USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

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Effective May 22, 2024, USCIS has updated its guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding family-based immigrant visa petitions. This update affects Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and in limited situations, family-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. The revisions include new procedures for correcting approval notice errors, processing requests for…

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How Does a Family-Based Green Card Through Adjustment of Status Work?

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  The family-based green card process starts by filing Form I-130.  U.S. citizens and green card holders can sponsor their family members.  U.S. citizens may sponsor parents, siblings, married and unmarried children, and their spouse.  Green card holders can sponsor their spouse and unmarried children.   You may be able to file your form I-485 (adjustment…

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Can Men Qualify for VAWA?

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    It’s a common misconception that only women qualify for protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). However, VAWA is gender-neutral and extends its safeguards to individuals of all genders who have suffered abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent.  Some of our clients also…

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Thank You, Michelle!

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  It is with mixed emotions that we announce our Paralegal, Michelle, will be leaving our firm, with her last day being May 31st, 2024. She has been an essential part of our team for three years, joining us right after graduating from the University of Michigan. As she prepares to pursue her law degree,…

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Another VAWA Approval for a Client!

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We are thrilled to share news of another VAWA approval! The VAWA process has been crucial in helping clients who are currently married to or recently divorced from an emotionally abusive spouse apply for a green card on their own, without the help of their spouse.     Once the VAWA petition is approved, our…

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Vaccination Requirements for Green Card Applicants

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Green card applicants must provide evidence of certain vaccinations in order to be approved for permanent residency.   Updated Vaccine List: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now requires all applicants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to the standard vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and varicella. Documentation and Proof:…

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Importance of an Immigration Attorney in Your VAWA Case

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VAWA provides a pathway to safety and independence, allowing survivors to seek legal status independently of their abusers. Many clients apply for VAWA and a green card, allowing them to receive work authorization in approximately 7 months from the date of applying and travel authorization to leave and return to the U.S.  However, navigating VAWA…

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Welcome our 2 Newest U.S. Citizens

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  We are delighted to share that two of our clients have successfully obtained their United States citizenship through the naturalization process!      The naturalization process can be cumbersome and involves a lengthy interview with questions regarding American civics and history. Our team is honored to have guided these individuals through every step of…

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