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3 Ways to Obtain Humanitarian Parole for US Entry

Humanitarian parole allows an individual, who is inadmissible, to enter into the United States for a limited period of time on grounds of compelling situations. The grant of parole is strictly regulated, and the Parolees are not necessarily provided with any immigration benefits.   Grant of Humanitarian Parole The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

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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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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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How do I sponsor a worker for a US Green Card?

If you are a prospective employer of a foreign national whom you want to sponsor to become a US permanent resident on the basis of  a permanent job offer, you must carefully examine the multifarious process involved. Before you proceed to the first step you need to  ascertain whether your prospective employee will meet any […]

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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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US Republican Candidate Praises Canadian Immigration Policies

At the end of September, United States Republican Candidate Mitt Romney spoke highly of the Canadian immigration points system, which is used to determine if immigrants qualify for the Skilled Worker program. Romney said that he doesn’t believe in allowing illegal immigrants in-state tuition to study at universities and colleges in Texas, but instead thinks […]

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Can I request a fast appointment at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy?: Perhaps

Many applicants who are required to attend US visa appointments at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in Canada often ask “well, how soon can I get an appointment?” or “how long do I have to wait?”  These common questions all share a common answer. The current waiting times vary depending on the location of the Consulate/Embassy. In general, […]

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Sponsoring a Relative to the US? New I-130 Centralized Filing Procedures – UPDATE

New Filing Procedures for US Relative Petitions Effective Aug. 15, 2011, US Petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices must file their Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox facility in Chicago. This change makes the filing process more efficient and gives USCIS greater flexibility in […]

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Clarifying the Notion of Dual-Intent US Visas

Some US Visas Denied Many foreign nationals seeking non-immigrant visas are unclear about the “presumption of immigrant intent” and are consequently denied their visas because they are unable to prove their temporary nature of their stay in the U.S. Why are the majority of non-immigrant visas denied? What must a foreign national know when seeking […]

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Government too slow to fix US Immigration; States pass laws instead

States pass hundreds of laws in an effort to deal with US immigration issues During the first half of 2011, 40 individual US states passed 250 new US immigration laws or resolutions between them in an effort to resolve immigration issues – some positive, and some negative. According to this Reuters article, critics are saying that […]

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President Obama’s US Immigration Reform Speech Highlights

US Immigration Reform United States President Barack Obama gave a speech at the National Council of La Raza this week, making several remarks on US immigration reform and gateways to United States Citizenship for illegal aliens living in the country. Obama also mentioned the DREAM Act, which was blocked in the Senate. The DREAM act […]

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E-2 Visa Filing Procedure to change at the Toronto Consulate

E-2 Visa Changes at the US Consulate in Toronto As of February 1, 2011 the filing procedure for E-2 and E-1 visas has completely changed. The Non-Immigrant Visa unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto will be implementing a new appointment system for individuals applying for treaty investor and trader visas. As a result, […]

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H-1B Visa Update: Visas still Available

Cap for H-1B visas not yet reached The cap for H-1B visas for the fiscal 2010-2011 year still has not been reached.  According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a record high number of H-1B visas are still available, about 11,000. In 2009, it took until December for the cap to be reached. Most […]

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