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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... 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...
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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... 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... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
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...
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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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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: I am from Syria and my wife is from the US, we want to move to the US, do we need to pay any high fees for that?

So we got marries outside the States and i have never been to the US, some people said that we need to pay a lot of money for the husband to enter the US because we got married outside the US. Is this true?

Could you tell me more about the payments and fees

Thank you and have a blessing day!

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 17, 2019

The fees for filing a spousal Green Card are rising in December 2019. After December 23 2019, you must pay approximately $1200 to DHS (or USCIS), and you must also pay processing fees at your local consulate, usually about $425 per applicant. Fees can be higher to include children. To file an I-485... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I have submitted EB-2 NIW I-140 & I-485, if rejected, can I marry my fiancé(e) (US citizen) to avoid deportation?

Would this plan work:

If EB-2 NIW gets rejected -> marry my US citizen fiancé(e) -> apply for marriage green card?

Or do I need to get married before the rejection to avoid deportation or future difficulties in applying for a marriage green card?

Potentially relevant... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 5, 2019

As long as there are no other red flags on your file, that would probably be fine. However, if that happens, you should be overly prepared for the extra scrutiny such a move will likely bring to your marriage application. I highly recommend hiring an attorney to help you with your marriage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: purchasing a home do you need the person on the title and to person on the deed
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 4, 2019

"Title" is an amorphous concept in real estate law. A "Deed" is the instrument you record at the courthouse to evidence your "claim to title", but there can be competing claims to title even if there is a recorded deed. Your question is a little unclear, I suggest you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for South Carolina on
Q: Hi, I was wondering if my husband needed to file form 1-589 if I've already filed I-130 last year (2018)?

We've received a receipt almost a year ago stating that my application was received is being process, but there's been no update since then. I've requested an inquiry just now. I'm just worried since he has another court date in Feb 20 and we haven't heard anything yet.... Read more »

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 4, 2019

Please defer to the advice of the attorney who is representing him in immigration court. if he doesn't have one, i strongly suggest you hire an experienced deportation defense lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I am an immigrant that was abused physically and sexually by my husband

He took a video of him feeding my drugs and having his way with me and I can’t remember such happening and he threatened to send it to my family , now he deleted the link but I have someone I showed the video to since I can’t open the link can their statement suffice

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Dec 4, 2019

You need to speak with someone experienced with VAWA applications. Often there are charitable organizations nearby that will help you with this for no charge. Here's a link to a list in Virginia:

https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=VA

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