Archive for the ‘Adjustment of Status’ Category

Adjusting your status as an immigrant to the United States is an important process. Here you’ll find all of the information you need to navigate your immigration journey. Have you read our Adjustment of Status Overview yet?

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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08Nov2019

Adjustment of Status Medical Exams (Excluding K1)

We have a quick public service announcement for any adjustment of status applicants who did NOT enter on a K1 fiance visa. As part of your process, you’ll need to have a medical exam with an authorized civil surgeon. You cannot just go to your run of the mill doctor of your choice. You must […]

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17Sep2019

New Public Charge Rule – 250% Poverty Level & Means Tested Benefits

Homeland Security recently issued a new public charge rule that our customers have been asking about, so we wanted to briefly go over this. A “Public Charge”, as defined by the USCIS, is a person who is likely to become: ...primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public […]

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03Sep2019

I Entered on a K1 Fiance Visa But Haven’t Adjusted Status Yet

"I have been in the US for almost two months now. We processed our K-1 visa with you guys for only eight months from start to finish. Do you have an expiration to when you can process?" There is no expiration for when you must adjust status explicitly. However, keep in mind you will be […]

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01Aug2019

When Will I Get My Social Security Card After Adjustment of Status?

Based on our experience, most customers receive their SSN after they’ve received the combo card. At least, that’s what we’re seeing right now. They usually receive it one to two weeks after they receive their combo card. The combo card looks like a driver’s license. That’s your authority to work in the United States and also authority to travel outside of the United States.

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08Jul2019

When Should I Get My Adjustment of Status Medical Exam?

"I'm about to go through the AOS (adjustment of status) process. When is the best time to get the medical examination?" If the alien beneficiary entered on a K1, they should file for adjustment of status after getting married, but before the medical examination expires, which is one year from the time the DS-3025 was […]

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14Jun2019

Self-Employed Income & Sponsoring an Alien

As a self-employed individual or person who owns a business, it’s natural to take advantage of all the tax deductions you can to reduce your taxable income. You have every right to do it. Unfortunately, for USCIS and tax purposes, your income is basically what you pay taxes on.

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15May2019

Tax Returns vs. Tax Transcripts – Which is Better Income Proof?

"Are tax transcripts showing income better than tax returns to submit proof of income?" IRS tax transcripts are better proof of income because providing you tax return alone does not actually prove that they've been filed with the IRS or that you paid any taxes. Anyone can fill out a 1040 in 5 minutes online. So […]

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12Apr2019

Can an Intending Immigrant Sponsor Himself/Herself?

For a family-based immigrant visa, you cannot sponsor yourself. The petitioner must file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, on your behalf. In certain situations you may be able to include your income and/or assets with the petitioner's household income/assets. The income must continue from the same source after obtaining lawful permanent resident status in the […]

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10Apr2019

Can I Apply for Advance Parole If I Already Received My EAD?

You can always apply for the advance parole. If you had applied with the adjustment of status, there was no fee. Yes you can apply, but it isn’t free. We also recommend not leaving the country until you have it. Avoid that nightmare.

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