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Q: Can you tell me more about the Liberian Refugee green card. I am from Jamaica living in the United States since 2010
Patricia C. Wall-Santiago
Patricia C. Wall-Santiago answered on Jan 15, 2020

You must meet ALL of the following requirements:

1. You properly file Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status by Dec. 20, 2020;

2. You are a national of Liberia;

3. You have been continuously physically present in the United States during the period...
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Q: Hello, Does anyone know Ohio's laws regarding providing non-legal immigration services?

For example, according to USCIS, Anyone is allowed to give you limited help such as read you the form, translate information, write down information that you provide to complete the form, and help gather documents such as birth certificates necessary for the application. I fully understand this... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jan 8, 2020

The USCIS warns people to seek accredited representatives and those who are licensed to practice law. Otherwise, people have been known to get into trouble.

When someone advises and instructs you on how to do a legal process, such as selecting the proper forms and helping you answer the...
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Q: My boyfriend was arrested for a DUI. They have him on ICE hold, yet all his visa info is valid. What are our options?

This is the first time hes ever been in trouble here and I have his bail. His court date was set but I cant bail him out until the hold is lifted. Since his visa is valid, how can they still legally have a hold on him? What else can I do to get him out?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 3, 2019

You really ought to hire an attorney to help you with this.

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Q: Can I marry girlfriend who overstayed her visa in Ohio?

Me and my girlfriend have been together for four years now and I would like to marry her. she has SSN but she doesn't have ID. Can I still marry her? Is it possible that she might get arrest?

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Aug 31, 2019

If you are a US citizen and her sponsoring husband, and she entered the country legally, she may be able to adjust status to get her green card despite that she has overstayed her visa. Discuss with counsel about other issues that could be a bar to admission like criminal history, health issues,... Read more »

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Q: How can I verify if this is real?

A friend of mine is in Nigeria, he states that he doesn't have a phone, but has been allowed access to a computer to email me. He is being held at a police station because the woman who was helping him with a place to live died... he told me of suspected poisoning. Then he is saying that they will... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 26, 2019

That's almost certainly a scam. Call your friend. Just because the scam artist says your friend doesn't have a phone doesn't mean he doesn't have a phone. He will probably pick up and be like "ah, I'm not in jail."

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Q: Ask about can spouse who citizen can take green card?

Hello everyone... I want to ask, is that true if the spouse who citizen can take spouse who holds green card (they already marriage 7 years)? If can with what condition?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 10, 2019

Are you asking if the citizen spouse can take away their husband or wife’s green card? No. They are not allowed to do that.

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Q: B2 visa multiple visit with in 2months

Hi mom has b2 visa issued in 2014, she visited me in 2014 for 6 months. Her second visit was on 4rd nov 2018 to 3rd may 2019 to help me with my newborn. Recently I got job and want my mom’s help so booked a ticket for her 28th June 2019(58 days after she left USA). Is there a chance she can be... Read more »

Julie C Hancock
Julie C Hancock answered on Jun 26, 2019

There is always a chance anyone will be denied entry at port; however, unless there is some other issue present, this does not seem likely in this scenario. Without speaking to you to understand the details and any potential issues your mom could face at the border, I cannot provide a more... Read more »

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Q: Can a permanent resident get emancipated without fear of deportation?

I’m a minor who wants to be emancipated when I graduate at 17 and 4 months old. My father and I are permanent residents. If I can completely support myself by graduation and petition the court for emancipation, will I have a chance for them to allow it? Will I be an illegal immigrant then because... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 24, 2019

Ohio does not provide for emancipation in most situations. Here is more information:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

When you turn 18, you are then legally an adult. Use the Find a...
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Q: Must I return to Europe after petition approval?

Good morning, I got married to a us citizen in August last year in the US. I am a German citizen. I went back to Europe after our wedding and returned to the US in October 2018. We filled i130, i485 and i765 concurrently in November. Since then we have been waiting for approval. The petition got... Read more »

Sheri A Benchetrit
Sheri A Benchetrit answered on May 9, 2019

Sounds like something is amiss. Generally when you file an I 130 I 485 package you have your interview for both your I 130 and I 485 at the same time, at your local field office inside of the U.S. Usually you will receive an answer as to both the I 130 and the I 485, although not necessarily at... Read more »

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Q: I have a green card,I had test for my citizen test today they Said to send them police report after that sending decxsio
Yanky Perelmuter
Yanky Perelmuter answered on Feb 21, 2019

As part of the requirements for citizenship a person must show they possess good moral character during the statutory period leading up to their application for naturalization. The officer is likely requesting your police records to determine whether you meet the standard of a person of good moral... Read more »

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Q: I misdemeanor of first degree , and I have citizenship , does it effect mg immigration?
Yanky Perelmuter
Yanky Perelmuter answered on Feb 21, 2019

A criminal conviction will not impact your status as a United State citizen.

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Q: Will my F1-visa renewal be denied?

I am from India. I am currently doing my PhD in US and I have lived in US for 5.5 years. I earned Master's degree in the first 2 years, I worked on OPT for the next two years and joined PhD program in August 2017. While I was working on OPT, my employer applied for H1-B in April 2017 and my... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 17, 2018

As long as you are completely honest with USCIS, and legitimately in a PhD program, it is unlikely it will be issue. People nearing the end of their education are usually also looking for jobs and sometimes change course whether it is leaving a PhD program to accept a good job offer, or deciding... Read more »

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Q: My fiance's K-1 visa was denied - is there a way to appeal ASAP?
Yanky Perelmuter
Yanky Perelmuter answered on Dec 7, 2018

It depends. Was the denial at USCIS or at the Embassy/Consulate? If the denial was of form I-129f then you can appeal. If the denial was at the embassy you cannot appeal. You will have a limited time to act. She can reapply for a visa at the Embassy/Consulate if it is still in the validity period... Read more »

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Q: conditional green card received 2 month back through marriage now filling divorce with a 4 month old baby

so i received my green card through marriage around 2 months back and we broke up now we have a four month old baby, so if i file for divorce what is the possible way i can still have the valid green card, and can i take the shared physical custody of the child and stay here or what is the best way... Read more »

Yanky Perelmuter
Yanky Perelmuter answered on Nov 19, 2018

You can file an I-751 with a waiver of the joint filing requirement. This will allow you to remove the conditions on your green card and receive Permanent Residency without conditions. Each case has specific issues that may arise in the process.

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Q: I read Trump wants to take citizenship away from babies that are born in the US to foreign parents.

How likely is that to happen during this presidential term?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 18, 2018

It’s not very likely. Legal scholars largely agree that birth right citizenship is a constitutional guarantee. The President cannot change the constitution on his own.

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Q: My fiance is an immigrant in Italy originally from Ghana. What is best way to bring him here to the USA?
Yanky Perelmuter
Yanky Perelmuter answered on Sep 28, 2018

The proper option is the K1 fiance visa. You will need to file an I-129f with USCIS. You will need to include the correct evidence and filing fees - the form instructions are extremely helpful in providing that information. Once your petition is approved your fiance can apply for visa to enter the... Read more »

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Q: HI I have been here in USA 9 month , with 2 years green card I stayed with my wife 2 month then she kick me out

And now I have 7 month not with her

But we both decide to back to eat other

My question is that will be hard to get ten years green card

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2018

It doesn't help that you split for a while. They give you the two year conditional to see if the marriage is for real or just a way to secure entry into the US. But it isn't the end of the world either, particularly if you are back together and never started divorce proceedings or had a legal... Read more »

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Q: Will someone here on a visa who gets a traffic ticket get deported?
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Jun 29, 2018

No, a traffic ticket is not a crime, and is not a ground for deportation.

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Q: Am I a dual citizen?

I was born in the Philippines to an unmarried US Citizen Dad and Philippine citizen mother. I have my US citizenship now, a US Consular Birth certificate of being born abroad and currently reside in the US. I was wondering if I still had my Philippine citizenship. I have done nothing to renounce... Read more »

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Jun 28, 2018

Probably not. You need to contact the closest Philippine Consulate to inquire.

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Q: deported from Ohio in attempt to sell marijuana 9 1/2 years ago can I come back? I’m married to an American w/a son
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Jun 28, 2018

This is going to be very difficult. A conviction for the sale of a controlled substance may render you permanently inadmissible. You may want to contact a criminal lawyer to see if you can either get your conviction "vacated" or if you can get a "pardon" from the Governor of Ohio.

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