28Jun2021

Creating Flawless Digital Documents

How to properly digitize the documents required for your green card application It's no small task to prepare all the supporting documents for a family-based or a marriage-based green card. For the most part, the government requires copies rather than original documents, and you want to make sure that each copy is high-quality and easy […]

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25Jun2021

The K-1 Visa, Explained

Information about wait times, costs, and requirements for a fiancé(e) visa What Is a K-1 Visa? A K-1 visa — also called a fiancé visa — allows the engaged partner of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States, as long as the couple gets married no more than 90 days later. The newly married […]

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25Jun2021

Immigration Glossary

Definitions and correct spellings for common immigration terms A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Glossary A ADJUDICATE To make a decision or determination, usually related to a legal issue or dispute. When an immigration case […]

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24Jun2021

How Do I Get a Copy of My Divorce Decree?

Where to get a replacement or substitute of your lost divorce papers If you’ve ever been married before and seek a green card based on your current marriage, you’ll need to provide to the U.S. government a divorce decree (also known as a "divorce certificate"), a certificate of annulment, or a death certificate for each […]

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24Jun2021

How to Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate

Providing a new certificate of marriage or alternative in your green card application Early in the marriage-based green card process, every couple must provide evidence of a valid marriage to the U.S. government. That evidence includes a photocopy of your marriage certificate — also known as a marriage contract or marriage license. You’re one step […]

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24Jun2021

How to Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate

Where to get a police certificate for your green card application What is a police certificate? A police certificate is a document that details any arrests for an individual — as well as the reasons for and outcomes of those arrests — while that person was living in a particular area. If you’re applying for […]

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23Jun2021

How to Get a Copy of Your Birth Certificate

Providing a new birth certificate or alternative in your green card application Every family member applying for a family-based or marriage-based green card must provide a copy of each family member’s birth certificate to the U.S. government. If you already have it, great! You’re one step closer to success. But if you can’t locate your […]

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23Jun2021

Same-Sex Relationships and Marriage Green Cards

Common concerns gay and lesbian couples may have with green card applications Is It Possible? Can lesbian and gay married couples apply for a green card if one partner is a U.S. citizen or green card holder? The short answer: yes! The U.S. Supreme Court’s federal marriage equality decision in 2013 (United States v. Windsor) […]

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22Jun2021

U.S. Visa Vaccination Requirements

Find out what vaccinations you need to immigrate to the United States When you apply to immigrate to the United States, a medical examination is typically required as part of the process. The rules and conditions for the medical exam vary from country to country, so make sure that you check the individual requirements for […]

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22Jun2021

The Immigration Medical Exam, Explained

What to expect and how to prepare for the green card medical exam The green card medical examination is an important step of the immigration process and is required for all family members seeking a family-based green card. The exam, to be completed by a government-authorized doctor, consists of several parts: A review of your […]

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