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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Arizona on
Q: I need advice to help a dear friend, who is like a granddaughter to me, to immigrate to USA from Albania, (citizenship)?

I was sponsoring her in nursing school and now she has graduated and has her RN degree. She will be age 22 on Nov. 13, 2020. I own my home and have a room all ready for her, here in Tucson.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Oct 4, 2020

There is no friend category that you can sponsor someone to get a green card from another country. Your friend can get a green card either by marriage to an American citizen or marriage to a green card holder. She can get a green card by getting sponsored for a job, but that job must be tied to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: hello .. Can a us citizen on ssi sponsor a spouse from Philippines? What other ways if his income is not enough?
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Oct 1, 2020

If the sponsors income is insufficient to meet the income levels required for the 864 form, Then that sponsor will be required to enlist a joint sponsor. The joint sponsor can either be a US citizen or a green card holder but must reside in the United States.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Q: I was told from the County Animal Control that because a dog attacked and bit me and my dog at a park nobody is liable?

I was walking into the dog park, but there's 2 gates and the first gate goes into a boxed area that you unleash your dog. I was told by the dog owner that he wanted to pick up his small dog before we proceeded into the dog park. I let him pick up the dog and when I opened the second gate... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 27, 2020

Yes, you have a case against the dog owner for strict liability and negligence. Discuss your case with counsel here in Florida about contingency fee representation, which means you don’t pay anything unless you win. Hopefully, you can find out the identity of this dog owner. If not, a private... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: For marriage green card/adjustment status, do I need I-944? I entered as F1visa and married wit’s US Citizen.
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 25, 2020

Yes just two weeks ago on September 11, 2020 the federal court lifted the injunction that was in place because of Covid and therefore all people that are filing their applications after February 24, 2020 must file the 944 form.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: what type of visa is required for a immigrant to enter the country for the purposes of marriage to US citizen.

we are both over 60 and want to try and get this process over as quickly as possible

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 23, 2020

Yes I agree with Mr. Vega. Commence the Fiancé visa sponsorship and when approved the file is sent to The United States consulate In the fiancés home country For the final interview.

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: Fiance visa

I am a US citizen and I want to bring my boyfriend from Dominican Republic to the United States. I would like to know which would be the best and fastest way - should I merry him in DR or should I apply for the fiance visa here in the US ?

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 17, 2020

The best and fastest way is the K fiancé visa. It takes about 10 months of processing time , maybe longer because of Consulate delays due to covid.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I am a us citizen I have been with an illegal immigrant for over 10 years we wanted to get legally married dont know how

He came here over 20 years ago no papers and I want to marry legally and he wants to become a us citizen is this possible and how do you do it?

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 5, 2020

A US citizen can sponsor an illegal alien spouse who entered the country legally for a green card despite the 20 year overstay. However if the alien entered the USA illegally then you can still sponsor him after marriage but you will need to file a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the illegal... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, am a US citizen, I filed I-130 for my brother 9 years ago ,when should I expect the process to start? Thank you.
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 5, 2020

Go to the state Department visa bulletin board and look up your preference category and u will find the priority date that is current. That will give you an idea of how much longer you need to wait.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I would like to petition my father to become a lawful resident. He is currently living here in US. What are the steps?

What are the requirements? What forms of application should we file and in what order?

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 4, 2020

If you are a US citizen and dad entered the country legally then you could sponsor him for a green card. His intent to enter must have been to visit if he was on a B visa, and later on changed to wanting to remain here permanently. If he concealed his intent when he entered the US, then that could... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Q: Can I elect to go to jail if I refuse to pay a court-ordered amount to my ex-spouse

I filed for divorce after my wife left me for another man. I am a retired us veteran who spent two years in the Veterans I will pay child support, that is not the issue, but if I refuse to pay this amount can I eat elect to go to jail instead and then no longer be financially responsible for that... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 1, 2020

If a person willfully violates a court order then the judge can hold the defendant in contempt of court and said person can be subject to arrest and incarceration. However if the order can not be complied with due to a change in circumstances then application to the court can be made to modify the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Hi . My boyfriend came to USA crossing the border . But since I m a USA citizen we will get married so.

Hi . My boyfriend came to USA crossing the border . But since I m a USA citizen we will get married so he can get his green card license. But I'm scared about my family knowing I want to keep it a secret until the right time .will all the documents come in my address is there a way I can put... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 30, 2020

If boyfriend crossed the border Illegally then your case is not a guarantee for approval. He will need to file a waiver and demonstrate that you would suffer extreme hardship if he was not allowed to remain here.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Tennessee on
Q: What is the process time for a US citizen to bring her spouse into the country who has never entered the USA?

Recently married abroad

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 28, 2020

Spouse overseas would need to process at the US consulate in her home country. It takes about 12 to 15 months.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Colorado on
Q: I'm a US citizen. My daughter married a man from England. They (and my grandkids) are planning to move to England.

Is there any way in which I can move to England (as a US citizen) with my daughter and her family? She married a man from England.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 25, 2020

Call the British embassy and make inquiry about your possible qualifications. This is not a matter of US immigration law.

4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption and International Law for Kentucky on
Q: I'm engaged to an Ukrainian and am trying to figure out how to get her Green Card after we marry.

The marriage will take place in Ukraine. We anticipate this to be early next year. She also has two children under the age of 18 that I eventually would be adopting.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 20, 2020

You can sponsor her for a fiancé visa. If you’ve met already, you wouldn’t have to travel there to get married. Once her k fiancé visa is approved she and her 2 kids could travel here. You’d need to marry within 90 days then she and the kids could adjust status to obtain green cards.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi, i am Tina a Immigrant that came here on a visiting visa. I need a lawyer. Can you help represent me?

I came been here since 2016 got married but i am living here without a document. I live in Worcester Massachusetts

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 20, 2020

If you married a US citizen then you can apply for a green card. Are you currently married?

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My uncle lives in Texas, he is currently in coma and his wife and daughter are in Mexico. My uncles has papers(resident)

His wife and daughter dont have papers, can they get a permit to come and visit him?

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 19, 2020

His wife and daughter can apply at the US Consulate in Mexico for visitor visas. They will have to demonstrate sufficient ties to their home country to convince the consular officer that they will most likely return after their visit is complete.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Need Help! Don't have a lot of money. Daughter died and husband being charged. It was a accident! Please help my family

There was a car accident and my daughter was killed. My husband was driving so there charging him with her death. He is in jail and they want a lot of money to get him out. I can't find help,everyone wants Alot of money i don't have,hes suffering and my family is suffering. Someone please help me!!!

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 19, 2020

He is probably going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Retain a criminal lawyer ASAP.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: I would love to get married to my soul mate. She has been in the U.S. for 5yrs but not legally. What do we need to do

She is from Guatemala. I am 50yrs old and she is 45. We truly love each other. Any information will be appreciated

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 17, 2020

If you’re a US citizen and she entered the US legally she can adjust status despite the overstay. More information needed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Can I get married with a US citizen while having a B-2 visa?
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 15, 2020

The short answer is yes IF when you entered the US, your intent was to visit but then later that changed to intending to marry due to a change in circumstances. Don’t get married prior to 90 days since entry.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Hi! I am a U.S. Citizen and I want to bring a guy from India to California to get married. How long will it take?

I am not sure about the appropriate paperwork, and what else he needs to do from his side, since the Indian Embassy is closed?

EDIT: I have not met him! If COVID didn’t happen, I would have gone to India, However my parents cannot make the long trip. So we need another way to bring him... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 15, 2020

There are several options. The most expedient pathway is the fiancé visa. If you have physically met your boyfriend within 2 years of filing then you can sponsor him for his K visa. Upon entry and marriage within 90 days, he can adjust status to acquire his green card. The fiancé visa process... Read more »

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