Immigration Blog

On Cuban Adjustment

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The Cuban adjustment Act (CA) is a law that gives Cubans citizens and their spouses and children the possibility of getting a green card. CA is to be distinguished from asylum. Asylum is an entirely different process. CA is its own world and has its own requirements. To obtain CA you need to: Have been physically present in the US for at least one year…

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Matrimonio y Green Card

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Constantemente me preguntan lo siguiente: Mi novio y yo nos amamos muchísimo. El es ciudadano americano. Si nos casamos, ¿en cuanto tiempo me llega la residencia? La respuesta sincera a esta pregunta es: Nunca. Existe una gran confusión acerca de como opera el gobierno americano. Esto evidentemente requeriría una clase de un semestre entero, pero trataré de dar una explicación simple por ahora. La palabra…

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Marriage and Green Card

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I am constantly faced with the following question/fact pattern: My boyfriend and I love each other a lot. She is a US Citizen. If we marry, in how long will they send me my green card? The truthful (kind of mean) answer to this question is: Never. There is a huge confusion out there as to how the US government is organized. This would obviously…

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Lawful Permanent Residents, Criminal Convictions, and Travel

By | Admissibility, Admission, Blog, Deportation, DHS, Green Card, ICE, Immigration Law, Lawful permanent resident, LPR, NTA, Removal, Travel Abroad | No Comments

It is not uncommon that I receive a call from a long time Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) who travels abroad for vacation or business who, to his/her surprise, is detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). When CBP detains an LPR, instead of admitting her and letting her into the country, it is usually because they have concerns regarding the “admissibility” of that LPR. Concerns…

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Approved petition versus available visa—a very common confusion.

By | Blog, Green Card, immigration, Immigration Law, Lawful permanent resident, misconceptions, National Visa Center, Residencia, USCIS, Visa Bulleting | No Comments

One of the common confusions for those seeking to immigrate to the United States (or bring a family member) is the one that relates to the connection between approved petitions and available visas. They are not the same thing. Often times the immigrant or the petitioner of the immigrant has an approved petition (Form I-130) in her hands and believes that that alone entitles them…

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