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What is a Joint Sponsor?

When you file a petition for immigration to the United States, there are many different requirements that you must meet to prove that you are eligible to become a permanent resident and receive a green card. As an “intending immigrant,” you must prove that you are not going to become...

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How Do Prenuptial Agreements Affect Affidavits of Support?

While many couples decide to sign a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle, for international couples, a prenuptial agreement can raise additional questions. A common question is whether or not a prenuptial agreement can protect the U.S. citizen spouse from any obligation under the...

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How Medicaid Can Impact Your Immigration Status

Under U.S. immigration law, to be eligible for permanent residence (also called “a green card”), a person must show that they are not likely to become a “public charge,” or dependent upon government assistance. A high likelihood of becoming a public charge can make a...

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What can slow down your green card application?

Adjustment of Status applications are one of the most common types of immigration petitions. When you visit our office to complete an Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) for yourself or a family member, we will work with you to complete the submission packet as quickly and efficiently as...

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What kind of visa does Santa have?

The holiday season is always a busy time of year for businesses. There is often an increased need for seasonal workers at airports, malls, and throughout the travel and retail industries. Many clients come to us asking how to secure visas or expedite work permits to meet this need. This got us...

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USCIS Fee Update

The comment period for the proposed USCIS fee increase has been extended until December 30, 2019. Previously, the comment period was set to end on December 16th and the new prices could have potentially gone into effect shortly thereafter. Given the new timeline, filing fee prices are likely to...

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Changes to the H-1B process

USCIS has announced that the proposed new H-1B registration system will take effect on March 1, 2020. The new system will save employers time and money, as it will inform them if their petition has been accepted in the H-1B lottery before they file the full application.

The registration period...

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Rights Groups Speak Out Against New Social Media Questions on Visa Applications

Earlier this year, the State Department published a proposed new rule and rolled out a new set of questions and requirements regarding social media activity for all individuals applying for visas or immigrant benefits in the US through the online DS-160 and DS-260 forms. Over the past few weeks,...

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Would USCIS Ever Call to Ask You Questions?

Throughout this year, there have been several reports that people are being contacted by USCIS, ICE, or the Department of Homeland Security and being asked to provide personal information and large payments in order to avoid deportation or other issues with immigration. 

In March, USCIS...

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Know Your Rights While Traveling

With the holidays approaching, more people--both American and non-Americans--will be passing through US airports. When traveling across borders, it is important to know what to expect, and to know what your rights are if things don’t go as planned.

For many years, travelers have complained...

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USCIS Aims to Improve H-1B Filing Process

USCIS is preparing to roll out a significant change in the process for filing new H-1B petitions in 2020 in an attempt to reduce some of the uncertainty and inefficiency that the current lottery process has created.  The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily...

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USCIS Proposes Fee Increases

USCIS has announced a plan to significantly increase filing fees for nearly every type of immigration petitioner -- another step toward making legal immigration exceedingly difficult.

The majority (about 96%) of USCIS operations are funded by filing fees supplied by applicants. While it is...

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