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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: 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: 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: 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

A tourist visa allows the foreign national only to temporarily visit the US and return home. If your intention is to visit the US on a B visa and then adjust status to get your green card, that would be immigration fraud. However, if your intent is to just visit but after you enter the US you later... 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

One of the worst ways to end an engagement is to indefinitely disqualify yourself for lawful immigration. Affirmatively lying to the US government is a problem.

The information provided by these two attorneys is consistent. However, getting into a mess as a result can prove heartbreaking....
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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
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 22, 2024

Debts or being behind on child support can potentially affect the acceptance of a marriage or fiancé visa, as they may raise concerns about financial stability and ability to support oneself or a family member in the United States. However, each case is evaluated individually, and the impact of... 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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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

The fiancé visa and the spousal visa process at about the same speed. You can marry in Ecuador and begin the processing state side. If you don’t have the minimum level of income or assets to sponsor him, you can engage a joint sponsor.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
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 6, 2024

Good Morning,

If you seek to divorce your spouse, your primary attorney filing the divorce should 100% be a divorce attorney; however, if you have concerns about your wife's legal status if she has a pending beneficiary petition, or any other immigration issues at play, I would...
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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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