Family Immigration

6 Questions to Ask an Immigration Lawyer during an Initial Consult

When preparing to resolve your important immigration issues, meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options for proceeding can be the best way to figure out how to move forward. While you may have a lot of questions specific to your situation, making a point to ask the following questions as well can shed [...]

6 Questions to Ask an Immigration Lawyer during an Initial Consult

What Is Visa Retrogression?

Visa retrogression refers to situations when there are more visa applicants for a certain category or countries than there are available visas for that month. Typically occurring near the end of the fiscal year, visa retrogression can end up meaning that visa applicant’s priority dates shift around the set cut-off date, meeting it one [...]

What Is Visa Retrogression?

4 Important Facts to Know about Visa Priority Dates

Visa priority dates refer to visa applicants’ place in queue when the demand for the visa they are seeking exceeds the number of available visas. When visa applicants’ priority dates become “current” or available, these applicants will typically be eligible to obtain permanent resident status in the U.S. Below, we have pointed out some more [...]

4 Important Facts to Know about Visa Priority Dates

Concurrent Filing FAQs: Important Info for Visa Applicants

Concurrent filing refers to situations in which an immigrant petition and an adjustment of status application are filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the same time. This essentially means that petition and application, along with all of the necessary supporting documents and application fees, are mailed at the same time to [...]

Concurrent Filing FAQs: Important Info for Visa Applicants

The Surviving Relatives Law

Pres. Obama signed the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) reversing the rule that visas filed for relatives are revoked upon the death of the Petitioner. Near the end of his first year in office, President Obama signed into law amendments to the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) reversing the longstanding rule that [...]

The Surviving Relatives Law

The Child Status Protection Act

The CSPA was designed to prevent "age-out," where alien children are denied benefits through immigrant visa petitions because they reached the age of 21. Although President Bush signed into law the Child Status Protection Act ("CSPA") nearly two months ago, many questions remain unanswered as to who will actually benefit from the [...]

The Child Status Protection Act

Seeking an I-601 Waiver on Grounds of Inadmissibility

In many cases, it is possible to apply for a waiver of the ground of inadmissibility by completing form I-601. Even if a fiancé(e) or spousal visa petition is approved (i.e., the foreign spouse/fiancé(e) receives the right to sit for an immigration interview), that does not necessarily ensure that a visa will [...]

Seeking an I-601 Waiver on Grounds of Inadmissibility

Nursing Shortage Should Be Top Priority In Health Care And Immigration Reform

The nursing shortage continues to exacerbate the health care crisis, such that no true healthcare reform can occur without immigration law reform. As policymakers, special interest groups, health care professionals and others discuss the need for health care reform in the US and debate how this reform should take place, one of [...]

Nursing Shortage Should Be Top Priority In Health Care And Immigration Reform

Clinton Signs L.I.F.E.

Pres. Clinton signed the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE), extending the "grandfathering deadline" of Section 245(i) of the INA until April 2001. On December 21, 2000 President Clinton signed the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act ("LIFE") bill into law. LIFE extends the "grandfathering deadline" of Section 245(i) of the [...]

Clinton Signs L.I.F.E.

Immigrants face deportation after pleading guilty to fraud

When a foreign citizen marries a United States citizen living in the Los Angeles area, he or she may be able to obtain a spouse visa and eventually become a citizen of the United States. In order to become a citizen, various requirements have to be met such as living with the spouse who is a U.S. [...]

Immigrants face deportation after pleading guilty to fraud