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Filing Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status (I-485)

Posted on September 2nd, 2013

When an immigrant is married to a US Citizen, the person is sometimes eligible for a marriage-based adjustment of status (I485). However, many details need to be understood before you move forward with filing a case this complex without the proper guidance. Are you qualified to adjust your status based on marriage? – Sometimes people […]

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Effect of Crimes on Immigration Applications

Posted on August 14th, 2013

The area of crimes in immigration is a HUGE topic. So huge, in fact, that Harvard University has recently begun offering a course called Crimmigration (The intersection of immigration and criminal laws).  The main reason that this is a complex area is because criminal law is state law, and each state has different terminology, different […]

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Spouses and Children of Green Card Holders (LPR) category F2A current in August 2013

Posted on July 25th, 2013

Movement on the Visa Bulletin Alert “How long would it take for my relative to obtain a green card?” is a common question that immigration lawyers face.  It is one of the questions that immigration lawyers can never answer with a degree of certainty.  The reason, we are all told, is that wait times vary […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform – What it means for the Undocumented

Posted on April 17th, 2013

More information will be forthcoming. Keep in mind, this is early information, and not to be relied upon without consulting with a qualified immigration attorney.  However, here is what comprehensive immigration reform might look like for the undocumented, based on the 17 page memo recently released from the Senate’s bill: The Undocumented – Some will […]

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H-1B (H1B) Applications (What you may not know)

Posted on April 5th, 2013

As we are slowly winding down with the H-1b season of FY2014, I thought it would be a good idea to make a blog post about some not-so-common common knowledge about H-1B Applications. First, some observations: How quickly the H-1B cap fills has a direct correlation with the economy. In fact, H-1Bs tend to be […]

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F1 Students: Have you received an RFE on an OPT application?

Posted on February 8th, 2013

As an immigration attorney, I often get calls from students who have received an RFE, and sometimes a second RFE, on an OPT application.  They are searching for immigration attorneys to help respond.  I explain to them that responding to an RFE is often not as straight-forward as providing what is being requested.  Often times, […]

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Provisional Waiver Rule I-601 (I-601a) Waivers goes into effect March 4, 2013!

Posted on January 3rd, 2013

For many months now, we have been awaiting a change in the waiver process.  It is finally final! The provisional waiver for i-601 (or the i-601a) rule goes into effect March 4, 2013. Whom does it affect? This affects spouses of US citizens who entered the US unlawfully. Spouses of LPRs are not yet covered. […]

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“To Honor Immigrants and Their Journey” SwagatUSA in the News

Posted on December 31st, 2012

SwagatUSA’s story was published in CEOBlogNation.com.  Here is what it says: “To Honor Immigrants And Their Journey An immigrant at age 10, I was thrown into a new world and culture before I could understand how significant of a change it was. Born in India, having never seen snow, I landed foot in America with […]

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