17Mar2021

If I get an RFE, how long do I have to respond?

If I get an RFE, how long do I have to respond? The deadline for a Request for Evidence (RFE) generally appears at the bottom of the RFE document, informing the applicant how long they have to gather the missing evidence and submit the documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In the unlikely […]

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11Mar2021

What Tax Documents Do I Need For a Marriage Green Card Application?

Learn about the tax requirements when applying for a marriage green card The U.S. government wants to see evidence that the spouse seeking a marriage-based green card will be financially secure once in the United States, and isn’t likely to rely on public benefits in the future. It can be confusing trying to figure out […]

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11Mar2021

What Tax Documents Do I Need For a Marriage Green Card Application?

Learn about the tax requirements when applying for a marriage green card The U.S. government wants to see evidence that the spouse seeking a marriage-based green card will be financially secure once in the United States, and isn’t likely to rely on public benefits in the future. It can be confusing trying to figure out […]

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11Mar2021

The Basics of Filing Taxes for Immigrants

A comprehensive guide to preparing and filing taxes as an immigrant Today we’re featuring a guest post from MYRA, a firm that offers virtual financial planning, investment management, and tax preparation services for immigrants. Whether you’re starting out, entering mid-life, settling down, or nearing retirement, they’re here to help you through every phase of your […]

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30Sep2020

Federal Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increase

A federal judge granted a motion to temporarily block the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) new fee rule that was originally scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020.

The published new fee rule has an average 20% increase over 72 immigration benefit applications. USCIS filing fee for Naturalization would increase 83%, from $640 to $1,170.

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18Feb2020

Public Charge Rule Starts February 24, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE — MARCH 9, 2021: Both the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule and the Department of State (DOS) public charge policy are currently not in effect. The DHS rule was halted on March 9, 2021, while the DOS policy was paused indefinitely on July 29, 2020. This page reflects those policies, […]

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07Feb2020

Issues With Assets & Consular Officer Discretion

Income is very subjective, meaning that the decision comes down to the discretion of the officer reviewing your case. We've seen numerous cases where the USCIS officer didn't even accept the assets being included, or if they didn't accept them, or they didn't believe that they were adequate. Keep in mind when you're using assets, […]

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31Jan2020

Why Do Spousal Visas Take Longer for Permanent Residents Than Citizens?

"Why does the CR1 take longer for a green card sponsor?" The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets the number of immigrant visas that may be issued to aliens seeking to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) each year. Immigrant visas for the family-sponsored immigrant preference categories are numerically limited, so they are […]

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24Jan2020

We Got Married While Our K1 Visa Was Pending

"My fiancee and I have decided to get married in the Philippines but we already applied for a fiancee visa. So how much paperwork is involved and are we starting over?" If you filed for a fiancee visa and you got married, you're no longer eligible for a fiancee visa so that would require you […]

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17Jan2020

K1 Visa Requirements in 2020

Not everyone will meet the K-1 visa requirements. This list is the main k-1 visa eligibility requirements, but every petition is different. USCIS and consular officers are different and some countries may have additional requirements.

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