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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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US Citizens Must File Separate Immigrant Petitions for Spouses and Children

It is well known that the U.S. citizens can petition for their relatives who are living abroad and bring them to the United States. Spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens are the relatives who belong to the immediate relatives category and siblings belong to the family preference category. There are certain misconceptions about filing …

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Can Minor Siblings of US Citizens Immigrate Through Parents’ Petitions?

Many believe that a minor sibling of a US citizen can get a Green Card through his/her parents’ petition, which is not true. Parents of US citizens belong to the immediate relative category just like the spouses and children of US citizens. Unlike parents, spouses and children of US citizens, siblings of US citizens belong to the …

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Can Form I-129F be Filed While Form I-130 is Pending?

K-3 visas are non-immigrant visas that permit the spouses of US citizens to get into the United States as non-immigrants. Likewise, K-4 visas permit the eligible minor children of the K-3 spouses of US citizens to enter into the country as non-immigrants. US immigration laws permit the spouses and the children of US citizens to …

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Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) Process

A joint US Department of State and USCIS team, visited Taiwan, to discuss about the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review process (PAIR Process), with the Taiwan authorities. Before the US citizen parents could adopt a child, complete information about the child will be provided to the Taiwan courts, through this process. After reviewing the information that is …

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Undocumented Immigrant or Illegal Immigrant

At times, usage of words play an important role in various debates and especially in debates related to immigration. Undocumented immigrants in the United States are being referred to as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens”. Many non-profit groups in America consider that the term “illegal immigrant” is dehumanizing and many such organizations are found to …

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Process

This past summer, President Obama initiated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy which will allow qualified undocumented immigrants to apply to remain in the US and to get work authorization for up to two years. The policy is aimed at those undocumented immigrants who were brought into the US as young children …

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