Bonnie Stern Wasser’s Answers

Bonnie Stern Wasser

Seattle Immigration Attorney.

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  1. Marrying citizen

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Karol Dezwager Brown
    3. David Dene Murray
    4. Eli Mayer Kantor
    5 lawyer answers

    In addition to Karol Brown's excellent answer, I would add that entering into a marriage arrangement solely for immigration purposes is also a federal crime for which EITHER the sponsoring spouse or the immigrant spouse can be fined or sent to jail. Even if the government is unable to prove marriage fraud under the immigration laws, they might still pursue criminal action against either party for the federal crime of making false statements on a government application, or find the immigrant...

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  2. Marriage citizenship application

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Eli Mayer Kantor
    3. Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson
    3 lawyer answers

    Anyone who is not in the US lawfully should seek counsel before submitting any immigration application for a benefit. This is because there are many different rules that come into play as to your eligibility to eventually immigrate such as whether you last entered legally or not, whether you need a waiver, whether you are subject to any of the bars, whether you were previously deported or re-entered illegally, whether you will need to consular process or not, and other issues. Just marrying a...

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  3. H1B Visa Query

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    1 lawyer answer

    H-1B petitions are employer and job specific. When you apply for a visa with an approval notice, it should be with the intent to work for the employer named in the petition in the occupation/duties which that petition covers. If you haven't received any information about this from the employer or the employer's attorney (or your own attorney), then there is a serious problem with your representation. If you are not familiar with the process, who is doing what, and the job duties and...

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  4. Declaring a marriage abroad

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Sandra Marie Spector
    2 lawyer answers

    I would check with your accountant/tax attorney to determine if this is legal. When you apply for naturalization, you are asked specifically about your tax filing status (resident v. nonresident) and whether you ever failed to file tax returns. However, you are also asked questions about good moral character and whether you have made false statements or violated any laws. So, you need to determine whether this would be a violation of the IRS code given your circumstances. Finally, when...

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  5. Discrimination in home country

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Karol Dezwager Brown
    3. Elinor K Tesfamariam
    4. Eli Mayer Kantor
    4 lawyer answers

    The following is general information only and not intended to be legal advice for your specific situation; nor is it intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Merely being discriminated against in your country is not a ground to come to the USA. However, if you can show that you have suffered past persecution or will suffer future persecution because of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, you MAY be eligible to apply for...

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  6. I am a permanent resident and had a misdemeanor in 2007 for an attempt in 2003. I have not applied for citizenship yet.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Kevin Lawrence Dixler
    2 lawyer answers

    There are not enough details given here. Generally speaking, anyone with a criminal history should order certified copies of the entire criminal record from the clerk of the court where the offense took place so that an immigration lawyer can adequately review your history in order to give advice. At the very least, order the charging document, the plea, the judge's order, the sentence and fulfillment of the sentence plus any post-trial orders. Bring these things to an immigration lawyer who...

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  7. Would alien resident lose greencard if he leaves the U.S. for 3 months to visit family

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Joshua Daley Paulin
    3 lawyer answers

    If the objective is to eventually apply for citizenship and not lose permanent residence by being outside the US for too long, then the boyfriend needs to plan in advance of his trip how he is going to prove up that he is continuing to maintain his permanent home in the US. He should make a file that contains proof of his home ownership, his bank and investment records, insurance of various types, evidence of his continuing his job or schooling, and list of relatives in the US, utility bills,...

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  8. Would alien resident lose greencard if he leaves the U.S. for 3 months to visit family

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Joshua Daley Paulin
    3 lawyer answers

    If the objective is to eventually apply for citizenship and not lose permanent residence by being outside the US for too long, then the boyfriend needs to plan in advance of his trip how he is going to prove up that he is continuing to maintain his permanent home in the US. He should make a file that contains proof of his home ownership, his bank and investment records, insurance of various types, evidence of his continuing his job or schooling, and list of relatives in the US, utility bills,...

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  9. Adjustment of status application

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Craig Edward Kennedy
    2. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2 lawyer answers

    I am not clear about one thing - did the lawyer attach photocopies of photos to the applications or to the work permits and advance parole government issued documents? If to the applications, they could get bounced with a request for a real photo, but you'll have to wait and see.Maybe they'll be fine. If to the actual work and travel documents that were already approved, I don't believe the government would have issued them without photos to begin with, so I don't understand how she would...

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  10. Should I file papers myself or hire a lawyer?

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Bonnie Stern Wasser
    2. Philip Andrew Holloway
    3. Okorie Okorocha
    4. Darren Mark Finebloom
    5 lawyer answers

    I would say that a good portion of my legal practice consists of trying to untangle the messes people have made representing themselves or using non-lawyers. That includes businesses and individuals. Would you operate on yourself? True, the internet does have a lot of information, including websites the government has with lots of information. Indeed, many people can successfully represent themselves. However, what is often not reflected on the government websites is shifting procedures and...

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