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Q: Received a letter from US customs called a notice of seizure and information to claimants non-cafra form. What do I do?

The letter states that the product was seized due to 19 USC 1595a(c)(2)A, 21 USC 331. The product is peptides that I’m not aware of being banned. Global entry was automatically revoked upon this package being seized. If I don’t respond to the letter, are my chances to get it restated gone?

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answered on May 24, 2024

Receiving a notice of seizure from US Customs can be concerning. The letter indicates that your product, peptides, was seized under specific US codes, and it's important to respond promptly. Ignoring the letter can negatively impact your chances of resolving the situation, including... View More

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Q: Immigration question regarding i29 RFE!!!

I am on h4 and have a closed misdeamenor C.__My husband (H1B) has recently changed his company and the new company is filing his i129 (COS) along with mine(for the extension).__My question is because of my record can he get a RFE?

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

When an H1B visa holder changes employers, the new employer must file a Form I-129 for a change of employer (COS) along with any dependent H4 visa extensions. The presence of a misdemeanor on a dependent's record, like an H4 visa holder, generally does not directly impact the H1B principal... View More

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Q: Immigration question regarding i29 RFE!!!

I am on h4 and have a closed misdeamenor C.

My husband (H1B) has recently changed his company and the new company is filing his i129 (COS) along with mine(for the extension).

My question is because of my record can he get a RFE?

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

When your husband's employer files an I-129 petition for his change of status (COS) and includes an extension for your H4 status, the focus of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will primarily be on his eligibility for the H1B visa and your eligibility for the H4 status.... View More

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Q: Vawa In removal proceedings? Married to us citizens have age gap tho I-130 pending been married for 4 years now

So my story is I’m in removal procedure due to over staying visa I got married to us citizen and had i-130 interview been 3 years now I-130 still pending . Past 5-6 months my wife started to behave very controlling, abusive verbally , always calling me names and fearing me that I file for you... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

It sounds like you may be eligible to file a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petition based on the abuse you've been experiencing from your spouse, who is a U.S. citizen. VAWA allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents to file for immigration... View More

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Q: Can a victim of a visa fraud scam sue for restitution from the guilty party years later?

The guilty party served time and is now a prominent youtuber, worth approximately 5mil.

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answered on Sep 3, 2023

Under California law, a victim of fraud generally has three years from the discovery of the fraud to file a civil lawsuit seeking restitution. The statute of limitations may be tolled under certain circumstances, such as if the fraud was concealed. Given the specific complexities and potential for... View More

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Q: Can a victim of a visa fraud scam sue for restitution from the guilty party years later?

The guilty party served time and is now a prominent youtuber, worth approximately 5mil.

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answered on Sep 3, 2023

The statute of limitations may be tolled under certain circumstances, such as if the fraud was concealed. Given the specific complexities and potential for large monetary stakes, you should consult with an experienced attorney to evaluate the merits and potential limitations of your case.

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Q: Can my child still use his green card for travelling if I got naturalized and got my US passport?
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answered on Sep 3, 2023

Your naturalization does not automatically affect your child's green card status. As long as the green card is valid and has not expired, your child should be able to use it for travel. However, if your child is eligible for derivative citizenship through you, consider obtaining a Certificate... View More

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Q: supporting documents for form I-539 changing status - J1 to B2

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I have been in the US for the past two years as a J1 research scholar. My research program has ended last month (end date is April 27th on my DS2019,) and I was not able to extend it. I have filed form I-539 to apply for a visa change to B2, as I need to attend some conferences in... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on May 15, 2023

You need to show that you have enough financial resources to pay for your living expenses while you’re in visitor status. This would include bank statements showing how much savings you have or brokerage statements showing securities like stocks bonds or crypto that can be liquidated to pay for... View More

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Q: Would living in the US after my tourist visa expired affect my I130 visa process from my permanent resident parents?

I am a foreign citizen, living in Greece and 35 years old. My parents currently live in US as permanent residents, since my brother petitioned I130 for them. My parents have submitted I130 for me, but the case would take 7-8 years until I get my green card and move in the US. In the case that I... View More

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answered on May 2, 2023

Overstaying a tourist visa or violating the terms of a student visa by staying in the US after it has expired may negatively impact your I130 visa application. It is important to follow the terms and conditions of your visa and immigration laws in order to avoid any legal issues that could harm... View More

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Q: C9 current immigration status

I am in the process of renewing my EAD/Parole(I-765 &I-131) . My eligibility category is c9(pending I-485 AOS, Indian Citizen)

On the I-765 form in Part 2 line 24 and 25 there is a question about my immigration status

24.Immigration Status at Your Last Arrival (for example, B-2... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

Based on the information you provided, you should write "pending I-485 AOS" for both line 24 and line 25. "DA" typically refers to "deferred inspection," which means that your immigration status was not officially determined when you arrived in the U.S. However, since... View More

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Q: I filed I-485 form and it was denied as I didn't file form I-130 as that's what my old lawyer told me to do. Next step?

I am a Canadian citizen married to an American citizen and I came with a B-2 Visa wanted to change my status to permanent residence under marriage but my lawyer told me not to file the I-130 form as I was already in the states and told me just to file the I-485 which was denied on December 6. What... View More

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Jan 9, 2023

In order to obtain a green card or immigrant visa through your U.S. citizen spouse, whether you are in or outside of the United States, you either need an approved I-130 petition or must file the I-130 petition concurrently with the Form I-485. The I-130 petition is to reserve your immigrant visa... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I was wondering can someone legally keep my citizenship documents and refuse to give it to me?
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Feb 18, 2022

It depends.

If there is a pending criminal case the judge may order a defendant to surrender one's passport. Secondly, a minor under 18 may not request one's passport for any reason from one's custodial parents or legal guardians.

If someone crosses the border and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I do got engaged from foreign country I want to know how to call her here for marriage
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Jan 22, 2022

You can bring her here on a fiance visa. That visa allows her to come here and you can get married within 90 days. You complete the various paperwork necessary for the application and submit it to USCIS and she gets an interview at the consulate in her country when the application is approved. At... View More

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Q: If you were brought to the US by your mother who is a permanent resident with a green card and you also

If you were brought to the US by your mother

who is a permanent resident with a green card

and you also got a green card but your mum has

an issue to travel does that affect you too not to

travel

Adan Vega
Adan Vega
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Your parent's impediments for traveling abroad and back to the U.S. are not going to be obstacles for you unless your parent acquired the immigrant visa by fraud and you derived your status from your parent.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: Is it illegal to scam someone with a promise of marriage to get citizenship in the US?

I am a senior on ssi for a disability. Fter spending a large amount of money then paying for citizenship in the US I was treated very bad and blocked then to be told she would talk to me if I sent her money again.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Jan 5, 2022

It is unclear how you are getting SSI Disability, since you seem unqualified, but more information is needed!

There must be reciprocal love and mutual moral support between a couple in order to commit to marriage as a matter of immigration law. If a foreigner marries a U.S. citizen...
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Q: I have a friend from Brazil in the united states on a tourist visa. She was engaged but they have broken up.

Her sponsor is her ex's sister. They have been mistreating her and trying to get her to go back to him. There has not been physical violence but she works with her sponsor. She only wants out of her sponsor. She works hard and wants to stay in the united states but doesn't know what she... View More

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

Your friend needs to make sure she has her passport with her at all times to avoid any problems with the sponsor. You mention she has a sponsor but is on a visitor's visa and that she was engaged. Usually someone on a visitor's visa does not need a sponsor so it is a bit confusing when... View More

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Q: Can daca holder who came to the age of 14 whose daca was aproved since it came out apply for green card after many years

Moved to the state in 2003

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Dec 9, 2021

Not based on DACA alone. Best wishes!

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Q: an Humanitarian visa can get denied because the reason is chronic depression?

- My mom lives is venezuela right now

- she does not have a tourist visa

- I will become a USA citizen in a few months

- I work as engineer in USA

- My mom take medication for depression

- my mom has a sister who committed suicide

- my mom is... View More

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Nov 25, 2021

You present a very long list of legal and personal issues that should be directed to a licensed practicing attorney familiar with that area of immigration law. Consider meeting in person or remotely via conference call or zoom.

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Q: Overstay for 28 years. Married to a US citizen since 2016. Can I adjust my status after so long? Is it worth trying?
Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
answered on Oct 4, 2021

Provided you were lawfully admitted into the USA 28 years go you may adjust status through your USC spouse assuming you meet all other requirements.

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Q: Do I need an affidavit of support or having worked in the US for 20+ years is enough?

My American citizen child just turned 21 and is going to petition me to get a green card. He is a college student so he doesn't have the income for the affidavit of support. I don't have anybody else I could ask this for, it's very intrusive. The USCIS site says I don't need the... View More

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Jun 18, 2021

Your son needs to complete the Affidavit of Support but your income can be counted towards the minimum income required so you won't need another sponsor. If you are doing the Adjustment of Status on your own, I strongly encourage you to at least consult with an immigration attorney to make... View More

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