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50 States

Virginia – Mother of Presidents

January 8th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Virginia, was named in honor of England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I. The state is famous for presidential homes, the Arlington Military Cemetery and Chincoteague Ponies. Here are few quick facts about Virginia: State capital – Richmond State motto of Virginia – Sic Semper Tyrannis (“Thus Always to Tyrants”) State song – “Carry Me Back to […]

New Hampshire – The Granite State

December 11th, 2015 By Dona Maria Avanzado

New Hampshire, a small state well-known for its quaint towns, was named by Captain John Mason after the Hampshire County in England. Here are few quick facts about New Hampshire: State capital – Concord State motto of New Hampshire – Live Free or Die State songs – “Old New Hampshire” and “New Hampshire, My New […]

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 […]


U.S. Presidential Election 2016 – Things to Know

February 3rd, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The U.S. President is not only the head of the government but also the commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. The U.S. will have its new leader in January 2017. Many are eagerly waiting to cast their votes in the November 2016 presidential election. For many new U.S. citizens this will be their first vote. Are you […]

Happy News for American Tourists Visiting Brazil for Olympics

January 28th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

2016 Olympics, the planet’s biggest sporting event, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event that will draw thousands to Rio is expected to boost the ailing economy of the country. Here’s a happy news for Americans who have Brazil on their bucket list. Brazil has announced that the country will waive visa requirements […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Reform

January 21st, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether or not President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform violated the U.S. Constitution, has sparked new hope among undocumented immigrants and immigrant advocates in the U.S. The Supreme Court justices are more likely to hear the case in April 2016. A decision on the […]

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 (Feb 1 – 7)

February 5th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

What is the difference between a visa and asylum? Visas are for those coming to the U.S. for a specific purpose like tourism, education, business, etc. U.S. visas will let the holders stay here for a limited time period after which they will have to return to their home countries. Asylum, on the other hand […]

Immigration Fact of the Week (Jan 18 – 24)

January 19th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Do USCIS Immigration officers help fill out immigration forms? No. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers don’t help applicants fill out immigration forms. There are different categories of USCIS officers responsible for the various functions including, Immigration Services Officers (ISO), Records Managers, Public Affairs Officers, Mission Support Specialists, Space Management Specialists, Field Security Managers, […]

Immigration Fact of the Week ( Jan 11 – 17)

January 12th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Do I need to take all documents, copies of which I already submitted with Form N-400, to the Naturalization interview? Yes. Evidence you already submitted with your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization might be needed for review. Here are few documents you must carry with you to your naturalization interview without fail. Your permanent resident […]

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 […]