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We have compiled all the immigration-related questions that our clients asked and the answers to them. However, keep in mind that these are just for doubt clearance, and DO NOT take it as legal advice for your particular issues. The immigration matters are very complex, and the procedures change according to the case. So always contact an immigration lawyer for legal advice and other immigration-related issues.
Q: What is a green card?
A: ‘Green Card’ is the commonly used term for the ‘lawful permanent residency’ card issued by the USCIS. You can use that card as proof of your US permanent residency. You can get a green card on several grounds, such as family, employment, or other means.
Q: Difference between an immigrant petition and a non-immigrant petition
A: The petition that one files to get a legal permanent residence in the US is an immigration petition. And the petition one files to get a temporary residence in the US, especially during employment, is called a non-immigrant petition.
Q: Will the foreign national spouse of a US citizen automatically get a green card?
A: No, you have to apply for that, and it will take three months to two years to get the legal permanent resident status.
Q: Do I need an immigration attorney for the procedure?
A: Here are the factors that determine how a foreign spouse can immigrate to the US:
Whether the foreign spouse is presently residing in the US or is abroad. For the first case, you can simply apply for the change of status. If they are abroad, they require counselling processing of the immigrant Visa.
Whether the US-based spouse( petitioner) is a US citizen or a permanent resident.
If the US-based spouse satisfies the income requirement for sponsorship.
Q: What are the immigration options for my foreign national fiance?
A: The US citizen can file a Fiancé Visa Petition to sponsor them, or you can marry the spouse in their native country or a third country and apply for a spouse Visa. Each situation demands different treatment, evidence, and procedures, and the impact will also be different. It also is a factor that determines the time at which the foreign spouse can enter the US legally. Contact an attorney to know the right procedure for your situation.
Q: What are the immigration options to sponsor a family member to bring them to the US?
A: There are two options for a person to come to the US; temporary basis and permanent basis. And the immigration options depend on your specific circumstance; an immigration attorney can access it and provide you with the right guidance. One factor that mainly affects the immigration options of a family member is your relationship with that individual. If that person is your immediate relative, they will easily have a Visa to immigrate to the US. If the person is not a close relative, then there can be a delay in Visa approval. Ensure the assistance of an immigration attorney to make the procedure easy.
Q: Is there any option for me to stay back in the US if I am afraid to return to my country for valid reasons?
A: You can always apply for an Asylum or Temporary protected status, the two relief Visas that the US provides. The procedures are complex, so file a petition with the help of an immigration attorney of Sadri law firm. They will assess your case and give you an honest opinion on the chances of getting the status.
Q: What is a green card?
A:‘Green Card’ is the commonly used term for the ‘lawful permanent residency’ card issued by the USCIS. You can use that card as proof of your US permanent residency. You can get a green card on several grounds, such as family, employment, or other means.
Q: Is there any Visa option to protect the victims of domestic violence in the US?
A: There are so many options for the victims of domestic violence in the US. First things first, go to a domestic violence shelter to protect yourself from further abuse. If that is not possible, dial 911 and inform them about your situation; they will take you to the shelter. The Visa option for an immigrant victim of violence can apply for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Under this act, any immigrant victim of violence, men, women, or children gets a Visa. Consult our VAWA attorney to get the right insight on how to apply for the VAWA.
Q: Can a victim of crime in the US without any status report the crime?
A: Definitely. If you are a victim of any sort of violence or criminal offense in America, even if you do not have any status, you should report the crime. You can use the crime report to file a petition for a Visa under VAWA; it will make your plea stronger. Get the service of a VAWA lawyer to help you through the lengthy procedures.
Q: What should I do if I need an immigration waiver?
A: The US government would ask you for a waiver in case of Unlawful Presence or misrepresentation. And in most cases, you won’t get much time to submit the waiver, so hire an experienced attorney for the Job. The immigration attorneys of Sadri Law. PC has years of experience in preparing I-601, I-601A, and I -212 waivers.
Q: What should I do if I get a Notice To Appear (NTA) from the US Immigrations and Customs enforcement?
A: You have to definitely appear at the Immigrations office; otherwise, you will receive a deportation order. To have the right representation during the hearing, get the service of an immigration lawyer from the Sadri firm.
Q: Do criminal Charges and Convictions affect my residential status?
A: Even minor convictions and criminal charges can have a significant effect on your residency status in the US. Contact our lawyers to discuss the type of conviction and its effects on status.
Q: Can an immigration attorney assist me in getting admission to a school in the US?
A: First of all, you should find a school with SEVIS approval. The procedures can be confusing at times, so contact an immigrant attorney. They will guide you through the complicated procedures.
Q: Where will I get information about immigration and visiting the US?
A: We suggest you visit the official websites of the Department of the State, https://travel.state.govl, and/or the United States Citizenship Immigration Services, https://www.uscis.gov./. Remember that official websites end with a .gov and never a .com. If you are still confused about the legal procedures, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Sadri law firm.
Q: What is 214(b) refusal?
A: Section 214(b) considers every Visa applicant as an intending immigrant. So if you are applying for a visiting Visa, you should demonstrate that you have non-immigrant intent. That is 214(b) refusal.
Q: What is 221(g) denial?
A: The denial of section 221(g) means that the evidence you submitted in front of the consular officer is not sufficient to prove your eligibility for a Visa. If your Visa application was denied due to this section, contact an immigration attorney.
Q: What are the necessary documents for a foreign national to enter the US?
A: Any foreign individual planning to come to the uS solely for treatment purposes should apply for a visiting Visa. To learn about the chances of getting a visiting Visa, contact Sadri law firm.
Q: Do legal Permanent Residents of the US have the right to cast a vote?
A: Being a permanent resident of the US does not mean that you have the full right to vote. So always consult an immigration attorney before voting or registering yourself to vote. You can vote in elections that do not ask for proof of citizenship, like local and state elections. Unlawful voting can even lead to deportation procedures. So if you have voted or have registered to vote, contact an immigration attorney immediately.
Q: How to respond to a Request for Evidence?
A: Evidence is a crucial factor that influences the decision, so make sure you respond to it carefully. Discuss with our immigration lawyers to know how to respond.
Q: How to Respond to Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)?
A: Many times, the government denies the case due to the lack of proper evidence or improper representation. So contact an experienced immigration attorney to resolve the issue and get a better decision.
Q: Am I eligible for Driver’s license?
A: Every state has its publications stating the rights of a non-US citizen. Check this out:
PUB 195NC, Fact Sheet: Identification and Legal Presence Requirements for Non-United States Citizens
Q: How can a non-citizen get a social security number?
A: You can find the norms to avail a social security number on the website of the Social Security Administration. Or you can directly contact them on SSA toll-free at 1-800-325-0778 or 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing).