I'm eligible to apply for my US citizenship now but I was thinking to travel overseas to see my Family for a short period of time. I would like to know if I can travel and when I come back I apply or I should apply for the citizenship and then tra...
Naturalization involves two different types of requirements that many people confuse. One requirement is physical presence. The other requirement is residence. Physical presence means you are actually physically present in a place. Residence means your normal place of living. For example, I reside in Ann Arbor. If I travel to New York City for two weeks, I am physically present in New York for those two weeks, but I still reside in Ann Arbor. You may travel outside the US while your naturalization application is pending. You must be present for your biometrics (fingerprint) appointment. But so long as you attend that appointment, then you may travel outside the US while your naturalization application is pending. Just be sure that your trip is relatively short, and pay attention to the mail at your residence while you are away, for notices from USCIS regarding your application. I also suggest that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding these issues, so that they are clear to you.See question
I am originally from Syria. Is there any way to help my fiance to come to the U.S? Some of my friends got married while they were in the U.S and their finances were back in Syria. Can I do that although I am Christian? In Syria this is allowed sin...
For a fiance visa, there is a requirement that you meet your fiance in person. There are limited exceptions to this requirement. Another option would be for you to apply for a refugee travel document, based on your pending asylum application. It is extremely important that you do NOT travel to Syria. But perhaps you and your fiance could meet in another country. I suggest that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney to explore the possibilities. Best wishes.See question
Hello I am a refugee in South Africa, with a refugees status, but I got a chance to finalise my studies in the University of Michigan-Flint
It appears that you need to attend an interview at a US Consulate for a student visa. If that is the case, and if you have valid status in South Africa, then you could request to have your consular interview at a US consulate in South Africa. Best wishes.See question
I have an approved I-130 filed by my parent, a lawful permanent resident, and my visa became available. I have received the immigrant visa instructions by an email from the U.S. consulate. One of the documents/items I am asked to submit to them ...
Do you happen to be going to the US Consulate in Japan? It appears that in Japan, a Letter Pack 510 is a prepaid postage plan for you to receive your visa and documents from the consulate after your interview. Best wishes.See question
My situation a). I was approved IR5 in Manila Nov 2016 b). I will go to US on Jan 2017 c). I have 2daughters in Manila ages 19yrs old (june1997 birthday) and 18yrs old (dec1998 birthday) d). I will file F2a for my 2 minor daughters
You may file as soon as you are a permanent resident. You will become a permanent resident when you arrive in the United States with your immigrant visa. At the airport, the immigration official will put an entry stamp on your immigrant visa with the date. That date is the day that you become a permanent resident. Your immigrant visa with the entry stamp is temporary proof (valid for one year) that you are a permanent resident. You may file the I-130 petitions for your daughters as soon as you become a permanent resident, but not before. Best wishes.See question
I over stayed my student visa for abt 10 years now my mom is a citizen and I would like to know what I can do. I been in US for 17 years
Your mother can file an I-130 petition for you, but it will take a number of years before you would be eligible to apply for permanent resident status. When you do become eligible to apply, you likely would need to apply for an immigrant visa at a US Consulate outside the United States, and you likely would need a waiver of unlawful presence. I suggest that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney for more information. Best wishes.See question
Currently, I am on a J-1 visa (Research Scholar category with 2-year residency requirement). My spouse to be is also on a J-1 visa (Research Scholar category with NO 2-year residency requirement). Can anyone (me or she) move from J-1 to J-2 as a d...
It appears that you or your partner likely could switch. However, if you switch to J-2, you will still be subject to the 2-year residency requirement from your own J-1. Best wishes.See question
I just became a citizen. I am planning to apply to green card for my mother. I also have a brother just turned to 18 who lives with her. Is he also eligible to file at the same time as a dependent?
You will be able to apply for your mother, and if all goes well, she will be able to obtain permanent resident status, likely within approximately 12 to 18 months. Unfortunately, your brother will not be able to be a derivative. You could file a separate petition for your brother, but the wait time will likely take 10 years or longer. A better alternative would be for your mother, once she becomes a permanent resident, to file for your brother as her son, so long as he remains unmarried. I suggest that you work directly with an experienced immigration attorney for the best chance of success. Best wishes.See question
Hi, i'm looking to apply for Asylum, i still have valid vistor visa, i am iraqi nationality, is there any way to know which asylum office is the fastest in applications processing, so i can change my address before applying?? What is your lega...
USCIS publishes a bulletin listing the approximate waiting times for an interview. You may see the bulletin at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-scheduling-bulletin . In my view, it might not make sense for you to move to a different location in the United States, if the only reason is to go to a different USCIS Asylum Office. At any rate, the waiting time is years for all of the offices. Best wishes.See question
I am a non immigrant person i want to get married from green card holder girl. How long does it take to get the green card? Thank you !
The current waiting time, from the time that your spouse would begin the process, until you are eligible for an immigrant visa or permanent resident status, would be about 1 year and 9 months. Depending on the length of time that your partner has been a permanent resident, she might be eligible to naturalize, which could speed up the process for you. Best wishes.See question