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J1 Waiver Processing Times March 2010

By |March 11th, 2010|Immigration Waiver|

Certain J1 visa exchange program participants are required to return home for a minimum of two years before being allowed to work in the US under temporary work visas or adjust status to that of a green card holder. Some participants, however, can have this foreign resident requirement (INA section 212(e)) excused if they meet [...]

What happens when a Mexico green card is denied

By |March 10th, 2010|Immigration Waiver|

When US green card applications are denied due to a ground of inadmissibility, most applicants must file a 601 waiver and wait for it to be adjudicated. Processing times for 601 waivers filed in the US during the adjustment of status process can take anywhere from one day to multiple years. Processing times for waivers [...]

Deportation waiver…who needs one?

By |March 10th, 2010|Immigration Waiver|

Foreign nationals who are deported from the United States are barred from re-entering for a certain number of years following the deportation. If the person wishes to come back sooner, however, he can file a deportation waiver with immigration officials. If approved, the person will be permitted to enter the US without having to wait [...]

Get your US Passport before the 35% fee increase!

By |March 5th, 2010|Immigration Lawyer|

As an American immigration lawyer, I rarely have occasion to comment on  policies and procedures that could affect US citizens traveling abroad. However, recent news out of the Department of State's passport office seems important enough to share. You may have noticed that laws for travel throughout the western hemisphere have changed dramatically over the [...]

Asylum for Germany homeschooling persecution?

By |March 2nd, 2010|Asylum|

An immigration judge in Memphis, TN recently granted asylum to the Romeike family from Germany. This news was welcomed by immigration lawyers as asylum applicants must usually prove that their lives would actually be in jeopardy if forced to return to their home country. This family's asylum claim was based on the government of Germany's [...]

601 Waiver and a Green Card through Marriage

By |February 27th, 2010|Immigration Waiver|

Needing a 601 waiver to get a green card through marriage is no insignificant thing. The proper preparation of a waiver will require many hours of work on the part of both the immigration lawyer and his clients. And yes, you should hire a lawyer to prepare the waiver. If you go it alone, and get rejected, you must start all over again if you want your husband to ever be able to get his green card.

Adjustment of status work authorization (I-765)

By |February 25th, 2010|Adjustment of Status (AOS)|

USCIS recently announced a change in the processing of form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) that is commonly used by green card attorneys during the adjustment of status immigration process, including when submitting an application for a green card through marriage. Green card applicants do not automatically have the right to work in the United [...]

US Embassy London to get a new home

By |February 25th, 2010|US Embassy / US Consulate|

Foreign nationals applying for a visa or green card in the UK may be in for a treat. The US Department of State has initiated the planning stage for a new US Embassy in London and recently sponsored a contest for the design of the building. US taxpayer watchdogs are up in arms over the [...]

Feherty meets US citizenship requirements

By |February 24th, 2010|US Citizenship & Naturalization|

The newest foreign national celebrity to meet US citizenship requirements is David Feherty, a TV commentator from Northern Ireland. Immigration officials administered the citizenship oath to the 51-year-old former golf pro recently at the USCIS office in Irving, Texas. Feherty, who had been a green hard holder for over 10 years, began applying for US [...]