Category Archives: Adjustment of Status

Immigrating to the United States After Trump Won The Election

The U.S. election stunned the world. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t think anybody expected Trump to win as resoundingly as he did. I’ve already gotten dozens of emails from former, current and prospective clients asking, “how does this affect my immigration options to the United States?” The short-term answer is […]

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USCIS Filing Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase many of its filing fees. Any applications received on or after this date will be subject to the new fees: G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) — $65 […]

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Athletes Qualifying for a Green Card After Winning an Olympic Medal

You Won a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Olympic Medal.  Now it’s Time to go for the Green! Now that the 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close, thousands of talented athletes are returning home with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in hand. These athletes are among the most elite in the world – the […]

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How to Determine Priority Dates Using the Visa Bulletin and USCIS website

Every month, thousands of beneficiaries of an approved I-130 or I-140 petition go to the Visa Bulletin at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html to see if their priority date is current that month. Prior to 2016, the process was pretty straightforward: 1) Check the priority date as stated on your approved I-130 or I-140 2) Check your preference category […]

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Options for Brazilians to Immigrate to the United States

As we head into summer, Brazil should be giddy with anticipation about the Rio Olympics.  However, the spiraling economy, violence, and Zika outbreak has instead caused many around the world to think twice about traveling to Brazil.  It has also caused many Brazilians to consider their options on moving to another country, including the United […]

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USCIS Set to Increase Filing Fees

On May 4, 2016, USCIS issued a 60-day notice proposing an increase in filing fees for various applications. There has not been a fee increase since 2010. The schedule of proposed fees are as follows: Form I-129 (H-1B, L-1, O-1, E-2, P-1, TN, R-1): Current fee = $325 Proposed fee = $460 Form I-130 petitions for alien relatives: […]

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Civil surgeon Examination in Adjustment of Status Applications

When applying for adjustment of status, all foreign nationals must undergo a medical examination with an approved civil surgeon to determine that he or she is not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds. For details on what constitutes inadmissibility on health-related grounds, click here. Inadmissibility grounds can include: substance abuse, communicable diseases […]

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Family-Based Green Card Petitions For Non Immediate Family Members And A Priority Date That Is Not Current

U.S. citizens sponsoring a foreign spouse, parent, or unmarried child under 21 usually get green cards approved because the beneficiaries are classified as immediate relatives and their Priority Dates are always current. But what happens when you are sponsoring other family members? In addition to the aforementioned immediate relatives, U.S. citizens can also sponsor siblings […]

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