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Showing Proof Of Domicile On The I-864 Affidavit Of Support

All family-based I-130 immigrant visa petitions and some I-140 employment-based immigrant visa petitions must include a fully executed I-864 Affidavit Of Support as a legally-enforceable contract ensuring financial support for the intending immigrant and dependents, if any. The petitioner (the individual filing the immigrant visa petition) must sign and document the I-864. An important part…
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Technical Problems With DS-260 And DS-160 Online Applications

Since the beginning of this year, lawyers and foreign nationals seeking to apply for immigrant visas (“green cards”) and non-immigrant visas have been confronted with problems, starting with completing the application forms.¬†The DS-260, Immigrant Visa Electronic Application, must be completed and submitted before an appointment for an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. embassy or…
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Avoiding The EB-5: Reliable Alternatives For Chinese Nationals

On its surface, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program seems like a relatively straightforward pathway towards United States residency for Chinese nationals with enough capital to invest in U.S. economic projects. But for years it has been a magnet for fraudulent deals, all while being one of the most expensive visas to acquire in the U.S.…
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Knowledge is Power: Using FOIA To Obtain A Copy Of Your Immigration Records from DHS

Knowing the information a United States government agency has in your file is essential when applying for any kind of immigration benefit (citizenship, permanent residence,¬†asylum, nonimmigrant visa or visa status entry into the U.S.) or relief (fighting removal). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the U.S. Department of…
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Clarifying The USCIS’s Marital Union Policy Update

Last October, USCIS updated Volume 12 of the policy manual to clarify the requirements under section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In a press release USCIS identified two highlights of the update: It clarifies that the applicant spouse and his or her U.S. citizen spouse must have been living in marital union…
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