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US Green Card for Canadians

Canadians have the advantage of having a relatively easy time entering the US. I say “relatively” because of course there are always cases where US Customs and Border Protection deny Canadians entry to the US for many reasons including criminality, lack of ties etc. But generally speaking if you, as a Canadian, wish to visit […]

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How to sponsor family to the USA

Did you know that if you are a United States citizen or green card holder (lawful permanent resident of the United States), they can sponsor you or their other family members to the US? Spousal Sponsorship in the USA In order to sponsor someone to the United States, the sponsor must be either a United […]

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Canadian Pin-Up Model Bettina May Obtains US Green Card Through O-1 Visa

Canadian pin-up model Bettina May has been making headlines for earning the first United States green card under an O-1 visa for burlesque. It takes a very select group of people to qualify for the O-1 visa and eventually secure a United States green card. Not only do you have to have a special talent, […]

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US Officials Denied Permanent Residence Applicant with Gang Tattoos

As part of his application for US permanent residence, native Mexican Hector Villalobos traveled back to Mexico from Colorado to attend to his visa interview with a US immigration officer. In order to complete his application process, he needed to stay for a few months in his home country. Officer refused the tattooed guy Seven […]

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Happy 4th of July 2012: America Welcomes New US Citizens

To celebrate America’s 236th Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome more than 4,000 new citizens during special naturalization ceremonies from June 28 through July 10 across the country.  Once these 4,000 people take their Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens, they will encompass all the rights and responsibilities of US […]

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Shifts in Immigration Policies Boost Asian Immigrants’ Growth in the US

Asian-Americans have officially taken over Latinos as the largest stream of new immigrants in the United States. According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are also the nation’s best educated and highest paid income ethnic group.  Although there are significant differences among Asian Americans which vary from their country […]

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How Do I Maintain my Permanent Resident Status If I’m outside the US?

How many times have you heard that you may lose your Green Card status if you commit an act that is a ground for deportation?   Sections 237 and 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act are clear on this point. If you committed certain felonies and prohibited acts described in sections 237 and 212, […]

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US Sponsorship Applications: What if I didn’t file to Remove Conditions on time?

If you are married for less than 2 years when your application for an immigrant visa was approved based on your marriage with a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident, your will be given conditional permanent residence status upon your entry to the United States. This measure is implemented to ensure that the marriage […]

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What Are the Affidavit of Support Requirements for Green Cards?

Often we get this question: “If I want to apply for a Green card, what are the Affidavit of Support Requirements?” The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) generally requires a petitioner to file an Affidavit of Support, which ensures that the intending immigrant has a sufficient financial source and will not be a public […]

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Bar for Overstay in the US Rules may Change for Spouses and Children of US Citizens

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposal that would change the application procedures for the spouses and children of U.S. citizens who are eligible for a US Green Card. The proposed rules would enable families to remain together during the process.   Under the rules as they are now, people who quality for US PR […]

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Moving to the US from Canada? Know the tax issues

Below is a blog written by my colleague south of the border,Renea Glendinning, CPA of  Kerkering, Barberio & Co.  in Sarasota Florida. It is a great summary of the tax issues facing Canadians wishing to move to the US. Beyond just US immigration issues which are discussed extensively in our blogs, people wishing to immigrate […]

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United States Looking for EB-5 Investor Immigrants

Canada and the United States each have their own immigrant-investor programs as a way for prospective immigrants to live and work in the respective countries, but the United States’ version is lesser known. According to this article from Yahoo News, huge, lengthy backlogs have resulted in serious delays for immigrants looking to invest in Canada, […]

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L-1 Visa and Green Card applications successfully navigated

Hey Fadi, Thanks again for all your help throughout the process. I used Niren & Associates initially for my L1-A Visa and my family’s L2 Visas, and then later for our Green Cards.  Everyone in the firm that we dealt with (Michael Niren, Fadi Minawi, Mary Zhang and Danielle Grbic) were all personable, very responsive […]

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American permanent resident facing deportation to Canada

30-year old crime leads to deportation for Canadian A man born in Canada who moved to the United States as a child is facing deportation to Canada because he stole a tape deck in 1978. Mike Burrows hasn’t been to Canada in 50 years and has no living family or friends in Calgary, where he […]

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Re-Entry Permits for US Green Card Holders: Maintaining US Permanent Residence Status

Re-Entry Permits for US Green Card Holders For those that have U.S. Permanent Residency (Green Card Holders) but are planning on leaving the United States for an extended period of time (over a six-month period), one should file for the I-131 Re-Entry permit. Those that have not filed and have been absent from the United […]

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