The US government is only granting DACA renewals, but you can still submit a new DACA application to hold your place in line.
Jonathan Petts

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Articles written by Jonathan Petts

What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My Form I-129F Application?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you see “Case Was Denied” as your USCIS case status online, it means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received and reviewed your Form I-129F and decided not to grant you a K-1 fiancé visa. If USCIS denies your case, it will mail you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for a fiancé visa only to have your case denied. If this happens, you may want to get legal advice about the next steps. If you decide to appeal your case, we can refer you to a good immigration attorney for help.

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Can You Apply for Advance Parole With a Criminal Record?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Getting status and other U.S. immigration benefits may be out of reach for people with criminal records. If you have ever committed a felony, for example, you can't get immigration benefits. Advance Parole is a travel permit available to special immigrants and those adjusting status to green cards. For example, if you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, you can travel abroad and return with Advance Parole. This article explains how you can qualify for Advance Parole and whether or not a criminal record can keep you from getting Advance Parole.

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How to Complete Form I-765 WS for Your DACA Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides protection from deportation for many young undocumented immigrants. When you're applying for DACA, you'll submit three main forms together with your supporting evidence to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition to the official DACA application Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, you'll have to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-765WS, the worksheet explaining why you need a work permit. This article will focus on the shortest out of the three forms—Form I-765WS. You'll learn what Form I-765WS is and why you need it, as well as how to complete the different parts of the form.

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Can a DACA Recipient Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program doesn’t yet provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence. But if you’re a DACA recipient and you fall in love with and marry a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to get a marriage green card.  As a green card holder, you’ll have protection from deportation and long-term employment authorization, meaning you’ll never have to renew your work permit. Getting an immigrant visa is also the first step towards naturalization - the process of gaining U.S. citizenship. But to change your immigration status from DACA recipient to green card holder, you must satisfy certain eligibility requirements.  Your green card eligibility will depend largely on how you entered the United States and if you’re married to a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. This article explains the different ways that DACA recipients can qualify for marriage green cards and how long the process takes.

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What are the benefits of getting a green card?

Written by Jonathan Petts

More than a million people in the United States live in lawful permanent resident status. People become permanent residents in different ways,- through marriage, close family members, employment, and others. There are several benefits of holding a green card. This article explains green card benefits, the responsibilities of having a green card, and some limitations green card holders face.

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How To Write a Cover Letter for a DACA Renewal

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you’ve already been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you are eligible to renew your status every two years. You’ll need to fill out Form I-821D and submit it along with other required forms and fees to renew. It’s also recommended that you prepare a simple cover letter to include with your application as well. The cover letter allows the USCIS officer to see what’s included with your application at a glance. This article explains what a DACA renewal cover letter is and the elements it should include. It also includes a template you can use to write your own.

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What Is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants Temporary Protected Status or “TPS” to some foreigners whose home countries are not safe for their return. This article gives an overview of TPS, including its history and benefits for those eligible. The article also covers which countries have TPS, TPS eligibility requirements and application process.

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What Is Immigration Court?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are a foreigner or immigrant living in the United States, you may come in contact with the U.S. immigration court system. This article is an introduction to the U.S. immigration court system. It explains what immigration court is, what kinds of cases would lead you to immigration court, and whether there is an opportunity to appeal immigration court decisions.

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6 Questions About Health Insurance for Immigrants

Written by Jonathan Petts

All immigrants, documented or undocumented, can legally purchase private insurance in the U.S. if they can afford it. Depending on your immigration status, you may be able to access federal and state benefits to make healthcare more affordable. This article will help you understand the different aspects of healthcare in the U.S. and determine if you qualify for federal or state health benefits. After reading this article, you will be able to make more informed choices about your health insurance options.

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How To Make a USCIS FOIA Request

Written by Jonathan Petts

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) grants the general public the right to access records of any federal agency, including the USCIS. You may want to know what information the USCIS has about you if you are facing a removal proceeding or there is a problem with your request to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization. This article will discuss the Freedom of Information Act, including how to submit a FOIA request to the USCIS.

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What Is the R-1 Visa: Nonimmigrant Visa for Religious Workers?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The R visa category allows for foreigners to visit the United States as nonimmigrant religious workers. People who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may travel on an R visa if they wish to conduct religious work or ceremonies in the United States. This article explains the R-1 visa, which is the main type of R visa. The article also explains who qualifies to apply for the R-1 visa and how to apply for it.

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How To Write a Cover Letter for Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé)

Written by Jonathan Petts

To prepare a K-1 fiancé(e) visa application for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you must complete the required forms, gather supporting documents, and pay fees. It’s not mandatory to include a cover letter in your application packet, but doing so can help keep your application materials organized and make sure you don’t miss any required documents. You can also use the cover letter to highlight anything you want USCIS to know about your visa application. This article explains what a K-1 fiancé visa cover letter is and the elements it should include. There’s also a template you can use to write your own.

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How To Write a USCIS Cover Letter

Written by Jonathan Petts

Preparing an immigration application for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires filling out complex paperwork and gathering supporting documents. Using a cover letter is a great way to keep your application materials organized and make sure you don’t miss any required documents. It’s also a good opportunity to highlight anything you want USCIS to know about your application. This article explains what a cover letter is and the elements it should include. It also includes a template you can use to write your own.

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Types of Relief From Removal Proceedings: An Overview

Written by Jonathan Petts

When the U.S. government wants you out of the country, they’ll try to deport you with a removal proceeding. If you find yourself in this situation, you have several forms of relief available, including voluntary departure, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, and more. Many of these can delay or stop your deportation, although they’re not always easy to get or applicable to every situation. After reading this article, you should have a general idea of some of the more common forms of relief available and how they work.

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What Is Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Mailing your completed application packet to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is an exciting time. You have finally finished gathering your documents and filing fees for the immigration benefit you applied for, and now it's up to USCIS to process your application. There are multiple ways to keep up with USCIS' processing of your application. In addition to tracking your case status online with the USCIS website, you can sign up to receive email and text notifications about updates to your application using Form G-1145. This article explains what Form G-1145 is, and whether you should consider filing the form.

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What Is a Green Card Joint Sponsor?

Written by Jonathan Petts

As part of your application for a green card, you'll need to prove to the U.S. government that you have access to enough resources to support yourself financially. If your application is for a marriage green card, your spouse must submit an Affidavit of Support, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS has set financial thresholds that you must meet to become a lawful permanent resident. To help you meet the financial requirements, you can have a joint sponsor for your green card application. This article explains who a joint sponsor is, how to know if you'll need one, the requirements of joint sponsorship, and the process of becoming a green card joint sponsor.

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What Is an Employment Verification Letter?

Written by Jonathan Petts

While applying for certain immigration benefits, the chances are high that you will need to submit an employment verification letter to the U.S. government. The employment verification letter goes by other names, including proof of employment letter and verification of employment, but it is simply a request for proof that you are gainfully employed. This article will explain the different immigration processes where you’ll have to submit an employment verification letter, what the letter should say, how you can request the letter from your employer, and how to write it if you’re self-employed.

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How To Get the Proof of Identity Document (ID) You Need for Your DACA Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every application for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must have both the official application forms and supporting evidence to back your case. One of the most important pieces of evidence you must submit with your application is a proof of identity document (ID). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes DACA applications, and they have requirements for what ID you can submit with your new DACA or DACA renewal application. This article explains what an acceptable ID is for DACA and how to get one for your application.

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What is USCIS Form I-130, "Petition for Alien Relative"?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every year, many U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents sponsor green card applications for their close family members who are foreign nationals. The first step in most family-based green card application processes is filing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Form I-130. Form I-130 is officially called the “Petition for Alien Relative,” and USCIS uses it to verify a real and qualifying relationship between the green card sponsor and the green card applicant.In this article, we discuss the purpose of Form I-130, who can and can’t file Form I-130, the Form I-130 filing fees, and how long it takes USCIS to process the form.

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Form I-407 and Voluntary Green Card Abandonment

Written by Jonathan Petts

Many people lose their lawful permanent resident status every year. Some choose to give up their green card by voluntarily abandoning it. Others lose their green card involuntarily. This article explains what it means to abandon your green card voluntarily or involuntarily and describes the process to follow when you want to give up your green card and the consequences of giving it up.

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How to Get Student Loans with DACA: The Complete Guide

Written by Jonathan Petts

Paying for school as a non-resident person in the United States can be difficult. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are not eligible for any federal funding and may face some challenges in trying to secure funding for their college education. There are, however, alternative resources available to DACA recipients and undocumented students. There is state-level assistance available in some states and a host of private student loans and scholarships that DACA students can get. In this article, we discuss some things to consider as a DACA student applying to colleges and explain whether DACA students can get federal or state assistance, as well as private loans and scholarships.

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How To Renew DACA in 2022

Written by Jonathan Petts

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows eligible immigrant youth to get two-year renewable work permits. It also provides protection from removal proceedings. DACA has faced many legal challenges over the past five years. The Trump Administration tried to end the program, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision prevented that. Even so, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was only accepting and processing DACA renewals. While President Biden signed an executive order to reinstate the program fully — allowing both new applications and renewals — a judge ruled in favor of a group of Texas attorney generals who argued that DACA is unconstitutional. As a result, USCIS is accepting renewals but no longer processing new DACA applications. This means only immigrants who have received DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their status. Renewing your DACA status and work permit costs $495 and takes 6-12 months. This guide explains everything you need to know about renewing your DACA status.

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What Supporting Documents Do I Need for a DACA Application? Checklists for New Applications and Renewals

Written by Jonathan Petts

When you file your DACA renewal or new DACA application, you will need to submit supporting documents to prove that you are eligible for DACA. The documents you need to submit will be different depending on whether you are renewing or applying for the first time. They will also vary based on your personal background. This article provides document checklists for all scenarios so that you can confidently apply for your DACA renewal or initial DACA status without an attorney. When you are ready to apply for DACA, [ImmigrationHelp.org](http://immigrationhelp.org/) can help you [prepare your DACA request for free](http://bit.ly/IHODACA) with our simple web application.

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How to Apply for a Change of Status From a Visitor Visa to a Marriage Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every year, many foreign nationals meet and fall in love with U.S. citizens and permanent residents while in the country on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa. Many couples choose to make their home in the United States. When that happens, the foreign spouse needs to get a green card to live in the United States legally. U.S. immigration law allows immigrants on tourist visas to petition for an “[Adjustment of Status](https://www.immigrationhelp.org/learning-center/the-complete-guide-to-adjustment-of-status-process/)” from their visitor visa to a green card, but the foreign spouse must meet certain eligibility criteria to do so. In this article, we describe how a foreign spouse qualifies to apply for a marriage green card while on a visitor visa, and what the application process is like when they are changing their immigration status.

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How can DACA and TPS Students Get Advance Parole for Educational Purposes?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under U.S. immigration law can travel abroad to study without compromising their immigration status. Advance Parole is a document that allows students with these immigration statuses to spend some time outside of the United States and return. People who also have pending adjustment of status green card applications can also apply for Advance Parole so they can study abroad without abandoning their applications. ImmigrationHelp.org is a nonprofit that can help you prepare your Advance Parole application for free. In this article, we'll highlight the educational reasons that can be the basis of an Advance Parole application, and then explain the application process itself.

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All About USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs): What They Are, How to Avoid Them, and What to Do if You Receive One

Written by Jonathan Petts

When the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) determines that it needs extra information to make a decision on your immigration case, it will send you a Request for Evidence. This is popularly called an “RFE”, and USCIS will send it to the mailing address you listed on your application. In this article, we will explain what a USCIS Request for Evidence (RFE) is, how to avoid RFEs, and how to respond to a USCIS RFE if you receive one. The best way to avoid RFEs is to do a great job on your paperwork before you file. [ImmigrationHelp.org](http://immigrationhelp.org/) can help you [prepare your immigration application for free](http://bit.ly/IHOmain) with our easy-to-use online tool. Click the "Get Started" button above or read on to learn more.

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What are the Requirements for Naturalization in the United States?

Written by Jonathan Petts

In addition to holding their green cards for a 3-year or 5-year minimum, lawful permanent residents of the United States must also meet specific requirements to naturalize as U.S. citizens. This article spells out each requirement for naturalization in detail, how to meet it as a naturalization applicant, and any exemptions that may apply.

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What are U.S. Work Visas?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Generally, you can get work authorization as a foreigner in the United States working for U.S. employers, either as a temporary employee or as a sponsored, permanent employee. This article is a guide to all the different U.S. work visa types that exist for non-citizens of the United States. Broadly speaking, there are permanent immigrant work visas, temporary nonimmigrant work visas, and other categories of employment authorization for some nonimmigrant groups.

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What Is an SB-1 Returning Resident Visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts

As a green card holder, before you depart the United States for any trip abroad, you must make sure that your trip will not have a negative effect on your permanent resident status. If you will be abroad for less than a year, you'll only have to show your green card at a port of entry to be let back into the United States. If you'll be abroad for over one year, you must get a re-entry permit so you don't abandon your residency. If you end up staying abroad for more than two years due to circumstances beyond your control, you may apply for the SB-1 visa. This article explains the SB-1 visa, including the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

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How to get a marriage green card if you have a TN visa

Written by Jonathan Petts

As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), nationals of Canada or Mexico can work in the United States through the special TN visa classification. Many of these NAFTA professionals build connections and form relationships with Americans that could end up in marriage. The TN visa is not a "dual-intent" visa. This means changing status to a green card after marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident can be tricky, but it is still possible. This article explains how to get a marriage green card if you have a TN visa and some considerations to bear in mind.

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How to Get a Green Card for Your Child (a Step-by-Step Guide)

Written by Jonathan Petts

As a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), or U.S. Citizen, you can petition for your foreign-born child who is seeking U.S. resident status to immigrate to the United States and receive their own Green Card. The marital status and age of your children tend to be the largest factors for this application process. We can help you p[repare your Child Green Card application paperwork](http://b.link/immigrationscreener) for free with our simple web app. Read on to learn more.

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How To Get a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

Written by Jonathan Petts

Many U.S. citizens and their families live and work in countries all around the world. Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may meet the requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). A CRBA is evidence of U.S. citizenship issued to a child of a U.S. citizen who was born abroad. This article explains the CRBA in detail, including the eligibility requirements and application process. The article also answers some frequently asked questions about CRBA.

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How To Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate for Your Green Card Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every couple must provide evidence of a valid marriage involving a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to complete their marriage green card application. This article explains how to get a copy of your marriage certificate for your application, which alternative documents you can submit, and what to do if there’s no legal record of your marriage.

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How To Prepare DACA Forms for Free With ImmigrationHelp

Written by Jonathan Petts

ImmigrationHelp.org is a nonprofit with a mission to help cut down the cost of legal fees for eligible low-income Dreamers. ImmigrationHelp is not an immigration law firm or accredited representative that provides legal advice. Even though ImmigrationHelp is not a form preparation service, we help with many immigration application types, and most of them follow a similar process. Our service is interactive, and the faster you respond, the sooner we can get you your completed forms. Generally, we hope to help you file your forms two weeks after you first contact us to work together. This article will focus on how to complete a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal application or new DACA application with ImmigrationHelp.org’s system.

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How To Get Military Records for Your Immigration Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

To join the U.S. military, you must either be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. In the past, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients could join the military through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program, which ended in 2016. Most immigration applications you submit will ask that you provide any military service records if you were a member of the U.S. military or any foreign military service at any point in time. You will need to attach your military service records to your application forms when you're submitting them to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This article explains what military service information you need to provide for your application and how to get a copy of your records.

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How to Get U.S. Citizenship if you have a Marriage Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

Many immigrants in the United States become citizens through the naturalization process. When you have your marriage green card, you can begin to think about naturalizing as a U.S. citizen. All lawful permanent residents can apply to become U.S. citizens. As an American citizen, you'll be eligible to vote in all state and national elections, apply for federal jobs, and live abroad however long you want. You will also never be deported from the United States as a U.S. citizen. This article explains the requirements for naturalizing as a citizen if you hold a marriage green card. It also explains the naturalization process itself.

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How To Apply for a Green Card for Your Parent – A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are a U.S. citizen who is 21 years of age or older, you can napply for a green card for your parents. This green card is an immigrant visa that makes parents of U.S. citizens lawful permanent residents in the United States. There is no limit on the number of parent green cards issued each year. The application process generally takes about 12 months and requires $420 in filing fees. This article explains the process of applying for a parent green card in detail.

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How Long Does It Take To Get Marriage Green Card After You Apply?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The U.S. government reserves certain green cards for the family members and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The marriage green card is one of these special green cards. The time frame to get a marriage green card is different for every case. Factors like where you file, when you file, and whether the person sponsoring their immigrant spouse for a marriage green cardis a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) all impact the green card process, and how long you can expect to wait from application to approval. On average, it takes 10-38 months to get a Marriage green card.

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Same-Sex Couples and Marriage Green Card Applications: Common Questions and Concerns About the Process

Written by Jonathan Petts

Same-sex couples must be treated equally under U.S. immigration law thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the United States v. Windsor case, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Even further, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that every state be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Following both Supreme Court rulings, gay marriage is legal in every U.S. state. Accordingly, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will view same-sex marriages the same as opposite-sex marriages in deciding on family green card applications. USCIS will not factor in the spouses' genders or biological sexes in making visa application decisions. Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are welcome to apply for marriage green cards, just like heterosexual couples. However, gay and lesbian couples do face some unique challenges in applying for a marriage green card. This article discusses these challenges and explains how to address them.

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What is "Sanctuary" and how Does it Help Immigrants?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Immigrants in the United States have been increasingly vulnerable to raids, detentions, and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration agents. As a result, many faith groups and some neighborhoods, campuses, and offices have tried to find ways to advocate for and protect the immigrants in their communities. The practice of sanctuary is one way that faith groups and other communities are trying to protect immigrants from deportation. In this article, we'll explain what sanctuary is, and how it can be helpful to immigrants who are living in a place that is a sanctuary.

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What is the B-1/B-2 visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The B-1/B-2 visa is a temporary, non-immigrant visa that allows foreigners to travel to the United States for business or tourism purposes. If you're traveling to the United States for a business conference or trip, you'll need a B-1 visa. The B-2 visa, on the other hand, covers tourism, such as vacations or visits with family. This article is a deep dive into the B-1/B-2 visa, explaining the visa requirements, who can apply, how much it costs, and how to apply. The article also answers some commonly asked questions about the B-1/B-2 visa.

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What Is the K-3 visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are the fiancé or spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, there are a handful of visa options for you to join your partner in the United States. There are both fiancé visas and green cards available for foreign partners and spouses. The K-3 visa is an option that may be available to you as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, but not many immigrants opt for it. This article is a guide to the K-3 visa. It explains what the visa is, whether it's a good idea to get it and why many don't, and how to apply for the visa if you choose to.

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What is the TN visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts

There are several different categories of visas for foreign nationals entering the United States. The TN visa is available specifically for certain Canadian citizens and Mexican citizens. This article explains what the TN visa is, who’s eligible for it, and the application process. The article also answers frequently asked questions about the TN visa, including whether it’s possible to get a green card while in TN status.

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What is the Process for Marrying a Non-U.S Citizen?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Green card holders and U.S. citizens are at liberty to marry non-U.S. citizens. Their foreign spouses can get a marriage green card and live with them in the United States. The application process looks different depending on where you and your future spouse live and your respective immigration statuses. This article explains the possibilities and considerations to keep in mind when applying for a marriage green card. Specifically, the article explains what things look like if both partners are present in the United States versus if both are not and the process if only one partner is in the United States.

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U.S. Immigration Stats - Citizenship by Naturalization

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every year, about 860,000 U.S. green card holders apply for Citizenship by Naturalization, the process by which a lawful permanent resident becomes a U.S. citizen after living in the U.S. for a period of time, usually 3–5 years. Like citizens born in the United States, naturalized citizens can vote in American elections and apply for American passports. And they can never be deported. Of the applications submitted each year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves about 23%, denies about 2–3%, and leaves about 70% pending. This article covers the U.S. citizenship by naturalization process and statistics on that process.

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What Supporting Documents Do You Need to Get a U.S. Green Card for Your Child?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you can sponsor your child for a Green Card. You and your child  will need to submit certain documents to the U.S. Government when you apply. The application process and documents you will need are different when the child you are seeking a Green Card for is living *__inside__* of the United States (“[Adjustment of Status](https://webflow.com/filing-guides/family-green-card-concurrent)”) and when they are living *__outside__* of the United States (“[Consular Processing](https://webflow.com/filing-guides/family-green-card-consular)”). This guide will serve as a document checklist for both processes.

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Marrying A U.S. Citizen - What You Should Know

Written by Jonathan Petts

Congratulations on finding your life partner! Now is the time to figure out the logistics of getting married to your U.S. citizen spouse. This article explains how you and your spouse can live permanently in the United States. A marriage green card allows the spouse of a U.S. citizen to live and work anywhere in the United States. The article also explains the visa considerations to bear in mind when deciding whether to get married in the United States or abroad.

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All About the Dream Act

Written by Jonathan Petts

Millions of undocumented immigrant youth called [Dreamers](https://www.migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/publications/Differing%20DREAM-FS-October2017_FINALWEB.pdf) live in the United States without legal status. A series of proposed laws, called the DREAM Act, could fix this problem by giving Dreamers a pathway to lawful status and, eventually, citizenship. Since 2001, the DREAM Act has never passed into law. But the DREAM Act’s most recent version was approved by the House of Representatives on March 18, 2021 and could go to a vote before the Senate. If you're looking to learn more about the history and future of the DREAM Act, this article has you covered!‍

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2022 Immigration Predictions

Written by Jonathan Petts

2021 was in many ways a [disappointing year](https://newrepublic.com/article/164752/immigration-reform-dead-build-back-better/) for immigration reform. Although the White House rescinded some Trump-era restrictions on immigration, efforts to create a path to citizenship for Dreamers and undocumented agricultural workers failed. Despite these setbacks, immigration reform remains one of the Biden Administration’s top priorities for this year. This article predicts five things that will happen in immigration in 2022.

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USCIS Has Approved Over 1300 New DACA Applications Since November Ruling

Written by Jonathan Petts

President Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012. The DACA program protects certain young people who entered the country illegally from deportation. DACA beneficiaries can get a work permit, a Social Security Number (SSN), and apply for a driver’s license. But, many have contested the legality of the program over the past few years. Trump administration officials argued that the program did not comply with current immigration laws.

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Over 60,000 Immigrants Still Waiting for USCIS to Approve Their DACA Applications

Written by Jonathan Petts

President Biden reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program soon after his election to the relief of eligible undocumented youth who missed their opportunity to get status under the Trump administration.  Many eligible immigrant youths applied for DACA six months after Biden signed the Executive Order reinstating the program. However, as many as 60,000 and more of these new DACA applicants have yet to receive approved applications from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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The ImmigrationHelp.org Scholarship

Written by Jonathan Petts

[ImmigrationHelp.org](http://immigrationhelp.org/) is a legal nonprofit founded in 2019 at Harvard University that helps low-income immigrants prepare their immigration forms for free. We provide free legal services for DACA, TPS, and Work Permits.

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USCIS Is No Longer Processing New DACA Applications - But You Can Still Apply!

Written by Jonathan Petts

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a vital immigration program. It allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children (called Dreamers) to live and work in America. DACA status keeps Dreamers free from the constant threat of deportation to unfamiliar countries. Currently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency responsible for DACA applications, is no longer processing new applications. However, USCIS will accept your application if you choose to send it in. This article will provide a brief legal history of DACA and explain why USCIS is accepting but not processing applications. It will also explain how ImmigrationHelp can help you file for DACA for free and provide resources to learn more about DACA.

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What is President Joe Biden's Immigration Agenda?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Since taking office, Democratic President Biden and Vice President Harris have directed federal agencies to address immigration far differently than the previous administration. In late January of 2021, the Biden administration announced their new U.S. immigration reform plan, which focuses on increasing access to legal immigration and reforming immigration enforcement.

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The Ultimate Guide to the U.S. Immigration Process

Written by Jonathan Petts

The United States is a very popular immigration destination because of the many benefits and privileges U.S. citizens and green card holders enjoy. If you have decided to immigrate to the U.S., you are probably wondering what the immigration process is like. There are many different kinds of U.S. immigrant visas. Still, the U.S. immigration process generally begins with an eligible sponsor filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the foreign national who wants to come to the United States. This is called petitioning. If all goes well with petitioning, the next step is usually that the foreign national applies for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad or adjusts status to lawful permanent resident status in the United States. This article will walk you through the different U.S. immigrant visa types and provide a step-by-step guide on applying for them. [ImmigrationHelp.org](http://immigrationhelp.org/) can help you [prepare your U.S. immigration application forms for free](http://bit.ly/IHOmain) with our easy-to-use online tool. Read on to learn more.

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Removal of Conditions on Marriage Green Cards

Written by Jonathan Petts

Years ago, the U.S. government instituted tighter measures to help prevent marriage fraud. Issuing conditional green cards (CR-1 visas) to newly-married couples was one of those measures. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) places conditions on your green card so they can re-assess whether your marriage is based on a bona fide relationship with your spouse. This article explains the removal of conditions process for marriage green cards and answers some frequently asked questions about the process.

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What Supporting Documents Do You Need for a U.S. Marriage Green Card?

Written by Jonathan Petts

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse for a Marriage Green Card. They and their spouse will need to submit certain documents to the U.S. Government when they apply. The application process and documents you will need are different when the spouse seeking a Green Card is living inside of the United States (“[Adjustment of Status](https://webflow.com/filing-guides/family-green-card-concurrent)”) and when they are living outside of the United States (“[Consular Processing](https://webflow.com/filing-guides/family-green-card-consular)”). This guide will serve as a document checklist for both processes.

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What Is Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you’re in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa and you need to stay past your visa’s expiration date, you can apply for an extension using Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. To use Form I-539, you must meet certain eligibility requirements, return the completed form to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and pay a $370 filing fee plus $85 for biometrics. This article explains how to fill out Form I-539 and who is eligible to use it to extend their stay in the United States.

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What Are the Tax Filing Requirements for U.S. Nonresident Aliens?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Even if you aren’t a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, you may still need to file an IRS income tax return. Generally speaking, nonresident aliens of the United States must file an IRS tax return if they received income or were engaged in a trade or business in the United States. An individual is a nonresident alien if they are not a U.S. citizen or national and can’t pass either the green card test or the substantial presence test.

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The Complete Guide to the U.S. Immigration Medical Exam

Written by Jonathan Petts

The immigration medical exam is a crucial part of the green card application process. Under U.S. immigration law, all green card applicants must complete the immigration medical exam to confirm that they are in good health and are fit to live in the United States as permanent residents. This article explains the purpose of the immigration medical exam, what's involved in the process, how much the exam costs, how to find a doctor, and what medical tests you will undergo. It also explains certain health conditions that may make you "inadmissible" to the United States.

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How To Use Form I-912 Supporting Documents To Get a Fee Waiver

Written by Jonathan Petts

Applying or petitioning U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for immigrant benefits can be expensive. Many of the petitions or applications require fees of hundreds of dollars that you might struggle to afford. To accommodate these financial challenges, you could be eligible for a fee waiver from the USCIS by completing Form I-912. Generally speaking, many required USCIS fees can be waived if you can prove that you’re suffering from a financial hardship or otherwise meet specific income standards. To provide this proof, you’ll need to attach complete and accurate supporting documents to Form I-912.

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What Is the G-1 Visa for Foreign Diplomats?

Written by Jonathan Petts

G nonimmigrant visas are for employees of international organizations and representatives of foreign governments in the United States. This article explains all you need to know about the G-1 visa, including what the G-1 visa is, who qualifies for it and who doesn’t, and what the visa application process is.

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Green Card Applications and Criminal Records

Written by Jonathan Petts

An important part of the green card application is the criminal background check that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) runs on every applicant. The U.S. Congress has compiled a list of crimes that can make an immigrant “inadmissible” to the United States under U.S. immigration law. For example, being convicted of an aggravated felony can disqualify you from getting a green card and any future naturalization benefits. This article explains how an applicant’s criminal record can affect their green card application, the types of criminal convictions that will impact their chances of approval, and how to use waivers of inadmissibility.

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What Supporting Documents Do You Need To Become a U.S. Citizen?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Naturalization is the process by which an immigrant to the United States applies for U.S. citizenship. In addition to the Form N-400: Application for Naturalization, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires certain supporting documents. You can use this article as a document checklist for the naturalization process.

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How To Write a Cover Letter for Your Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

To get a family-based green card, you need to submit Form I-130 and supporting documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and pay the required fees. It’s a good idea to include a cover letter with your application as well. It can help keep everything organized and gives you a chance to highlight anything in your application that USCIS should know about. This article explains what a cover letter for a family-based green card application is and the elements it should include. It also includes a template you can use to write your own.

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Can I File Form I-485 While in Removal Proceedings?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are eligible, you can file Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Application, even if you are in removal proceedings and the U.S. government is trying to deport you. This process might seem unusual, but in some situations, you may be eligible to adjust your immigration status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Read on to learn when, why, and how you might file Form I-485 during a removal proceeding.

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How To Change Status From H-1B to Marriage Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

The H-1B visa is a dual intent visa. Dual intent means that although The H-1B visa is a dual intent visa. Dual intent means that although it's a temporary work visa, U.S. immigration officials won't penalize you for [changing your status](https://www.immigrationhelp.org/learning-center/the-complete-guide-to-adjustment-of-status-process/) to a green card while you're in the United States in H-1B status. This is good news for you as the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident - you can apply for a green card through marriage and be on the pathway to U.S. citizenship. With the green card, you can work in the United States permanently, even after your sixth year of H-1B status. This article explains the process of applying for a marriage green card depending on your spouse's U.S. immigration status.it's a temporary work visa, U.S. immigration officials won't penalize you for [changing your status](https://www.immigrationhelp.org/learning-center/the-complete-guide-to-adjustment-of-status-process/) to a green card while you're in the United States in H-1B status. This is good news for you as the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident - you can apply for a green card through marriage and be on the pathway to U.S. citizenship. With the green card, you can work in the United States permanently, even after your sixth year of H-1B status. This article explains the process of applying for a marriage green card depending on your spouse's U.S. immigration status.

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What Is Form I-129F?

Written by Jonathan Petts

One of the benefits of naturalizing as a U.S. citizen is that you can petition the U.S. government for your foreign spouse or fiancé to join you in the United States. The U.S. government requires you to file Form I-129F on behalf of your partner as part of your petition for them. This article explains what Form I-129F is, as well as its eligibility requirements, cost, and necessary supporting documents. It also describes what happens after you file and the timeline of submitting Form I-129F to getting a green card.

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How To Complete Your U.S. Travel History on a DACA Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

In 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as protection from deportation for eligible Dreamers living in the United States without status. If you apply for DACA, you'll have a work permit and lawful immigration status that you can renew every two years. The DACA application itself is quite extensive and requires you to provide, among other things, information about your U.S. travel history. You'll have to provide the dates when you arrived in the United States, how you came in, and what your immigration status was upon arrival. In this article, we'll explain the different parts of your U.S. travel history that the DACA forms are asking for and how to provide that information.

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A Guide to U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you would like to visit the United States and you're not a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you will have to get a nonimmigrant visa to make the trip. Nonimmigrant visas are available for different travel reasons, and U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide grant them for a temporary period. This guide explains what U.S. nonimmigrant visas are and who needs to get one. We also describe the different types of U.S. nonimmigrant visas and the application process step by step.

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How to Expedite Your Immigration Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

During the immigration application process, your situation may suddenly change in a way that makes you need to hear back from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on your case quickly. If this happens, you may be able to submit a USCIS case expedite request to receive a quicker application decision. There is no fee to make a request. USCIS requires you to meet specific criteria, like extreme humanitarian need or potential harm to a U.S person or company if your application isn’t sped up, in order for them to approve your request. This article explains the situations where you can ask USCIS to expedite your case and provides step-by-step instructions for making an expedited request.‍

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TPS vs. Asylum: How Do They Compare?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and asylum are both humanitarian provisions of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they are not the same thing. Sometimes one status works better than the other for your situation. This article compares the two immigration statuses so you can have a better understanding of which may be most suitable for your purposes.

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6 Tips To Afford USCIS Filing Fees

Written by Jonathan Petts

For many low-income people, navigating the U.S. immigration system is overwhelmingly expensive. In addition to lawyer fees, you must also pay application processing fees to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This money adds up rather quickly. This article suggests six tips to cut costs and raise money for your immigration application.

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What Is Form I-765: Application for Employment Authorization?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Form I-765 is one of the main forms for applying for a work permit. To receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you need to file Form I-765 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This article explains what Form I-765 is and how it’s used. We'll also explain who can file the form, how to complete it, what supporting documents to include, and how much it costs.

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What Is Form G-28: Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Although there are a number of simple immigration processes you can handle by yourself, it may be detrimental to go through some more complex immigration legal processes on your own. When your case is complex — maybe you have a criminal record, a prior immigration violation, or a complicated backgrond — it is absolutely necessary to consult with a qualified lawyer. To include a lawyer on your immigration case, you’ll have use Form G-28. This article explains what the Form G-28 is and how it’s used, why you should file it, and how to file it.

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What Is a Receipt Number, and Where Can I Find My Receipt Number for USCIS?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Your receipt number for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a 13-character identification code that USCIS uses to identify and track your case. The receipt number will contain three letters followed by 10 numbers. The letters identify the USCIS service center that is processing your application. The 10 numbers that follow are a combination of the date your case was opened and your unique case number. USCIS will print your receipt number on any correspondence they send you regarding your application. You will need your receipt number to check your application status. This article explains what a USCIS receipt number is, where to find it, how to read it, and how to use it to check your application's status.

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How To Apply for Citizenship by Naturalization

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), who meets the residency and background-check requirements, you can apply for Citizenship by Naturalization. There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen. For example, once you become a U.S. citizen, you will be able to vote in U.S. elections, come and go from the U.S. as you please, and apply for your eligible family members to receive U.S. green cards. The application process is pretty straightforward. For most people, it costs $725 and takes 7-15 months. This article explains how to apply for U.S. citizenship in nine easy steps.

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How To Complete Your Address History on a DACA Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

Many immigrants who come to the United States have moved around and changed addresses. Most U.S. immigration applications, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application, ask for your address history as an applicant. This article explains what address information you need to fill out your DACA forms, how to find old address information, what happens if your address history is incomplete on your DACA forms, and what supporting documents should accompany your DACA application.

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How To Get a Marriage Green Card as a Military Spouse

Written by Jonathan Petts

It’s common for active-duty military personnel to fall in love while stationed abroad. If the couple meets the requirements, the foreign spouse can get a marriage green card in three simple steps. They will apply for a green card either from the United States or abroad, attend a green card interview, and wait for a response from the U.S. government. This article explains the requirements for the military spouse green card and the application process to follow depending on where you live.

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What Is Form I-730?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Once U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your asylum application, you can apply for your immediate relatives to join you in the United States. To do that, you will have to file a Form I-730 petition on their behalf. This article explains Form I-730, including who can file it and when, which relatives qualify for it, and how to file a Form I-730 petition.

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How To Track Your USCIS Application Status

Written by Jonathan Petts

Whether you’re applying for a work permit, a green card, or another immigration status, you have several ways to track your application status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The easiest way to track your application status is on USCIS.gov through the case status online tracker tool or through your myUSCIS account. You can also check your case status by calling USCIS or mailing an inquiry. No matter how you decide to check your status, you’ll need your receipt number — the unique 13-character code USCIS sent you in a receipt notice after it accepted your application. This article explains how to check the status of your case online, by mail, or by phone.

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How To Apply for Refugee Status in the United States

Written by Jonathan Petts

As part of humanitarian provisions under U.S. immigration law, thousands of refugees come into the United States every year. These are people fleeing persecution in various forms from all around the world. This article explains what the legal definition of a refugee is, who is eligible for U.S. refugee status, and how to submit a refugee application to the United States.

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A Guide to the M-1 Visa for Vocational Students

Written by Jonathan Petts

There are different visa categories for foreign students who wish to pursue an education in the United States. If you would like to receive vocational training in the United States, you may be able to do so with an M-1 visa if you can meet the requirements. This article explains what the M-1 visa is, who can apply for it, and how to apply. It also answers some frequently asked questions about the student visa.

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What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Rejected” Mean for My Marriage Green Card Application?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) case status “Case Rejected” means that you didn’t file your immigration paperwork correctly, so USCIS did not review your case. If USCIS rejects your case, it will return your original filing fee. To have your case reviewed, you’ll need to fix the issue that was causing the rejection. Common issues that lead to rejection include filing the incorrect form version, paying an incorrect fee amount, and not signing a form. If you see the “Case Rejected” status on your USCIS account, you’ll need to refile your application and pay your filing fee to move forward with your marriage green card case. If you aren’t sure how to correct the mistake after reading this article, you may want to contact an attorney for help with your case.

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What Is the American Dream and Promise Act, and What Does It Mean for You?

Written by Jonathan Petts

A significant part of President Biden's campaign messaging was overturning the Trump Administration's immigration policies and establishing a path to lawful permanent residence and citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth called Dreamers. Soon after winning the election, President Biden reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Obama had started in 2012. A few months into his administration, U.S. legislators restarted conversations about granting DACA recipients green cards with the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.

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How To Use the State Department’s Reciprocity Schedule

Written by Jonathan Petts

Sometimes the civil documents you have to submit to support your green card application are not issued by the authorities in your home country. To help address this, the U.S. Department of State publishes a “reciprocity schedule” that you can use to determine which substitute documents the U.S. government will accept for your application. This article explains how to use the reciprocity schedule.

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The USCIS 90-Day Rule

Written by Jonathan Petts

It is extremely important to be honest about your intentions when you apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. Misrepresenting your intentions for traveling to the United States will land you in a lot of trouble with the U.S. government. One of the ways that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirms your travel intent is the 90-day rule. The 90-day rule states that temporary visa holders who marry or apply for a green card within 90 days of arriving in the United States are automatically presumed to have misrepresented their original intentions. This article explains the 90-day rule, including how immigration officials apply it, the consequences of breaking the rule, and how to prove nonimmigrant intent on your U.S. visa application.

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Do You Need To Provide Tax Returns To File for Naturalization?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Everyone who works in the United States must file taxes with the IRS. This requirement includes lawful permanent residents and nonimmigrants with U.S. employment authorization. If you intend to naturalize as a U.S. citizen eventually, you will need to provide tax returns as part of your application, so it is essential to understand your tax filing requirements. This article explains all you should know about filing tax returns for your current or upcoming naturalization application.

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What You Need To Know About Re-Registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Written by Jonathan Petts

Temporary protected status (TPS) allows certain immigrants to live and work in the U.S., but it is not permanent. If you have TPS, you must renew your status during each re-registration period. If you fail to re-register, you can lose the essential benefits of TPS. For example, you can’t adjust your TPS status if your TPS has expired. TPS adjustment of status is one of the easiest ways to get a green card. This article helps you understand how and when to re-register.

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What Is Consular Processing?

Written by Jonathan Petts

There are two major pathways to apply for a United States green card. One method, called “adjustment of status,” applies when you’re already in the United States. The other method is consular processing, which refers to the process of applying for lawful permanent resident status while located overseas. The consular process begins with filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which then hands it over to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC completes the green card application process and issues a visa allowing you to travel to the United States and get your green card.

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What Happens at a USCIS Biometrics Appointment?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires a biometrics appointment as part of many applications for immigration benefits. This is sometimes called the "fingerprint appointment." At the appointment, the U.S. government will take your fingerprints, pictures, and signature. These are used to run a background check and for identification purposes. Usually, USCIS will schedule a date and time for the biometrics appointment for you, but something you have to schedule it yourself. If you have a conflict, you can attend your scheduled biometrics appointment early or reschedule it for a later, more convenient time. But it’s best to attend at the scheduled time whenever possible. This article explains what happens at a biometrics appointment, how you should prepare for it, and what you should and should not bring along to your appointment.‍

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How To Get a U.S. Marriage Green Card: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Jonathan Petts

A marriage green card is a type of immigrant visa that allows you to live and work in the United States. It is available to the spouse of a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Applying for a marriage green card takes 9-38 months and costs $1,400-$1,960. You can apply for a marriage green card from inside the U.S. or you can apply for a marriage green card from abroad. This guide explains what a marriage green card is and how to get one.

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Green Card vs. Visa: How Are They Different?

Written by Jonathan Petts

A common misconception is that a green card and a visa are the same thing. While the two are similar, there are differences between green cards and visas. To avoid confusion, you should first understand what a visa is and what a green card is. This article explains both, then highlights the differences between green cards and visas.

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All You Need To Know About Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you want to apply for asylum in the United States, you must submit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-589 within one year of arriving in the United States. You’ll also need to submit documents to support your application. This article will help you understand how to fill out form I-589 and what supporting documentation you’ll need to provide. It will also cover some tips to help ensure your application has the best chance of success.

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What Is the Visa Waiver Program?

Written by Jonathan Petts

The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens from eligible countries to stay in the United States for 90 days without getting a visa. It applies to those traveling for business or tourism. This article will explain how the Visa Waiver Program works, who qualifies for it, and how it compares to a B-1 or B-2 visitor visa. If you qualify, you can save yourself time and money on your trip to the U.S., but you should also be aware of a few drawbacks.

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How To Apply for a U.S. Passport

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you recently became a U.S. citizen, congratulations! You are now eligible to apply for a U.S. passport. The U.S. passport process is very straightforward, and passport applications are processed much quicker than the other immigration applications you’ve been used to. This article is a step-by-step guide to the application process for a U.S. passport if you’re applying for the first time.

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A Comprehensive Guide to the U.S. Citizenship Test

Written by Jonathan Petts

The U.S. Citizenship Test is one of the most important aspects of your citizenship application. You'll need to pass the test to become an American citizen, and you can only take the exam twice. This article is a comprehensive guide to the U.S. Citizenship Test. It explains what to expect on the test, how you should prepare, whether you can request special accommodations if you have a disability, who's exempt from taking the test, and what happens after you take it.

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What is the IR-2 immigrant visa for children of U.S. citizens?

Written by Jonathan Petts

There are visas available for foreign-born children of U.S. citizens to immigrate to the United States. The IR-2 visa is an immigrant visa available only to unmarried children of U.S. citizens. This guide explains the IR-2 visa in detail. It defines who can apply for the visa, the IR-2 visa application process, the costs involved, as well as how long it takes to process IR-2 visa applications.

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What To Do if You Are Denied Entry Into the United States With Advance Parole

Written by Jonathan Petts

For green card applicants based in the United States and people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, Advance Parole is a welcome provision. With this travel document, you can leave the United States while in DACA status or while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes your green card application. Advance Parole provides a chance to visit ailing family, study abroad, attend forums and conferences abroad, and catch up with friends. But sometimes the U.S. government does not allow people with valid Advance Parole documents to reenter the United States. This article explains some reasons why the U.S. government would refuse to let you back into the country even with Advance Parole and some things you can do if you find yourself in this situation as an adjustment of status applicant or a DACA recipient.

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How To Become a U.S. Citizen

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every year, several people become U.S. citizens and enjoy the benefits that come with U.S. citizenship. There are four general ways to become a U.S. citizen: by birth, acquisition, derivation, or naturalization. This article explains each of the four ways of becoming a U.S. citizen and who qualifies to use each process.

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