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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Im a US Permanent Resident but every time I go on vacation overseas and return Im always sent t secondary at the airport

Resident since 2007, zero criminal records, every time at the airport Im send to secondary. No questions but they make me wait like 10 minutes. Last time I had to ask. In 1996 I was a tourist and overstayed 3 more months. My friends dad worked for immigration and called agents on me. I was... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on May 18, 2022

Sorry to hear about this. However it sounds like the type of case that you need to talk with an immigration lawyer about before another overseas trip. You should take all documents related to the case where you waited in jail for a week. The lawyer will look at everything and advise about what is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My wife is a Canadian citizen, & just received her Green Card on 02/11/22. Is she required to spend 180 days in the U.S?

Presently she is in the process of taking care of personal details and this may impact those 180 days. Would there be a problem if she does not spend 6 months here in the first year?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on May 2, 2022

Congrats to her. She can return to Canada to finish her business there. If she stays out of the USA for more than a year that is when she will have a problem because US immigration may say she has abandoned her residency. She can seek specific legal advice from an attorney as there are things that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: When submitting Photo Evidence to USCIS, does it have to be printed out photos- or can I have a digital album?

do the printed out photos have to be on photo paper from a kiosk or can I print on regular copy paper from home?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Apr 30, 2022

You need to print out colour copies and paste them on blank paper or you can submit colour copies of the pictures. It is a good idea to label the pictures - dates and who is in the pictures and the event.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: This is regarding US Immigration, am I allowed to go to another State(not petitioners) after getting my Green Card

This is regarding US Immigration, am I allowed to go to another State - California (not petitioners residence, Pennsylvania) after getting my Green Card…How can I get my Green Card posted to my temporary address in new state, what reason to give officer

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Apr 24, 2022

You can go anywhere after you get your green card. You do not need to give any reason about why you need your green card sent to another address. If you are going to be in another state for a long time it makes sense to have your green card sent there. If you are not going to be there long it makes... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Muy buenas tardes yo soy colombiano. Entre con proceso de asilo y estoi. En busca de. Un abogado

Y poder sacar. Mi permiso. De trabajo

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Apr 10, 2022

Hola. Cuando completando los papeles luego USCIS da el permiso a trabajar pero es muy importante a enviar todos que es necesario inmediatamente. Tiene un ano a preguntar por asilo.

Buenas suerte

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: If i was involved in a fraudulent marriage 10 years ago, no charges filed, he got deported then why are we still married

This happened over ten years ago. I ended up telling the truth during the immigration meeting and he ended up getting deported shortly after. I'm just wondering why we are still married if it was deemed a fraudulent marriage?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 25, 2022

For the purposes of immigration it was deemed fraudulent. You have to take steps to divorce him so that the marriage ends and you can remarry, say you are divorced and single and so on. Talk to an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Is an I-129 petition denial the same thing as a visa denial?

If I fill out a DS160 form to apply for a visa at a US consulate do I select yes for visa denial if I had a USCIS petition denial?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 18, 2022

Yes that is a denial. When you go to your interview tou can tell them it was related to a job or fiance visa or whatever.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Indiana on
Q: Did I Just Get DUPED By the USCIS Office In Indianapolis, INDIANA?

I attended a USCIS Adjustment interview less than a week ago, with my husband who is the petitioner on my I-130. The interviewing USCIS Officer casually asked me to sign a document to "confirm" that my attorney was not present at the Interview. I did not read the document before signing... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 18, 2022

You should immediately speak with an attorney. If everything went well as you say and this is what happened you need to have someone acting on your behalf. The lawyer will make suggestions after listening to the details of the interview and looking at your documents and hearing more about your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Quien puede ayudarme a llenar una solicitud de asilo ?
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 9, 2022

Hay abogados en la lista JUSTIA pueden ayudar. Tambien, hay organiciones quien ayuda personas si no tienen dinero o no tienen mucho dinero. Mira en listas en su cuidad tambien.

Buenas suerte!

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: I became a USA citizen last year. I have a 4 year old son in Costa Rica I want to petition to bring here with me.

My 4 year old son currently lives with his mom in Costa Rica but I would like to bring him here with me if possible, how can I get him residency or citizenship.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 2, 2022

Hello!

There is a provision where possibility your child could already be a citizen so you should speak with a lawyer urgently to find out. Since you became a citizen and he is still under 18, the lawyer would look at things like if you are married to his mother, have legal custody and so...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: Recently married a Panama resident and im a US citizen, how long is the advanced parole process so he can come to us?
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Mar 2, 2022

Congrats on your wedding. Advanced Parole is a travel permission the US government offers to persons in the USA that allows them to go abroad and return and continue their immigration process. So it would not be available for your spouse. You need to complete the form for him, called the I 130 and... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law and Tax Law for Kansas on
Q: Am I legally allowed to give up my green card in the middle of a divorce?
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 28, 2022

You need to speak to a lawyer ASAP. You would need to put more details to explain more clearly however, IF you already have your green card and you are getting a divorce there is no law that says you have to "give it up" as you say.

IF you are in the process of getting the green...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Divorce and Immigration Law for California on
Q: My wife put a restraining order on me. I’m in a tough situation. What kind of help do I need?

My wife got a short term restraining order the day I got arrested for domestic violence. I’m assuming she’s going to divorce me and extend the restraining order. The restraining order I was given says I must move out of the apartment. How do I get my stuff out without breaking the order and... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 24, 2022

You should immediately speak to an immigration lawyer and tell them everything. Since you are not a citizen this becomes very urgent. You will also need a family lawyer regarding the divorce and your child. Do not return to the home until you have spoken with a lawyer as to do so will breach the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: Can I apply for naturalization if I had a case of paraphernalia over 10 years ago?. It was expunged and cleared.

I have not committed any crimes since and my record is clean. I’ve been a permanent resident since 2016 and qualified to apply after 3 years since married to a us citizen. We have 2 children together and stilI married.I get confused with the question they ask.

Have you ever been convicted... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 21, 2022

You would answer yes on the application form and you would have to provide stamped copies from the court about the case. The best thing to do now is to get the stamped copies and take them to a lawyer for a discussion. The naturalization application requires good moral character and a conviction is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: I want to return to the USA, my home country.. How do I go about this with my non US husband?

I am 52, an American citizen, my husband and I married in the US in 2013. Since then, we have lived, worked, breathed together in the UK, and still do. My husband is a Polish national who has lived in the UK since the age of 3, he is now 55.

I wish to return back to my native country with... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 19, 2022

The process of adjustment is done in the USA when the marriage takes place there. So that route appears closed. You can apply for his legal permanent card from the UK and he would do consular processing in the UK. You will be required to submit proof of payment of taxes in the US for a specific... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Filed derivation 485 of an approved EB2 principal spouse. Can principal spouse ask me to abandon and leave?

Filed 485 a year back as derivative of EB2 principal spouse. Spouse now asking me to leave.

Married 20+ years ago, stayed 5 years together in US on H1, had a US born child, then I left for home country, stayed separately (no legal separation), returned to US after a 10 years on B1 to... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 17, 2022

If the spouse writes to USCIS and withdraws the application and makes allegations, and doesn' t go to the interview, the USCIS will have no choice but to terminate your application. Your spouse cannot force you to leave the country but you expose yourself to all sorts of negative issues with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: If my name is not on my Daughter birth certificate and I would like to put my name on it, also she is 19years old? NC

I been with her and her mom ,my wife,with are legally married, since she was born I just never have the chance to fix her birth certificate.

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 14, 2022

Hello. Your question needs more information for a specific answer but this general information should get you started. A lot depends on where your daughter was born and if you are a US citizen or were a US citizen when she was born if that was abroad.

If she was born abroad then the law in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Immigration Law for New Mexico on
Q: I am booking a musical artist from Canada on a tour date. They are asking to sign two contracts for visa reasons.

I run a LLC and we are currently in the process of booking a musical entertainer on one of there tour stops in the US. They are from Canada and have asked us to sign two separate contracts for two separate tour dates. They say they need both for visa reasons but both state that we would have to... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 12, 2022

You need to have a clear contract with them for immigration purposes. The contract has to be an agreement between you and them. If you don't like the terms you should say so and renegotiate. When entertainers apply for the P visa, which allows them to come to the USA to perform, they must show... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My US wife abandoned our house with our kids. expecting appointment to remove my conditional residency. she might not go

My wife and I dated back home, and she moved to the US. We later got married, and I joined her in the US in 2018. We have two daughters together. Marriage has been a lot of arguments. Threw me out some times, but I refused to leave. She left house with the baby and wants a divorce. She even left me... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 10, 2022

You should still go to the appointment. She may or may not attend. If she does not or if she comes and says she does not want to go forward, then the petition is dead. If that unfortunately happens you will need to explore other options. Those options might need you to talk to a lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: My soon to be ex-wife of 4 years refuses to become a citizen and plans to use the affidavit of support against

She refuses to become a citizen in order to use the affidavit against me. She cleans houses and does not have earned credits, has been lying to the court in our divorce case claiming we were married in 1994 when in reality we married in 2015-as noted on her immigration application. She is... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Feb 6, 2022

If you cannot afford an Attorney or a PI as you said then you need to find a non profit that

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