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Immigration Resources

What Is Immigration Court?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated July 26, 2022

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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When Can an Immigration Judge Terminate Proceedings?

Written by Amelia Neimi
Updated July 26, 2022

An immigration removal proceeding is a legal action that decides whether someone should be removed, or deported, from the United States. They typically begin when someone receives a Notice to Appear. Then, a master calendar hearing is held, followed by an individual hearing. This article explains each of these steps of the proceeding process in more detail, including when, how, and why a judge may terminate a removal proceeding.

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6 Questions About Health Insurance for Immigrants

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 15, 2022

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
Updated August 15, 2022

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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Types of Relief From Removal Proceedings: An Overview

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 15, 2022

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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How To Translate Immigration Documents

Written by Jonathan Petts

Whether you are completing a citizenship application, marriage green card application, DACA renewal, or some other application, U.S. immigration law probably requires you to include supporting personal documents with your paperwork. If you are like most immigrants, many of these personal documents are written in a foreign language. Every document you submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that is written in a language other than the English language must be translated into English. In this article, we explain what USCIS's immigration translation requirements are, who is allowed to make these translations, how much professional document translation costs, and how to get a USCIS certified translation of your immigration documents.

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 7, 2022

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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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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Immigration Court: What Does a Notice of Hearing Mean in Removal Proceedings?

Written by Upsolve Team
Updated August 21, 2022

A notice of hearing in removal proceedings is a document that informs you about an immigration hearing that’s been scheduled. These hearings relate to the government’s attempt to deport you from the United States. This article explains what this notice means and what you can expect during a removal proceeding. This includes a discussion of the types of immigration hearings you may encounter and their importance in fighting your deportation.

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

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated November 1, 2022

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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Tips for Choosing a Good Immigration Lawyer

Written by Jonathan Petts

You aren’t legally required to hire an immigration lawyer to represent you in your immigration matter. Many people choose to handle their immigration cases themselves. But sometimes, it helps to have a trained immigration professional to advocate for you, especially if there’s a lot at stake, such as getting asylum or avoiding deportation. This article will discuss when and why it is a good idea to hire an immigration lawyer and how to select the best one.

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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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How To Apply for Refugee Status in the United States

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated July 6, 2022

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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Everything You Need To Know About USCIS Form I-690

Written by Jonathan Petts

The United States has an extensive set of laws that control who can enter the country. If you can’t enter because one or more of these laws apply to you, you are deemed “inadmissible.” Luckily, several exceptions may allow you to receive a waiver and enter the country. To get one of these waivers, you have to fill out an application. Which application you fill out depends on why you feel you are entitled to a waiver. One such application is Form I-690 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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How To Spot and Avoid Immigration Scams

Written by Jonathan Petts

Filing for immigration status requires a lot of paperwork. Many people get help with their immigration applications. While there are credible services out there to help you file your paperwork, you should know how to spot and avoid common immigration scams. This is especially true if you’re paying for help. It’s important to understand common immigration scams because if you fall victim to one, it can hurt you financially and harm your immigration proceedings. The article explains what the most common scams are, how to spot new scams, and what to do if you have been scammed.

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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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Can Undocumented Immigrants Get a Driver’s License?

Written by Jonathan Petts

Each state decides how and when its residents may obtain a driver’s license. This includes whether or not to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. While most states will only grant driving privileges to those with lawful immigration status, some will allow individuals who can’t provide proof of legal presence in the United States to get a driver’s license. The following guide explains when someone traveling to the United States will need to get a state-issued driver’s license and what that process entails. It also covers what limitations undocument immigrants may face when trying to get a driver’s license.

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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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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 the National Visa Center?

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated September 1, 2022

Getting a visa to live or work in the United States usually begins with submitting a petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After USCIS approves the petition, it transfers it to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC then handles the visa application process, which includes receiving applications, collecting fees, reviewing documents, and setting up the consular interview.

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