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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I am in the process of petitioning for VISAs for my wife and three stepchildren.

I recently got the notice from NVC that my wife is documentarily qualified and that her case is being forwarded for interview scheduling. However, I had to add/replace documents on each of the three children. Will this delay the scheduling of my wife's appointment?

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on May 1, 2022

No it should not. Your wife should bring the all of the documents that were uploaded to NVC (including the recent ones) to the interview. Best wishes!

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: If you are a Green Card Applicant, how long can you drive using your drivers license from a foreign country?

This is in the state of Maryland. What else does a person need to do in order to get a permit or a temporary license till his/her green card application goes through?

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Apr 28, 2022

https://mva.maryland.gov/drivers/Pages/md-drivers-license.aspx

Best wishes!

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My mother in law will be filling I-864A for my green card (husband has no income). We live together, she makes $28,074.

Would her saving account with about $2000 be enough (as assets) to meet the requirements? Also, how far back does the bank statement need to cover? Does she need to include her checking account statement too??

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Apr 26, 2022

You should call an immigration attorney to discuss the facts of your case in a free phone consultation. More information is needed to form an opinion.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My husband doesn’t have an income and so his mom is considered to be a joint sponsor.

We all live together. She makes 27,000. Is it enough and will be accepted by USCIS?

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Apr 20, 2022

The minimum income for a household of 3 is $28,787. It would recommend that you do a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your options regarding income/sponsor requirements. Best wishes!

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Hi, I will be applying for a green card. My husband doesn't have an income

We were planning to ask his mother to be a joint sponsor, she lives with us. Now, trying to figure out if she meets financial requirements- she is a widow and have no one depending on her, so her income needs to be a minimum for a one household member. Is that right? The fact we live together... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Mar 16, 2022

Item 7 of Part 5 on page 4 of form I-864 gives you the option of including certain other non-dependent relatives who are living in your residence as part of your household size. Such relatives may include your mother, father, sister, brother or adult children, if they are living in your residence.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My US wife abandoned our house with our kids. expecting appointment to remove my conditional residency. she might not go

My wife and I dated back home, and she moved to the US. We later got married, and I joined her in the US in 2018. We have two daughters together. Marriage has been a lot of arguments. Threw me out some times, but I refused to leave. She left house with the baby and wants a divorce. She even left me... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Feb 10, 2022

You should still go to the appointment. She may or may not attend. If she does not or if she comes and says she does not want to go forward, then the petition is dead. If that unfortunately happens you will need to explore other options. Those options might need you to talk to a lawyer.

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Q: Hi, I will be applying for a green card through marriage and I will have a friend sponsoring me.

If I apply by February or March, is it enough for him to provide the tax return from 2020, 2019, and 2018 or since it is 2022 he needs to file and add 2021 tax return ?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Feb 5, 2022

It probably makes better sense for him to file 2021 since it is tax season.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Does a second meeting with my fiancée improves my chances of proving a bona-fide relationship?
Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Dec 30, 2021

Absolutely! The more you see each other, the better. Make sure to take pictures, meet your fiancee's family and friends, and keep proof of your flight and stay. Document the trip well! Best wishes!

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Do I have to submit my rent agreement with in my I-129f package, and can I use different mailing and physical address?

Should the rent agreement be included with fiancée visa application?

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Dec 27, 2021

While submitting your application you have to list your actual physical address in the United States.

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Q: If denied a visitors visa, am I able to apply for a student visa right after?

If I am denied a visitors visa, am I able to apply for a student visa right after or is there a waiting period before I can apply for a student visa?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Dec 5, 2021

There is no waiting period. You will have to prove that you have been accepted as a student at an educational institution and that you will be able to finance your education in the USA as well as finance all other expenses that will be incurred while living as a student. International students are... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I was pulled over and charged for DUI and reckless driving for the first time no accident no injury, why both charge ?

I blew 0.10 on the road side and the officer told me to do not blew at the police station, then I didn’t blew, today I got my license suspended for 270 days. The saddest thing is my asylum case is pending and my final hearing is in couple of months. Please I’ll like to know if this will affect... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Nov 21, 2021

Generally speaking criminal law issues do impact impact immigration cases. You will want to get the paper details of the case as well as the disposition from the court. The disposition is what the court ordered. It should have the court's original seal on it. You will need those documents. if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I have OPT EAD, can I remotely work for a UK university (with no office in the US)?

I have a job offer from a UK university and I'm staying in the US (waiting for my green card) and I have my OPT EAD card with me (12 months), can the UK employer hire me remotely? My former university DSO has said that they will authorize it since my work in the UK is strongly related to my... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Nov 3, 2021

That plan doesn’t appear to be fitting your OPT present requirements for employment in the United States especially if you’re hired by a foreign entity.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: Am I allowed to be a freelancer in the US? I'm18 y.o, my parent has a work visa and we applied for the green card

I am not doing freelancing since I don't know if it's legal and if it's not legal I will wait until I have SSN.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 8, 2021

Without a work authorization you are not allowed to derive any income from any professional activities such as free-lancing. You have to apply for an EAD on eligible grounds if qualify.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Maryland on
Q: I have a pending asylum, can I get instate tuition. I have a work permit and a SSN. I work and pay taxes in Maryland.
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 13, 2021

Pending asylum does not confer any status to an asylum applicant. You are only permitted to remain in the U.S. and may receive an EAD and a Social Security Number to engage in lawful employment.

However, for the purposes of qualifying for an instate tuition you need to discuss it with the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: My question to you is; since I've never paid taxes before nor am I eligible for a SSN, what do you recommend I do?

I have a unique case under my belt. Perhaps you've worked with people in a similar situation before, but I'm an A2 visa holder (under my father's contract) and I'm looking to purchase an online E-commerce business that has gone for sale for $4 million. It's an extremely... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jul 30, 2021

Such an endeavor and investment warrants the retaining of an experienced immigration attorney. There are a few possibilities and you should discuss them with a qualified attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a foreign Pastor enter the US by invitation? From a person, or church, etc? Is the process for Visa the same?

Is there a different process for inviting clergy?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 20, 2021

It depends on what the pastor is coming to do. If the pastor is coming to teach congregants, preach at services and such gatherings a specific visa is needed. The reason is that the pastor will in effect be working. If the pastor is coming as a guest who will not do any of these things but only to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Domestic Air Travel With Expired B-2 Visa After Filing For Change of Status

I have applied for change of visa status after my marriage to a US citizen from B-2 to Green Card. The application has been received by the USCIS and I only have receipts from USCIS for my application. Can I travel by air freely within the US after my B-2 visa expires while USCIS processes my... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Jul 19, 2021

You should check with the airline that you will be travelling with but usually domestic travel does not require a valid visa, only valid ID. I would recommend that you bring the Notice of Action showing that you filed for your green card in case Border Patrol did get involved for some reason. Best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Does a person from Ghana qualify to apply for the immigration lottery? He is a Pastor and would like to move to the US.

He has no family in the US, does not need asylum, and is not an investor. Is lottery his only option left? Are there other options?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 18, 2021

The pastor from Ghana qualifies for the diversity lottery. They have to check the US government site to make sure the applications are still open.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: employer asking me to pay him money for my H1B visa transfer

Employer didnt find me a project for 5 months. He didnt pay me salary and is asking me to pay for the one month salary paid during the no work period, H1B transfer. He is threatening to collect it from my reference person incase I fail to pay.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jul 14, 2021

Well, this seems like a questionable action, but you appear to have fallen out of status. This appears to be a less than bona fide employer. There is outstanding salary that you are entitled to, but you will have to file a complaint with the Department of Labor.

Your decision to remain...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Not sure how to report address history on adjustment of status paperwork

Im current on H1B status and have been so since October. Prior to that I was on OPT. The issue is that during COVID I flew to stay temporarily with my husband (in a different state) but forgot to report it as an address change. When I switched to the H1B status, I reported an address in my original... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Apr 24, 2021

Write in the addresses that you now remember. Make sure you have both documents and explain what happened at the interview.

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