Are you a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder) who has a girlfriend, boyfriend, fiance, husband or wife that is abroad? If you recently got engaged, planning on getting engaged, or getting married, congratulations! You have a lot of exciting things to plan. Immigration visa options is probably one of them.
(**UPDATE: November 13, 2020) Mr. Joseph R. Biden has been elected as the President of the United States. He has promised to stop the Muslim ban/travel ban when he officially becomes the President in January 2021. Mr. Joe Biden has promised to cancel the ban on the first day he is in office. This is great news for so many families that have been separated because of this unjust immigration policy. However, it is still important to be vigilant and realistic that these changes may take time. First, Mr. Biden might not cancel the policy right away. Second, there might be lawsuits challenging the policy change causing the travel ban to continue and be in effect for several more months, if not longer. Third, it might take time for the Department of State and embassies to revise their practice and implement any new policies adopted by the Biden administration. Therefore, if you are from Iran and/or your family member is affected by the travel ban/Muslim ban, it is important to know your rights and options in these challenging times. You can read our article below regarding travel ban waiver options, administrative processing, and strategies for following up regarding your case if it has been severely delayed. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help any way we can.
It is a common misconception to think that prior approval from immigration agencies will be a positive factor for new immigration applications. That is not always the case. And, in fact, immigration agencies came out with a new explicit rule this fall that prior approval will not be taken into consideration when evaluating extensions of nonimmigrant visas.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this fall that in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, all applicants that filed an I-140 (Immigration Petition for Alien Worker) will be required to attend an interview.
Wedding Dress: Check. Wedding Reception: Check. Honeymoon: Check. Now, what?
Congratulations on your marriage! This is an exciting time of merging two lives into one. If you are a foreign national and your spouse is a United States citizen, you may be eligible to apply for legal permanent residency (also known as a Green Card). A U.S. citizen's spouse is considered an "immediate relative," which is a special class or category according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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