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NEW “Public Charge” Rule

Under current immigration law, a foreign national can be denied a Green Card if (s)he is likely to become a “public charge”, which means become dependent on the government. The rule used to apply only to immigrants who heavily relied on cash aid from the government. However, a new “public charge” rule, recently introduced by […]

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Why and How to Understand the Visa Bulletin?

Every month the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin. It shows when you can file for Green Card and when you can actually receive Green Card. Understanding the Visa Bulletin can be confusing, but it is crucial to the Green Card process. The Visa Bulletin was created because the demand for immigrant […]

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Spouses of Green Card Holders Can File for Green Card Now

Foreign nationals, whose immediate relatives are permanent residents, might be eligible for Green Card. For a long time spouses and unmarried children under age 21 of green-card holders have been experiencing a three-to-five-year wait for Green Card based on Visa Bulletin posted monthly by the Department of State. However, the latest Visa Bulletin for August […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids: Know Your Rights

While ICE raids are targeting cities all across America threatening to deport thousands of immigrants, it is important to be prepared and to know your rights in case of a raid or other encounter with immigration or law enforcement. Everyone, including all documented and undocumented immigrants, in the U.S. has rights under the Constitution. Knowing […]

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Naturalization Fact Sheet

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.4 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. In the fiscal year 2018, over 757,000 people were naturalized. Deciding to become a U.S. citizen […]

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Everything You Need to Know About USCIS Processing Delays

Recent changes in immigration policies triggered by “Buy American, Hire American” executive order and increased volume of filed petitions resulted in immigration delays. Institution of interviews for all employment-based green card cases, along with an increased amount of RFEs created substantial backlogs. At the same time suspensions of premium processing for certain petitions made it […]

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U.S. VISA APPLICANTS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE FIVE YEAR OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA HISTORY

The Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. According to The State Department, collecting this additional information “will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.” The new […]

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Permanent Residence vs. U.S. Citizenship

En Español & На Русском The terms “U.S. Citizenship” and “Permanent Residence” often get confused. Although both allow for a legal stay and employment in the country, U.S. citizenship provides some additional benefits that permanent residents are not eligible for. Legal permanent resident, also known as a Green Card holder, is a foreign national who was granted permission to […]

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Top Five Green Card Categories

En Español & На Русском Green Card allows foreign nationals to permanently reside and work in the United States. Our immigration system offers several ways of becoming a Permanent Resident (Green Card holder), among which are obtaining a Green Card based on family ties, being sponsored by an employer, investing in the U.S. economy, going through the Asylum process, […]

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USCIS Biometrics Appointment

En Español & На Русском As part of the application process for Green Card, U.S. Citizenship, and Work Permit, you will be required to attend a Biometrics Appointment at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Application Support Center (ASC). The main purpose of the Biometrics Appointment is to collect your picture, fingerprints and other important data to run […]

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