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August 15, 2022
Marjorie M. Filice

Examples of Bona Fides to Prove Marriage

When filing a marriage-based immigration case, a couple must generally provide evidence that they have a bona fide marriage. A bona fide marriage is one that is entered into in good faith for legitimate reasons, and not solely for the...

July 12, 2022
Aaron Lawee

Three and Ten Year Unlawful Presence Bars Can Be Served within the United States

On June 24, 2022, USCIS issued an important clarification about the rules governing unlawful presence bars, commonly referred to as either the “three” or “ten” year bars. This will have very important benefits for people who are eligible to apply...

May 31, 2022
Grace Parsons

I Just Got Married. How Long Do I Need to Wait Before Starting a Marriage-Based Immigration Case?

Oftentimes, people assume that they must wait a set amount of time after getting married before starting a marriage-based immigration process. For most couples, this is not the case. If a person is eligible for a residency application through marriage...

October 25, 2021
Ana Valenzuela

Brief Overview of Family-Based Immigration Categories

You may have wondered why some applicants receive their immigrant visa or status much faster than others, in some cases, taking over 20 years to obtain an immigrant visa.  The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) lists specific family categories through...

Green Card Applicants Must Be Fully Vaccinated for Covid-19 Beginning on October 1, 2021, With Few Exceptions

Effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants for lawful permanent residence (“green card”) who are required to submit a medical examination report must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete and sign their immigration medical examination (Form I-693)....

Two Important Updates Regarding Your Medical Exam

Clients Report Being Contacted Directly by USCIS to Prepare to Provide Medical Exams Applicants for adjustment of status have reported receiving phone calls, text messages, or emails from USCIS regarding their medical exams. In particular, USCIS is informing clients that...

June 02, 2021
Aaron Lawee

Does Your Sex Life Impact Your Immigration Case?

One hallmark of the legal system in the United States is the right to privacy. Unfortunately, that “right” does not exist to the extent that you might expect in the immigration context. Below is a discussion of several different ways...

Green Card Holders Traveling by Air

There is a recent trend of airlines attempting to determine whether Green Card holders are admissible to travel. However, this is not within the scope of the airline’s authority. It is important to know your rights if you are a...


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