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COVID-19 vaccinations required for most LPR applicants

People submitting Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, on or after October 1, 2021, must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Most applicants filing for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident… Read More
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Immigration Visa (Green Card) Processing Delays

After enduring the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year, most U.S. embassies and consulates are not operating at full capacity. Due to limited appointment availability, a significant backlog was created for immigrant (IV) and nonimmigrant visa (NIV) app… Read More
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I was arrested for a minor crime. Will that affect my immigration status? Do I need a criminal lawyer?

Many arrests and convictions have negative effects on immigration status and applications. This is true even for minor charges and misdemeanors. A lawful permanent resident can be put into removal proceedings. Charges and convictions can lead to the… Read More
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Am I eligible for a provisional waiver under the new August 29, 2016 rule?

Maybe. In 2013, USCIS began to adjudicate provisional waiver applications before the immigrant traveled to his or her home country. If USCIS grants a provisional waiver, the immigrant then leaves the United States and goes to an interview at the U.S.… Read More
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I am a U.S. citizen; can I file for my parents?

U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old may file immigrant petitions on behalf of their parents. After a petition is granted, parents overseas have to attend an interview at a U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy in order to obtain lawful permanent res… Read More
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Can I get my Green Card without leaving the U.S.?

We are asked this question several times a week. The answer, like so many in immigration law, is “it depends.” Generally, people seeking lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) must be interviewed at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. However,… Read More
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