As part of the Obama administration’s efforts in modernizing our immigration system, the Department of State (DOS) has changed the procedure in determining visa availability for both the employment-based and family-based preference petitions.
Is it possible for surviving family members to get a green card despite the death of the petitioner?
There are several ways to bring an adopted child to the U.S.
U.S. citizens may petition for their immediate relatives to join them in the U.S. Qualified immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen include the spouse, minor unmarried children under 21, and parents as long as the petitioning US citizen child is at least 21.
Non-citizens must remember not to make any false U.S. citizenship claims for any purpose, whether to obtain a visa, enter the United States, find employment, apply for public benefits, to register for or vote in an election. A false U.S. citizenship claim carries with it serious consequences.
The June 2015 Visa Bulletin shows that the cut-off date of the Philippine employment-based third preference (EB-3) for skilled workers, professionals and other workers will roll back another two years and six months from July 1, 2007 to January 1, 2005. The retrogression started this month of May when the Philippine EB-3 cut-off date rolled back seven years and three months to July 1, 2007.
F-1 visa holders who are graduates of U.S. universities can receive work authorization under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for a limited period of 12 months after having been enrolled in their academic program for one full academic year. A student can have 12 months of OPT each for the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
Bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate are once again sparking hope for a meaningful and sensible change to the country’s immigration laws. The new proposed bill entitled, “Immigration Innovation or I-Squared Act of 2015” introduced on January 13, 2015, focuses mainly on expanding laws applying to high-skilled guest workers.
The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) grants relief to certain children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who would have lost the privilege of getting a green card simply for turning 21 years old. It allows a child who has aged out or turned 21 to still be considered a “child” for immigration benefits purposes.
The August 2014 Visa Bulletin shows that the Philippine employment-based third preference (EB-3) cut-off date will jump by seventeen weeks from January 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010.