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6 Facts About the IR5 Visa

By |May 24th, 2023|Green Card|

Here are 6 facts about the IR5 visa, an immigrant visa for parents of US Citizens, that should be considered BEFORE you apply. #1: The IR5 Visa is available to all qualified parents of US Citizens who wish to move to the US, without limit The IR5 visa is used when US Citizens wish to [...]

Brazil K1 Visa

By |August 13th, 2021|Fiancee Visa I-129f, Immigration by Country|

Great news! If you have been waiting for a Brazil K1 Visa for your fiance, the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has resumed processing applications. Visa interviews for fiances of US Citizens are now being scheduled and visas are being issued. Patience is still required, however, as it could take several months to [...]

Trump Immigration Executive Order April 22, 2020

By |April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Workers, family members of lawful permanent residents, adult children and siblings of US Citizens, and parents of US Citizens cannot enter on new immigrant visas after April 23. It is currently unclear if fiancés of US Citizens (K-1 visa holders) are also barred.  On the evening of April 22, 2020, President Trump finally [...]

USCIS Fees Increase 21 Percent on 12/23/2016

By |November 3rd, 2016|Immigration Lawyer|

USCIS has finalized plans to raise filing fees for almost all of its filing forms on 12/23/2016. Although the increases represent a weighted average of 21% above the current fees, the changes range from a modest 8% for Naturalization (N-400) to over 100% for children seeking proof of US Citizenship status obtained via parents (N-600/N-600k). A detailed breakdown of new [...]

USCIS Accepting Immigration Filing Fee by Credit Card

By |November 22nd, 2015|Immigration Lawyer|

While it is seldom ideal to use credit for things you won't immediately be able to pay off, it's a fact of life that Americans rely on credit for major, or even day-to-day, purchases. If using a credit card means that a client will be able to immigrate their loved one much sooner, financial best practices often [...]

Parole in Place and Adjustment of Status for Military

By |November 19th, 2013|Adjustment of Status (AOS)|

Like magic, Parole in Place (PIP) turns someone who entered the country without inspection (EWI) into an inspected alien without them ever having to set foot outside the US. This is important because, with very few exceptions, one must have a lawful admission to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (green card). Without it, someone [...]

Handling of Immigration Lawyer Calls at USCIS Improves

By |September 22nd, 2011|Immigration Lawyer, Uncategorized|

As an immigration lawyer, the ability to quickly access information from USCIS is vital to my job. Although their website does offer valuable information such as which version of immigration forms have been retired, the current filing fees and general processing times, an immigration lawyer often needs information about a specific case. Sometimes we can [...]

Adjustment of Status on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

By |June 29th, 2011|Adjustment of Status (AOS)|

Last year I wrote about the dangers of applying for adjustment of status if you had overstayed the visa waiver program. I'm happy to report that adjustment of status green card processing for VWP participants has undergone some positive changes in the past few months. Prior to 2009, spouses, parents and children of US Citizens [...]