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How to Write an Affidavit for Immigration Marriage

Affidavits and Affiants USCIS defines an affidavit as “a document in which a person states facts” and swears that “the facts are true and accurate.” The person writing the affidavit is known as the affiant. Affidavits can take many different forms and serve in a number of situations. However, USCIS has specific requirements for the …

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Next Steps After I-130 Petition Is Approved

U.S. citizens and green card holders file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to establish qualifying family relationship with certain family members who wish to immigrate to the U.S. What happens after Form I-130 is approved will depend on the family relationship the immigrant visa applicant has with the sponsoring U.S. citizen or green card …

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Chain Immigration: An American Tradition

Chain migration, which has become something of a buzzword in the wake of Sayfullo Saipov’s terrorist attack in New York, is really a new term for something that has long occurred in the United States. Previously, chain migration was known to folks familiar with immigration issues as family reunification or family-based immigration, which sounds quite …

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DACA 2017 – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Under President Trump’s direction, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being phased out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) starting September 5, 2017. What does this mean? The DACA program will cease to exist shortly as USCIS will not accept new applications for DACA and only certain applications for DACA renewal …

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The RAISE Act May Put a Permanent End to the Green Card Lottery Program

Lots of talk has been circulating in the U.S. government about reforming the immigration system and putting the Green Card Lottery on the chopping block.   Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue proposed the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy) Act in early February which would put an end to the Green Card …

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Special Immigration Priority for Immediate Relatives of US Citizens

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens have special immigration priority. Belonging to the immediate relative category, they need not wait in line for immigrant visa numbers to become available. Spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens who belong to this category are not subject to numerical limitations. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes available unlimited …

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Follow to Join Benefits for the Dependents of Green Card Holders

Follow to join benefits allow the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents of the United States to get green cards at a later time than their spouses or parents did. This benefit is available to the eligible dependents of those who got their green cards based on family sponsorship,  employment or through the diversity …

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