The first thing to accomplish if you wish to apply for permanent residency or an immigrant visa is to acquire a priority date as soon as possible. An individual’s priority date is the initial date when the individual or his employer submitted the application for an immigrant visa to the U.S. government.Read More
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When an alien seeks to become a legal permanent resident (Green Card holder) of the United States, he/she must usually apply under the general categories of either family based sponsorship or employment based sponsorship...Read More
When an alien wishes to enter the United States to marry a U.S. citizen, he/she must apply for a ‘K’ visa. However, to be eligible for this, the American fiancé/e of the alien must first file a petition (Form I-129F) with the INS in the area of the petitioner’s place of residence in the U.S...Read More
A ‘Green Card ‘ holder is an alien who has obtained legal permanent resident status in the United States. There are four main ways to arrive at this status.
Investment Based Immigration forms the Fifth Preference (EB-5 Employment Creation) of the Employment Based Immigration category for persons who want to be granted immigrant status in the United States for the purpose of engaging in a new commercial enterprise.Read More
Historically, family reunification has been the basis of the principal policy of U.S. immigration law. Family-based immigration, a tightly regulated system, allows for close relatives of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) to rejoin their families here in America...Read More
This category forms the first preference of the employment-based immigration. This includes persons with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers and multinational executives and managers. The three sub-groups are divided as follows...Read More
Under the category of Employment and Investment based immigration, there are 5 main preferences, namely...Read More
Have you ever wondered if there is any way you could immigrate to the United States? Here are some very broad and general grounds under which this may be possible. If you feel you fall under any of these and would require your case to be specifically studied, please contact an Immigration lawyer.Read More
The Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-Lottery) scheme is a unique way in which the US allows persons an opportunity to obtain legal permanent residence status in the United States...Read More
Certain aliens, who do not have a valid immigration visa, but are waiting for an Adjustment of Status, and wish to travel abroad while their case is pending, must apply for permission to re-enter the United States on their return. This permission is known as Advance Parole.Read More
Adjustment of Status refers to the procedure by which an alien can change his/her present status to that of a lawful permanent resident without having to leave the United States. This should be distinguished from applying for an immigrant visa at a consular post abroad, when the person is residing outside the US..Read More
If the immigrant has already obtained his U.S. citizenship before the marriage, then the spouse can migrate to the U.S. immediately as there is no limited quota for the spouse of a U.S. citizen. However, it may still take about nine months to a year to complete all the formalities...Read More
When a person applies for citizenship, he/she is subjected to an interview where questions regarding general knowledge about the United States are usually asked. It is possible to take this test, which costs about $30, from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) up to a year before applying for citizenship...Read More
If you are a foreign student in the United States (“US”), you may wish to consider your options for staying back to work in the US or returning to your home country. As a student on an F-1 Visa, you would already be familiar with Optional Practical Training (“OPT”)...
Practical Training is an authorization to work that gives a student real-world work experience in his or her major field of study...
Students wanting to study full-time courses as defined by the academic educational program, are most commonly granted F-1 visas. However, to apply for a student visa, the student must first obtain a Form I-20...Read More
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on Optional Practical Training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education...Read More
A recent online Visa Processing System has been introduced for all non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications. The advantage is that the documentation to be carried to the interview is greatly reduced. The disadvantage, of-course, is that one needs to be fairly computer-savvy to be able to independently complete the process...Read More
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Issued to Ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomats/officers and their immediate families.