While being born in the United States as the child of a foreign diplomat does not automatically grant you United States citizenship, it does offer a path towards a green card.  This is accomplished through the successful completion of an I-485 application. Your parent’s accredited title must be listed in the State Department Diplomatic List,…

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If you are normally inadmissible to the United States but are seeking immigration status, all hope is not lost.  There are times when your immigration lawyer may be able to file an I-601, a INA 237, or a 212(H) waiver on your behalf. This form is called a waiver of inadmissibility, and it offers legal…

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If you wish to become naturalized you will need to prove that you have exhibited “good moral character” for at least a 5-year period immediately preceding your naturalization application.  But what does good moral character mean, and how do you provide evidence that you’ve lived up to the standard?  Evidence of Good Moral Character Evidence…

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It can take months for your green card petition to get approved. Knowing what you can and can’t do during that time is vital. You also need to know what you must do in order to avoid jeopardizing your green card application.  While you should always consult directly with an immigration lawyer before taking any…

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If you came to America with high hopes for your marriage then things might feel especially tough when abuse makes it all fall apart. Not only did your spouse turn out to be anything but the partner of your dreams, but you now need to navigate your immigration status. Fortunately, if you wish to remain…

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Temporary Protected Status has been extended for Venezuela until March 10, 2024. This is an extension: new applicants are not being accepted.  Current beneficiaries may extend their benefits, but they must re-register by November 7, 2022. If your employment authorization document (EAD) expires on September 9, 2022 it will receive an automatic one-year extension that…

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If you are a victim of human trafficking then you may be eligible for a “T” visa. This visa requires that the following be true: You are a victim of human trafficking. You are assisting in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking, unless you are under the age of 18 at the time of…

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An O-1 visa is a visa for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievement in the film industry.  This visa allows a person to live and work in the United States for up to three years and does not offer a…

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While you are permitted to leave the United States as a lawful permanent resident or green card holder, you are still subject to certain restrictions. Too much travel can disrupt your ability to show continuous residence in the United States, which can threaten your green card status and jeopardize your ability to seek citizenship later.…

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There are plenty of great reasons to seek employment in the United States. And the United States certainly needs foreign workers. For example, the US recently announced it will be offering 300,000 temporary work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.  Employers are fast-straining the caps for H-2B visas, the temporary nonagricultural worker visas.  All the…

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