Green Card

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.

From TPS to a Green Card: One Man’s Journey

From TPS to a Green Card: One Man’s Journey

As an immigration lawyer in today’s changing world, I am frequently approached by prospective clients whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been scheduled to terminate. They are often scared and bewildered, wondering what, if any, option they have?

Why Legal Immigration to the U.S. Has Decreased, and How it Affects You

Legal immigration to the U.S. was significantly down in 2018:

In 2018, approvals of all types of visas and green cards were down. For example, approvals of green cards for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (such as spouses) were down 7%, and fiance visa approvals were down a whopping 29%.

Apply for citizenship online and pay your fee by credit card

Did you know that a naturalization (citizenship) application can now be submitted online?

USCIS has made it possible for a citizenship application, including all supporting documents, to be submitted online. We like this relatively new option because it makes it possible for your citizenship application to be processed a bit more quickly, and monitored through the USCIS website.

Can you apply for a green card next month? Check the March Visa Bulletin!

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

Why you need a lawyer for your marriage-based green card case

One question we are frequently asked during our initial legal evaluations for cases involving “green cards” through marriage is: Why do I need a lawyer? For many reasons, a lawyer is necessary for the green card process.

TPS to End for Nepal

On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be terminating the TPS designation for Nepal. The approximately 9,000 Nepalese citizens who are currently present in the U.S. in TPS have until June 24th, 2019 to either depart or to find another way to remain here lawfully under our immigration laws.