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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: I need to submit F-1 pending I-130? What are my chances?

I have my original F-1 in 2019 and after finishing Bachelors I moved to a postgrad with valid I-20. My original visa ends in another 2 months. My mother, LPR submitted an I-130 for me last year. Now my research work needs international visits and I need to go home and get new F-1 stamp. How should... View More

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answered on May 13, 2024

Applying for a new F-1 visa while having a pending I-130 petition can be challenging because the F-1 visa requires proof of non-immigrant intent, while the I-130 indicates immigrant intent. To improve your chances, you need to demonstrate that your primary goal is to complete your studies and... View More

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Q: I got my reinstatement denied

On December 8, 2023, you filed a Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

After careful review and consideration of the entire record, your Form I-539 is denied for the reason(s) discussed below.

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answered on May 2, 2024

I'm sorry to hear that your Form I-539 application to extend or change your nonimmigrant status was denied. This can understandably be frustrating and disappointing.

The reasons cited for the denial appear to be based on your current status as a parolee. The Immigration and...
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Q: Can I enter the USA on L 1 B visa while married to a USC? I intend to apply for a green card after being in the US for a

I am a Canadian citizen who is getting married in November 2024 to a USC. My employer wants me to start a job in January 2025 in the States. My employer is going to sponsor me on an L1 visa, as a I meet all of the requirements for it. Will this be an issue applying for this visa after I am married... View More

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answered on Apr 30, 2024

As a Canadian citizen married to a U.S. citizen (USC), you should be able to enter the United States on an L-1B visa without facing any significant issues, even after getting married. The L-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows intracompany transferees with specialized knowledge to work in the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: If my husband filed for VAWA and made up a few things about me; is it possible he will get his papers?

My husband filed for a VAWA. He made up a few things about me when he spoke to his lawyer. I found this out because he asked me for help on one of his papers. Obviously, I read everything and got angry. Some of things he said was true but some were false. He made this ugly character of me. I was... View More

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're going through. It's important to address the complexities of your husband's VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) application, especially since it involves false accusations. Whether his application will be successful can depend... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Michigan on
Q: I am an F1 visa student in my OPT period right now can I work remotely for a US-based company for a commission-based job
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answered on Apr 17, 2024

As an F1 visa student currently in your Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, there are some important considerations regarding your employment options:

1. Your employment must be directly related to your field of study.

2. You can work for a US-based company, but the company...
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Q: A friend has an expired visa and was ticketed by the tunnel border crossing and has court Wednesday what should we do
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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If your friend has been ticketed for crossing the border with an expired visa and has a court date set, it’s crucial to take immediate action. The first step should be to gather all relevant documents, including any proof of the initial visa, identification, and any correspondence related to the... View More

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Q: My dear friend Juan's visitor Visa expired in April of 2023. He has a ticket to appear in court Wednesday

We would like information on what we need to do for his upcoming hearing. He was ticketed at the tunnel border crossing to Canada in Detroit Michigan

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

For your friend Juan's upcoming court hearing related to his visa situation, it's essential to gather all relevant documents first. This includes any paperwork related to his visa, the ticket received at the border, and any other legal or identification documents. Preparing a detailed... View More

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Q: I already have a US tourist visa, can I marry a US citizen in my country and travel to US without revealing the marriage
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answered on Feb 25, 2024

No, you should not attempt to conceal your marriage from US immigration authorities if you travel to the US after getting married, even if you already have a tourist visa. Here are a few reasons why:

1. That would constitute visa fraud. When entering on a tourist visa, you have to...
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Q: Dual citizen files what motion for judge to declare name changed by marriage years ago in MI?

My wife has dual citizenship and needs to update a Russian passport that still has her maiden name. Both US and Russian passports should match. The Michigan Marriage License with Apostille is not sufficient for the Russian consulate. They claim nothing on the MI marriage license states her name... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

It seems like you're facing a bureaucratic hurdle in getting your wife's Russian passport updated to reflect her married name, despite her legally changing her name through marriage in Michigan. To address this, you may need to file a motion with the court requesting a formal declaration... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: What steps are needed for a U.S. citizen to marry an ecuadorian?

This is probably a long shot to get help but I want to marry my Ecuadorian fiance in Ecuador. I understand some of things I need to do before we marry but from one person says I need to become an ecuadorian citizen and get a cédula. Another is my fiance has two daughters and he needs a sworn... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Navigating the process of marrying a foreign national can indeed seem daunting, but it's essential to gather accurate information to proceed smoothly. Firstly, you typically do not need to become an Ecuadorian citizen to marry in Ecuador. However, you may need to fulfill specific requirements... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Support and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Does having debts or is behind on child support hinder in the acceptance of a marriage or fiance visa?

I have an ecuadorian boyfriend and we wish to marry but one,we can't decide between the marriage or fiance visa and two, will his debts give him a denial. Also the marriage visa asks for a beneficiary/sponsor and is that necessary? Can I be his sponsor? I'm a little overwhelmed and... View More

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

In the context of U.S. immigration law, especially for Michigan or any other state, having debts or being behind on child support can impact the application process for a marriage or fiancé(e) visa, but not always directly in terms of eligibility. The primary concern for these visa categories,... View More

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Q: I came to the United States of America on a B1/B2. I was given 6 months period to stay. I stayed for 6 months.

Then I applied for a visa extension and my application was denied. So basically I overstayed my visa. I am getting married to a US citizen. Am I able to file for adjustment of status in the US?

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

If you entered the United States with a valid B1/B2 visa and have since overstayed, your situation is complex but not without options. Marrying a U.S. citizen may provide a path for adjusting your status to that of a lawful permanent resident.

When you marry a U.S. citizen, they can file a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: I’m on political asylum status residing in MI. Do I need an immigration lawyer to divorce us?

She resides in Florida and I in Michigan.

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

You may not necessarily need an immigration lawyer to proceed with a divorce, as immigration status generally does not affect the divorce process itself. Divorce proceedings are typically handled under state law, and since you reside in Michigan, you would typically follow Michigan's divorce... View More

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Q: I'm a US Citizen and I want to petition my brother to come the USA but he's married. Can i still petition for him?

My brother is married but I want to bring him to the USA but I read somewhere that I can't but I also read that if you're a Citizen then you can. Can i petition him and his kid?

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

As a U.S. citizen, you have the option to petition for your brother to immigrate to the United States, even if he is married. The fact that your brother is married does not disqualify him from being eligible for a family-based immigrant visa.

When you file a petition for your brother,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: how do i sue my sponsor?

my wife was recently arrested for dv and the judge issued a no contact order. the charges lead to her family blaming me and now they refuse to help me with the bare minimum. they are also trying to force me out of the country before my wifes trial where i wish to attend to help my wife.

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In your situation, where you feel that your rights under an immigration sponsorship agreement are being violated, it's important to understand the legal obligations of a sponsor. When someone sponsors an immigrant, they sign an Affidavit of Support, which is a legally enforceable contract with... View More

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Q: i forgot to change address with USCIS and changed it later than 10 days. will it affect my Citizenship application?
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answered on Dec 20, 2023

It's important to update your address with USCIS within 10 days of moving, as required by law. However, if you've already updated your address later than this timeframe, it's unlikely to have a significant impact on your citizenship application.

USCIS generally understands...
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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: Immigration query - domestic violence case.

Five years ago, I went through a divorce from my husband, who was in the United States on a visitor's visa. This decision was prompted by a troubling history of domestic violence. At the time, I held an F1 visa, and he was my dependent. Our marriage had initially taken place in the U.S. After... View More

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answered on Nov 26, 2023

Given your history of domestic violence and ongoing concerns for your safety, it's important to understand the options available to you in the United States. As a student on an F1 visa, you have certain protections and avenues you can explore.

First, consider reaching out to the...
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Q: What questions are likely to be asked at a 751 interview when it appears USCiS has strong concerns?

Had a surprise home visit. Wife had moved out a few months prior. 751 scheduled only two months after home visit. 797C asks for evidence of legitimacy of marriage since “adjustment of status.” How likely is it the interview will become aggressive, asking very personal questions, if we are still... View More

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In a Form I-751 interview, when USCIS has concerns, the questions will likely focus on the authenticity and history of your marriage. Expect inquiries about your relationship timeline, shared experiences, and reasons for any recent changes in living arrangements. They may ask detailed and personal... View More

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Q: My wife and I have been scheduled for a 751 interview. Should we both take bank statements from our individual accounts

We don’t have joint checking accounts or any other kind of joint financial records.

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answered on Nov 10, 2023

For your upcoming Form I-751 interview, it's important to bring documents that demonstrate the bona fide nature of your marriage. Even if you don't have joint financial accounts, individual bank statements can still be relevant. These statements can show regular transactions that reflect... View More

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Q: I-751 interview scheduled shortly after surprise home visit. Should we be concerned?

The immigration officials discovered we had been living apart for a few months, I had been supporting my wife %100 financially, no children, no joint bank accounts. She left w/o discussing it with me just after she got a job. We hadn’t yet taken any steps to attempt a reconciliation. Should we... View More

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answered on Nov 10, 2023

In light of the recent home visit and the discovery of your living situation, it's understandable to be concerned about your upcoming I-751 interview. It's crucial to be transparent about your current circumstances and any efforts towards reconciliation. Describing a plan for working on... View More

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