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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?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
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 Maryland on
Q: Domestic Air Travel With Expired B-2 Visa After Filing For Change of Status

I have applied for change of visa status after my marriage to a US citizen from B-2 to Green Card. The application has been received by the USCIS and I only have receipts from USCIS for my application. Can I travel by air freely within the US after my B-2 visa expires while USCIS processes my... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Jul 19, 2021

You should check with the airline that you will be travelling with but usually domestic travel does not require a valid visa, only valid ID. I would recommend that you bring the Notice of Action showing that you filed for your green card in case Border Patrol did get involved for some reason. Best... Read more »

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: employer asking me to pay him money for my H1B visa transfer

Employer didnt find me a project for 5 months. He didnt pay me salary and is asking me to pay for the one month salary paid during the no work period, H1B transfer. He is threatening to collect it from my reference person incase I fail to pay.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jul 14, 2021

Well, this seems like a questionable action, but you appear to have fallen out of status. This appears to be a less than bona fide employer. There is outstanding salary that you are entitled to, but you will have to file a complaint with the Department of Labor.

Your decision to remain...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Not sure how to report address history on adjustment of status paperwork

Im current on H1B status and have been so since October. Prior to that I was on OPT. The issue is that during COVID I flew to stay temporarily with my husband (in a different state) but forgot to report it as an address change. When I switched to the H1B status, I reported an address in my original... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Apr 24, 2021

Write in the addresses that you now remember. Make sure you have both documents and explain what happened at the interview.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I get a greencard if there's a peace order or harassment charges filed against me?
Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Mar 15, 2021

More information is needed. Did you violate an order of protection and now have a conviction? Were you arrested by police? Were you served a document that requires you to stay away from someone?

I strongly recommend an appointment or Zoom Conference with a competent and experienced...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I filled I-485 based on K1 visa, I got it back rejected due to incorrect payment, but my visa expired. What should I do?

Can I just send same documents with correct payment? Or should we add form I-130 as well? Thank you.

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Mar 3, 2021

You should follow the instructions in the letter that was included with the package that was sent back to you. You should not need to add the I-130. Best wishes!

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: How can I fill my i-160 form for F1 visa application where my grandmother had submitted an N-400 with my name on it?

My grandmother filed an N-400(she's now a citizen) with my name on it as an adopted child but there is no adoption decree and I am over 21, but I do have a legal adoption decree from my home country with my aunt's(a US citizen) name on it , I submitted an I-160 for B2 visa and indicated... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 29, 2021

You do not say why your application for a B1/B2 visa was denied. Such reasons may not impact an application for an F1 visa.

You should put the information relative to the woman who is your legal mother. If your aunt legally adopted you in your home country, that’s who you should put.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: FI STEM extension going to expire but didn't receive the receipt yet. Can you work on expired EAD and endorsed I-20
Nina Frances Juncewicz
Nina Frances Juncewicz answered on Jan 12, 2021

Please check the code on your EAD card as the following categories are generally eligible le for 180-day automatic extension are A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, C20, C22, C24, C31, and A12 or C19. The eligible categories are published on the USCIS Automatic EAD Extension page.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: i am a minor in the fostercare system and i want to know how to get my permit and passport without bein a citizen

i am undocumented

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Oct 8, 2020

You need to speak with your social worker. The State should be helping you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Immigration Law and Tax Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I get a driver's license in Maryland as an illegal alien who has been in the US only for a year?

Hello everyone,

I have been living in the US for just a year now. I entered with a b1 visa and overstayed it. I am aware that it is illegal but as an African, I didn't have any real chances of obtaining a residency in the US.

That said, I work hard every day hoping my American... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 3, 2020

Yes. Maryland repealed the requirement to prove legal status in the US in order to obtain a driver’s license; however, a license obtained by an illegal immigrant is not the same as a license obtained by someone with legal status. They look similar, but it is not a legal form of identification for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: How much is the consultation

for green card and passport

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Sep 25, 2020

Consultation fee depends on several factors like the attorney, the area and sometimes the issue. Its best to reach out to the particular lawyer you would like to retain.

At my law firm, we offer competitive prices and payment plans. Get in touch with me to discuss your immigration questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I am a us citizen I have been with an illegal immigrant for over 10 years we wanted to get legally married dont know how

He came here over 20 years ago no papers and I want to marry legally and he wants to become a us citizen is this possible and how do you do it?

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Sep 5, 2020

A US citizen can sponsor an illegal alien spouse who entered the country legally for a green card despite the 20 year overstay. However if the alien entered the USA illegally then you can still sponsor him after marriage but you will need to file a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the illegal... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I would like to petition my father to become a lawful resident. He is currently living here in US. What are the steps?

What are the requirements? What forms of application should we file and in what order?

Mario Musil
Mario Musil answered on Sep 2, 2020

You should discuss the specifics of your situation with a qualified immigration lawyer to make sure all the requirements and qualifications are met, for example what is his current status and how long has he been here, what is your immigration status etc. If the requirements are met, generally you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maryland on
Q: I voted on Greet Card Mistakenly

back in 2014 I took My Green card and was in MVA to apply for my Drivers Licence ,

the Lady there register me for voting and explain to me that this is my right and responsibility now, I insisted that I'm not Citizen , but she assure me that this is OK as longer I dong Vote for... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Aug 27, 2020

I have had cases where clients were registered to vote by the DMV and were forgiven. However, I have never had a client that actually voted who was forgiven. When you receive an immigration status the government expects you to educate youself on the terms of your status and what violates that... Read more »

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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