will know that you made a false claim of citizenship ONLY IF YOU TELL THEM.

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  • I have advance parole card which say work authorization also for 1 year ,can I visit family in canada for few days..

    Do I need to apply for vist visa for canada ,due to my case status adjust ..I have Pakistani passport .. Thank you

    Andrew’s Answer

    Your question isn't clear. Do you have an adjustment of status application pending? If so, the advance parole was a good idea. Travel to and from Canada is fairly easy and simple compared to travel overseas or south of the border. You should be ok to travel to Canada for a few days to visit family with advance parole.

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  • My I485 pending for 9 months.

    Hey All I have filed my I-485 last August and since then my case status is "Pending Adjudication". Its been 9 months and the normal processing time is 4 months. My application is based on approved asylum a year ago from Iran. I contacted USCIS few...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You can call the USCIS customer service hotline and wait on hold for 5 hours, and talk on the phone to a USCIS employee who knows nothing about your case and can do nothing about it; or you can make a infopass appointment, go to the local USCIS field office and talk in person with a USCIS employee who knows nothing about your case and can do nothing about it. However, infopass appointments sometimes are a bit more effective.

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  • If my asylum gets a final denial while I am in status, will it ever be considered by a judge when I am out of status?

    If my asylum gets a final denial while I am in status, will it ever be considered by a judge when I am out of status? My student status was going to expire May 21, but I extended until Aug 30. If I receive a final denial during this time, what wil...

    Andrew’s Answer

    "removal proceedings" simply means immigration court, with an immigration judge, a government attorney who is trying to remove you, and your opportunity to hire a private immigration attorney to represent you and your case.

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  • I didn't go to the appointment i had outside in the Mexican embacy to receive my visa does that mean my case is close?

    i came to usa with my children on the year 1992.now my kids are old and one of them become a citizen, he summited an i-130 app inl2008.for me and a lawyer said i had a punishment of 10years and that i had to go get my visa after that, but out side...

    Andrew’s Answer

    it means that application on that visa is probably denied and the case is closed. however, there's nothing to prevent you from filing again. on the other hand you can try to file a motion to reopen the application on the basis that you did not appear for the visa due to exigent and unforeseen circumstances. it comes down to the filing fees for the applications. a motion to reopen is about $630 last checked, and it could be difficult thru the embassy. a new I-130 is $420.

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  • Hello, I had an interview on April 16th 2014 at local office and priority dates are current ,Immigration officer said

    Hello, I had an interview(I-485) on April 16th 2014 at local office and priority dates are current ,Immigration officer said everything looks good we will mail you the decision in 60 days.today ie 05/20/14 I got an email saying that case as been ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    don't start worrying yet. these things happen all the time. if you get to 3 months, make a phone call to the USCIS hotline with your A number ready and your receipt / case number, and / or make a biometrics appointment. good luck!

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