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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Currently have DACA, experienced domestic violence (it was a huge case taken to court) wondering if I qualify for VAWA?

And if VAWA would be better than DACA?

I’ve done some research but haven’t found anything for people in DACA situation.

Thank you in advanced

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Aug 12, 2020

If you have been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a a U.S. citizen or LPR spouse or parent , you may be eligible for VAWA. If the VAWA request is granted by USCIS, you may also be able to obtain resident status.

DACA on the other hand is a temporary protection from deportation...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My biological daughter age 14, born outside of USA and came in USA on 2016 . Is she eligible to file for Citizenship?

We both have green card and about to apply for citizenship application form N-400 . I have a biological child age, born outside of USA and came here in 2016 . Is she eligible to apply for CITIZENSHIP application with us ? is yes, what type of form she need to fill?

Matthew J Hartnett
Matthew J Hartnett answered on Aug 4, 2020

If you naturalize before she turns 18, and she lives with you and you have custody of her, she should automatically acquire citizenship pursuant to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. But to make sure, please consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: please help

i have a girlfriend who is 37 with 2 kids she came here three years ago but she never renew the visa so she can not get citzenship she is also married but she wants to divorce him but he threaten to take her kids and he said if she goes back to her country he will have her killed he even said he... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jul 15, 2020

There are international child abduction laws that would prohibit that. Your girlfriend needs to consult a family law lawyer to take steps to prevent that. Court orders in addition to placing a hold on her children’s passports etc are some of the steps to take. A family law lawyer needs to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: How will the new covid-19 update from Trump administration for f-1 visa impact those with i-485 status?

Hello, I am currently an international student with f-1 visa. Our college has decided that we will first operate with a hybrid model, and then go fully online after Thanksgiving break. I am also in the process of achieving a green card (i-485 status) from my parents who are also holders of green... Read more »

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Jul 12, 2020

Hi, if you have already applied to adjust status, you are no longer considered an F1 student for the purpose of this new rule. This means that you can take your hybrid courses without worrying about leaving the U.S. or losing your F1 status. As a green card holder, you will be able to attend school... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: If I was to marry my fiancé of 2 yrs who is a US citizen but is on parole, will that affects me getting a green card?
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jun 20, 2020

It most likely will not unless his criminal history involves a crime under the Adam Walsh act. Also if he’s not currently employed, he can still sponsor you but he may need to enlist a joint financial sponsor who meets the minimum income levels to act as a joint sponsor.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: We are residing in the US on H1-B visa, And company is about to declare bankruptcy.

We’ve been residing in the US for the past 5 years, and now unexpectedly the company, most likely will declare chapter 7 bankruptcy. Can we still file for immigration?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2020

Yes.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My I-485 was denied because I didn’t file I-864 along with it. In the denial letter it says Im not allowed to appeal.

Note that it also says that as at the time of my filing I was still legally present it the u.s. so I want to know the way forward.

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Jun 8, 2020

Good Morning, to answer your question properly, I will need more information. What was the basis of your I-485? Family, Work, Self Petition?

If you are not allowed to appeal, you may be able to file a motion to reopen and provide additional information needed.

You may also be able...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Is limited divorce possible in Maryland for a G4 dependent visa holder since it implies separation while the

G4 visa requires to live under the same roof.

Rada A Machin
Rada A Machin answered on May 27, 2020

It is possible to technically live under the same roof and file for limited divorce. It is rare that this happens or that a court recognizes the separation but under the Ricketts v. Ricketts case, it may be possible to prove separation even while living under the same roof. The facts must fit,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, International Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: I’m currently a student in Maryland and my dad left me around 2 years ago and I haven’t know nothing about my case since
Drew Elesh
Drew Elesh answered on May 16, 2020

If you call our office Monday we can get more information and help you. Call 773 679 8613

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I applied for asylum, i want to leave the country, didn’t get intervie yet, can my husband stay here without me?

I applied for asylum in US, now I want to leave because situation in mu country changed, but my husband doesn’t want to leave. Is it possible for him to stay if we divorce?

Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on May 9, 2020

You can leave him here whether you divorce or not. He won't have his own asylum claim unless he files his own application.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I-485 and I-864 were previously submitted by mail in two different packets because of size. The application was rejected

I-130 was submitted online and is still pending approval. The application was rejected for not having an I-864, what is the next course of action? Appeal or Refile?

What is a projected timeline for both? Will the same priority date of the I-130 be used?

Also, previous tax years have... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on May 6, 2020

If the FORM I-485 was rejected by USCIS then you should take action to correct the deficiencies of the adjustment of status request and re-file.

You should also ensure that you submit the receipt notice of the FORM I-130 with the FORM I-485.

The priority date of the FORM I-130 will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Im on a H1B visa and my sister is a citizen. Could we file i-130 and i-485 concurrently?

Would i be able to apply for i-485 at the same time as filing i130? If so, would the processing time be less?I notice the the processing times for i-130 for some service centers is 7.5 to 9 months for siblings, I had heard the waiting times could take up to 12 years, am I reading this incorrectly?

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Apr 19, 2020

The FORM I-130 filed by your U.S. citizen sibling will not allow you to file the FORM I-485 until the USCIS visa bulletin indicates that a visa is available for your priority date ( the date of filing the FORM I-130) in the FB4 category for your country of origin.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: If I have an H-1B visa, but my employer puts me on unpaid leave and keeps my employment, what happens to my visa status?
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Mar 25, 2020

If you are still an employee, then you should still be in compliance with your visa.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: My husband ls in Jamaica I’m us citizen Im disabled n want to file for a special needs Petition Do I need a job to file
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Oct 21, 2019

As a US citizen, you can sponsor your husband for his green card. If you’re disabled then you will need a joint financial sponsor to submit his or her tax returns. Counsel anywhere in the USA can represent you and some of us charge a very affordable flat fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: How can I reverse my green card/ AOS -sponsorship (father) after I withdraw and USCIS revoked my petition ?

In nov 2018 I filed petition. My father was here for visit . In December finger print, July 10 he left US family emergency , July 25 I file withdrawal stating the reason August 10 uscis mailed his green card. On it October 2019 USCIS sent a letter to be saying my petition revoked and sent another... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Oct 14, 2019

He won’t be let in on the green card. He will need to get a visa. Otherwise you will need to start the process all over, and he will need to apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: can you help me with an immigration question?

my fiance is currently in his country. when he was here he did a five year overstay. what would we need to do yo get a fiance visa?

Deron Edward Smallcomb
Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on Oct 14, 2019

Wait 10 years or do a hardship waiver. It would be best to contact an immigration attorney to discuss specifics.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Will a beneficiary getting a different country passport disrupt the spouse visa application process?

My husband is from Pakistan and has been in Germany for eight years. He will be applying for a German passport soon. Recently, our I-130 petition was approved and we are now waiting to hear from the NVC to start the visa application. Will getting the passport cause problems?

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Oct 8, 2019

No. He will just need to note that he is/was a citizen of both countries.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I still be a US citizen after my mom passed away?

So in 2013 my mom, brother and myself have landed in the United states as permanent residents (green card holders) my step dad who’s married to my mom is the petitioner and yes he is alive. Now my question is can my brother and I still file for an N400 to be US citizens?

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jul 29, 2019

Yes, unless you have some other issue and want to avoid deportation proceedings.

Naturalization can take place after 5 years of lawful permanent resident status. Just make sure that you removed the condition on your resident status, if any.

I strongly recommend an appointment or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Immigration

Can i file for kids as a green card holder? My Husband is a United States citizen but lose his job so therefore I am the only person working in my household .

Denise Anderson
Denise Anderson answered on Jul 8, 2019

I cannot determine from your question if you are the biological or adoptive parent for the kids, or if your are related to the kids in other ways except for a parent child relationship.

If you are the parent of the kids you can file for them. A person who has green card can file for his/...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I am hoping to get married to my fiance in Honduras and I do not know how to file for a certificate of single status.

I am hoping to get married to my fiance in Honduras. He is a Honduran citizen and I am a US citizen, but we have been together for two years (I used to live in Honduras for two years). I looked into the requirements and know that I need to meet the following requirements: "Must provide a... Read more »

Dayna Lally
Dayna Lally answered on Jun 13, 2019

You could file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance, and marry him here in the United States within 90 days of his entry. For marriage information in Honduras, I suggest that you contact the U.S. Embassy in Honduras.

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