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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Applying for citizenship for green card holders?

Hello, my wife and I got our white cards approved on Nov 2nd of 2016 and we got our green cards in December of 2018. When can we start the process of applying for citizenship?

Does legal permanent resident timeline start with green card or white card?

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Sep 16, 2021

Green card holders can usually apply for citizenship when they have been legal permanent residents for 4 years and 9 months.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: Hi, What’s the process to dispute someone reporting us for marriage fraud?

Just to add some context to the question, my wife and I recently got married and we’re working on getting her green card (she’s currently covered through DACA).

When I met my wife, I had a friendship with someone that ended pretty badly and we haven’t talked in about 2 years until... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Sep 9, 2021

There is no process. People can write or call the immigration authorities. I suggest that you and your wife make sure you have proof of the marriage to submit. This include things like copies of leases with both your names, joint bank accounts and so on. You have to prove that your marriage is real.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My passport application in question 10 asks for "Parental Information" - I am 72, is this necessary?

Both are deceased . . .

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Aug 25, 2021

Yes the information is needed. There should be a place for their date of birth and possibly date of death.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Immigration Law on
Q: i live in brazil filling for child support in usa. my child s american as her father. the jury can grant me a visa?

my child s american as her father that abandon me when i got pregnant. now i m filling child support case after 6 y raising her alone and in brazil she s not having a education and no good quality of life. is the judy that will handle my child support can granted me visa for me be with her in usa... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Aug 12, 2021

The judge dealing with the child support can't grant you a visa. Visitors visa to the USA are issued by the US consulate in your country after a successful application. There are several types of visas to live permanently in the USA. Those involve someone successfully filing a petition, such... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was recently incarcerated, I’m an immigrant the charge was domestic but I didn’t do it.

They charged me with strangulation and assault but I didn’t do it, because i have an accent they say the body cam says I admitted to it( not true). They also said I had former charges that they pinned on me but the charges date back to the 90s when I was still a child in Jamaica. My public... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Aug 2, 2021

You should immediately contact an immigration lawyer from the JUSTIA directory or the American Immigration Lawyers Association directory. Pleading guilty to criminal offenses can have extremely serious results like deportation if you are not a US citizen. Even if you are a citizen a guilty plea can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: GOOD MORNING

GOOD MORNING I have a problem and I don't know how to deal with it. I am from Tunisia (22 years old) I have a Tunisian sister who lives in Bastan. She has American citizenship, along with her children and husband My mother also has a ten-year visa. I want to go to work and live with them,... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 31, 2021

Your sister could file a petition for you. It will take a while though. If you qualify you could also get an employment type visa that would allow you to work legally in the USA.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Can a foreign Pastor enter the US by invitation? From a person, or church, etc? Is the process for Visa the same?

Is there a different process for inviting clergy?

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 20, 2021

It depends on what the pastor is coming to do. If the pastor is coming to teach congregants, preach at services and such gatherings a specific visa is needed. The reason is that the pastor will in effect be working. If the pastor is coming as a guest who will not do any of these things but only to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Arizona on
Q: My sponsor who adopted me and brought me to USA. Now has my green card with her and does not want to give it to me.

She threatened that if I take the green card from her she will get it revoked. Can she get it revoked?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 19, 2021

You need to immediately get more specific advice from a lawyer. No one is allowed to simply take another person's documents like that of to threaten them. There is a lawyer directory on this site and you can also go on the American Immigration Lawyers Assn and find a lawyer on their directory.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Does a person from Ghana qualify to apply for the immigration lottery? He is a Pastor and would like to move to the US.

He has no family in the US, does not need asylum, and is not an investor. Is lottery his only option left? Are there other options?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 18, 2021

The pastor from Ghana qualifies for the diversity lottery. They have to check the US government site to make sure the applications are still open.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: my green card as a parent is in the final stage before interview. my daughter has one more paper to submit.

The RFE asked on March 15 2021 was for a tax paper. I would like to stall the process for a while. How long do i have before i must submit this paper and proceed for the interview and also avoid revokal

The reason is i am winding up and selling my properties which is taking time... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 16, 2021

The RFE tells you how many days you have to respond to the request. It is usually somewhere close to the top of the letter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for Oregon on
Q: Can I legally take on a remote contract job for Canadian company as a green card holder in the US (permanent resident)?

My 10 year green card expires is 2025 (Swedish citizenship). I just got a remote job opportunity as a full time contractor for a Canadian company. Can I legally be paid by them and not run into issues? I will be living in the US still.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 9, 2021

As a green card holder you can take whatever job you wish. Make sure you get advice on tax implications in the two countries.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: My son had a green card. He moved back to Canada at the age of 15. He is now 24 and married. He would like to move back

What would be the proper forms to fill out? For him and his wife? He left at the age of 15. Graduated top of his class from HS went onto graduating from College in Fire Science to be a fire fighter. He has ties to the local fire dept in which he will be living. And will be sworn in as soon as he is... Read more »

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 7, 2021

Unless your son took steps to make sure he did not abandon his green card, such as coming to the USA often over the years and paying his taxes when he became an adult, he may be considered to have abandoned his Legal Permanent Resident status. Gather up all his paperwork and find a lawyer on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: How do I gain entry to the US for my infant son, who's travel stamp expired while overseas? He is 1 year and 9 months.

I am a LPR currently unable to fly out of Guyana with my son.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 4, 2021

You need to provide some more details. Is your son a US citizen? There are lawyers on the JUSTIA Directory and you can also go the US Consulate site in Guyana to find information.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: US spouse asks for money for help with status adjustment after marriage but before USCIS accepted the case.

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jul 3, 2021

You said she asked you to "pay her for help with my status adjustment." That is marriage based visa fraud and can cause many problems. You said she is acting manipulative. You need to really consider what is happening. You should seek more indepth advice from a lawyer from the directory... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Form I-864/I-864A which form to fill.

My husband's family member is the only joint sponsor. does he have to fill the form I-864A or I-864 and check the only joint sponsor?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 30, 2021

He fills oit the 964 and checks only joint sponsor.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a Brazilian with a tourist visa get married 2 days after arriving in the us ?
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 30, 2021

You can. However, a USCIS officer might say that you were actually lying about what you were coming to the USA to do in the first place. This is especially if you do not plan to return home after the ceremony and file for adjustment of status here in the USA.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: My I-765 form was rejected 3 times because “the payment amount is incorrect or has not been provided” I’m applying based

On spouse beneficiary.. i tried $400/$500/$550 and got rejected but someone told its free all you need is to send it with i-485 receipt but I didn’t receive one, I received that they will need me to submit i-693 form(medical exam) when they send me an interview for i-485 .. what should i do ??

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 15, 2021

You need to talk with an attorney ASAP. It sounds as if you are being rejected because something is missing. Don't submit a fourth time without at least talking with a lawyer who can look at all the documents and your specific situation. Justia has a lawyers directory and so does the American... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Can I lose my green card if I get divorced?

I recently received a green card for 10 years.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 11, 2021

No you won't lose your green card if you get a divorce.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: How to transfer from visa to green card.how long will take the papers to finish.

I have my dad who lives overseas he's coming soon to USA , and he's married to a two women they will accept it or not and what we should do.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 10, 2021

You should talk with a lawyer as soon as possible. Your question has a lot of issues and so please check the directory on Justia or the American Immigration Lawyers Association for an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: Hello, Thank you for your time :)

my father lives in Greece, is Georgian citizen. I am applying I-130 for him, how should I answer the question Was the beneficiary EVER in immigration proceedings? as he has never been in states, but he has been an lawful residence in Greece . And never had any issues with immigration in Greece .... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 1, 2021

It refers to proceedings in the USA. Good luck!

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