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50 States

Rhode Island – The Ocean State

April 29th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

“Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” is Rhode Island’s official name. The state was either named for the Greek Island of Rhodes or for its red clay. The Dutch explorer Adriaen Block might have named the state “Rood Eylandt” which means Red Island, in Dutch. Quick facts about Rhode Island: State capital – Providence State motto […]

North Carolina – The Old North State

March 24th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

North Carolina, rich in scenic beauty and in history, was named in honor of King Charles I and King Charles II of England. Here are few quick facts about North Carolina State capital – Raleigh State motto of North Carolina – Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem) State song – “The Old North State” Nick […]

New York – The Empire State

February 26th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

New York, home to the Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, is the fourth most populous and seventh most densely populated American state. Here are few quick facts about News York: State capital – Albany State motto of New York – Excelsior State song – I Love New York Nick names – The Empire […]


K-3 Visa for the Spouse of a US Citizen

August 24th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

K-3 visas are issued to the husband or wife of a U.S. citizen. U.S. citizens are allowed to bring their immediate relatives, that is their husband or wife and minor children, to the U.S. as non-immigrants. They can remain in the country while they await the adjudication of their Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. […]

How Immigrants Make America Great at Rio Olympics

August 19th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

The U.S. is represented by natural born citizens as well as naturalized U.S. citizens, who were born abroad, in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team comprises of 555 athletes, out of which 48 athletes were born abroad. While few of them were born abroad to U.S. citizen parents, some came to the […]

Dreams Come True With the Green Card Lottery

August 11th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Here’s the story of an Aussie couple who achieved their dream of living and working in America, through the Green Card Lottery, that originally appeared on the Gemma Peckham and her husband Kane Grose, wished to settle in the U.S. The couple who had been applying for the Green Card Lottery for the past […]

Green Card

How will the USCIS Find Out Whether Your Marriage is Real?

March 4th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

There are not many options for foreign nationals to obtain legal status in the U.S. Those desperately looking to obtain legal status in the U.S., rely on marriage fraud to get into the U.S. and get a green card. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) authorities who are aware of marriage fraud, take all […]

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

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 (July 11 – 17)

July 15th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Can I travel while my I-485 is pending? Yes you can, provided you obtain an advance parole document prior to your departure from the U.S. Advance parole document is a travel document that is meant for someone whose Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status is pending with the U.S. Citizenship […]

Immigration Fact of the Week (July 4 – 7)

July 7th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

Who Should Get a Refugee Travel Document? Refugee travel document is a travel document that is meant for refugees, asylees and green card holders who were once refugees or asylees. To travel abroad and return to the U.S., they will have to obtain this document from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They need to […]

Immigration Fact of the Week (May 23 – 29)

May 27th, 2016 By Dona Maria Avanzado

What happens if I fail to renew DACA before my current status expires? Temporary immigration status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is good for two years. Filing Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, 120 days before the expiration of your current status will help you get your status renewed before your […]

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 […]