Category Archives: Consular Processing

What is a USCIS I-551 stamp and how to I get one?

In this post we will discuss what is an I-551 Temporary Evidence Stamp and when and how to get one from your local USCIS field office. What is a I-551 Temporary Evidence Stamp? An I-551 Temporary Evidence Stamp is a stamp obtain from a local USCIS field office and serves as an extension to 1) […]

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| Posted in Advance Parole, CBP, Consular Processing, EAD, Employment Authorization, Green Card, U.S. Immigration, USCIS |

E-2 Treaty Investor Visas Available to Citizens of Israel

Beginning in May 2019, citizens of Israel will be eligible to apply for E-2 treaty investor visas. What is an E-2 visa? The E-2 visa allows citizens of Israel to buy an existing business or to start a new business in the United States, and to apply for a visa in order to oversee its […]

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| Posted in Consular Processing, E-2, EAD, Employment Authorization, Entrepreneurs, Investors, U.S. Immigration |

Using K1 Fiance Visas to Help You and Your Loved Ones

K-1 visas, or fiancé visas as they are frequently referred to, are one of the tools utilized to bring loved ones into the country if they are not already related to you.  The purpose of  K-1 visas, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is “to bring a foreign national fiancé(s) living abroad […]

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| Posted in Consular Processing, Employment Authorization, Fiance Visa, U.S. Immigration |

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 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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| Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, U.S. Immigration, USCIS |

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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| Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Entrepreneurs, Fiance Visa, Green Card, Investors, L-1, O-1, R-1, Students, U.S. Immigration, Visitor Visa, Work Visa |

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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