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2 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 »

Amanda B Cook
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 have some concerns,...
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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 immigration process... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
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 least... 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
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 most other...
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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 much... 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?

Amanda B Cook
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 immigration... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Can my sister renew her US multiple entry visa while her spouse is processing the I-130?

The petition was filed in July 2019, her Multiple Entry US visa expires on Oct. 2020

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

Like so many other answers lawyers give, it depends on her individual circumstances. In this situation, you really should sit down with an experienced immigration attorney who can ask relevant questions to determine the correct answer.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I move to another state for work relocation and leave my spouse in another state under condition green card?

Recently I have been given a 2 years conditional green card.

But I have got a very good job offer in another state.

Me and my partner have agreed that I can relocate for the job but I was very worried that relocating to another state might raise red flags during the removal of 2... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 4, 2020

In the current political climate, this would be ill advised.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: My father had a Green card and he lost it in Pakistan in 1998 and he didn’t applied for new since 1998 can he apply now

He still have the social security number and his green card number

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 3, 2020

Probably but get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: So here is my issue, my husband has a visitor visa for the usa but he visited me back in August 2019 and just went back

So here is my issue, my husband has a visitor visa for the usa but he visited me back in August 2019 and just went back this January 2020 . We got married December 2019 didn’t have a honeymoon so we are trying to go on one in March my question is that will it be a problem with him entering the... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 3, 2020

As long as he has a valid visitor's visa and follows the rules (you do not mention if he has ESTA or a B visa), and does not overstay or show any intent of overstay, it should not be too much of a problem. Especially if he has a history of entering and exiting on schedule.

HOWEVER - a word...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: I'm 20 years old, My mother is a citizen and I have a green card, can she tell the government to cancel my green card?

My mother is always threatening me that she'll tell immigration to cancel my green card and stop me from potentially becoming a citizen, she's always threatening me that she's gonna send me back to Africa, and make me stay there for over the time the green card allows so I will lose my permanent... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Feb 3, 2020

You mother is abusing you. You should seek out the help of an organization that can help you file a VAWA, such as Catholic Social Services. Here is a list of organizations in Texas: https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=TX

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: How has the difficulty of getting an O-1B visa increased in the last 3 years?

The change in the presidential administration might have something to do with this, but everyone is telling me that the hurdle of straight approval of O-1B has gotten higher. Attorneys say they get more RFEs, and the denial rate has increased, although not too dramatically. This year, I'm renewing... Read more »

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Amanda B Cook answered on Jan 30, 2020

You may not have as difficult a time with a renewal as an initial application, but generally speaking all categories are being treated with greater scrutiny. If you would truly appreciate an attorney advising you, then you should reach out to an experienced employment immigration attorney for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: 1 felony conviction, embezzlement in 1989, may be aggravated/CIMT. Suspended 1yr sentence. Ok to file citizenship?

Permanent Resident. No other criminal record except for past resolved minor traffic tickets. Since conviction was prior to 1990, is it safe to apply for naturalization and have good chance of obtaining citizenship?

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Jan 27, 2020

These matters are very complicated and I strongly suggest a consultation with an attorney who has handled such matters before you do anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: How do I locate an immigration attorney who's able to provide competent pro bono work to a disabled college graduate?

I suffered a motorcycle accident 5+ years ago and only attempting to determine how to allow my VERY recently married Registered Nurse wife the ability to work here in the US, possibly near where we reside in north Pinellas County Florida

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Jan 9, 2020

That depends on where you live. Sometimes, you can find resources in pamphlets at your local immigration court, if you are close to one. Catholic Social Services sometimes can help. I would need to know where to live to give you better advice. If you are indigent, though, you will not be able to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: I'm 17 and my girlfriend is pregnant..but I'm currently waiting for my citizenship..I live in California and am wonderin

If I'm able to move to new Mexico and still hold my citizenship process

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Jan 9, 2020

New Mexico? As in, the US state New Mexico? Then yes, you can live in New Mexico while your N-400 processes. Make sure to update your address with USCIS so that you don't miss important notices, and keep up with your case status by frequently checking it online.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Nevada on
Q: I'm filling out an I-129F but my fiancé doesn't know where and when his father was born. Should I just put "unknown?"

I'm trying to get my fiancé a k-1 visa.

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 30, 2019

You can write "unknown" if it is truly unknown - but with the current administration I'd be prepared for issues from it. If you have any contact at all with that side of the family, or anyone who may know, I'd reach out to try and get the right answer.

Good luck! (Of course my best advice...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: How long is a home in the "pre-forclosure" status before it is actually forclosed on?
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 17, 2019

That depends on the policy of the financial institution. A bank, within the bounds of certain guiding federal regulations, can allow a debtor to forbear, modify, or refinance a loan as it deems appropriate - usually by internal written policy of the bank. Notice of the foreclosure has to be... Read more »

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