All Things Immigration [blog]
An ongoing series of informational entries
Perks of Becoming a United States
January 15, 2019
Visiting the United States
February 14, 2019
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to visit the United States must first obtain a visitor visa. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).
To consult an immigration lawyer regarding the visitor visa, please call us at (703) 763-5695 or e-mail us at [email protected]
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How to Get a Green Card
March 15, 2019
Having a green card, or permanent residence status, gives you the ability to legally live & work in the United States, and it's a step toward becoming a United States citizen.
Three ways to get a green card are:
The process is lengthy, but the reward is great. Call us at 703-763-5695 & find out what you need to do to obtain a green card.
Visa Waiver Program
April 9, 2019
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. The list of countries that participate in the VWP can be found at: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/frequently-asked-questions-about-visa-waiver-program-vwp-and-electronic-system-travel
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Change of Address with USCIS
Most non-U.S. citizens, must report a change of address within 10 days of moving.
You can submit your change of address online*, or call USCIS's customer service number, 800-375-5283, to change your address. You can also complete Form AR-11 (available at www.uscis.gov/ar-11) and mail it to the address listed on the form.
Failure to report a change of address may result in a fine, imprisonment and/or removal, as well as jeopardize your ability to obtain a future visa or other immigration benefits.
*Please note that to update your address online, you'll need:
(1) Receipt # (only for pending case); and
(2) Old & New Address
More information available at: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/F2en.pdf
What it Form I-94?
The Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” is the document issued to nonimmigrant aliens at the time of lawful entry into the United States at an air or sea port of entry. The I-94 is evidence of a nonimmigrant’s term of admission and used to document legal status in the United States, including length of stay and departure.
Nonimmigrant aliens can retrieve their I-94 admission record, as well as a limited travel history of their U.S. arrivals and departures online at: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
Asylum Applicants Work Eligibility
Asylum applicants are eligible to apply for a work permit (“Employment Authorization Document” (EAD)) if:
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Check Your USCIS Case Status Online
If you have applied or petitioned for an immigration benefit, you can check the status of your case online at: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) My Case Status webpage makes it easy to view current updates and actions about your case allowing you to see how far along your case is in the application process.
My Case Status is available in Spanish as well (en Español - estatus de mi caso).
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Guest Speaker at Bennington College
I was so honored & excited to be at Bennington College to discuss the challenges & hardships encountered by Kurdish immigrant youth seeking safety and protection in the U.S.
The faculty and students were so welcoming, and I was so impressed by their eagerness and curiosity, not just about U.S. immigration law, but also the difficult circumstances that often force Kurdish youth to flee their homes and seek refuge in the U.S. in the first place. During the talk, I highlighted how some Kurdish youth arrive in the U.S. through a safe and swift process, while many others arrive after harrowing journeys involving weeks, if not months or years, of violence and upheaval. And after arriving to the U.S., the Kurdish youth
The students were actively engaged, and some students were able to relate to the challenges and hardship that the Kurdish youth face as a result of the very difficult and confusing immigration process in the U.S.
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Travel Ban Waiver
The most recent Travel Ban imposes country specific restrictions on nationals for all immigrants & certain nonimmigrants from 6 countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also imposes restrictions on certain visitors from Venezuela.
The entry restrictions of the Travel Ban may be waived on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate all of the following:
Note, however, that as of late 2018, out of nearly 38,000 visa applications from the targeted countries, only 6% received a waiver.
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Why Is Your Case Taking So Long? USCIS Processing Delays Have Now Hit Crisis Levels
Three Types of Student Visas
M Visa: For international students that are engaging in non-academic studies or training at an institution in the U.S.
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ARE YOU A WINNER?
Starting May 7, 2019, Diversity Visa (“Green Card Lottery”) applicants for 2020 can check the results of their entries on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website: https://dvlottery.state.gov/
Note that the E-DV website is the ONLY means by which applicants are notified of their selection.
How Can I find someone who is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Custody?
The ICE Online Detainee Locator System (https://locator.ice.gov/odls/) can locate immigration detainees in ICE custody that are 18 years or older.
You can locate your family member or friend in two ways:
(1) Search by A-Number: You can search by the Alien Registration Number. The A-Number is a unique eight- or nine-digit number assigned to a noncitizen at the time their A-File is created. An A-Number is the letter “A” followed by eight or nine numbers (such as A012345678). If they are a permanent resident (green card holder), the number will be on their green card.
(2) Search by Biological Information: To search by name, a detainee's first and last names are required and must be an exact match (e.g., John Doe will not find Jon Doe or John Doe-Smith). If you cannot find them, try various misspellings, versions, reversed names or adding/removing a hypen “-” if appropriate for their name (i.e. “Jose Ignacio Gonzalez” vs “Jose Ignacio-Gonzalez”). You are required to provide the detainee's Country of Birth.
The Online Detainee Locator will indicate that a detainee is “Not in Custody” if that person has been either released to the community, or deported from the United States within the past 60 days. The Online Detainee Locator System cannot search for records of persons under the age of 18.
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