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Grace Elizabeth Hoppin

San Francisco Immigration Attorney.

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  1. Divorce before Receiving Green Card - what happens to the spouse's green card?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Grace Elizabeth Hoppin
    2. Shah Iqbal Nawaaz Peerally
    2 lawyer answers

    If you divorce before your I-485 is approved, you will lose your eligibility for the green card as your wife's dependent. You can use the EAD to work at this time, but there is no way for you to continue the green card application unless you can qualify for sponsorship on your own. (i.e., an employer is willing to petition you for green card sponsorship.)

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  2. J1 Visa with 2 yr-rule residency requirement

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Grace Elizabeth Hoppin
    2. Elizabeth Rose Blandon
    2 lawyer answers

    Whether you can get a waiver of the 2 year home residency rule depends on why you are subject to the rule. For example, if you are subject because your J-1 visa is based on government funds, it may be all but impossible to get a waiver; if you are subject because your country is on the J-1 skills list, getting a waiver requires a no objection letter from your home country. You are not eligible for a waiver simply based on marriage to a US citizen. It is possible to get a waiver based on...

  3. Conditional green card and unemployment benefit

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Grace Elizabeth Hoppin
    2. Elizabeth Rose Blandon
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally, unemployment benefits are not considered a means-tested benefit by USCIS, and they should not impact your ability to immigrate. If you were employed, and paid in the required contributions for unemployment insurance, you should be able to draw unemployment benefits now, assuming that you have received either your conditional permanent resident card, or your temporary employment authorization document. Please note that you need to check with the unemployment insurance office in...