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Q: My mother is going to be a resident alien through the US Embassy in Bogota, use form I-824 for husband and child blw21.

I am a US Citizen and I petitioned my mother. Her husband is not my father and they married after I was 21 and she has 3 children under 21 (my siblings). Can my mother use form I-824 Follow to join to petition her husband and children under 21?or does my mother need to submit form I-130?

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Apr 3, 2021

As a permanent resident, your mother will need to file a relative petition on behalf of her spouse.

An experienced immigration attorney can provide you with personalized guidance to avoid delays with this case matter.

5 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Immigration Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Health Care Law for Virginia on
Q: Would it be accurate to say that any attorney who passes the bar exam know about client confidentiality?
Mr. Chad Van Horn
Mr. Chad Van Horn answered on Apr 1, 2021

The answer should be yes, but unfortunately, there is a chance that an attorney that passed the bar isn't well versed in client confidentiality.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: How long does it take to hear from USCIS after you start the naturalization process?

I attended U.S. universities and currently working through the Optional Practical Training - OPT. However, I don’t have much left and my fiancé suggested that we should just get married so I won’t have to worry about my status in the country. I’m worried about the time it would take to USCIS... Read more »

Nareshwar Singh Virdi
Nareshwar Singh Virdi answered on Feb 18, 2021

I will start with a word of caution: Marrying a US citizen with an intent of getting immigration can have adverse consequences. In terms of the generic timeline, Employment authorization can take few months in processing. I usually recommend my clients to keep at least 6-months.

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Q: Will a pending divorce cause issues when reentering the country as a permanent resident who has its 10 year card?

After various attempts on fixing our marriage we decided it was broken and divorce is the best thing for us. Will this cause me any issues?

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Dec 25, 2020

Attorneys often have concerns about ‘when’ a client will return once they have to take care of a sick relative. What starts as three weeks and last three, five, ten months or over a year. This can eventually bring into question whether a person’s permanent residence is located in the United... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Visa case status was changed from refused to ready but interview was weeks ago.

Hello. My husband had his immigrant visa interview at the us embassy in the Bahamas. His case was refused for administrative processing. He was asked to send his passport to the embassy a few weeks later and now his case status is updated to ready. What does this mean as he already had his... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Dec 1, 2020

It is not possible to advise you for sure. However, when the passport is requested it is usually so that the visa can be placed in the passport. Were arrangements made for returning the passport or picking it up at the consulate?

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Q: I have approved I-140, and now filing I-485 for me and spouse. My question. Do I need to file I-864 for my spouse?

I am an employee of the petitioning company with no stake in it. I am super confused about I-864. My employer is asking me to file I-864 for my wife, but I am not fully sure. Any help/clarification would be greatly appreciated.

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

If doing the work yourself you need to read the instructions very carefully. Yes. An I-864 needs to be filed with each I-485.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Can we put the A# on H4 EAD approval notice in place of A# asked on I-485 and I-693 forms, for a derivative applicant?

My I-140 was approved in April 2019. My filing date became current for the month of October 2020. I am filing I-485 for myself and my spouse (who is currently on H4 with approved EAD). I am currently on H1-B status. I have the following questions regarding filing for AOS, and it would be great if... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Oct 6, 2020

1. Yes.

2. Put the one from the I-140 on the form itself, but add any additional A#s to an addendum or extra info page.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I have 10 years green card got it through marriage but divorced after 2 years after of green card apply for citizenship

I'm a permanent resident and got divorced 2 years after getting my 10 years green card. I got my green card through my husband and also have a child after marriage.

But now i am divorced and separated.

I will apply for naturalization after completing 5 years residency but a... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jul 22, 2020

Based on the inforrmation you have provided you may apply for your naturalization.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: are you willing to consult me with crcl/dhs matter?so i need to send a statement letter from DHS/CRCL office.

a response has been made for my complaint matter by DHS/CRCL in june 11 20,they referred me to a lawyer to consult.

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Jun 17, 2020

Hello, give me a call today, I would like to know more about this issue and can possibly help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: How do I find that my wife might had used my identity without my concern to file a I-130 and I-864 for her mother?

I am a US citizen and my wife is a naturalized US citizen from Philippines. My wife never had a stable job or good credit history. I have a stable job with US military and good credit history. My wife and I are not in good terms for a while started our divorce process now. She has several... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 2, 2020

You can't. It is your wife's I-130 petition, not yours. That said, it seems like you should divorce her.

Note, If you never signed the I-864a or I-864 form, then you certainly have a defense. Your wife may have even secured a different joint sponsor for her mom. In general, the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Good Day, I am permenent resident in US. How can I bring my 16 years old sister into the US?
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on May 22, 2020

Even if you were a US citizen it would take many many years. First get your citizenship and then file.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: if an immigrant has children born in the US and they hit the immigrant does the immigrant qualify for visa?

my mother is suffering from domestic violence from my sister does she qualify for visa?

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on May 1, 2020

Domestic violence is a “qualifying” crime for U visa eligibility. In your case, the incident must first be reported to the police and a police report must be generated. Afterwards a “certification” must be requested from the police. Once the “certification” is issued then the FORM I-918... Read more »

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Q: My friend new green card came in He's abroad but because of Covid-19 he can't come back now the extension expires in May

Will there be any problems re-entering the U.S.?

Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on Apr 14, 2020

He'll need the green card that came in. Also, it depends on what country he's returning from. Some countries are blocked, while others will require a 2 week self-quarantine.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: can I used same i130 to refile 485 that’s been denied in 2014

I have an approved i130 since 2012 ,but my 485 was denied because the dhs asked for certified disposition for two cases which they got dismissed and the sponsor didn’t meet the standards, and now I have to go for master hearing in front of judge cuz ice put me in removal proceedings, I would like... Read more »

Svetlana Kats
Svetlana Kats answered on Mar 6, 2020

Yes, you can use previously approved I-130 in Court. Just ask judge to schedule your adjustment of status hearing and submit your previously approved I-130 petition together with the documents showing that you are still married to the petitioner and your marriage is bona file. You will also need to... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Can my daughter marry a young man who is here under daca and has been for 15 years?

My daughter has been dating a young man who is a daca participant. He’s from Guatemala. He has no criminal record. He graduated from high school and is now 20 I’m concerned about their future is there a path to citizenship? Would they be safe to marry?

Deron Edward Smallcomb
Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on Feb 27, 2020

Your daughter is free to marry anyone she chooses. The question is, what benefits are available to her fiance once married? This situation should be discussed, in detail, with an experienced immigration attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Does a valid advance parole allow you to enter the U.S. without a valid I-20?

I am an F1 international student who has applied for marriage-based green card. I am set to receive my advance parole soon and I intend to go abroad over the summer. My I-20 expires in May, and the earliest I can get another one from my new school is in July. My f1 expires next year. If I travel... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Feb 24, 2020

The advance parole document issued by USCIS will allow you to present yourself at a U.S. port of entry to request entry and admission to the U.S.

CBP will assess at that time if you are admissible to the U.S.

The FORM I-20 may be immaterial if you are not seeking entry as an F-1 visa holder.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Immigration Law and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: The JCE in an EB-5 case is terminated during I-526. Will our case be denied? Can I get back my money? What should I do?

The LLC that we have invested fund in our EB-5 case, has terminated. Our case is still waiting on response from USCIS for I-526. The case has been received in 2016 and I don't know when the company is terminated.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Consult an immigration attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I'm currently received SSDI benefit due to mental health problem. Is it okay for my to sponsor a wife from Viet Nam?

I'm on SSDI benefit due to mental health problem and I would like to sponsor a wife from Viet Nam to the United state. My parents can cosign the income for the affidavit of financial to help me sponsor my wife. I do not want to lose my benefit. Is it okay for me to sponsor a wife while... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 26, 2020

Yes but you will need a co sponsor to file an affidavit of support.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Confused with I-864 and I-864EZ.

I am sponsoring my spouse as a permanent resident and her interview is in two days. I completed NVC review process few months before with I-864 form but few days before I found that I need to fill I-864EZ form. Is it ok to take both the form I-864 and I-864EZ during interview or carrying just... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 14, 2020

You should be OK with the I-864.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I am a legal resident in the USA as a student my daughter is US Citizen as she was born here, due to her urgent medical

due to her medical emergency she was admitted in hospital and we had to apply medicaid . Our question is will she taking medicaid effect our green card process as we never took medicaid only her being US citizen. ? ?

Laurel Deborah Scott
Laurel Deborah Scott answered on Dec 31, 2019

No. As long as you truthfully answered questions about your income on her Medicaid application, you should be fine. Public benefits received by US citizen family members is not part of the public charge analysis for the intending immigrant or nonimmigrant. It's only if the foreign national... Read more »

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