Are You Interested in Finding Out More About the Status of Your Immigration Application?

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Learning About the Status of Your  Immigration Application

Your immigration journey is one that may have been long in the planning and the making.  If you have any applications submitted to USCIS, you may be anvious to know of any change in status or progress in your case.  Did you know that checking the status of your application is often quite simple?   In many instances, you can log onto USCIS’s website and select ‘My Case Status’.

It is important to note that an e-filled receipt number is not necessarily available through this option for at least 72 hours after submitting your forms.

In case you are unable to get a status update, you can also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center. Before you contact the department, make certain that you have your specific information from your application handy so you are ready to provide this information.

Do You Qualify for a Green Card Under the Violence Against Women Act?

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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)  Offers Relief to Abused Immigrants!

Immigration relief under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is available to a battered spouse or a child of a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.  Victims of abuse are eligible under the VAWA to apply for a Green Card.

The following are the requirements to be eligible for VAWA:

  • You are now the spouse or child of an abusive U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • You are now residing in the United States or have resided in the United States with the U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident abuser in the past
  • Have been battered by or have been the subject of extreme cruelty perpetrated by:
    • Your U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse during the marriage, or are the parent of a child who has been battered by or has been the subject of extreme cruelty perpetrated by your abusive citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse during your marriage;
    • Your citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident parent while residing with that parent;
  • You are a person of good moral character
  • You are a person whose removal or deportation would result in extreme hardship to yourself, or to your child if you are a spouse
  • You are a spouse, and entered into the marriage to the U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident abuser in good faith.

It is important to note that the VAWA protection is not exclusively reserved for women or individuals in heterosexual relationships.

We offer friendly and supportive assistance to individuals in this difficult situation.  If you need help, don’t be afraid to call us today!

Are YOU Eligible to Renew Your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Grant?

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Eligibility

USCIS instructions for DACA renewal applications specify that a person may be considered for DACA renewal if he or she met the guidelines for consideration of initial DACA and

  • did not depart the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • has continuously resided in the United States since submitting the prior DACA application, and
  • has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors,  and is not a threat to national security or public safety.

However, USCIS may ask you for additional information as well as for documents to verify the information on your DACA renewal application.

Please note that eligibility for DACA renewal is not limited to people who currently are under age 31.  You cannot “age out” of eligibility for DACA if you were born after June 15, 1981.   You do not need to have a job in order to be eligible for DACA renewal.  You do not have to be enrolled in college to be eligible for DACA renewal.

If you need help in applying for your DACA renewal or need help in gathering your evidence and documents, please call Your Immigration Angel today!

Is Your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Grant Expiring Soon?

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You may have been granted DACA or deferred action based on your arrival in the U.S. as a child.  If so, it may be time for you to renew your DACA grant.   The expiration date can be found on the DACA Approval Notice (Form I-797 ) and on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card that you received when you were approved for DACA.  It is very important that you renew your grant in a timely manner.  USCIS encourages you to submit the renewal request in the time frame 150-120 days before the expiration of your current DACA grant.  If you file for your renewal during this window of time, you can minimize the risk that your DACA grant will expire before your renewal application is approved.   Contact us for assistance in filing for your DACA renewal!

What is Conditional Permanent Residence Based on a Marriage Green Card?

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Conditional Permanent Residence Based on a Marriage Green Card

A permanent residence status is conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day someone was given permanent residence.  The immigration status is conditional because USCIS wants proof that the marriage was not just to evade the immigration laws of the United States. To remove these conditions you must file a “Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence” with USCIS.  Your Immigration Angel can help you with removing conditions.  Contact us today for a free consultation!

Please note that  if a marriage is already more than two years old when you either arrived at the U.S. border with an immigrant visa or when you received approval for a green card, then you will receive permanent residency and won’t have to worry about the status expiring.  The actual card will need to be replaced once every ten years.

Stay Tuned! President Obama to Address the Nation on Immigration Reform!

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Two years ago, President Obama set forth the guiding principles that should lead immigration reform.  Although the Senate passed a bipartisan bill more than 500 days ago, the country has been waiting, and waiting… and waiting…  for House Republicans to vote.  The time has come for the President to issue executive actions and address some of the problems plaguing the immigration system.

Tomorrow night, President Obama will present new immigration law reforms instituted by his executive actions.  There are high hopes that these executive actions will finally help fix our broken immigration system.

You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

Do you have a Biometric Appointment Notice?  Please check yours; some notices were issued in error!

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Your Biometric Appointment is a very important part of your Green Card and Immigration Application Process.  Recently, USCIS erroneously scheduled some people for redundant Application Support Center (ASC) biometric appointment.  If you have received more than one biometric appointment notices, you should check yours.  The document is called “Form I-797C.”

You may have already attended an ASC biometric appointment, and then later received a second appointment notice for the same application type.  If so,  please call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 to confirm that you do not need to return to the ASC to have your biometrics collected again.  Please note that if you have not yet attended your ASC appointment and received more than one ASC appointment notice, you should attend just one appointment but take both ASC notices to that appointment.

Afghan Special Visa Program Benefits Are Still Available to Eligible Immigrants Until the End of 2014

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A new immigration law extended the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program through the end of calendar year 2014. The Afghan Allies Protection Act was initially enacted in 2009 to permit Afghan nationals, most of whom served as translators for the U.S. military, to be granted United States immigrant visas. After being plagued by extensive backlogs, the program has resulted in the issuance of thousands of visas over the past year. The new immigration law authorizes an additional 1,000 visas to supplement the 3,000 visas already issued in 2014.  The deadline to file is December 31, 2014.

Even if you are an immigrant , you still have LEGAL RIGHTS if you have been abused!

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There are a number of helpful legal services available to abused immigrants.  Often, when the abuser is a U.S. citizen, he or she may try to use the victim’s immigration status against him or her.  Don’t let this happen to you if you are an immigrant who has been the victim of domestic violence or abuse!

We can offer you many types of assistance to aid you if you are being abusedWe can help you assess your circumstances and if possible, we will offer you help in changing your situation.  Our free initial consultation is confidential and private.  We are both friendly and supportive of individuals in need of assistance.  Don’t be afraid to call us today!

We can help you protect your safety:

  • Temporary & Permanent Restraining Orders
  • U visa for victims of crime (including domestic violence)
  • T visa for victims of extreme trafficking in persons
  • S visa for being of assistance to law enforcement

We can help you obtain a U.S. green card:

  • Abused Spouse Immigrant Visa Petitions (VAWA application)
  • Marriage-Based & Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas
  • Gender & domestic violence based Asylum
  • Substitution of Marriage-Based Immigrant Visa for Battered Spouse Immigrant visa to continue the adjustment of status (permanent residency application) process
  • Adjustment of Status Application (green card application)
  • Advance Parole filings (for travel outside the U.S.)
  • FOIA requests to get a complete copy of your immigration file from USCIS