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50 States

South Carolina – The Palmetto State

October 23rd, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

South Carolina (SC) was granted statehood on May 23, 1788. It is the eighth American state. South Carolina was named in honor of Charles I – King of England. The name Carolina originates from the Latin word Carlous, the Latin word for Charles. Columbia, SC’s capital, was named for Christopher Columbus. Columbia is about a […]

Maryland – The Old Line State

September 11th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

One of the smallest states in the U.S., Maryland was named after the wife of England’s King Charles I, Henrietta Maria. Following are few quick facts about Maryland: State capital – Annapolis State motto of Massachusetts – Fatti maschii, parole femine (“Manly deeds, Womanly words”) State song – “Maryland My Maryland” Nick names – Old […]

The Bay State – Massachusetts

October 24th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Massachusetts, one of the original 13 colonies is commonly known as “The Bay State.” America’s first public beach, Revere Beach is located in The Bay State. Harvard University, the first and the oldest institution of higher education in the country is also located here. Following are few quick facts about Massachusetts. State motto of Massachusetts […]


Mexican Immigration to the US Declining

November 27th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Pew Research Center’s report, based on the available government data from the U.S. and Mexico, shows that Mexican immigration to the U.S. has fallen. The study shows that the number of Mexicans who have returned to Mexico from the U.S. is more than the number of those who came to the U.S., since 2009. Around […]

Travel to America While Your Form I-130 is Pending

October 15th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

An immigrant petition filed on your behalf means you will eventually get an immigrant visa and immigrate to the U.S., if you are eligible. However, you will not get a visa immediately; there is a long wait before you could get one. This does not only apply to you but to everyone else for whom […]

If You Want to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Elections, Apply for Citizenship Now!

October 8th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

It is well known that green card holders cannot vote in federal elections. While some choose to remain green card holders lifelong, there are some who want to become full citizens and enjoy the same rights granted to those born on U.S. soil. If you are one such permanent resident who wishes to vote in […]

Green Card

Will the US Government Shutdown Impact Green Card Lottery?

October 7th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Though the US Department of State and the USCIS will not be impacted by the government shutdown, it will slowdown processing of US visas. The shutdown will affect few immigration services and US employers will not be able to use E-Verify. The US Department of State (DOS) and the USCIS are self-funded and these immigration agencies […]

EB-5 Program Helps Foreign Investors to Get Green Cards

September 2nd, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

USCIS recently approved a new EB-5 regional center, the Robstown Improvement Development Corporation EB-5 Regional Center. This is the first EB-5 regional center in Nueces County, to receive approval from the USCIS. The US Congress, in 1990, created this EB-5 program that is also known as the Immigrants Investor Program. This program aims at stimulating the economy of […]

USCIS to Review Denied Gay Marriage Green Card Applications

August 1st, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

USCIS has now started to reconsider Green Card applications that were filed by gay couples and that were denied by USCIS in the past. USCIS recently issued new guidelines and stated that it would review all the immigrant petitions filed by gay couples after February 23, 2011 and that were denied due to the Defense […]

Illegal Immigration

Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony Member Wants Immigration Reform for Christmas

December 23rd, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Camila Cabello and her fellow members of the famous American girl group Fifth Harmony, performed “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the National Tree Lighting ceremony held near the White House. More than the ceremony, what affected Camila Cabello the most was meeting President Obama. She said that she got to hug the […]

Why Do Foreign Nationals Immigrate Illegally to America?

February 11th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

There are several reasons why people immigrate to the United States and the United States allows people to immigrate to the country but they need to file few forms and go through a legal process to get into the country. Those regulations and the US immigration laws are strict and people who file petitions to […]

Ways to Curtail Illegal Immigration

November 15th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Illegal immigration, has always been a major issue in the United States and though the country has taken various steps to put an end to illegal immigration, many immigrate to the United States, illegally. However, the country can get rid of illegal immigration, if the US immigration process is made easier. There are millions of […]

Immigration Facts

Immigration Fact of the Week! (Nov 23 – 29)

November 25th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

As a U.S. citizen, when can I sponsor my parents? When you turn 21! While green card holders can get green cards only for their husband or wife and children, U.S. citizens have been granted the privilege to sponsor their parents, husband or wife, children and their brothers and sisters for U.S. green cards. To […]

Immigration Fact of the Week! (Nov 16 – 22)

November 18th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

What if I fail the citizenship test? You will be allowed to retake the test! The U.S. citizenship test is a combination of the English language and Civics tests. It is mandatory for the U.S. citizenship applicants to appear for and get through these tests, to become citizens of the U.S. However, some applicants are […]

Immigration Fact of the Week! (Oct 26 – Nov 1)

October 26th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

With which passport should I travel to the U.S. if I am a dual citizen of the U.S and of another country? With a U.S. passport! If you are a dual citizen, you will hold passports of the U.S. and of the other country of which you are a citizen. To travel to the U.S. […]

US Citizenship

Document Checklist for N-400, US Citizenship Application

March 18th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The application process for American citizenship is a bit complex. You need to use Form N-400, Application for Naturalization for citizenship. File the application with the fees and certain supporting documents. Below is a checklist of the supporting documents you need to send with your citizenship application.     Photocopies of your green card. In case […]

Benefits of US Citizenship You May Not Be Aware Of

April 15th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Many people believe that U.S. citizenship only confers upon them the right to vote in federal elections and take part in the civic life. This is not the only benefit of naturalization; there are many other lesser-known benefits of citizenship. If you are a legal permanent resident (green card holder), you will have to update […]

Consequences of Giving Up US Citizenship

September 10th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

US laws require US citizens to pay taxes on their world-wide income, irrespective of where they live. You will be taxed on your world-wide income even if you live in a foreign country, as long as you are a US citizen. This makes wealthy US citizens renounce their citizenship as they feel that they are […]

US Citizenship and Marriage

US Citizenship and Marriage

April 28th, 2010 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Marriage is not only a joining of two families, a declaration of love, and a life-changing decision. It is also a change of legal status – one that has important ramifications for the immigration process. US citizenship and marriage are two closely intertwined subjects. Married couples can sponsor each other, so that if one spouse […]

US Immigration

Form I-601A Waiver – Form Filing Tips

March 4th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Similar to the other USCIS forms, Form I-601A also comes with specific form instructions that will help you to easily complete the form. The checklist that comes along with Form I-601A will help you to make sure that you have accurately completed your petition. At the same time, you need to remember that Form I-601A […]

Who is Eligible to File Form I-601A, Application for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver?

March 1st, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

USCIS recently announced that the spouses, parents and children of US citizens who have accumulated unlawful presence and who have filed immigrant visa applications, can apply for provisional waivers, prior to leaving the United States. And they need to return to their countries of citizenship to get their visas and to appear for immigration interviews […]

Is Immigration Good for the United States?

February 6th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

“Is Immigration Good to the United States?”, this question has always been in the minds of the native Americans and immigration is always the hottest political and social issue, in the United States. Though this issue is viewed by different people from different perspectives, immigration is found to be beneficial to the United States. People […]

US Visas

Difference Between Visa Expiration Date and Authorized Period of Stay

March 3rd, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

A lot of people are unaware of the difference between the visa expiration date and the date of expiration of their authorized period of stay. To travel to the U.S. you must hold a passport and a valid U.S visa. You need to get the right type of visa based on the purpose of your […]

Prepare for the H-1B Visa Filing Season

January 28th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is likely to start accepting applications for H-1B visas from April 1, 2014. However, USCIS will not accept applications filed before the program start date. Applications filed before the USCIS announces the start date will be rejected. Applications for these work visas can be filed only by the […]

USCIS Approves 10,000 U visas for Victims of Crime

December 12th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved 10,000 U visas for the fifth fiscal year 2014. USCIS began issuing U visas in the year 2008. Every year, the agency makes available 10,000 U visas for the victims of certain crimes. Immigrants who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse can apply for these visas. […]


USCIS News Updates

August 28th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

USCIS to Bid Adieu to its Legacy e-Filing System U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon replace its legacy e-Filing system with the new Electronic Immigration System. The agency has decided to put an end to its e-Filing system in order to maintain data security standards. Some of the USCIS forms were available for […]

H-2B Visa Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014 Reached

March 19th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The H-2B visa program helps U.S. employers who are unable to find workers in the U.S. to bring workers from abroad to the U.S. for non-agricultural jobs. Employers who wish to bring non-agricultural workers to the U.S. need to file Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker, for those workers and sponsor them. U.S. employers can bring […]

63 Countries Eligible to Take Part in H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

January 20th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

H-2A and H-2B visa programs allow U.S. employers to hire foreign workers. Workers who come to the U.S. through these visa programs fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs. To get agricultural workers H-2A non-immigrant visas, the sponsoring U.S. employers must offer those workers temporary or seasonal jobs in the U.S. The employers must demonstrate that […]


USCIS Will Only Accept the Current Form N-400

May 5th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you are considering becoming a U.S. citizen, you need to know that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stopped accepting older editions of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The agency will now accept only the current edition of the naturalization application. To apply for U.S. citizenship, you will need to file Form N-400 […]

What Happens After Filing Form I-821?

June 7th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is nothing but the temporary immigration status that the Secretary of Homeland Security grants the citizens of certain designated foreign countries. The Secretary will designate foreign countries that have suffered and that suffer major disruptions such as civil wars or natural disasters, for TPS and citizens of such countries will be […]

Where to Send N-600?

April 12th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, is the USCIS form that must be filed by individuals who acquire or derive US citizenship from their parents and by the individuals who become US citizens by the action of law, to obtain US citizenship certificates. A variety of supporting documents must be submitted and copies of birth […]