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50 States

The Garden State – New Jersey

September 12th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

New Jersey, one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse states, is the 11th most populous state in the U.S. The state is the home to a large number of scientists and engineers than any other state and it has a very strong scientific economy. Farming, tourism, pharmaceuticals and insurance are the major industries of […]


September 5th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Pennsylvania is the second American state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Though this state has a small surface area, it is now the 6th most densely populated state in the U.S. Following are few facts about Pennsylvania State motto of Pennsylvania – Virtue, Liberty, & Independence Pennsylvania’s nick names – The Keystone State Official state […]

The First U.S. State – Delaware

August 28th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Delaware, famous as the First State to ratify the U.S. Constitution, is the second smallest American state. It became a state in 1776 after the Declaration of Independence was signed. The state flag was adopted on July 24, 1913 and the state seal on January 17, 1777. Here are few quick facts about the “First […]


Celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2014

September 8th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

International Literacy Day is observed throughout the world every year on 8th September. “Literacy and Sustainable Development” is this year’s theme for the International Literacy Day. To many,this day means nothing and they do not know how literacy affects their lives. However, they must think about millions who lack the ability to read and write. […]

Labor Day Recipes

September 1st, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Many Americans make the most of their Labor Day weekend by making short trips with their family and friends. However, there are some who choose to spend their three-day weekend at home with their family. This post is for you if you are planning to spend your Labor Day at home. Check out what recipes […]

Executive Action from the President Could Change the Lives of Many

August 22nd, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

President Barack Obama has announced plans to act on his own and change the current deportation policies of the U.S. It is believed that the President would expand immigration protections to more categories of undocumented immigrants. The President’s executive actions are likely to affect around five million undocumented immigrants. He might use his executive authority […]

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

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 […]

Illinois Dream Fund – Immigrant Scholarship Program

October 30th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

According to a state legislation that was passed in the year 2011, Illinois will allow immigrant students to apply for tuition help. Irrespective of their immigration status in the United States, they may file applications for financial help. If the student is eligible, he will receive financial aid through the Illinois DREAM Fund. Thousands of […]

US Citizenship

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 […]

Green Card Holders do not Want to Naturalize

August 26th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Many Green Card holders in America choose to remain in the country as permanent residents though they are eligible for US citizenship. Many say that they are not interested in becoming US citizens. At the same time, there are several undocumented immigrants living in the country who now want the country to grant them US citizenship. […]

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

US Immigration ESTA

March 22nd, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

ESTA is nothing but Electronic System for Travel Authorization and it is an online application system. The US government developed this system in order to pre-screen international travelers before they travel to the United States. Hence, your ESTA travel authorization application must be approved and you need to hold an approved travel authorization document, to […]

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 […]

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. […]


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 […]

US Citizenship and Immigration Services: Overview

August 28th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

US Citizenship and Immigration services, a component of the US Department of Homeland Security, deals with services related to immigration and is responsible for overseeing lawful immigration into the country. This agency offers immigration and citizenship benefits to its customers. The goal of the USCIS is to strengthen the security of the country’s immigration system. Flexible immigration policies are […]


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 […]

Is it Possible to E-File INS Forms?

June 26th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Some USCIS forms can be filed electronically and in order to make the form filing process simple and easy, the federal agency, the USCIS, permits applicants to e-file some forms. However, all the applications cannot be filed online and only some forms are available for online filing. But remember that, you can complete all the […]

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 […]