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How to Find Out Immigration Status?

February 20th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) keeps the immigration records of immigrants in the U.S. Some—but not all—of these records are made available under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA), which you can use to get a person’s immigration file from the USCIS. But you’ll need to get permission from that […]

How to Complete Form I-130?

September 27th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you are a US citizen or a permanent resident and if you seek to bring your family member to the United States, you can do so by sponsoring that relative for lawful status in the country. To sponsor a family member and get him/her a Green Card, you will have to start the application […]

How to Complete Form I-485?

September 20th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a non-immigrant can change his/her temporary status to permanent resident status, if he/she meets all the requirements for a US Green Card, in a particular category. This process, of adjusting non-immigrant status to permanent resident status, is known as adjustment of status. Form I-485 must be filed […]

How to Get a Permit to Work in the US?

September 13th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

To work in the United States, you need to be legally authorized to work here. You must be a US citizen or a permanent resident to legally work in the country. If not, you need to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work here. This document will help you to establish that you are […]

What is a Travel Document?

July 15th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Travel documents are identification documents issued by the American government. These documents will help the individuals in America to travel abroad and to return to the United States. A passport is the most common travel document. But US passports are meant only for citizens of the United States. United States does not prevent permanent residents […]

Green Card

How to Adjust Your Status and Get a Green Card

April 1st, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The Immigration and Nationality Act lets nonimmigrants who are living in the U.S. change their temporary status to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) without having to leave the country. This process is known as adjustment of status. There are two ways to get an immigrant visa that would let you permanently live […]

How to Become a Lawful Permanent Resident?

February 20th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

People from all over the world want to settle in the U.S., but many of them don’t know how. The U.S. allows thousands of people every year to get a permanent resident card (green card), which allows them to permanently live and work in the U.S. However, it’s not easy to get a green card. There is […]

How to Complete Form I-130?

September 27th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you are a US citizen or a permanent resident and if you seek to bring your family member to the United States, you can do so by sponsoring that relative for lawful status in the country. To sponsor a family member and get him/her a Green Card, you will have to start the application […]

How to Complete Form I-485?

September 20th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a non-immigrant can change his/her temporary status to permanent resident status, if he/she meets all the requirements for a US Green Card, in a particular category. This process, of adjusting non-immigrant status to permanent resident status, is known as adjustment of status. Form I-485 must be filed […]

Green Card Renewal Cost

August 30th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Permanent resident cards, commonly known as Green Cards, are issued by the USCIS to the foreign nationals who become permanent residents of America. This status, though is known as permanent resident status, is not a lifetime status. To remain in America as a permanent resident forever, a foreign national who holds a Green Card must […]

U.S. Citizenship

USCIS Citizenship

July 5th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

You can obtain US citizenship by birth, by parentage or through the legal process called naturalization. People born within America, are US citizens. US citizenship will be automatically conferred upon people who are born on US soil. This also applies to the children born to immigrants, on American soil and to the people born in […]

Overview of the United States Naturalization Process

June 21st, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

A variety of requirements must be met in order to become citizens of the United States. Generally, US citizens can live in the United States forever and they will never be deported. US citizenship comes with several privileges and duties. Any foreign national can apply for US citizenship and become a US citizen but several […]

American Citizen Application

June 10th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Foreign nationals can become US citizens and the process that helps foreign nationals to become citizens of the United States is known as naturalization. Form N-400, is the American citizen application and immigrants who seek to apply for US citizenship must file this form with the USCIS. Applications for US citizenship filed by the immigrants […]

Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

June 5th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

There are more than 11 million people in the United States who are currently out of status and who are living in shadows. Most of them illegally crossed the borders of the country and some overstayed their non-immigrant visas and settled in the country. Nevertheless, there are some young undocumented immigrants who crossed the borders […]

How to Apply for American Citizenship Online?

June 3rd, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The US citizenship application, Form N-400 must be filed in order to obtain US citizenship. This form must be filed with the USCIS and the USCIS will only accept the forms that are complete and error-free. A variety of supporting documents, photos and the required form filing fee must accompany the US citizenship application. Nevertheless, […]

U.S. Immigration

How to Find Out Immigration Status?

February 20th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) keeps the immigration records of immigrants in the U.S. Some—but not all—of these records are made available under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA), which you can use to get a person’s immigration file from the USCIS. But you’ll need to get permission from that […]

3 Ways to Immigrate to USA

July 9th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

United States is one of the most popular countries and it has been drawing the attention of foreigners for ages. Many wish to relocate to the United States and it is the dream country for many. There are several reasons why foreign nationals select America when it comes to immigration. United States is made up […]

How to Get My Family to the U.S.?

April 12th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The process of sponsoring your family member for lawful status in America will depend on your immigration status and if you are a US citizen, you can bring your spouse, parents, children and your siblings to the United States and if you are a Green Card holder, you can bring your spouse and your children […]

I-601A Form Facts

April 10th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Immediate relatives of US citizens who have overstayed their non-immigrant visas and who have accumulated a certain period of unlawful presence in America, can file Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, while in America and obtain unlawful presence waivers and apply for immigrant visas. Immediate relatives of US citizens who are in the […]

Do I Have to Leave the United States to File Form I-485?

April 4th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

You need not return to your home country to file Form I-485 for adjustment of status and this immigration process is meant for the non-immigrants who are already in the United States and who are eligible for lawful status in America. If you manage to get a sponsor in the United States while in the […]

U.S. Passports

What You Need to Know About a US Passport Card?

November 5th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Citizens of the United States, who look forward to travel to and return from the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and Bermuda, may obtain US passport cards. US citizens may not use passport cards to travel by air and US passport cards may be used only to travel by sea or land. This card is small and […]

How Do I Renew My Expired US Passport?

November 2nd, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Native Americans and people who obtain US citizenship through naturalization are both eligible for US passports. If you are a US citizen above age 16, you will be issued a US passport valid for ten years and children below age 16, will be granted US passports valid for five years. You will have to renew […]

What You Need to Know About a US Passport ?

October 25th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

United States passports are granted only to the citizens of the United States, by the US Department of State. A US citizen who seeks to travel abroad must hold a valid US passport and this US passport is also an international identification document. Applying for a US Passport If you are a native US citizen […]

Frequently Asked Questions About the US Passport

August 6th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

What is a US Passport? A US passport is an international photo identity travel document which is granted to US citizens and non-US citizens who have become citizens of the United States through naturalization. A US passport holder is allowed to travel outside the United States and will also be protected by the US government […]

Benefits of Having a US Passport

July 16th, 2012 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The US passport is considered to be a valuable legal document. A US citizen is issued a US passport by the US Department of State. A passport is generally considered as a photo identity document. A US passport is an identity document which contains your name, photograph, date of birth and other information about you, […]

U.S. Visas

How to Complete Form I-134?

October 4th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The USCIS Form I-134 is the Affidavit of Support form that must be filed by a person who seeks to sponsor his family member for a visitor visa. This form must be signed by the sponsor to establish that the visitor who he is sponsoring will not become a public charge. The sponsor must file […]

How to Get a Permit to Work in the US?

September 13th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

To work in the United States, you need to be legally authorized to work here. You must be a US citizen or a permanent resident to legally work in the country. If not, you need to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work here. This document will help you to establish that you are […]

What is a Travel Document?

July 15th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Travel documents are identification documents issued by the American government. These documents will help the individuals in America to travel abroad and to return to the United States. A passport is the most common travel document. But US passports are meant only for citizens of the United States. United States does not prevent permanent residents […]

How Do I Apply for US Visa?

June 14th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you seek to travel to the United States, you need to obtain a US visa and there are two types of US visas. Immigrant visas are for people who seek to settle in America and non-immigrant visas are for people who seek to temporarily visit the country. Some foreign nationals can travel to the […]

How to Apply for EAD Card?

May 30th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

EAD cards are nothing but Employment Authorization Documents, that grant immigrants permission to work in the United States. Green Card holders and US citizens can work in the United States as their legal status in the country authorizes them to work. Likewise, there are some categories of non-immigrants whose non-immigrant visas authorize them to work […]

USCIS

DACA Renewals Announced by ICE

March 10th, 2014 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you are one of the almost half-million people who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) near when it first became available, your work authorization cards will be expiring soon. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated from the beginning that, if you have received DACA and […]

I-601A Form Facts

April 10th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Immediate relatives of US citizens who have overstayed their non-immigrant visas and who have accumulated a certain period of unlawful presence in America, can file Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, while in America and obtain unlawful presence waivers and apply for immigrant visas. Immediate relatives of US citizens who are in the […]

How Does the USCIS Differ From INS?

April 3rd, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

INS or the Immigration and Naturalization Service was the federal agency that was administering all the issues related to immigration and naturalization. USCIS, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, is the agency that now deals with issues related to immigration and naturalization. However, both the agencies are not the same and the INS does not exist […]

Post Decision Activity Defined

March 28th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Post Decision Activity is something that happens after the USCIS adjudicates a petition. USCIS is the federal agency that takes care of issues related to immigration. To receive immigration benefits, appropriate USCIS forms must be filed and the USCIS will adjudicate the petitions after checking the petitions. USCIS must first accept the petition that you […]

What You Need to Know About the USCIS Application Status?

February 4th, 2013 By Dona Maria Avanzado

If you have filed a USCIS form to obtain a particular immigration benefit, you can check the status of your immigration petition online and you can just visit the “My Case Status” page on the USCIS website and know about the status of your petition. Similarly, applicants can check the status of their petitions by […]