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    • POSTED: October 30, 2018
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    U.S. Citizenship Wait Time in 2018

    The Washington Post ran an interesting article recently titled: “Immigrants seeking citizenship face growing longer wait times for their applications”. The article starts out by letting the reader know that “more than 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once took about six months but has stretched to more […]

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    • POSTED: October 29, 2018
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    Fiance Visa Denial Rates 2018

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an interesting story recently titled “We fell in love before we met: Wisconsin Man sues over visa denial for his Chinese Fiance”.  The article is about an American man who is trying to compel the U.S.government to reactivate a fiance visa application after a fiance visa denial. The article quoted […]

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    • POSTED: October 8, 2018
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    What is a K1 Visa?

    What is a K1 visa I am often asked: What is a K-1 visa?  A K-1 visa is another name for a fiance visa.  A fiance visa is used to bring someone who you intend to marry into the United States. If you only want a friend or family member  to come visit you in […]

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    • POSTED: September 22, 2018
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    Limiting Legal Immigration is Hurting U.S. Businesses

    The New York Post ran an interesting article recently titled: “Companies Say Trump is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration”. According to the article: “The government is denying more work visas, asking applicants to provide additional information and delaying approvals more frequently than just a year earlier. Hospitals, hotels, technology companies and other businesses say […]

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    • POSTED: September 21, 2018
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    How Long Does it Take to Get a Green Card?

    How Long Does it Take to Get a Green Card? I am often asked by potential clients : How long does it take to get a green card for my spouse?  (This article deals with spousal green cards, not other family based green cards or employment based green cards.  Those types of green cards are […]

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    • POSTED: September 14, 2018
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    Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to a scholarship for Dreamers

    Time magazine recently had an interesting article titled: ” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just gave $33 million to a scholarship fund for dreamers.” The article states that “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have donated $33 million to a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — the biggest grant […]

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    • POSTED: September 12, 2018
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    Fiance Visa Timeline

    Fiance Visa Timeline This article will break down the fiance visa timeline.  This is the timeline you should expect if you file your case in 2018.  If you handle your case correctly, and your fiance is not from a country that is considered to have high fraud, then the total wait should be between 7 […]

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    • POSTED: September 11, 2018
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    Fiance Visa From Philippines to USA

    Fiance Visa From Philippines to USA This article will break down what you will need to do in order to obtain a fiance visa from the Philippines to USA. We have handled many cases from the Philippines over the past 25 years. The process for obtaining a fiance visa from the Philippines to the USA […]

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    • POSTED: August 18, 2018
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    How Long to Get Green Card After Marriage

      How Long to Get Green Card After Marriage I am often asked how long will it take to get a green card for my spouse after marriage. If  your spouse is living in another country and you, as a U.S Citizen, are planning to file an I-130 case for her the process should take […]

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    • POSTED: August 16, 2018
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    Fiance Visa Processing Time

    Fiance Visa Processing Time If you do everything correctly in your case and are not from a country which USCIS considers to be a high fraud area then the current wait time should be between 7 and 9 months.  Currently, most of our fiance visa cases are finishing in about 8 months. This article will […]

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    • POSTED: August 14, 2018
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    How Much is a Fiance Visa?

    How Much is a Fiance Visa? I am often asked how much is a fiance visa. Here is a current (2018) breakdown of the charges you should expect to pay during the fiance visa process.  USCIS does change the fees so make sure to double check prior to sending in your case.  The current fees […]

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    • POSTED: July 26, 2018
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    Will USCIS Check Your Social Media Accounts?

    In October of 2017  the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States.  According to the New York Times article titled: “U.S. to Collect Social Media Data on all Immigrants Entering Country“, green card holders and naturalized citizens would also have their information collected.  The data collected […]

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  • Could You Pass the Green Card Marriage Interview?

    The New York Times ran an article recently titled: “Green Card Marriage Interview: Can You Pass it?” The article correctly pointed out that the U.S. government is always on the lookout for people “gaming the system for a green card.” Never, under any circumstances should you illegally try to help someone obtain a green card. […]

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    • POSTED: April 17, 2018
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    California Roads Got Safer As a Result of Law Change

    The HuffPost ran a story about a year ago titled: ” California Roads got safer when undocumented immigrants got driver’s licenses.”  Although the story is a year old (I just happened upon it today) it is still relevant. (I understand that California just issued its one millionth license to an undocumented immigrant earlier this year.) […]

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    • POSTED: April 16, 2018
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    The U.S Needs More Workers

    The Washington Post recently ran an article titled: America needs more workers. Trumps War on Immigration won’t help.   The article talks about how the President’s Immigration policies will lead America to a labor shortage in the not so distant future. The United States, as a whole, is getting older.  In addition, the birthrate has recently […]

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    • POSTED: November 20, 2017
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    Citizenship Process Taking Longer in 2017

    According to Immigration Impact, “the average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants […]

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    • POSTED: October 27, 2017
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    Citizenship Applications Surge

    The New York Times ran an interesting article recently titled: ” Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens.” The article begins with the story of a 49 year old man who has had a green card for almost a decade talking about how he felt safe in the U.S with his green card.  He did […]

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    • POSTED: October 18, 2017
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    The U.S. will begin collecting social media data on immigrants, green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens

    DHS will begin collecting social media information from immigrants, green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens.

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    • POSTED: January 16, 2017
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    Immigration Protests in Key U.S. Cities

    The New York Times had an interesting article recently titled: “Protesters Across US decry Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Stance”.  According to the article protesters gathered around the U.S. to denounce President-elect Trump’s anti-immigration stance and his vow to build a wall on the U.S. Mexican border.  They also protested about his pledge to make it more difficult […]

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    • POSTED: January 15, 2017
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    H-1bs may change under President-elect Trump

    According to a recent Reuters article, “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been actively considering ways to revamp a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Possibilities for reforming the distribution of H-1B visas, which are used largely by […]

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