Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Tagged: Family-Based Immigration

Visa Bulletin Predictions: November 2018 and Beyond!

Each month a representative from the American Immigration Lawyers Association meets with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the visa bulletin curtain, to get a sense of how the priority dates may advance (or not!) in the coming months. In October’s meeting, Charlie made the following observations and predictions: Family-based preference categories: All of the final […]

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Heads Up! You May Be Able to File Your I-485 As of 10/1/2018!

The question of when a person can submit the I-485 to apply for a green card is one of the trickier aspects of US immigration law to understand. Since October 2015, the Department of State  has published two charts for the family-based categories, and two charts for the employment-based categories. The first chart is called […]

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Double Down: New Dangers of Deportation Even for Legal Immigrants- Proceed with Great Caution

These are difficult times in the US immigration landscape, even for foreign nationals who are in the US legally. We often hear in the news about the separation of children whose parents are seeking asylum in the US, the de-naturalization task force, or processing backlogs. We hear less in the news about the new restrictionist, […]

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Form I-485: Latest Victim of USCIS Form Changes

USCIS has a habit of making sweet and short forms much longer and more complicated. This is not to say that just because a form is short, it’s less complex. If you have dealt with US immigration before, you know that completing the forms correctly can make or break a case. In recent months, USCIS […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions – June 2017 and Beyond

The man behind the visa bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, has recently shared some of his predictions and insights into the visa bulletin with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The highlights include: EB-1 and EB-2 Worldwide: There has been a “dramatic” increase in the demand in these categories, and there may be a cut-off date over […]

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Can I Visit the US While the I-130 Petition Is In Process?

When we assist couples or families with the I-130 petition and consular processing, or the K-1 fiancée visa, clients often ask if the foreign national family member can enter the US to visit while the petition is in process, or while waiting for the consular processing portion of the process to play out. Our answer […]

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Conditional Residence: How to Remove the Conditions of a Marriage-Based Green Card

What is Conditional Residence? When a US citizen spouse or permanent resident petitions for a green card for their foreign national spouse and the couple has been married for less than two years as of the time the residency is approved, USCIS will grant conditional residence. When a person has conditional residence, the green card […]

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Trump’s Election: What Does This Mean for US Immigration?

For months now I have been fielding questions about how US immigration policies may be affected if Donald Trump is elected as president of the US. Those questions have of course intensified the past several days since the election results.  The questions have stemmed from people feeling scared, nervous, fearful, sad, and shocked, among other […]

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We Know What Country You Are From; Now You Know Where (Our Ancestors) Are From!

Are you sick of your immigration attorney always asking you what your ethnicity is? Do you ever wish you could turn the tables and ask them? Well now you can! The staff of Sumner Immigration Law recently completed AncestryDNA kits to provide results on their ethnicities and discover where their ancestors originated. This was part […]

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Social Media & Immigration: Harmful or Helpful?

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting a few months ago, amid questions surrounding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) visa screening process, a number of news sources published articles discussing DHS’ “secret” policy prohibiting review of visa applicants’ social media footprint. Many of those articles discuss whether or not analysts and adjudicators at […]

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