Rule Revisions for H-2B Case Guest Worker Cases

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The New York Times ran an article by Julia Preston on February 11, 2012 titled “Rules Revised for H-2b Guest Worker Program”. (The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs.)

“The H-2b program has long been used by any kinds of seasonal, mostly small, businesses, including seafood fishermen and processors amusement parks and hotels and landscapers”.

The new rules which will take effect on April 23,2012, would “strengthen protection for those (foreign) workers and also spur recruitment of Americans for such jobs.

There were 575 pages worth of rules. “The changes were hailed by advocates for guest workers, who said they would make it more difficult for businesses to exploit vulnerable foreign migrants and hire them to undercut Americans”.

The article goes on to explain how the new rules will affect employers, foreign workers and american workers.

An example of how the new rules will help protect foreign workers is found in the next to last paragraph of the article. “The new rules bar foreign recruiters from charging fees to workers who will come to the United States under the H-2B program.  The Labor Department is seeking to eliminate foreign recruiters who saddle migrants with debts before they arrive in the United States, which workers struggle to pay on their wages here.”

It appears that these new rules will help both American and foreign workers.

Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento H-1b attorney with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 916-760-7270 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and your options. He can help you come up with a plan for your Immigration case.
The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every Immigration case is different. Please contact an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
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Is Your Facebook Account Hurting Your Application for a Green Card?

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Little known secrets of fiancé visa and green card interviews from an attorney with 20 years of experience

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The New York Times recently ran an article  titled “Facebook is Using You” by Lori Andrews.  In the article it said that “material mined online has been used against people battling for child custody or defending themselves in criminal cases.  LexisNexis has a product called Accurint for Law Enforcement, which gives government agents information about what people do on social networks.  The Internal Revenue Service searches Facebook and MySpace for evidence of tax evaders’ income and whereabouts, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been known to scrutinize photos and posts to confirm family relationships or weed out sham marriages….”

If you are applying for a green card or if you are filing any immigration case you may wish to review your social media accounts to make sure that everything is in order.   The last thing you want is for your facebook account to give the appearance that your petition or your application is false in any way.

Lawrence Gruner is a Stockton Immigration Attorney with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 209-390-4455 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and your options.   He can help you come up with a plan for your Immigration case.  This post is under Stockton Immigration Lawyer

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every Immigration case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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May I Obtain a K-1 Visa for My Fiancee if I am Not a US Citizen?

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How not to rely on advice given by friends, family, and surprisingly Immigration information officers
How every document you file with USCIS can affect you and your family for years.
Little known secrets of fiancé visa and green card interviews from an attorney with 20 years of experience

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I would like to file a K-1 Fiancee visa petition for my fiancée.  However, I only have a green card.  Can I apply for the Fiance Visa  anyway?

One of the requirements for obtaining a K-1 Fiancee visa is that the petitioner must be a United States Citizen.  If you only have a green card then you cannot have a K-1 fiance visa approved.  If you qualify for citizenship (you should talk to an Immigration Attorney to make sure that you do qualify) then you should seriously consider filing for your US Citizenship.  Do not file your K-1 fiancee visa petition until you actually have become a United States Citizen.  If, for some reason you do not qualify to become a US Citizen then in order to bring your fiance into the United States you would have to marry your fiance and then do a marriage based visa.  The waiting period, if you follow this route, will be substantially longer.

This post is under Fiance Visa Attorney and Fiance Visa Lawyer . This article is just a basic introduction to this topic. You should seek a competent Immigration Attorney to review your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with your case.

Lawrence Gruner is an Immigration Attorney with almost 20 years of experience. He handles Immigration cases throughout  the United States and the World. He may be reached toll free at 888-801-6558. He would be happy to talk to you about all of your immigration options and help you put together an immigration plan.

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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If My Permanent Green Card Expires Am I Out of Status?

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No. If you are a permanent green card holder and your green card has expired then you are not out of status. The green card itself is only evidence that you are a permanent resident. If the permanent green card expires you are still a permanent green card holder. This is not true, by the way, of a conditional green card holder. If you have a conditional green card you must take the steps necessary to make sure you timely remove the conditions on your green card. You need to ensure that you make your conditional green card a permanent green card. Failure to do so can lead to loss of your status and also to removal (deportation) proceedings.

Lawrence Gruner is an Immigration Attorney with almost 20 years of experience. This post is under green card attorney stockton. He handles Immigration cases throughout California, the United States and the World. He may be reached toll free at 888-801-6558 or at 209-390-4455

This article is just a basic introduction to this topic. Immigration laws can and do change. You should seek a competent Immigration Attorney to review your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with your case.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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Hope for Undocumented Aliens Wanting To Obtain Their Green Cards

 In her excellent January 6, 2012 New York Times article “Tweak In Rule To Ease a Path to Green Card”, Julia Preston writes about an Obama administration proposal which could “encourage Americans to come forward to apply to bring illegal immigrant relatives into the system….”

Under the current law, certain undocumented aliens (those who entered the United States illegally not someone who entered legally and overstayed his visa) who has an American Citizen as a parent or spouse cannot obtain a green card unless the undocumented alien returns to his home country.
However, once the undocumented alien leaves the United States he will be automatically barred from returning to the United States for 3 to 10 years unless he obtains a waiver. (Check with an Immigration Attorney to see if you are subject to a 3 or 10 year bar. Attorney consultations are confidential and some Immigration Attorneys will not charge you for a consultation).
These waivers have, in many cases, been time consuming and very difficult to obtain. Many undocumented aliens have been unwilling to take this risk. (If you entered the United States illegally and have married a US citizen or have a US citizen parent do not file any paperwork with USCIS until you speak to an Immigration Attorney.)
However, under this proposal these undocumented aliens would be able to “obtain a provisional waiver in the United States, before they leave for their countries to pick up their visas. Having the waiver in hand will allow them to depart knowing that they will almost certainly be able to return, officials said. The agency is also seeking to sharply streamline the process to cut down the wait times for visas to a few weeks at most Obama administration officials announced on Friday that they will propose a fix to a notorious snag in immigration law that will spare hundreds of thousands of American citizens from prolonged separations from immigrant spouses and children.”
It is important to note that this is a proposal at this stage. “Agency officials, speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday before the proposal was formally announced, stressed that this was only the beginning of a long regulatory process that they hoped to complete by issuing a new rule before the end of this year. “
Hopefully, by the end of the year this rule will be in effect. In the meantime, if you are here illegally speak to an Immigration Attorney about your Immigration options.
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Attorney with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 916-760-7270 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and your options. This post is under Sacramento Immigration Lawyer
The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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Can I Make a Copy of My Green Card?

Free Reports to read BEFORE you decide to file an Immigration case or to hire an Immigration Attorney.
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How you can always represent yourself in an Immigration Case
That not all Immigration Attorneys are the same
The questions you should always ask your Immigration Attorney before you hire him
How Immigration cases can be needlessly delayed or denied and what you can do to avoid that fate.
How not to rely on advice given by friends, family, and surprisingly Immigration information officers
How every document you file with USCIS can affect you and your family for years.
Little known secrets of fiancé visa and green card interviews from an attorney with 20 years of experience

Not only can you make a copy, you should make a copy of the front and back of your green card. You are required to have your green card in your possession. In the event your green card is lost or stolen it will be easier to obtain a replacement green card if you have a copy of your green card.

This article is just a basic introduction to this topic. You should seek a competent Immigration Attorney to review your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with your case.

Lawrence Gruner is a green card attorney with almost 20 years of experience. He handles Immigration cases throughout California, the United States and the World. He may be reached toll free at 888-801-6558.

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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My Green Card Has Not Arrived. What Do I Do?

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I had my green card interview 2 months ago. The Immigration Officer told me that I was approved and that I should receive my green card in about 30 days. However, it has not arrived. What should I do?

This happens. You should go online at http://www.USCIS.gov and make an INFO pass appointment to make sure that your card was not sent to the wrong address. The officer at the INFO pass appointment can check if your green card was mailed and to what address it was mailed. This should resolve your problem. However, if it does not then you should contact an immigration attorney for help in your matter.

Lawrence Gruner is an Immigration attorney with almost 20 years of experience. This post is under green card attorney reno.
My office would be happy to talk to you for free about your Immigration case and all of your immigration options. You may call us toll free at 888-801-6558

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Immigration laws and requirements do change and different laws can apply to your case. Immigration cases can be very complicated. Every case is different. You should talk to a competent Immigration Attorney prior to proceeding with any Immigration case.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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When To Renew Your Green Card

Free Reports to read BEFORE you decide to file an Immigration case or to hire an Immigration Attorney.
These reports will save you time and money.
Read These Reports to Learn:
How you can always represent yourself in an Immigration Case
That not all Immigration Attorneys are the same
The questions you should always ask your Immigration Attorney before you hire him
How Immigration cases can be needlessly delayed or denied and what you can do to avoid that fate.
How not to rely on advice given by friends, family, and surprisingly Immigration information officers
How every document you file with USCIS can affect you and your family for years.
Little known secrets of fiancé visa and green card interviews from an attorney with 20 years of experience

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Although permanent residency itself does not expire the actual permanent residency cards “green cards”, which have been issued since 1989, do expire. If you have a green card which has been issued since 1989 you will notice an expiration date on your green card.  Under Current Law you must renew your green card every 10 years.

You are required by law to carry evidence of your immigration status at all times (a valid unexpired green card). If your green card is not current then you are violating the law.  By having an expired green card you can also run into the problems: e.g. you will have problems proving that you are eligible to work in the United States; and you will have a hard time re-entering the United States from trips abroad. If your green card is expired and you wish to travel please consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before you leave the United States.

If you are in the United States and your green card has expired or is about to expire then file form I-90.  You cannot do this unless you are within the 6 month window of when your green card is going to expire. This may be done via email.  Visit the USCIS website for the form.

If you are outside of the United States then you will handle the matter differently.  According to USCIS, these are the ways you should handle a green card renewal if you are outside the United States:

If you are outside the United States and your green card will expire within 6 months (but you will return within one year of your departure from the United States and before the card expires) you should file for your renewal card as soon as you return to the United States.

If you are outside the United States when the card expires and you have not applied for the renewal card prior to your departure, you should contact the nearest US consulate, USCIS office, or US port of entry before attempting to file Form I-90 for a renewal green card.

At present, it is taking between 3-12 months to obtain your green card renewal.  This timeline can change. While you are waiting for your green card renewal you will receive a temporary proof of status from USCIS.

This blog post does not pertain to conditional permanent residents.  If you are a conditional permanent resident then instead of applying for green card renewal you need to file your I-751.  This needs to be filed in the 90 day period prior to your green card expiring in order to stay in status and not risk removal (deportation) proceedings being started against you.  There can be problems in this area so you should at least consult with an immigration attorney before you file the I-751.

You should also consider becoming a naturalized US Citizen.  However, if you apply for naturalization you put your green card on the line.  If your naturalization case is denied you can also lose your green card.  Therefore, it is always highly recommended that you review your immigration history with a competent immigration lawyer prior to applying to become a naturalized United States Citizen.

Lawrence Gruner is a San Diego Immigration Lawyer  with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 619-717-8516 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and your options. This post is under Green Card Attorney San Diego and Green Card Lawyer San Diego.

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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K1 Fiance Visa In Person Meeting Requirement

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I would like to marry my high school girlfriend from Turkey.  We have not seen each other in 20 years.  However, we talk on the phone , email each other, and skype each other regularly.  Can I do a K1 Fiance Visa for her?

 No.  Under this fact pattern you are not currently eligible to do the K1 fiance visa for her.  One of the requirements for a K1 fiance visa is that you have seen your fiancé face-to-face and in person within the last two years.  USCIS strictly enforces this requirement.  In your situation, even if your fiancé is your high school girlfriend, if you have not seen her, face to face and in person, within the last two years, then you will not have met this requirement.  Therefore your  K1 visa petition will not be granted.  In your case I would suggest that you meet with her before filing for the K1 fiance visa. (Seeing each other over the internet via Skype does not meet this requirement.  It is not enough).

 If you cannot meet your fiancé face to face and in person because of cultural, religious or extreme hardship reasons you may be able to obtain a waiver of this requirement.  If you fall into one of these categories then you should consult with an experienced Immigration Attorney.

 Lawrence Gruner is an Immigration attorney with almost 20 years of experience.  This post is under Fiance Visa Attorney and Fiance Visa Lawyer .

My office would be happy to talk to you about your Immigration case and all of your immigration options. You may call us toll free at 888-801-6558

The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Immigration laws and requirements do change and different laws can apply to your case.  Immigration cases can be very complicated.  Every case is different.  You should talk to a competent Immigration Attorney prior to proceeding with any Immigration case.

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  • S. Lucas
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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10 Things USCIS Checks at Your Citizenship Interview

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Q.  I  Have My Citizenship Interview scheduled next month. Can you tell me what to expect? What         will USCIS be checking when I go to my naturalization interview?

A.  When you apply to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen USCIS will thoroughly check your background and your application.  If things do not go well not only can your case be denied but you can also lose your permanent residency (green card).  Therefore, you need to make sure that you have prepared your case well. USCIS will be asking you about the following things:

1. Your Application

After you have arrived at your interview you will be told to remain standing and you will be sworn in by the Immigration Officer.  The officer will ask you to show proper identification.  Once this is done  the immigration officer will go through your naturalization application. He will be reviewing your application, in full,  line by line.  Thus, make sure that your application is accurate before you file it with USCIS. You should also review your application before you file your case and you need to re-check it before you go to your interview to make sure it is absolutely accurate.

If you have made a mistake on your application then make sure you bring it to the attention of the interviewer.  It is much better for you to volunteer any mistakes than to have the Immigration Officer find the mistakes in your application (as it can appear that you are lying if you are not forthcoming).

2. How You  Received Your Green Card

The interviewing officer will be looking at your immigration history in detail. He will want to know how you received your green card.

For Example: If you obtained your green card through marriage USCIS will ask you about your marriage.  Additionally, the Immigration Officer will want to know if you are still married or were you ever separated or divorced from that spouse. If you are divorced or separated they will ask you why and when you separated or divorced. USCIS wants to make sure that you were still together when you received your permanent green card.  If this is not the case then you should contact us so that we can review your situation to make sure you will not have any problems (888-801-6558)

If you got your green card through your employer they will ask you questions about your employment. Questions will concern when you worked there and if you still work there. USCIS wants to make sure that you were working there when you received your green card.

If you received your green card based on Political Asylum then USCIS will want to confirm the information on your asylum application. You should review your asylum application, if possible, prior to filing for naturalization. You will be asked if you were arrested before? Are you a member of any groups? USCIS will want to know  if you ever went back to your home country after you were granted political asylum. Note: If you did go home you need to speak with an immigration attorney before filing for Naturalization.

3 Your Knowledge of U.S. History and U.S. Government

You will be tested on your knowledge of US History and form of government. After you apply for US Citizenship, USCIS will schedule you for fingerprinting (biometrics). At your biometrics appointment USCIS will give you a book to study with the information on the US History exam.  (If you cannot wait that long you may obtain these questions and answers as part of our FREE REPORT at the bottom of this page.)

You will be given a quiz on US History and US government during the interview.  This is done orally. There will be up to 10 questions.  The questions are generally generated randomly by the computer.  In order to pass the examination you will need to answer 6 correctly (the exam and other rules surrounding your knowledge of US history can change).  When you are asked a question it is OK to pause a moment before you answer.  Make sure you understand the question before you answer.  If you do not understand the question it is fine to ask the Immigration Officer to repeat the question. Remember you must answer at least 6 questions correctly or you will fail the test and not obtain your U.S. Citizenship.   We can help you by giving you expert advice or preparing the documents in your citizenship case if you would like.

4. Your Travel

You should bring all of the passports that you have used since entering the United States to your interview. The Immigration officer will go through your passport to make sure you listed the correct travel dates on your application. (Prior to filing the case you should  review your passport and other travel documents to make sure you list your travel accurately). If you don’t have your old passports the officer may ask you to prove your physical presence in the United States through bills, taxes and other evidence.

5. Your Ability to Speak English

There is an English language requirement when you apply for naturalization.  An applicant must also be able to read and write a simple sentence in English. (A sample sentence might be something like:  I like to drink coffee or I want to go to the store today.)You also have to be able to demonstrate the ability to speak English throughout the interview. The interviewer will be taking notice of how you speak and whether or not you understand his or her questions. You may be exempt from the English requirement based on your age and how long you have had your green card. If this is your case then you will need to bring an interpreter with you to your interview. You should review your specific situation with an experienced Immigration Attorney.

Here are the situations, listed on the USCIS website, when you may be exempt from the English requirement:

“You Are Exempt From The English Language Requirement, But Are Still Required To Take The Civics Test If You Are:

  • Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years   (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception).
    OR
  • Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (commonly referred to as the “55/15” exception).

Note:

  • Even if you qualify for the “50/20” or “55/15” English language exceptions listed above, you must still take the civics test.
  • You will be permitted to take the civics test in your native language.
  • If you take the test in your native language, you must bring an interpreter with you to your interview.
  • Your interpreter must be fluent in both English and your native language.
  • If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing for naturalization, you will be given special consideration regarding the civics requirement.”

6. Your Family Situation

If you have minor children and you don’t live with them you will need  to show that you financially support them . You can show this by providing the following evidence: a notarized affidavit from your ex-spouse stating that you do in fact provide support for these minor children; by providing copies of cancelled checks showing support; or by providing other proof  showing money transfers in support of the children. If there is a court order of support concerning your minor children then you will need to prove that you are complying with the court order and paying the amount ordered by the Court. Please note that if you owe back child support you may not be able to naturalize. Consult with an attorney if that is your situation. 888-801-6558

If you were married, divorced, or have children then you must bring documents to your interview which establish these relationships (marriage certificates, birth certificates and divorce decrees).

7. Your Membership in Various Groups or Organizations

At your naturalization interview you will be asked about, religious organizations, work organizations and political groups in which you are a current member in which you have ever been a member of in the past. Be careful in this area.  This is an area where individuals can run into serious problems.  If you think USCIS might have a problem with the organizations you belonged to in the past it is likely that this is true.  If this is your case, before you file for naturalization, review your case with an experienced immigration attorney.

8. Your Criminal Records

You will have to provide the certified final disposition of your record from any criminal court if you have been arrested in the past. If you are currently on probation you will not be able to naturalize. If you have been on probation or were arrested during the last five years your application may be denied. If you have ever been arrested then you need to speak with an immigration attorney prior to applying for naturalization. Some arrests can lead to removal (formally called deportation) and or a loss of your permanent residence (green card).  Many times USCIS only learns about a criminal conviction only when you renew your green card or apply for naturalization.

9. Your Belief in the U.S. Constitution

You will also be asked if you believe in the U.S. Constitution. You will also be asked if you are willing to take an oath to the United States and if you are willing to fight, if necessary, for the United States. If you don’t have a commitment to our system of government and are not willing to defend our country you may not be able to naturalize. As part of your commitment to the United States any male who lived in the USA between the ages of 18-26 must have registered for selective service.  If you did not register for selective service you may need to obtain a waiver or you may need to wait to file your naturalization case.  If this is your situation review your matter with an immigration attorney prior to filing your case.

10. Your Documents

You need to bring your green card, passport (even if it has expired) any re-entry permits you may have, and your local state identification (e.g. a drivers license) with you to your interview.

In addition,  USCIS may also ask you to bring other documents with you to your naturalization interview. These documents will be listed in your appointment letter. Carefully read your appointment letter completely before you go to your interview. If you do not bring the documents listed above then you risk having your case delayed or denied.  Do not take this risk.  Make sure you bring all of the documents to your interview.

In summary be very cautious when you are applying for U.S. Citizenship. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced Immigration Attorney prior to filing your application.  Please do not rely on advice from friends, chat rooms online, paralegals, immigration consultants or notarios concerning your U.S. Citizenship case.  The stakes are too high.

Finally, it has become more difficult to enter the federal buildings where these interviews are held.  You should plan on arriving earlier than you would expect (it may take 20 minutes or longer to enter the building) and you may be barred from bringing your cell phone into the building with you.  Therefore, if you do not know the practice at the federal building where your interview is being held you may wish to keep your cell phone at home or hidden in your car.

If  you would like to review your situation, free of charge, please contact our office at 888-801-6558.  If you have received value from this blog post and would like to help someone else please consider a contribution to World Vision or another charity of your choice.  Even a small gift can really help someone in need.

Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Lawyer with almost 20 years of experience. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 916-760-7270 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and your options.

This post is under Citizenship and Naturalization Attorneys Sacramento. The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Every case is different. Please contact our office or the office of another immigration attorney to review your matter prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.

 

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  • S. Lucas
    TEMPORARY VISA
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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