The U.S. Department of State has identified which documents are acceptable as birth records, according to such things as the geographical location where a person was born and the date of birth. This takes into account that some nations or regions did not keep regular centralized birth records,...Read more »
I got married to a U.S. citizen in my home country of El Salvador. I didn't get my name changed at the time, but want to now. I came to the U.S. a few months after getting married on a student visa. Due to complications with the school I planned to attend, along with my first baby on the way, I... Read more »
Congratulations upon being approved for Permanent Resident status. Generally, when a woman becomes married and desires to embrace her husband's last name as her own, the law will recognize that new name without any necessity for filing a marriage certificate or taking other steps to accomplish the...Read more »
I am currently on F1 status. I still have two more years till my visa expires. My fiance is a permanent resident and has been for over one year now. I am concerned how long will it take generally for me to get permanent residence status as well, if we are to get married legally now?
A Permanent Resident may marry someone who is in F1 student visa status and then petition for him/her in the Family-based Second Preference (F2A) visa category. Visas are now available in that category for people from most nations who have a Priority Date (application filing date) of September 1,...Read more »
There really is no substitute for engaging an immigration attorney who, after learning all of the relevant information about your arrest/conviction will be able to advise about eligibilities, options and strategies.
In keeping with Justia policy, this communication is intended as general...Read more »
Passport doesn't expire until 2017. But it has his expired visa in it. Does he need to get a new passport? Or can he travel with his current passport and his green card, and renew his passport after it expires?
Various types of family-based visas exist, and eligibility for each is specified in the applicable statute and regulations. None of them, however, create special considerations for a relative whose help may be needed for the type of assistance mentioned in your question. It would be wise to...Read more »
Will My Stalking Conviction Prevent My Fiance From Obtaining K1 Visa?
I am a US citizen trying obtain a k1 visa for my foreign girlfriend of 2 years. I am worried this application will be rejected because I was convicted of misdemeanor stalking and 2 counts of trespassing 11 years ago. I... Read more »
In general, a U.S. citizen's criminal arrest/conviction history will not stand in the way of succeeding with a K-1 application for a fiancee. In some instances where the victim was a minor child, however, immigration authorities may bar a U.S. citizen from a family-based petition, but that bar may...Read more »
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