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Can You Apply for a Green Card Next Month? Check the August Visa Bulletin!

Can You Apply for a Green Card Next Month? Check the August Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category?

You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2019 to see if your priority date is current next month.

USCIS has determined that in August, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, with the exception of F2A category applicants, who may use the Final Action Dates chart. The Final Action Dates Chart must be used for employer-sponsored green cards.

Spouses of Permanent Residents can File Their Green Card Applications in July!

Are you the spouse of a permanent resident who has been lawfully residing in the U.S., waiting for the F2A preference category to become current so that you can apply for your green card? Well wait no more! The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2019 has just been released, and shows the F2A category as current across all countries.

This means that in July, the spouse of a permanent resident will be able to submit the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and I-485 Application to Adjust Status concurrently. Alternatively if your permanent resident spouse has already filed an I-130 Petition on your behalf, you will be eligible to submit the I-485 Application for your green card beginning July 1st.

Assembling the required documentation for a green card application takes time. Contact us today at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 to get started now!

Can you apply for a green card this month? Check the May Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category? You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for May 2019 to see if your priority date is current this month.

USCIS has determined that in May, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, and the Final Action Dates Chart used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-may-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application?

Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.

Military Parole-in-Place as a Path to a Green Card: What You Need to Know

Do you meet the following criteria? (1) You are an immigrant who entered the U.S. without a visa, (2) you are the spouse, parent, or child under 21 of a U.S. citizen, and (3) you have a close relative who is a member or former member of the U.S. Military? If so, you may be eligible for a green card via a special immigration benefit called “Parole-in-Place.”

In general, a “lawful admission” to the U.S. is required for the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen to be eligible for a green card. Parole-in-Place is a program that was created in year 2013 to help certain immigrants who do not have a “lawful admission” to obtain one without leaving the country.

What are the eligibility requirements for Parole-in-Place?

• You are physically present in the United States, but were not lawfully admitted

• You are the spouse, parent, or son or daughter (of any age) of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (including individuals who served in the military but are now deceased)

• You have no prior criminal convictions or other serious adverse factors 

Even if you are eligible for Parole-in-Place, you must have a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child over the age of 21 who can serve as your sponsor for a green card. 

If you believe you may be eligible for this amazing benefit, please contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com, or 415-496-9040 to learn more.

Make it your 2019 resolution to become a U.S. citizen!

If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), now is the time to take that next step to become a U.S. citizen.

Our government is targeting immigrants in the U.S., even lawful permanent residents. It has become challenging for permanent residents to reenter the U.S. after foreign travel - many of our clients tell us that they have been interrogated for hours at the airport in “secondary inspection” and their phones taken and searched. Others are concerned about being (wrongfully) placed into deportation proceedings due to a minor criminal conviction in their past.