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Q: Is it possible for me to travel to Norway to renew my visa and come back to America before or during janurary?
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jul 2, 2020

A non expired Visa is only required to enter the country whereas the i94 card/stamp controls your authorized duration of status. They are 2 separate things. More information is needed as to what is expiring and what the reasons are for your exit and reentry strategy are. Discuss with counsel.

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Q: Would any one have any contact for pro bono lawyers in South Africa (Pretoria) for US citizens

One of my US citizen friends is currently in Pretoria and has urgent legal trouble. He has contacted the US consulate for weeks, which at this time is only overwhelmed and has provided no help. thank you

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 22, 2020

There is an organization - Pretoria Society of Advocates. They are known as the Pretoria Bar. They could be a starting point in your friend's search. If they do not know of such attorneys or resources on how to locate them, maybe they could direct your friend to a different bar association or... Read more »

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Q: I'm in process of filling N400 and I realized never singed up for selective service. how can I prove Wasn't aware of it

I've been married to US spouse for the last 3 years and I'm in the process of filling N400 and I just realized never applied to selective service since I never heard of it. I got my green card when I was 24 years old and I am currently 26 years. What should I do ?

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 17, 2020

You may have to wait a bit longer, unless you unknowingly registered at the time that you consular processed your visa. If you filed for adjustment of status, then you were obligated to take action. I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration... Read more »

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Q: For green card process through spouse. With all documents in hand, would a i-94 be required?

Very basic status. Green card through spouse (me as citizen husband) and (spouse is the person for green card) no criminal background, has daca and came to states as a B2 visitor, and has been here for years.

Have all applications in hand for process, just wanted to confirm if the specific... Read more »

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

Hey, Call me ASAP before you submit that application. Marriage based greencard is my main practice area.

If you are referring to the 1-944, it is definitely a big part of adjusting status since 02/24/2020

If you are asking about the i-94 arrival/Departure history that is also a big...
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Q: I am currently stuck in the US due to the covid outbreak the borders of my country are closed. What are my options

They are reopening I am currently stuck in the US due to the coronavirus outbreak the borders of my country are closed. they are reopening this week, however the flights that were once available are being cancelled. this is very unstable and my stay is ending July 11th. I do not want to overstay on... Read more »

Ms Grace I Gardiner
Ms Grace I Gardiner answered on Jun 2, 2020

Once the borders were closed you should and still could file the extension of stay and keep a copy of the filing should any issues arise in the future. Feel free to call for a consultation

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Q: Can a permanent resident enter the US without a green card but using a combo card?

I visited my sick mom with an emergency parole for 30days. I came within the time period and received my combo card which is valid for a year without any conditions. I also got a "paroled" stamp on my passport nearly valid for an year when I entered with the parole document. I went back... Read more »

Mario Musil
Mario Musil answered on May 19, 2020

Once your green card is approved, your parole document or EAD card are no longer valid. You will need to show your green card to re-enter the US.

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Q: My wife is currently applying for US Citizenship. Will receiving unemployment benefits affect her application?

She is on furlough.

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Apr 26, 2020

U.S. residents can apply and receive unemployment benefits if all of the state requirements are fulfilled. You must be authorized to work at the time you apply for the benefit and throughout the time you receive the benefit. In certain states you must have completed calendar quarters before you... Read more »

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Q: What are the forms/apps to apply for the Green Card through the spouse in the year 2020? (Forms i485 & sup) any other?

Married to my wife (nom-U.S resident) who only has work permit at this time. We wish to begin process to apply for the Green Card this year 2020. I am aware we must complete the i485 and i believe i130?

Though just wanted to confirm. Legal entry to America as well.

(She has... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Apr 20, 2020

You indicated in your posting that your spouse is a DACA recipient.

You also indicated in your updated posting that your spouse has a lawful entry into the U. S.

If you are a U.S. citizen , then you can file the FORM I-130/I-130A on behalf of your spouse.

The FORM I-485...
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Q: On question 19 of N400 does weapons training include being shown how to use one at a indoor firing range?
Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on Apr 19, 2020

This is more like some class or official training, like in the military or armed security guard. Just taking a lesson on how to use one is not what the question is asking.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What are the forms/apps to apply for the Green Card through the spouse in the year 2020? (Forms i485 & sup) any other?

Married to my wife (nom-U.S resident) who only has work permit at this time. We wish to begin process to apply for the Green Card this year 2020. I am aware we must complete the i485 and i believe i130?

Though just wanted to confirm. Legal entry to America as well.

(She has... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Apr 16, 2020

You indicated in your posting that your spouse is a DACA recipient. Unless your spouse has a lawful entry into the U. S. , the FORM I-485 can not be filed with the FORM I-130.

If per chance that a lawful entry has been recorded with DHS and your spouse is otherwise not inadmissible then...
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Q: Hello, My wife is currently pregnant and she's outside of US. what happens if she's not able to comeback in time?

Hello,

My wife currently is pregnant and due date is June of 2020; She's permanent Resident of US but she's currently located in Moscow, Russia; Im US Citizen currently in US. Due to COVID-19 the travel is restricted now and she might not be able to return to US in time to deliver... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Apr 9, 2020

It is highly likely that your child will be born a US citizen in Russia, and it will just be a matter of registering his/her birth abroad at the consulate or embassy.

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Q: My US L1 visa denied amid the Covid outbreak, Is there any way i can get extension.

I am requires to go back as soon as the flights ban to India is over, i have 2 kids and wanted to know what are the options to stay here until the health crisis of coronavirus is over. I am also not able to work and is out of pay.

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Apr 1, 2020

You can try to change your status, but it is unlikely that you will be able to find a status that will allow you to remain in the US and work, under the circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I sign a temporary contract with a company meanwhile another company (no contract sign) is sponsorin my green card?

Hi,

A future employer is arranging me my green card; they are paying immigration lawyers and all. We already sent all the documents, paid fees, and I will have my biometrics next week. I will sign a contract as soon I have the GC. The process is taking time and in the meanwhile my current... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 18, 2020

Your fact pattern involves an employment/ labor law issue and immigration law issues. I highly recommend that you consult with a labor law attorney to assess your obligations prior to entering into an employment agreement with your current employer. You also should seek guidance from an experienced... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I, a minor, marry someone without my parents consent?

I’m a 16yrs Brazilian who currently lives in Mass with my parents, they have a Student visa, who which I’m dependent. Since I came here, I came out as gay, and they never were really well receptive. I have a boyfriend, and a whole new life in here, me and my bf are fearing that my parents want... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 4, 2020

You can not marry in Massachusetts without parental consent if under the age of 18. You should visit with an experienced immigration attorney and a family law attorney for specific guidance.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can non green card holders legally sell items on online marketplaces?

My family has applied for a green card years back but still dont have it. I am interested in selling some items on a site called StockX.com, in which people can buy and sell clothing and footwear. It is similar to Ebay and Facebook marketplace in which items are sold and bought by individual... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Feb 22, 2020

It is unclear whether you will be able to adjust status, which may be more important to you. This may depend upon whether you somehow qualify based upon Section 245i. Was the original petition filed by April 30, 2001? In general, a person is not allow to work in the U.S. without employment... Read more »

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Q: Can two completely unrelated employers file for my H1B for year 2021?

I have received job offer from a company which is ready to sponsor and apply for my visa even before I join. While my current employer is also planning on filing for me. Both are unrelated organizations. Will this cause any problem during or after the lottery process this year?

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Feb 13, 2020

In the past two different employers were able to file the FORMI-129H on behalf of the same beneficiary. However, the filing procedures are not entirely set for the FY 2021 filings. USCIS will release instructions regarding the employer registration process in a few weeks.

Good luck to you.

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Q: I am a gay male living in MA... I would like to know how to get my fiance here from Ghana to marry and live here.

We have been communicating for 7 years via facebook, skype, and phone calls Daily.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 30, 2020

You can sponsor him for his fiancé visa but you must show that you have physically met him within two years of filing. There are other options that you can explore. Discuss with counsel anywhere in the USA.

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Q: Hello, I want to bring my fiancé of 2 years from Ethiopia to Boston so we can get married and would like so assistance.

I've known her since 2011 and have visited her and her family many times. We have been engaged for 2 years and I want her to come to Boston so we can get married and I want her to stay with me in Boston. What is the best way to get this done?

Ms Grace I Gardiner
Ms Grace I Gardiner answered on Jan 13, 2020

You can file a fiancé visa and once she arrives you can get married within 90 days and then apply for the green card

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Q: I'm a F1 visa with 3 F2 dependents. My petitioner-sister/US Citizen, sent I-130 for me. When should I file I-485?

Do I file I-485 for each, self and 3 dependents?

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 2, 2020

With regards to when you should file: It depends when your sister sent the petition. It also depends on your country of origin. Go to:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin.html

and select the most recent visa bulletin. Page down to “Dates for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I married in PR get divorced in Springfield, MA. I will like to know if divorced is recognized and valid for immigration
Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Dec 21, 2019

Any legal divorce granted by a court with proper jurisdiction over the parties in the US should be recognized for immigration purposes.

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