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50 States

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 […]

The Constitution State – Connecticut

October 8th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Connecticut, also known as New England, is the third smallest U.S. state. Native Connecticuters belonged to the Algonquian Indian family. Connecticuters are also referred to as Yankees or Nutmeggers. The state is famous for its 250 mile shoreline and the Yale University, one of the richest and the greatest universities in the world. Here are […]

Georgia – Empire State of the South

September 19th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Georgia, the largest state in the southeast, was one of the original 13 colonies. Georgia that was named after King George II of England, is the 8th most populous state of the U.S. Textiles and apparel, food processing, paper products, electric equipment, tourism and chemical products are the major industries of the state. Following are […]


Many Immigrants are Eligible for Deportation Relief but are Unaware of it

December 19th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

There are more than 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. without proper immigration papers. Under the President’s new initiative, less than half of those immigrants will become eligible for legal status. At the same time, there are many who are eligible for legal status in the U.S. but are unaware of it. Deferred Action […]

5 Things on Immigration and Citizenship You Need to Know for Today

December 8th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Take a look at the breaking news and things on immigration and citizenship that are being talked about. President Obama’s Immigration Reform will Benefit more than 1,70,000 Indians According to the Pew Research Center, there are more than 450,000 undocumented Indian immigrants in the U.S. and they constitute around four percent of the total undocumented […]

Estimates of the Undocumented Immigrant Population Residing in the U.S.

December 4th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than 11.4 million undocumented immigrants were living in the U.S. as of January 2012. Reports say that more than half of the undocumented immigrants entered into the country in 2000 or later and more than 59 percent of them were Mexicans. Undocumented immigrants are not only […]

Green Card

Form I-90, Green Card Renewal/Replacement Application – Resources

September 25th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Green card renewal is important for you to know about if you are a legal resident of the U.S. and you hold a green card. Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is the application that you need to file with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if you seek to get your green […]

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 […]

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 […]