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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: How can I verify what service center is processing my i130? Our confirmation number starts in IOE. We live in Florida.

We want to track the processing times. Our ex lawyer said she sent a message to the California center to let them know she is not our lawyer any longer, but we live in Florida so we thought our center was the Texas one.

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Ileana M Rivera answered on Nov 3, 2019

The I-130 receipt letter you received in the mail should have the location of the service center processing the petition at the bottom of the letter. However, occasionally I have seen USCIS move the cases to a different service center. If you did not receive the receipt letter in the mail you may... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: What does USCIS mean by "your benefit request has been accepted and is under review"?

My husband filed an i130 petition for me. On the myUSCIS account we keep on seeing the phrase "your benefit request has been accepted and is under review" and the only thing changing is the date they update the page. Does that phrase mean that our file is resting in a drawer or that someone is... Read more »

Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera answered on Nov 3, 2019

It most likely means that USCIS received your petition and payment was accepted. You then wait for your petition to get through the backlog of petitions that are pending before yours is adjudicated.

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: I applied for the 240 a but it has been denied. on October 13 I wantd to know if I appeal is there any chance I win.

I was detained in 2014but was let go cause of a I 220 A. I do not have no felonys. I have done all they told me too. But for some reason my 240 A (b) was denied. I had 30 days to leave voluntarly and pay a fee of $500 if I appeal is there any chance I could stay. I have 2 kids of age 18 & 19. One... Read more »

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Ileana M Rivera answered on Nov 3, 2019

Under the circumstances and the fact that you have 30 days to depart, the best course of action for you is to speak in person with an immigration attorney that can review and analyze your long history with the immigration authorities. Best regards.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: Im going threw a divorce to a filipina girl came over used me now is trying to take my son from me

Im going threw a divorce to a filipina girl came over from Philippines withen less then a year leaves me for another man she is not a usa citizen my son . What can i do to get pro bono help an or payment plan as i do not make much shes trying to have me pay for her lawyer as well an take sole... Read more »

Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera answered on Oct 15, 2019

The best thing you can do is find a family lawyer with experience in your area. There are some lawyers that offer a consultation free of charge, that way you can find out first if they can help you before paying for attorney's fees. Best to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: Our IO after our marriage green card interview said our case was "approvable" but he needed to review. Is this bad?

My husband and I had our marriage green card interview today. We were asked some standard basic questions about our relationship. And our IO asked my husband a lot of questions about his government/military career back in his country (Nigeria), mainly if he had ever used weapons or trained with... Read more »

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Ileana M Rivera answered on Oct 9, 2019

Please do not worry. Just because they would like to take some time to review does not mean that you will be denied. If you do not receive an approval letter, you should receive a letter with instructions. If you do not receive a letter within 90 days you should call the customer service number. If... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: I'm a permanent resident with a green card through refugee status. what documents do i need to travel outside the USA
Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera answered on Oct 7, 2019

In general, to travel outside of the US you need your US permanent resident card and your passport. You have not mentioned the country you will be visiting and that may be worth knowing to find out if there are is any potential issues you may encounter. Best to you.

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Q: Can I petition for my son's green card since he lost his status in the US

Me and my son came to the US legally, I have a green card but my son lost his status. Can I petition for his Green Card from the US as he lives with me here in US.

Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera answered on Oct 4, 2019

Dear Petitioner,

In order to properly answer your question, I need to know how your son lost his status. Based on those facts we can provide you with a recommendation. If he does not have all the facts, we can request a copy of his record from the government and that would provide the most...
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Q: How long should you wait to return to US on B1/B2 Visa after recent visit to US?

Hi...I have a friend from Brazil who was recently in the country on a B1/B2 Visa. They were granted 6 months when they arrived. They stayed 155 days...roughly 5 months. They left before the Visa expired to return to Brazil. How long should they wait before returning? They have family in the US... Read more »

Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera answered on Oct 3, 2019

In general, they can leave the United States and turn around and come back in; however, every time your friend re-enters the US with the tourist visa, they have to endure the scrutiny of the border officers asking questions about the motive and length of the new visit. The officers mostly want to... Read more »

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