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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 the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide Impacted Immigration Law

Almost a year has passed since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marriage is constitutionally guaranteed to same sex couples. At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that gay couples have “the fundamental right to marry.” This is an especially momentous occasion […]

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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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Obama Announces Details on Immigration Executive Action

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an Executive Action plan to overhaul and attempt to reform the broken U.S. immigration system. His plans include: Extending the validity period on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications from two years to three years Announcing a new plan called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). […]

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| Posted in Advance Parole, Citizenship, DACA, Employment Authorization, Entrepreneurs, Executive Action, Green Card, Investors, L-1, Naturalization, OPT, Students, U.S. Immigration |

Green Card Inadmissibility Based On Membership in a Communist Party

When seeking U.S. permanent residency, the USCIS or Department of State will ask (among other things) whether the applicant has ever been a member of a Communist Party or any other totalitarian party. While many applicants will answer “no,” citizens of certain countries may have to disclose some type of affiliation with a Communist Party […]

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How to get a Green Card Through DACA

In 2012, the USCIS began granting certain undocumented aliens employment authorization for a period of two-year years under the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA for short. Approved DACA applicants may also be eligible for Advance Parole, which allows them to travel outside of the United States and to re-enter, provided that it […]

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Options for Green Card Holders Residing Abroad

U.S. permanent resident – commonly known as the green card – allows a citizen of another country to reside in the United States on a permanent basis. The resident is free to work (or not work), attend school, start a business, and/or otherwise do anything he or she wants to do. Permanent residents are also […]

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DOMA 1 Year Later: Its Effect on LGBT Immigration and Green Cards

As the one year anniversary since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down approaches, it is a good time to reflect on how far U.S. immigration laws have progressed in just a few short months – extending the reach of its benefits to LGBT the many changes this has meant for same sex […]

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Adjustment of Status Through Marriage Under DACA

In 2012, the USCIS began granting certain undocumented aliens employment authorization for a period of two-year years. Approved DACA applicants may also be eligible for Advance Parole, which allows them to travel outside of the United States and to re-enter, provided that it was for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes. DACA applicants are undocumented – […]

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