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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22Jun2021

Preventing a Request for Evidence (RFE)

How to avoid—and manage—this common challenge in the green card process Overview of the USCIS Request for Evidence Process If you thought you were done with the marriage green card application, receiving a Request for Evidence (or “RFE”) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be frustrating and even scary. But don’t panic! An […]

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18Jun2021

Top 10 Hard-to-Find Immigration Documents and How to Get Them

Where to find key certificates and records for your green card application In this guide, we’ll show you where to get official copies of the 10 most common documents required for a marriage-based green card and — or other documents that can serve as substitutes. We’ll also outline your options when even duplicates aren’t available. […]

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18Jun2021

How to Get a Copy of Your Lost I-94 Travel Record

Proving lawful entry and status in the United States If you’re applying for a family-based or marriage-based green card from within the United States, you must prove that you are eligible for one. To do this, your travel documents must show that you entered the country lawfully and have maintained lawful status — meaning you’ve […]

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18Jun2021

How to Use the Reciprocity Schedule for Non-U.S. Documents

Step-by-step instructions (with images) for accessing the State Department’s Reciprocity Schedule — plus helpful tips What is the Reciprocity Schedule? The Reciprocity Schedule — maintained by the U.S. Department of State — provides specific guidance for obtaining supporting (civil) documents for green card applications. It shows the availability of a document, where and how much […]

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18Jun2021

Checklist of Hard-To-Find Marriage Green Card Documents to Start Gathering Now

Get a head start on gathering these required documents when applying for a marriage green card Why Do You Need to Start Gathering These Documents Now? When applying for a marriage green card, you will be required to include numerous supporting documents with your application. Some of these documents take time to gather, which is […]

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