Questions Answered by Dawn Chere Sequeira

Q: I am on H-4 and soon going to start my PhD. Can I do RA (Research Assistanship) and there by earn money while on H-4?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 25, 2017
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
It is not advisable to work on an H4 without an H4 EAD. Usually the J1 or H1B are the most common visas for researchers. Our firm may consider an H3 but you would have to contact our firm for a consultation to check your eligibility.

Q: What to do if my father didn't renew my green card and I'm about to turn 18

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
Most likely. Just because you have an expired card does not mean that you no longer has LPR status. Your green card is an investment. Please meet with an immigration attorney.

Q: What is the process to apply for remission? Is there an application to complete?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
If you mean, "application for readmission", yes, there is a form and a fee. You should have been provided instructions.

Q: how to maintain L1 status on valid l1b visa after h1b with cos is approved

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You cannot have 2 status at the same time. If you have an L-1, it will remain in place until your H-1B status begins (as noted on the H-1B approval notice).

Q: I have applied for my adjustment of status based on marriage to a US citizen. I was using a joint sponsor

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
Since you are applying based on marriage, IF you get your green card, you can work anywhere. Note that USCIS will not count your wages if you worked "without authorized employment." Any income you earned must be with an EAD card or other authorized employment status. Hopefully your sponsor qualifies...otherwise your case will be denied.

Q: Company A sponsored me for an H1B, I'm waiting for Oct 1. What happens if Company B wants to sponsor me for a GC?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
Speak to company B's immigration attorney or have employer B contact us (if employer B does not have an immigration attorney).

Q: My fiancé/father of 2 was deported 12/14 to Col after serving 4 yrs for alledged fed crime. Options to return to US?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
It is a long shot. One way is to see if he qualifies for an immigrant waiver, and if so, go the green card route. The alternative is to file a nonimmigrant waiver and have him try and enter on a nonimmigrant visa. Our firm would review the criminal conviction to see if there is any possibility to reunite your family.

Q: Filling for siblings

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You are eligible to adjust status, but the problem is that a sibling petition is 4th preference. So you could not file your green card application until a visa number is available. Right now, it's a 12 year wait minimum (could be longer depending on your country of birth). I would suggest that she petitions for your parents and once they have a green card, one parent can file for you. An attorney can help with this.

Q: I'm a citizen , bring widowed mom here on her current visitors visa ,sponsor for green card once here?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You can do this, but hire an attorney to make the process go smoothly. I can assist you with this matter.

Q: I am in US on B1/B2, If I adjust status on e2 investor visa, my visitor visa will stay there or will be revoked?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You cannot hold 2 types of status (B2 and E-2 or green card). Assuming your sister's family petition is approved, since you will be "changing" status from B2 to E2, you must maintain the E-2 status until a visa number is available (right now it's about 12 years). Unlike asylum, you can travel on a B-2 and E-2 visa. Hire an immigration attorney.

Q: I got mugged at gun point ..I don't have visual proof but just a police report , can I file green card?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You cannot apply for a green card until the U visa has been approved and you have waited the required time.

Q: What do I show as my AGI in question 18 in form I-864? I'm a SAHM. File joint tax return.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 2, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You would list individual income. If you earn zero, put zero. Your husband should list his income. The tax returns along with W2s, 1099s and all schedules should be submitted. USCIS only looks at the AGI.

Q: I sponsored a child to come to the USA about three years ago,and no Paternity Testing was required by immigration

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jan 23, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
It is always a good idea to notify USCIS, but there will probably be repercussions (e.g. child is put into removal proceedings). However, if this error is not corrected it will continue to be propagated (e.g. when he goes to naturalize). The fact is that you now have knowledge to an issue that is "material" (if USCIS knew before making the decision, it would not have approved the case).

Q: Do students on F1 visa who accept travel grants from US-based professional associations violate visa regulations?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jan 21, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You can accept them from an immigration perspective. For tax purposes, contact a Tax Attorney.

Q: Work authorization?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Jan 21, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
You can apply if your I-589 has been pending for over 150 days. You can check the asylum clock by calling the EOIR hotline.

Q: How many character witnesses are allowed to testify in removal proceedings in nj?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Jan 21, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
No limit, but character is not the most important factor.

Q: I was arrested in 2010 with possession of marijuana and was given two years probation can I file for my citizenship

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Jan 21, 2016
Dawn Chere Sequeira's answer
Your case will not be decided until your probation has ended. Wait for it to end before you apply. Even then retain counsel as marijuana is a CDS. You could end up in removal.

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