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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Kansas on
Q: What type of application I need to submit to get my citizenship?

We immigrated to the USA and then my family got their citizenships after 5 years, but at that time I was under 18 and I wasn’t able to get mine, according to the lawyer who filed my parent’s citizenship application. But I got a US passport using my parent’s citizenship. Now I’m 23 and I... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on May 19, 2020

That doesn't make any sense. You were likely included on your parents' application and are a citizen, but just mistaken. You should file a FOIA request to find out what's really going on, through a lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Arizona on
Q: Dual citizenship last name mismatch between 2 passports due to marriage. How to prove that both names are mine?

On passport of my origin country i have my maiden last name and on US passport i have my maiden last name + my married last name. The marriage happened in my country of origin, but later on, my husband changed his last name to reflect his biological father's last name trough the US court, so... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on May 19, 2020

It's difficult to tell whether you are asking about US policies or the policies of your home country. If your home country is the one giving you the problem, then you need to speak to a lawyer who is licensed there. But generally speaking, you need to follow the paper trail. That means you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Can I work remotely from home office (in another country) on a TN Visa? If so, how long?

I am a Mexican working in the US on a TN Visa. I would like to work remotely while covid quarantine... Nothing will change, still the same company and position, but I want to know If I am allowed to work from Mexico (another country) for a couple of months... and If it is allowed, how long can I do... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on May 18, 2020

I agree with the former answer. If you can work remotely, it should't affect your TN status for the period it is valid. I would only add that might need to consult tax professionals in both countries and in TN.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Can I still file an I-130 now that I am married to a U.S. Citizen?

During this COVID-19 pandemic, with USCIS Field Offices closed, can I still file an I-130 now that I am married to a U.S. Citizen?

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Amanda B Cook answered on May 6, 2020

Yes. I recommend you file as soon as possible to get a place in line. It may not be processed quickly, but there's no reason not to file.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: I am buying an old house that may be sitting, partially, on the neighboring property. Can they make me remove it?

I am in the process of buying an old house (they don't even have the year it was built on record) that sits on the very corner of it's property. When looking up tax information I have seen some land line overviews that make it look like a corner of the house actually sits on the... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on May 4, 2020

You can buy it, for what it is worth. You may not be able to get title insurance without a special endorsement or exception, which is usually only problematic if you need a loan to purchase. You need to do some research on how long the house has been there, there is a statute of limitations on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: If the picture on the deed an a servey don't match what does the law say or do
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on May 1, 2020

There really isn't enough information here to give you an opinion. You should take the deed and the survey to an experienced real estate attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Can someone else legally claim some of our farm property that has been fenced 48 years? We have paid property taxes.

Current tax maps do not show our property correctly.

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Amanda B Cook answered on Apr 28, 2020

Your question is a bit unclear as to who has had the property fenced for 48 years, you or the opposing party. There are many facts that are not contained in your question that would affect the outcome of the answer. I strongly suggest that you seek a consultation with an experienced real estate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Alabama on
Q: When seeking residential building permits on what's considered heir property, do local road construction requirements,

When seeking building permits for residential homes on heir property, can the municipality require roads that have sidewalks curbing and drainage before construction is permitted

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Amanda B Cook answered on Apr 20, 2020

Your question is not very clear from the context, you seem to be confusing your issues. If you are trying to develop a piece of real estate, especially one to which title may not be clear due to inheritance issues, you should definitely invest in a consultation with an experienced real estate... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: G’mom died in Alabama. Two children: my father & his sister. My father died. Two children: me & brother. Aunt- none

How do I claim my portion of the property? My father left a will naming me and my brother as heirs. I am not sure if my grandmother, a widow, left a will. There are two houses and land. Everything is still in my grandmother’s name. My aunt stated her heirs are me, my brother and my two... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on Apr 20, 2020

I agree with Sheila, you need a lawyer to help you open an Estate.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: My closing attorney during the purchase of current home from back in 2004 claim they can not provide a copy of my

Owner's Title Insurance Policy, a copy of which I paid for back in 2004, due to them not retaining documents from back in 2004. As I never received the Policy back in 2004, can not the attorney issue me a new one without me paying a second time?

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Apr 14, 2020

Attorneys in the State of Alabama generally only are required to obtain documents for six years. 2004 was a very long time ago. You might reach out to the title insurance company, if the attorney's office remembers who their underwriter was. There's no guarantee, though, again - that was... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Colorado on
Q: I overstayed my tourist visa , been here for16 years,zero crime and want voluntary removal,can I just buy plane ticket

I want voluntary removal , never had any deportation warnings , overstayed my tourist visa . Can I just buy plane ticket and go or some long process?

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Apr 7, 2020

You can just go, yes, but you will likely have trouble if you ever wanted to come back.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Pending asylum, travel outside the country - emergency!

I have an question from New York City. I am waiting for an asylum interview almost one year. So Far Was not schedule. it It is for one year already. I came with an F1 visa. I requested asylum when my visa was still okay. I want to go to Mexico, because of the CoronaVirus, I have the option to be... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on Mar 27, 2020

No one really knows right now what is going to happen to people in your situation. But in my humble opinion, if you go to Mexico, you will likely have to stay there until at least we have a new administration in the White House.

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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: what would someone need to get to the US

if the guy i was arranged to marry tries to use our verbal marriage certification, would it work?

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Mar 25, 2020

No, that's not going to work for him. Even if the marriage were somehow "registered" with your home nation, as others have suggested, you would still have to proactively petition for him to come to the US, he can't just do it on his own based on your marriage.

You may...
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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: In the US on ESTA with American husband – can we petition and apply for adjustment of status while here - due to corona?

I'm a Swedish citizen living in London with my American now husband. We've been living together in Sweden and the UK for over 5 years, and just got married a month and a half ago in Sweden. We're in the US temporarily to visit family, before heading back to London to start the... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on Mar 24, 2020

While I can't give you any advice on what your best course of action is personally about travelling or rescheduling your event, I don't believe anyone in your specific situation will be eventually punished due to US immigration regulations for sheltering in place as ordered. So you can at... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I was divorced by my USA Citizen spouse. I did not participate in the court proceedings. Can I enforce I-864 at all now?

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Amanda B Cook answered on Mar 16, 2020

A couple of things on this, even though I have no real good advice for you in your current situation, but just because others may read this.

First - divorce proceedings are mandatory. You can't just "choose" not to participate in court proceedings in the United States (or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Oregon on
Q: For filling I 130 for my current husband i need to provide information for my pervious marriage that it was bona fide.

Hey,

I got my green-card based on marriage and i got divorce 4 months ago because of different factors. We were married for 2 years and 8 months and my first greencard issued for 10 years.

Now after my divorce i Got married to my best friend and apply for his greencard . He is... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on Mar 10, 2020

If you have a ten year green card, and your husband has separate status, I'm confused as to why you are filling out any sort of marriage based application for either of you. Does he (new husband) not have a green card? If he has a PhD can he not self-petition? If he can go that route, that is... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Utah on
Q: Hello, I am interested in marrying someone from Russia. I am a U.S. citizen. What is the fastest way to get her here?

I have looked at the fiance visa, and that is at least 6-9 months to get approved. Would it be faster to do that? Or to go to Russia and get married and find another way for her to come back with me?

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Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 26, 2020

K-1 Visas are generally more expedient than consular processing for a spouse. But you really should set up a consultation with a qualified immigration attorney, who can screen both of you for other issues that may be dispositive of whether you should do a K-1 or IR1.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: My friend had gotten a notice to do my biometric, i797c notice....what does this mean.
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 25, 2020

It means your friend needs to go show up to the appointment time and place on the letter and get his/her fingerprints taken. Don't miss it! This is how USCIS/DHS runs background checks.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: My fiance is Syrian,but is in Denmark on travel documents Can I bring to USA on fiance visa?
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 17, 2020

You need an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My mother is an LPR who filed a I-130 for my brother on February 6, 2020. He's 28 years old never married.

My brother lives in the USA with an asylum case pending. He has a work permit and still waiting for an asylum interview. His case for I-130 was accepted and it shows on USCIS as: February 7, 2020 In Process Your benefit request has been accepted and is under review.

How long does the USCIS... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 17, 2020

An I-130 can process while an asylum case is pending, but you have not given us enough facts to determine your brother's fate. A lot of your scenario depends on what country he is from, as well as many other factors. If you are worried, please spend the money on a consultation with an... Read more »

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