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Visa Bulletin

Do you know where to look to check your place in the immigration visa queue? Do you know how to find out whether or not visas are currently available to immigrants from your country, in your particular classification? Generally, immigration in the United States is based on a quota system, which allots numerical limits to

Basics of U.S. Citizenship

Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. – Andrew Jackson In today’s difficult immigration times, it is crucial that anyone eligible for U.S. citizenship apply as soon as possible. An individual can become a U.S.

Fraud Waiver and Criminal Waiver

An individual who is ineligible to be admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant or to adjust status in the U.S and certain nonimmigrant applicants who are inadmissible must file a Form I-601––Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Expansion of the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

The provisional unlawful presence waiver, 601A, process allows immediate relatives who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence to apply for that waiver in the United States

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

On January 2nd, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the U.S.

A Brief Discussion on International Adoption by The Hague Process

First, you will need to submit USCIS Form I-800A (Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country) to the USCIS to establish your eligibility

National Security Entry-Exit Registration System

Are you a foreign national from a country on the NSEERS list (see below) seeking entrance into the U.S.? Have you been selected by a consular officer or a DHS officer at a U.S. point of entry or exit to register with the NSEERS?

Temporary Protected Status

Are you from a TPS designated country? Are there circumstances that are temporarily preventing you from returning to your country? If you answered “Yes” to the above two questions, then the U.S. might grant you temporary protected status!

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

If you answered “Yes,” then you may qualify for deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals––who came to the U.S. as children and who meet several key

SD Visa

Are you a foreign citizen who is also a religious worker? Do you want to come to live and work permanently in the U.S. on an immigrant visa? If “Yes” is your answer to both of the questions above, then you might qualify for the SD visa (the immigrant visa for religious workers)!

Investor’s Green Card

Are you a foreign national who would like to invest a large amount of money in the U.S.? Do you want to become a permanent resident of the U.S.? If you answered “Yes” to both of the questions above, then the investor’s green card is a strong possibility for you!

Greencard for Registered Nurses

Are you a nurse who would like to practice your profession in the U.S.? Are you a nurse intending to come to the United States and obtain a “green card”? If “Yes” is your answer to the above questions,

Adopting a Child From a Foreign Country

Are you an American citizen considering the adoption of a child from a foreign country? If your answer is “Yes,” then this chapter has been written especially for you! As a father who has adopted a child from a foreign country,

Family-Based Immigration

Are you an immediate relative—a spouse, a minor child, an unmarried child or parent—of a U.S. citizen or green card holder? Are you a married son or daughter (or a spouse or a minor child of theirs) of a U.S. citizen? Are you a brother or sister (or a spouse or a minor child of

Diversity Visa Program

Are you looking for information on the Green Card Lottery? Are you trying to gain permanent residency in the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Green Card Lottery)? If you answered “Yes” to either of the questions above,

V Visa

Are you the spouse or child of a legal permanent resident (LPR)? Or are you a dependent child of the spouse of a legal permanent resident (LPR)? Did the LPR file a Petition for Alien Relative before Dec 21, 2000? If you answered yes to the first and third or to the second and third

U Visa

CHAPTER 26: THE U VISA (VICTIMS OF CRIMES) Are you a foreign national who has been a victim of a serious crime that occurred in the United States? Have you assisted, or are willing to assist, law enforcement agencies in investigating the crime?

TN Visa

Are you a Canadian or Mexican citizen? Are you considered a qualified professional? Do you wish to work in the U.S. temporarily? If you answered “Yes” to the three questions above, the TN visa might be for you! The TN visa category is a special category created under

T Visa

Have you been subject to sex trafficking or involuntary servitude? Would you suffer extreme hardship if you were deported? If your answer is “Yes,” you may be eligible for a T visa. The T visa is for persons who have been subjected to sex trafficking before the age of 18,

S Visa

Do you have relevant information about a crime, the imminent commission of a crime, or a criminal organization? Are you a foreign citizen willing to provide this information to law enforcement authorities? If “Yes” is your answer to both of the above questions,

R Visa

Are you a foreign priest, rabbi, minister or employee of a religious organization? Have you been a member for at least two years of a non-profit religious organization with established facilities in the United States? Do you wish to perform your duties as a religious worker

Q VISA

Are you a foreign citizen who is at least 18 years old? Are you proud of your country’s culture and capable of teaching others about your country’s traditions, history and customs? If “Yes” is your answer to the above questions, and if your employer participates

N VISA

Are you a representative or staff member from a NATO country? Do you want to come to the U.S.? If you answered “Yes” to both of the questions above, then you might be eligible for an N Visa. Certain representatives and staff from countries that are members

H-3 Visa

Would you like to train in the United States in your particular field? Is this training unavailable in your country? Do you have less than, or are you currently working on, a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree? If you answered “Yes” to the three questions above, you

E-2 Visa

Do you want to make an investment in the U.S.? Does your company want you to travel to the U.S. to make (or supervise the making of) an investment? If you answered “Yes” to either question above, there is a visa just for you!

J Visas

Are you a foreign national between the ages of 18-26? Can you read, write and speak English very well? If yes, then you may qualify for the J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor Program). The J visa is a part of the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program.

E -1 Visa

Do you and your company want to trade goods and/or services with the U.S.? Does your company want you to travel to the U.S. to conduct trade and business with U.S. companies and corporations? If you answered “Yes” to the

Cancellation of Removal

A foreign national non-permanent resident or a permanent resident foreign national who is placed in removal proceedings (also known as deportation proceedings) and charged under either Section 212 or Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.)

Provisional Waivers

On January 2nd, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that specific immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the U.S. to attend their immigrant visa interview

Political Asylum

Are you in fear of persecution in your home country because of your race, religion or membership in a social group? Do you fear future persecution in your home country because of your political views or membership in a particular social group?

P Visa

The P visa generally applies to foreign athletes and entertainment groups who do not meet the “extraordinary ability” standard under the O visa classification. The P visa allows talented individuals to enter the U.S. for a temporary period to compete in a sports competition

O Visas

Are you a foreign citizen and also a brilliant scientist, top chef, or exceptional artist? Are you the next Michael Jordan or David Beckham? Are you the next Tom Cruise or Steven Spielberg? Have you directed a highly acclaimed movie like Slumdog Millionaire?

Naturalization and Citizenship

Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. – Andrew Jackson In today’s difficult immigration times, it is crucial that anyone eligible for U.S. citizenship apply as soon as possible. An individual can become a U.S. citizen

M Visa

Are you a nonimmigrant full-time vocational student? Would you like to continue your vocational program in the Unites States? If you responded “Yes” to both of the questions above, then the M visa is likely to be an excellent choice for you! The M visa is a nonimmigrant visa

L Visa

Being the economic capital of the world, the United States has attracted some of the finest multinational corporations in the world to establish their offices here. Foreign entrepreneurs, company owners, chief executive officers, business proprietors, and managers

K Visas

Are you a foreign national who has recently gotten engaged to be married to a U.S. citizen? Are you a foreign citizen living abroad, and either married or engaged to a U.S. citizen? Do you want to live in the U.S. with your fiancé/spouse? If you answered “Yes” to one or

Immigrant Investor Visa Program

Are you a foreign national who would like to invest a large amount of money in the U.S.? Do you want to become a permanent resident of the U.S.? If you answered “Yes” to both of the questions above, then the investor’s green card is a strong possibility for you!

I Visa

Are you a foreign media journalist or a member of the press, radio, film or print industries? Are there current news events occurring in the United States that you need to cover? If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, then you may be able to obtain

H-2B Visa

Are you a foreign national with experience in any of the following jobs? Wait Staff Host Staff Housekeeper Ski Instructor Kitchen Staff Cashier Food & Beverage Server Concierge Sales Assistance Ski Lift Operator Dining Room Attendant Lifeguard

H Visas

Would you like to train in the United States in your particular field? Is this training unavailable in your country? Do you have less than, or are you currently working on, a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree? If you answered “Yes” to the three questions above, you might be able to apply for an H-3

G Visas

Are you a diplomat, foreign government official, or a member of an international organization? Will you be pursuing official duties in the United States? If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, then the G visa may be appropriate for you! International Organization or G visas are issued

Fraud Waivers

An individual who is ineligible to be admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant or to adjust status in the U.S and certain nonimmigrant applicants who are inadmissible must file a Form I-601–– Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility––to seek a waiver of certain grounds of

C Visa

Do you have to pass through the United States to enter into another country? If your answer is “Yes,” then the C visa may be appropriate for you! The C visa, or Transit Visa, is for foreign nationals who have to pass through the U.S. to enter another country.

D Visa

Are you a crewmember of an airline or ship? Is the aircraft or ship that you work on intending to arrive in and exit from the U.S.? If you have answered “Yes” to both of the questions above, then the D Visa is likely the appropriate visa for you! According to the

B Visa

Would you like to visit your family in the U.S.? Would you like to visit New York City and see Times Square? Would you like to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona? Do you need to visit the United States for medical treatment? Do you intend to visit the United States for

A Visa

Are you a foreign government official or a diplomat? Will you be traveling to the U.S. on behalf of your government? If you responded “Yes” to the above, then the A visa is likely to be the appropriate one for you! If you are a foreign government

1-601 Waivers

The I-601 is for those that are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses or certain other immigration benefits, within the United States.

H-1B Visas

Are you a foreign citizen working as a doctor, lawyer, architect, computer programmer or research scientist? Are you a professional with a specialty occupation (as mentioned above) who wants to work in the U.S.?

F1 Student Visas

Are you a foreign student? Would to you like to pursue your education in the U.S.? If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, then the F-1 visa is most likely the best choice for you! Every year, the U.S. attracts many students from all over the world who intend to enhance their

EB Visas

Do you have a desire to live permanently in the U.S. based on your employment skills, abilities, training, experience, or field of expertise? If your answer is “Yes,” then this is a chapter you will want to read, as it covers important information for you to 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals––who came to the U.S. as children and who met several key guidelines––may request consideration of deferred action for two years, subject to

Battered Spouses, Children, and Parents

Are you a foreign citizen being abused by a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident while living in the U.S.? Do you need to get away from this abuser without their knowledge? If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, then you might be eligible for the battered spouse,

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