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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Applied for VISA slot in March 2024 however my employer got changed before that. How to update DS160. Please guide me

In October 2022, my visa status changed from F1 to H1B. Recently, I applied for a visa appointment in India through the DS160 form, submitted in August 2023. I have paid the visa fees and secured a slot for March 2024, opting for the DROPBOX option.

Subsequently, I have accepted a new job,... View More

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answered on Dec 12, 2023

In your situation, updating the DS-160 form to reflect your new employment is essential. Since you've already submitted the DS-160 and scheduled an appointment, you'll need to fill out a new DS-160 form with the current employer's information. This is because the DS-160 form, once... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: My wife got a misdemeanor charge against me for domestic assault. She's illegal immigrant legally married

She's legally married to me. My question is can she still get her papers. We have been working on them with our immigration lawyer. Now we have came to some personal life problems that got her sent to jail. 2 years married. Is there something we can do to fight for this as she's in... View More

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answered on Nov 23, 2023

In cases involving a misdemeanor charge, such as domestic assault, the impact on immigration processes can be significant. For someone in the process of obtaining legal status, a criminal charge can pose challenges, potentially affecting the outcome of their immigration application.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Minnesota on
Q: What is the function of an I-20? If the information on my I-20 differs from one on record previously?

Can the US Embassy change information of an international student given his or her I-20 has a different information e.g date of birth, name?

I am a returning student and I am applying for F1 Visa; can I apply with an I-20 that has a different date of birth or name, in the hopes that this... View More

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

The Form I-20 is a critical document for international students in the U.S. It confirms your acceptance into a study program at a U.S. institution and your eligibility for an F-1 visa. It also outlines your program start and end dates, field of study, and financial information.

If the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: I submitted the USCIS's AR-11 change of address form online yesterday, and I still haven't received the AR-11’s ….

confirmation number email.

2- What is the difference between the AR-11 confirmation number they send you by email and the acknowledgment letter with the AR-11 number they send you to your new address?

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answered on Oct 22, 2023

It's not unusual to experience a slight delay in receiving an email confirmation after submitting the AR-11 form online to USCIS. The email confirmation number serves as an immediate digital acknowledgment that your change of address form has been successfully submitted to USCIS. It's a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: I submitted the USCIS's AR-11 change of address form online yesterday, and I still haven't received the AR-11’s

confirmation number email.

2- What is the difference between the AR-11 confirmation number they send you by email and the acknowledgment letter with the AR-11 number they send you to your new address?

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answered on Oct 22, 2023

It's not uncommon for there to be a short delay in receiving confirmation after submitting the AR-11 form online. The confirmation number you receive by email is primarily for immediate acknowledgment that USCIS has received your online change of address submission. It provides a quick... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Minnesota on
Q: Dear all, Hi Can I travel outside USA with my greencard and my home country's passport? I was admitted as a refugee

Just wanna know if it's must to use 131a refugee travel documents or I can proceed with green card and passport from my home country

Thanks

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If you have a green card, you generally can travel outside the U.S. using your green card and the passport from your home country. However, as a refugee, there's a risk when traveling with a passport from the country of claimed persecution. If you use that passport, it may be viewed as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Hello. Does threats of violence - reckless disregard risk qualify for U- Visa?
Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Aug 9, 2023

It might, you will want to obtain a copy of the police report for an immigration attorney to review to determine which sections of law the police indicate that they investigated and as long as the crime investigated is on the list of qualifying crimes or substantially similar to a qualifying crime,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: If a person gets sponsored and accepted o to the US through the USCIS program coming from Haiti can they apply

For health insurance and other

Services in Olmsted County

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answered on Apr 18, 2023

Once a person has been sponsored and accepted through the USCIS program to come to the US, they may be eligible to apply for health insurance and other services in Olmsted County. Eligibility for such benefits and services may depend on various factors such as residency status, income, and other... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: I’m looking to apply to the USCIS program to bring a Haitian friend to Rochester Mn Have you done these forms before ?

Looking to find out if he can apply for health insurance and other benefits as well

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answered on Apr 18, 2023

To bring your Haitian friend to Rochester, MN, you will need to file a petition for a family member with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The process can be complex and may require extensive documentation, including proof of your relationship, financial support, and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Hi I am a Indian citizen Green card holder , so want to my daughter marriage on phone it’s acceptable & legal or else ?

If yes where which official authority conduct & what documents requirements for both parties.

If yes how to apply for my daughter spouse visa ?

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answered on Mar 7, 2023

It is not possible to have a legally binding marriage ceremony over the phone in California or under U.S. federal law. In order for a marriage to be legally recognized, the couple must have a physical ceremony in the presence of an authorized officiant, such as a judge, religious leader, or... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Do I need to change my job title on our website if I change the O-net description on my H-1B renewal?

Hi, I currently work as an economist under an H-1B immigrant visa. Economists fall under the O-net code 19-3011.00 on the department of labor's O-net code index. My H-1B, however, expires in June, and for the renewal application, I am changing the O-net code to 19-3099.00 which is for social... View More

Min Hwan Ahn
Min Hwan Ahn
answered on Feb 10, 2023

If you are changing the O-Net code on your H-1B renewal application, it is not necessary to change your job title with your employer or on your company's website. The O-Net code is used by the Department of Labor to classify occupations and does not determine your job title. Your job title can... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Do I need to change my job title on our website if I change the O-net description on my H-1B renewal?

Hi, I currently work as an economist under an H-1B immigrant visa. Economists fall under the O-net code 19-3011.00 on the department of labor's O-net code index. My H-1B, however, expires in June, and for the renewal application, I am changing the O-net code to 19-3099.00 which is for social... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2023

It's not necessary to change your job title on your employer's website if you change the O-net code on your H-1B renewal application. The O-net code is used by the Department of Labor to categorize different occupations and industries, and it's primarily used for statistical and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can a person be deported if they were born in other country and adopted by US citizens as a baby?

my friend has lived in the US pretty much his entire life. He was adopted by two US citizens when he was a baby and they brought him to the US as a baby. Hes had a few rough years and was convicted of some drug related stuff. He was contacted by immigration and they are trying to deport him. His... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2023

If your friend was adopted by US citizens and brought to the US as a baby, he may be eligible for US citizenship through his adoptive parents. However, the process of establishing citizenship through adoption can be complex and may require evidence to establish the legal relationship with his... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can a person be deported if they were born in other country and adopted by US citizens as a baby?

my friend has lived in the US pretty much his entire life. He was adopted by two US citizens when he was a baby and they brought him to the US as a baby. Hes had a few rough years and was convicted of some drug related stuff. He was contacted by immigration and they are trying to deport him. His... View More

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Feb 1, 2023

This might seem odd, but the answer really boils down to one question: did your friend turn 18 before or after February 28, 2001 at 12:00 a.m.? If your friend turned 18 after this February 28, 2001 cut-off, (or was born after February 28, 1978 at 12:00 a.m.) he should be able to acquire citizenship... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Proper course of action.

Our son crossed the US border in Mexicali (October 2022). His court appearance in Fort Snelling is scheduled for February 2024. He was a beneficiary of I-130 filed in 2013; however, he doesn’t have 1-90 and we cannot apply for adjustment of status. He cannot apply neither for driver’s license... View More

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Jan 16, 2023

First, your son should make sure that he keeps the immigration court updated on his address, as court dates can be changed, and the court notifies respondents of the change in court date by mailing hearing notices. If he fails to attend a scheduled court hearing, he will be ordered deported.... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can someone be deported if they are convicted of shoplifting? the person has no other convictions.

the person was charged with shoplifting about $60 of merchandise at Walmart. they have not been convicted yet but they are worried it will affect their green card.

Lilia  Alcaraz
Lilia Alcaraz
answered on Jan 9, 2023

I agree with Sarah and Susanne. Based on your information and Sarah’s analysis of Minnesota law, this individual won’t be deported for a single crime involving $60 of merchandise theft.

This person should become a naturalized U.S. citizen with the help of a lawyer. Becoming a U.S....
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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can someone be deported if they are convicted of shoplifting? the person has no other convictions.

the person was charged with shoplifting about $60 of merchandise at Walmart. they have not been convicted yet but they are worried it will affect their green card.

Susanne  Eltamimi
Susanne Eltamimi
answered on Jan 9, 2023

It will not affect their green card unless they have other prior convictions of theft or those that evince bad character or moral turpitude. This alone probably won't because of a rule called the "Petty Theft Exception," which is exactly what it sounds like: a one-time exception to... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can someone be deported if they are convicted of shoplifting? the person has no other convictions.

the person was charged with shoplifting about $60 of merchandise at Walmart. they have not been convicted yet but they are worried it will affect their green card.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Jan 10, 2023

It's important for non-citizens facing any criminal charge to consult with an Immigration Lawyer about their situation and implications on current and future immigration status. Having said that, as a Criminal Defense Lawyer, my understanding that a misdemeanor theft conviction is considered... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: can someone be deported if they are convicted of shoplifting? the person has no other convictions.

the person was charged with shoplifting about $60 of merchandise at Walmart. they have not been convicted yet but they are worried it will affect their green card.

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Jan 9, 2023

It is highly unlikely that the person will be deported under the circumstances you described. In the world of immigration law, shoplifting and other crimes of dishonesty are called "crimes involving moral turpitude" (CIMT). A conviction for a CIMT can indeed affect a person's... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can someone explain this document to me? I would like to do whatever it takes to get my fiance here... back HOME!
Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Aug 25, 2023

Unfortunately, your question is impossible to answer. What does the document address?

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