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

Green Cards

What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My Employment-Based Green Card Application?

Written by Immigration Help Team

If you see “Case Was Denied” as your USCIS case status online, it means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received and reviewed your employment-based green card case and decided not to grant you a green card. If USCIS denies your employment-based green card, it will send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for an employment-based green card 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, you’ll want to have a good immigration attorney at your side.

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What Does USCIS Case Status “Request for Additional Evidence” Mean for My Marriage Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you log in to your USCIS account online and see the case status “Request for Additional Evidence Was Sent,” it means that USCIS needs more information from you to process your case and ensure you’re eligible for a marriage green card. USCIS will mail a Form I-797E: Notice of Action that outlines exactly what additional evidence is needed and why. The notice will also include a deadline for submitting the requested information. It’s important to submit the requested information before the deadline to ensure USCIS continues processing your application without too much delay.

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What Does USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My Marriage Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

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 marriage green card application and decided not to grant your spouse a green card. If USCIS denies your marriage green card application case, it’ll send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for a green card 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, you’ll want to have a good immigration attorney at your side.

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Can a DACA Recipient Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 22, 2022

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
Updated November 22, 2022

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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What Is a Green Card Joint Sponsor?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 22, 2022

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 Does USCIS Case Status “Request for Additional Evidence” Mean for My Parent Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you log in to your USCIS account online and see the case status “Request for Additional Evidence Was Sent,” it means that USCIS needs more information from you to process your case and ensure you’re eligible for a green card. USCIS will mail a Form I-797E: Notice of Action that outlines exactly what additional evidence is needed and why. The notice will also include a deadline for submitting the requested information. It’s important to submit the requested information before the deadline to ensure USCIS continues processing your application without too much delay.

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What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My EB-5 Application?

Written by Immigration Help Team

If you see “Case Was Denied” as your USCIS case status online, it means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received and reviewed your EB-5 application and decided not to grant you a green card. If USCIS denies your EB-5 case, it will send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for an EB-5 green card 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, you’ll want to have a good immigration attorney at your side.

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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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Can a U.S. Citizen's Widow(er) Get a Marriage Green Card?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If your American spouse dies suddenly while you're applying for a marriage green card, or if you're considering applying for a marriage green card after your U.S. citizen spouse's death, it is still possible to get a green card. This article explains provisions in U.S. immigration law that allow widows and widowers of U.S. citizens to become lawful permanent residents. We also explain the green card process to follow depending on if you had started the process before your citizen spouse's death and if you're filing from the United States or abroad.

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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
Updated November 15, 2022

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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Can You Apply for Advance Parole With a Criminal Record?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 22, 2022

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 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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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 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 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 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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Can DACA Recipients Apply for a Green Card?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Since President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, eligible undocumented youth have received protection from deportation. The Trump administration terminated the DACA program in 2017, but President Biden restored DACA at the start of his presidency. DACA recipients enjoy benefits like an employment authorization permit. But DACA status and the work permit are only temporary. They are valid for two years, after which DACA recipients have to renew their status. Plans to grant DACA recipients more long-term legal status in the United States have been on the docket for a while but have yet to pass into law. It is still possible for some DACA recipients to get green cards. This article explains the existing pathways for DACA recipients to get green cards.

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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 the Form I-94 Travel Record?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Nearly every foreign traveler to the United States has an I-94 travel record (also known as “Form I-94” or “I-94 Form”). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials issue Form I-94 to foreign travelers entering the United States. CBP officials use Form I-94 to track arrivals and departures of non-citizens visiting the United States. This article explains Form i-94 in-depth, including how it is used, how to access yours, and answers to some frequently asked questions.‍

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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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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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Is It Risky To Travel With Advance Parole?

Written by Jonathan Petts

For Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and adjustment of status applicants, the U.S. government makes provision for a travel document called Advance Parole. Advance Parole allows immigrants based in the United States to travel abroad while in status or while waiting for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to process their paperwork. If you have DACA or are applying for adjustment of status, your approved Advance Parole document will serve the same purpose as a U.S. visa, allowing re-entry to the United States upon returning. In this article, we explain Advance Parole, how to get it, and highlight some of the risks involved in traveling back to the United States on Advance Parole.

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated May 26, 2022

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 2, 2022

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 Do I Replace a Lost Green Card?

Written by Upsolve Team
Updated August 7, 2022

Replacing a lost green card is straightforward, but it takes time. You’ll need to fill out Form I-90, pay a filing fee, and attend a biometrics appointment before you can replace your lost green card. Replacing a green card can take more than a year, so you should get the process started quickly.

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What Are the Photo Requirements for a Green Card Application?

Written by Jonathan Petts

As part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) requirements, you must submit photos of yourself with your green card application. This article explains the U.S. government’s green card photo requirements, how you can get a photo that meets these requirements, and the number of photos to include with your application.

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What Is Special Immigrant Visa Status?

Written by Amelia Neimi
Updated August 7, 2022

Certain Afghans or Iraqis who helped the United States government are eligible to apply for special immigrant visa status. Although this process is long and complicated, if granted, it could lead to lawful permanent resident status in the United States. This article will explain how special immigrant status works, why it exists, and how to apply for it if you’re eligible.

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Green Card Applications and Criminal Records

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 2, 2022

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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Green Card vs. Visa: How Are They Different?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 15, 2022

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
Updated October 9, 2022

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
Updated November 22, 2022

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 9, 2022

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 Does USCIS Case Status “Case Rejected” Mean for My Employment-Based Green Card?

Written by Immigration Help Team

The USCIS 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 caused 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 immigration application. 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 Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Rejected” Mean for My EB-5 Green Card Application?

Written by Immigration Help Team

The USCIS 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 caused 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 immigration application. 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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How To Get a Marriage Green Card as a Military Spouse

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 24, 2022

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 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 Does USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My Child Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you see “Case Was Denied” as your USCIS case status online, it means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received and reviewed your child’s green card application and decided not to grant your child a green card. If USCIS denies your child green card case, it’ll send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for a green card 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, you’ll want to have a good immigration attorney at your side.

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What Does USCIS Case Status “Case Was Denied” Mean for My Parent Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you see “Case Was Denied” as your USCIS case status online, it means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received and reviewed your parent’s green card application and decided not to grant your parent a green card. If USCIS denies your parent’s green card, it’ll send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for a green card 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, you’ll want to have a good immigration attorney at your side.

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How To Use the State Department’s Reciprocity Schedule

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

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 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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What Does USCIS Case Status “Request for Additional Evidence” Mean for My Sibling Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you log in to your USCIS account online and see the case status “Request for Additional Evidence Was Sent,” it means that USCIS needs more information from you to process your sibling green card case and ensure you’re eligible. USCIS will mail a Form I-797E: Notice of Action that outlines exactly what additional evidence is needed and why. The notice will also include a deadline for submitting the requested information. It’s important to submit the requested information before the deadline to ensure USCIS continues processing your application without too much delay.

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What Does USCIS Case Status “Request for Additional Evidence” Mean for My Child Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

If you log in to your USCIS account online and see the case status “Request for Additional Evidence Was Sent,” it means that USCIS needs more information from you to process your child’s green card case and ensure your child is eligible for a green card. USCIS will mail a Form I-797E: Notice of Action that outlines exactly what additional evidence is needed and why. The notice will also include a deadline for submitting the requested information. It’s important to submit the requested information before the deadline to ensure USCIS continues processing your application without too much delay.

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

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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Forms DS-260 and DS-261 and the Marriage Green Card Consular Process

Written by Jonathan Petts

You can apply for a green card from the United States or from abroad. The process of applying from outside the United States, through a local U.S. embassy or consulate, is called consular processing. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) handles the initial stages of consular processing green card applications. Then, the U.S. Department of State's National Visa Center (NVC) handles the final stages of the application processing. In this article, we explain the function of the National Visa Center (NVC) and how to file State Department forms DS-260 and DS-261 with the NVC as part of the consular green card process.

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What is an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864)?

Written by Jonathan Petts

When you're applying for a marriage green card, you'll need a financial sponsor to submit an Affidavit of Support on your behalf. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will process your Affidavit of Support to determine that you have enough financial resources available to you as a U.S. immigrant. This article explains everything you should know about filing an Affidavit of Support using Form I-864. You'll learn the requirements and obligations of a financial sponsor and who is exempt from filing an Affidavit of Support.

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How long does it take for USCIS and the NVC to process applications, and how do I check the status of my case?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you would like to track your immigration application as it moves along the immigration process or if you are wondering how to check if your application's processing is outside the expected processing timeframes, we've got you covered! This article will explore how to check your application case status - both with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the National Visa Center (NVC) - and what to do if your application processing falls outside the normal processing time.

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K1 Fiancé Visas vs. Marriage Green Cards: What Are the Differences?

Written by Jonathan Petts

U.S. citizens who would like to marry their foreign fiance have two options to bring their partner to the United States: a marriage green card (spouse visa) through Consular Processing or a K-1 fiance visa. U.S. green card holders may not apply for a K-1 Visa. The main differences between a K-1 fiance visa and a marriage green card are their timing, location, and cost. The K-1 visa is often the quicker option for international couples. It takes 9-15 months and costs $800. With this visa, the couple can begin life in the U.S. immediately after their wedding. They will still have to apply for a marriage green card for the foreign spouse to stay in the U.S. The process of adjusting status from a K-1 fiance visa to a marriage green card takes 4-6 months and costs $1225. Consular marriage green cards (spouse visas) are issued after the couple is married outside of the U.S. The consular marriage green card application process takes 11-32 months and costs $1,210. The foreign spouse cannot move to the U.S. until the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) approves their green card application. Choosing between a K-1 fiance visa and a spouse visa can be tricky, but this article is here to help!

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What Is Form I-751, Petition To Remove Conditions on Residence?

Written by Jonathan Petts

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) will give you a conditional green card if your marriage was less than two years old when you applied for permanent residence. Conditional green cards are not valid for as long as regular green cards. You will have to eventually ask U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to remove the conditions on your card so that you can have access to your permanent resident benefits on a long-term basis. This article explains Form I-751: Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, when to file it, how to file it, and what to expect after filing it with the U.S. government.

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How To Read the U.S. Visa Bulletin

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 22, 2022

Many green card applicants will have to wait for an immigrant visa to become available before they can file their green card applications with the U.S. government. The visa bulletin is a monthly update that the U.S. government provides to keep green card applicants who have to wait for visas informed about whether the time is right to submit their green card applications. In this article, we explain in more detail what the visa bulletin is and how green card caps come to play, how to read the visa bulletin, and what visa retrogressions are.

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

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status “Case Rejected” means that you didn’t file your immigration paperwork correctly, so USCIS didn’t review your case. If USCIS rejects your case, it’ll also return your original filing fee. To have your case reviewed, you’ll need to fix the issue that caused 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 immigration application. 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. We can refer you to an experienced immigration attorney for a free consultation.

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How To Change Your Status From a J-1 Visa to a Marriage Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

Many Americans and lawful permanent residents are married to foreign citizens. As a student exchange visitor on a J-1 visa, it's possible to meet and fall in love with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident during your time in the United States. If you marry someone who's a U.S. citizen or green cardholder, you can get a green card. In this article, we explain what the marriage green card process is like depending on your spouse's U.S. immigration status, and whether or not you've overstayed your visa. We'll also discuss some things you should consider before filing your application, like the home residency requirement and the 90-day rule.

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What Is Direct Consular Filing (DCF)?

Written by Jonathan Petts

When your green card application goes through consular processing, U.S. immigration officials at an embassy or consulate in your home country handle your application. Consular processing is the default application method for green card applicants filing from outside the United States. Direct Consular Filing (DCF) is a fast-track process for filing Form I-130, the foundation of every family-based green card application. This article is a deep dive into direct consular filing, discussing eligibility, the application process, and processing timeframes.

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How IMBRA Protects Green Card Applicants From Sponsor Abuse

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated June 22, 2022

Several protections are built into U.S. immigration law to shield immigration applicants from different kinds of abuse. For marriage green card applicants and fiancé visa applicants, the International Marriage Brokerage Regulation Act (IMBRA) serves as protection from abusive spouses who are sponsoring your application. This article discusses the history of IMBRA, its provisions, and how it may be helpful for your immigration application.

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How To Get a Green Card Using TPS Adjustment of Status

Written by Jonathan Petts

While temporary protected status (TPS) allows certain immigrants to live and work in the U.S., this status is not permanent. One of the easiest ways to remain in the U.S. is by using the TPS adjustment of status process to get a green card. Once you have your green card, you’ll no longer need to fear deportation if your TPS status changes or expires because you’ll be a permanent U.S. resident. This article explains the requirements for successfully changing from temporary protected status to permanent U.S. residency.

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How To Get an Asylum Green Card — Permanent Residence for Asylees

Written by Jonathan Petts

You can apply for an asylum green card one year after the U.S. government grants your request for asylum. When you apply for an asylum green card, you can also apply for green cards for your spouse and children if they received “derivative” asylum with you. You and your family are only eligible to adjust status to asylum green cards if you have been physically present in the United States for at least one year since you received asylum status. This article explains the eligibility requirements for asylum green cards and shows you the step-by-step process to apply.‍

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What Is the PERM Labor Certification Process for Foreign Workers?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated June 22, 2022

PERM labor certification is one of the most important processes involved in getting an employment-based green card. Your employer will be responsible for getting this done, but it is very helpful that you know what the process involves and why it must be completed before you can get a green card. This article explains everything you need to know about the PERM labor certification process.

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Missing I-94 Arrival Record - How Do I Prove Lawful Entry to the United States?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Every year thousands of people apply for a green card based on their family relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If you want to apply from inside the United States, you must prove that you entered the country lawfully. To prove that, you normally submit a copy of your I-94 Arrivals and Departure record with your Green Card application. The I-94 officially documents all the dates when you left and came into the United States through ports of entry. But what happens if you can't find your I-94 record? This article explains how to get a copy of your missing I-94 record and discusses other ways you may be able to prove lawful entry into the United States.

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What Is a Green Card Re-Entry Permit?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 10, 2022

Before you take a long trip abroad as a green card holder, you need to do some things to ensure you can return to the United States without trouble. To keep your immigration status, you'll need to make it clear to the U.S. government that you are not abandoning your status as a permanent U.S. resident. One way to do this is to apply for a re-entry permit before your long trip outside of the United States. This article is a one-stop guide to everything you should know about re-entry permits for green card holders. You'll learn what a re-entry permit is, who needs it, how to get it, and other travel considerations.

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How To Plan a Courthouse Wedding in the United States

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 19, 2022

Traditional wedding ceremonies can be expensive and stressful to plan. A welcome alternative for some couples is the courthouse wedding. A courthouse wedding is sometimes also called a civil wedding, a civil union, or a civil ceremony. Courthouse weddings in the United States are recognized as valid marriages for marriage green card applications. This article explains how to plan a courthouse wedding in six simple steps.

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Income Requirements for Green Card Sponsors

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 19, 2022

When your spouse sponsors your marriage green card application, they have a responsibility to make sure you have enough financial resources at your disposal when you become an immigrant. To this point, they will need to submit an Affidavit of Support with your green card application to prove that you will be financially comfortable as a U.S. permanent resident. There are certain minimum income requirements for anyone who is your green card financial sponsor. This article explains the minimum income requirements for a green card sponsor, how to calculate your household size, and which sources of income you can include.

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What Tax Documents Do You Need To Submit With a Marriage Green Card Application?

Written by Jonathan Petts

To prove that they can be a dependable financial resource to you, your family-based green card sponsor has to submit tax documents to the U.S. government with your application for permanent resident status. For a marriage green card application, your sponsor is usually your spouse and they'll have to submit tax documents to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements. This article answers the most frequently asked questions about which tax documents to include in your marriage green card application.

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What Is the Green Card Number?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you’re a lawful permanent resident of the United States applying efor citizenship or filling out other government forms, you may need to enter your green card number. This guide explains what the green card number is, how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses it, how to locate the number on your green card, and how to understand what the different parts of the green card number mean.

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What Is USCIS Form I-485: Adjustment of Status Application?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Form I-485 is an essential document to submit for the green card application process. Its official name is the Adjustment of Status Application. You can submit Form I-485 if you are eligible for a green card and entered the United States on a valid nonimmigrant visa. Filing Form I-485 allows you to register lawful permanent residence. In this article, we explain how Form I-485 factors in the green card application process, who can use the form, and who is not qualified to. You will learn what the Form I-485 filing fees are, how long the processing timeframe is for Form I-485, and the required documents to submit with the form.

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How Can My Undocumented Immigrant Spouse Get a Green Card Through Marriage?

Written by Jonathan Petts

If you are married to an undocumented immigrant, you are not alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 1.2 million undocumented immigrants are married to United States citizens. And that number doesn't even include undocumented immigrants married to U.S. permanent residents. Getting a marriage green card protects your spouse from deportation and, as immediate relatives, gives them a path to naturalization. But applying for a marriage green card can be a difficult process. And in most cases, it is even more challenging when your spouse is undocumented. This article will help you weigh the benefits and risks of applying for a marriage green card for your undocumented spouse.

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10 Reasons for Your Green Card Application Denial

Written by Jonathan Petts

There are a lot of moving parts to the green card application process, and it's important to pay careful attention when you’re putting your application together. Sometimes, making mistakes on your application can cause the U.S. government to deny it. Other times, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will deny your visa application because you are inadmissible for one reason or the other. In this article, we're highlighting 10 of the most common reasons why the U.S. government would deny your green card application.

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What Is the H-1B Visa?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

The H-1B visa is a U.S. work visa that allows foreign nationals working in specialty occupation jobs to live and work lawfully in the United States for U.S. employers. The H-1B visa is valid for a maximum of 6 years, and H-1B visa holders are eligible to apply for employment-based green cards. This article is a guide to the H-1B visa. It explains specialty occupation and the eligibility requirements for the H-1B visa. It also explains the H-1B visa application process and what happens after applying. You will also find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the H-1B visa in this article.

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How To Prove You’re in a “Bona Fide” Marriage for Your Green Card Application

Written by Jonathan Petts

A bona fide relationship is one where both parties share a true and genuine romantic connection. When you’re applying for a marriage green card, you need to prove to the U.S. government that you and your spouse share genuine romantic affection and that your marriage is real and not a sham for immigration purposes. You will have two opportunities to prove you’re in a bona fide marriage - your I-130 petition and your green card interview. This article explains evidence that may help demonstrate that your marriage is real.

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Step-by-Step Guide To Filing a Family Green Card Application From Abroad (by Consular Processing)

Written by Immigration Help Team

If you are a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen and you want to petition for a family member to get a green card, you’ll apply through consular processing. This process means you’ll interact with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the National Visa Center (NVC). This process typically takes 7–15 months and costs $1,400. This is a 14-step guide to getting a family green card through consular processing.

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What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Was Received” Mean for My Parent Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

When you see the case status “Case Was Received” from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it means USCIS is acknowledging that it received your parent green card application packet. This is just the start of USCIS processing your application. It hasn’t yet reviewed your application materials or determined your parent’s eligibility. Once you see this status, you’ll want to keep an eye on future status changes and respond to anything that requires your attention, such as a request for evidence. This article explains the “Case Received” USCIS status and what to do when your application is in this status.

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What Does the USCIS Case Status “Case Was Received” Mean for My Child Green Card Application?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

When you see the case status “Case Was Received” from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it means USCIS is acknowledging that it received your immigration application packet. This is just the start of USCIS processing your application. It hasn’t yet reviewed your application materials or determined your eligibility. Once you see this status, you’ll want to keep an eye on future status changes and respond to anything that requires your attention, such as a request for evidence. This article explains the “Case Received” USCIS status and what to do when your application is in this status.

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

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

When you see the case status “Case Was Received” from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it means USCIS is acknowledging that it received your immigration application packet. This is just the start of USCIS processing your application. It hasn’t yet reviewed your application materials or determined your eligibility. Once you see this status, you’ll want to keep an eye on future status changes and respond to anything that requires your attention, such as a request for evidence. This article explains the “Case Received” USCIS status and what to do when your application is in this status.

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How To Notify USCIS (or the NVC) About a Change of Address

Written by Jonathan Petts

According to U.S. immigration law, most non-citizens living in the United States must inform U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they change addresses. This does not mean that you must ask the U.S. government for permission to move houses. You just have to make sure you inform them after you move. Beyond complying with the law, this is important because USCIS will have updated address information for you when they have to mail you an important notice. This article explains how to go about notifying USCIS about a change of address and which foreigners have to do this under the law.

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Step-by-Step Guide To Filing a Family Green Card Application Concurrently

Written by Immigration Help Team

Filing for a family green card concurrently means you file Form I-130 and Form I-485 at the same time. These two forms will be accompanied by other required (and optional) forms plus required filing fees to form your green card application or petition. Most concurrent family green card applications take 7-15 months and cost $1,760.

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How To File a Family Green Card Application Non-Concurrently: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Immigration Help Team

When you file for a family green card non-concurrently, an eligible family member petitions for you with Form I-130 and you file Form I-485 at a different time. Because you are submitting the forms at different times, this process will take longer than filing concurrently — or submitting your Form I-130 and I-485 at the same time. This article outlines the 13 steps of filing for a family green card non-concurrently.

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How Long Do Immigration Applications Take and What Should I Do if Mine Is Taking Too Long?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 14, 2022

Many factors affect the time it takes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process immigration applications, including the type of benefit you’re applying for and which USCIS service center or field office is processing your forms. This article covers the factors that affect immigration application processing, how to check your case status throughout processing, and what to do if your application is taking longer than the average processing time.

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Keeping You Out of the United States: Grounds for Inadmissibility

Written by Jonathan Petts

The U.S. has special laws that dictate who may enter or stay in the country. These laws list reasons you may be barred from entering the country as an immigrant. If you’re already in the U.S., these laws may allow you to be deported. These reasons are often referred to as “grounds for inadmissibility,” and many exist. But even if one or more grounds for inadmissibility apply to you, you can still stay or enter the U.S. in certain situations. This article provides an overview of the grounds for inadmissibility. It also discusses exceptions and waivers to inadmissibility.

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What Is an Immigrant Visa Number and How Can I Get One?

Written by Immigration Help Team

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the National Visa Center (NVC) issues immigrant visa numbers to green card applicants after the petitioner successfully submits Form I-130 or Form I-140 and once there is a visa available. There are caps on the number of people who can get an immigrant visa each year. So even if you have met all of the eligibility requirements to get a permanent visa, become a lawful permanent resident, and get your green card, you may still have to wait a long time before you get your immigrant visa number and can proceed with the immigrant visa process to get your green card. This article explains immigrant visa numbers and how they differ from your Alien Registration Number (A-Number) and your USCIS case number.

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What Is Immigration Form I-360: Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

Form I-360 is a very versatile immigration form. Several classes of immigrants may file this form with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of their green card application process. This article introduces Form I-360, explains its purpose and who can file it, how to file it, and special considerations for VAWA petitioners to keep in mind.

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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 Find Help With Your Immigration Application When You Need Some Extra Help

Written by Jonathan Petts

ImmigrationHelp.org is a nonprofit that helps low-income Dreamers prepare their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Advance Parole application paperwork for free. With DACA, you can access immigration benefits like work authorization and protection from deportation. ImmigrationHelp.org is not a law firm, so we cannot provide legal representation for our users. As a nonprofit, our goal is to empower you to file your DACA and Advance Parole paperwork on your own. In this article, we explain other resources you can turn to when you need a bit more help than we can provide.

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

Written by Upsolve Team

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status “Case Rejected” means that you didn’t file your immigration paperwork correctly so USCIS didn’t review your case. If USCIS rejects your case, it will also return your original filing fee. To have your case reviewed, you’ll need to fix the issue that caused 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 case and pay your filing fee to move forward with your immigration application. 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. We can refer you to an experienced immigration attorney for a free consultation.

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How To Apply for a USCIS Fee Waiver or Reduction

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 9, 2022

U.S. immigration application filing fees can be quite expensive, but if you can't afford them you have options. You may qualify for a fee waiver if your household income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL) for your state and you are filing a qualifying form. If your household income is between 150% and 200% of the FPL for your state and you are filing a qualifying form, you may be eligible for a fee reduction. This article explains the difference between a fee reduction and a fee waiver, who qualifies, and how to apply for each.

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Advance Parole: How To Travel Abroad While Waiting for Your Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

The green card application can take a while. How long you wait depends on your green card type and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case processing backlogs. If you’re applying for a green card while in the United States, you typically cannot leave until the application process is over. If you leave, USCIS will discontinue your green card application. Getting an Advance Parole travel document allows you to leave the United States while waiting for your green card and return with permission from the U.S. government. In this article, you will learn what Advance Parole is, who qualifies for it and who doesn’t, and how to apply for Advance Parole step-by-step.

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How To Get Advance Parole for Business Travel

Written by Jonathan Petts

For many people applying for immigration benefits, Advance Parole is necessary to travel abroad while they wait for the U.S. government to process their application. Other immigrants, like recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), must also have an approved travel permit before leaving the United States if they'd like to return. Advance Parole makes it possible for immigrants with business ties abroad to leave the United States temporarily for work. In this article, we'll explain what business reasons you can get Advance Parole for as well as the step-by-step application process for getting the travel permit.

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

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status “Case Rejected” means that you didn’t file your immigration paperwork correctly, so USCIS didn’t review your case. If USCIS rejects your case, it’ll also return your original filing fee. To have your case reviewed, you’ll need to fix the issue that caused 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 immigration application. 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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How To Get a Sibling Green Card

Written by Jonathan Petts

If your sibling is a U.S. citizen who is 21 years or older, they can sponsor a lawful permanent resident application for you if you are a citizen of a foreign country. The process for getting a sibling card is usually long. However, it is still possible for your siblings to join you in the United States. This article explains the sibling green card application process, the eligibility requirements, how much it costs, and why it takes so long for siblings to get green cards.

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What Is USCIS Form I-90?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated September 21, 2022

Form I-90 is the official Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The form has multiple uses. You file it with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to renew your expired or soon-expiring green card. You can also use it to get a replacement for your lost, stolen, or damaged green card. This article has all the information you need to know about Form I-90, such as who needs to file, how and where to file, and what happens after filing.

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What To Expect at Your Green Card Interview: The Process, the Questions, and What To Bring With You

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated September 21, 2022

Your green card interview will take place at a USCIS field office or U.S. consulate or embassy closest to you, depending on whether you applied from inside or outside the U.S. The interviewing officer will ask you questions about what you put on your application and whether anything has changed between the time you filed and your interview date. This article explains what you need to know about the interview process and how to prepare for it.

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What Is an Alien Registration Number (A-Number), and Where Can I Find It?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated October 2, 2022

An A-Number (Alien Registration Number) is a 7-9 digit number that USCIS uses to identify immigrants who apply to live in the United States permanently, as well as certain student immigrants. If you are such an immigrant and are applying for additional immigration benefits, you will probably need your A-Number to submit the required forms and to track your application. This article explains how A-Numbers work, and where you can find yours when you need it.

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