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Immigration Articles Library

Our library contains articles written for immigrants and their families. The articles provide expert advice and insights on a variety of immigration topics. You may download copies for free.

Fiancé Visas

8 Essential Tips For K-1 Fiancé Visa Interview Success
You’ve been waiting a long time for this moment. Finally, your fiancé visa interview is just around the corner?

But you don’t know what types of questions you might be asked. You worry that you’re not ready and may have to start over again.

This article will steer you in the right direction and provide you with tips and insights to guide your preparation for success.

Fiancé Visa vs Marriage Visa: Which Path Should You Choose?

You’ve been bitten by the love bug. But the love of your life lives in another country.

You plan to get married. But you’re not sure what immigration options can turn your dreams into reality.

Some friends have told you to file for a fiancé visa. Others recommend getting married and filing a spousal petition. This article explains the differences and helps you figure out which pathway is the best for you and your future spouse.


Family Visas And Petitions

How To Prevent And Overcome Spousal I-130 Petition Denials

The first step of the marriage green card process is the filing of an I-130 immigrant relative petition for an immigrant spouse. Once approved, the petition enables couples to advance forward to the second step and apply for permanent residence.

Unfortunately, many husbands and wives do not give this critical step the attention it deserves.  They overlook that underlying the petitions modesty is a subtle complexity: proving your marriage is not only legal but also authentic.

You demonstrate your union is based on a bona fide relationship.  If you fall short, the I-130 petition will be denied. Worse, your dream of a life together is transformed into a battle against permanent separation.

To help couples avoid such nightmares, this post shares four common reasons that immigration officials contest marriage petitions, and how to overcome such denials.

Mistakes To Avoid When You Petition Your Parents For A Green Card

Like many aspects of immigration law, the difficulty of winning an approved I-130 petition for parents is often underestimated.

This occurs more often than might be suspected. Children of Immigrants who seek green cards for parents sometimes assume the rules for permanent residence are more relaxed for their mother and father.

The result?  Parents who could be living with their adult children remain separated by hundreds of miles.

This article explores common mistakes with the goal to steer you and your parents away from similar miscues.


Permanent Residence

What Happens If My Marriage Green Card Application Is Denied By USCIS?

Not all green card marriage interviews have happy endings. Sometimes immigrants lose, even those happily married to U.S. citizens.

In the process, they lose money. They lose time. Worst of all, they face permanent separation. Their once sturdy marital union is now on the rocks.

However, many marriage green card denials can be overcome.

Let how and when to challenge a USCIS green card denial in this post.

How Divorce Affects Your Marriage-Based Permanent Residence Case

Unfortunately, marriage is not always forever.  For an immigrant spouse, seeking a green card through a U.S. citizen, the consequences can be disastrous.

The impact of divorce in these situations vary, based on the stage of permanent residence process which the immigrant is undergoing.

This articles lays out how a divorce affects green card cases at the various stages and shares how immigrants can survive such trying moments and protect their immigration dreams of legal residency.

Your Affidavit Of Support For Permanent Residence: Nine Keys To Success

To win family-based permanent residence, an immigrant’s petition is required to complete an Affidavit of Support, a legal contract that indicates acceptance of financial responsibility for the immigrant for ten years.

Although the application seems simple, it is the one of the most common sources of errors in green card through marriage cases.

Here are nine keys to prevent mistakes in preparing your affidavit of support.

Don’t Make These 8 Marriage Green Card Mistakes

One of the easiest ways to become a permanent resident is through marriage to a U.S. citizen.

The process, however, is not simple. There are several issues which could trip up a U.S. citizen and his or her spouse, causing them to lose time, money, and, in some cases, the ability to remain together as a family.

This article lays out eight common mistakes which can be prevented with proper preparation.

10 Facts You Should Know About I-751 Petitions To Remove Conditions

If your spouse filed papers to immigrate you, but you were married for less than two years at the time of your approval for residency, your family-based green card status is only good for two years. This is known as conditional permanent residence.

At the end of the two years, you have to again prove that your marriage is authentic and seek to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status and obtain full green card benefits.

To so so, you must file a Petition To Remove Conditions, Form I-751. Here are 10 things you should know about the process.

Out-Of-Status Vs Unlawful Presence: The Impact Of Prior Residence History In Permanent Residence Cases

If the government claims an immigrant is unlawfully present, they are referring to someone who is physically present in the United States without authorization.

On the other hand, out of status pertains to circumstances when individuals have lost their immigration status due to a violation of their visa terms.

Both can lead to being denied eligibility for permanent residence and lead to deportation charges.

However, as this post shares, an immigrant can be out of status but not unlawfully present.

If You’re Looking For Immigration Help: Beware Immigration Fraud

Immigration fraud is an epidemic. It destroys the hopes and dreams of many deserving immigrants and their families.

But you can avoid becoming the next victim.

Most immigration fraud cases follow predictable patterns.  If you learn these patterns, it may save you and your family from being deported.

Six Insights When You Need To Hire A Green Card Attorney

There is a lot of advertising for lawyers almost everywhere you look. Yet, this makes the job of choosing a lawyer, harder, not easier.

So where to start?

This article shares six critical insights you should know to avoid problems and boost your chances for victory.

Ten Essential Questions Every Immigrant Should Understand

Whether immigrants seek family visas, green cards, or citizenship, many do not grasp certain core issues crucial to their success.

This article discusses ten matters which immigrants must comprehend to avoid common errors and improve their chances of winning the right to live legally in the United States.

Four Entry And Admission Problems: Which Do You Need To Overcome?

When an immigrant seeks permanent residency, how, when, why he or she entered the United States will be scrutinized by government agents.

The answers can make or break the chances for success.

Each entry, each exit may impact whether they get to the sought-after finish line.


Temporary Protected Status

Eight Temporary Protected Status Pathways To Permanent Residency

Is there light at the end of the TPS tunnel?

With the Temporary Protected Status program being phased out, you’re probably worried about what the future holds for you and your family.

You’re not alone. Over 300,000 TPS holders share your concerns.

Well, there are options – eight options – which enable you to make the transition from TPS holder to permanent resident.

This article lays out the options – the requirements, the pitfalls, and the promise of each option.


Immigration Court

13 Tips For Testifying At Your Immigration Court Merits Hearing

At an immigration trial, known as a merits hearing, individuals facing deportation are given the opportunity to explain and present evidence why they should be allowed to live and work legally in the United States.

Because this is your last chance to put your best foot forward and persuade the judge that deserve relief from deportation, it’s critical to know how to share your testimony in a convincing and compelling manner. These 13 tips will help guide you in that venture.

How A Deportation Lawyer Can Help Win Hard Cases At Immigration Court

Over 63% of immigrants go to Immigration Court hearings without a lawyer. This is a recipe for disaster.

Like all aspects of immigration law, court procedures have become more rigid in recent years. These changes make winning your case harder than ever before . . . and the role of an immigration trial attorney more essential to your success.