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Class of Admission for a Spouse of US Citizen

When a US citizen marries a foreign national, the first step in the path towards a green card is Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to recognize your marriage and grant ...
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What Is Sponsorship for Employment Visa Status?

An employment visa allows a foreign national to travel to the United States in order to live and work in the country for a specified amount of time. Employment visas are also referred to as work visas, employment-based visas, and ...
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What is a “U Visa” in the USA?

The U visa (sometimes referred to as U nonimmigrant status or U nonimmigrant visa) was created in October 2000 as a provision of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. It is a special type of nonimmigrant visa specifically ...
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What You Need to Know About: J1 Visa Waiver Status

Under the Exchange Visitor Program, some J-1 visa-holders are required to return to their home country for at least two years at the conclusion of their program. Individuals who cannot fulfill this requirement may apply for a waiver with the ...
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VAWA Adjustment of Status Requirements

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows immigrants who have been physically or mentally abused to petition for a green card without the abuser’s knowledge or direct sponsorship. In order to qualify for a VAWA petition, the abuser must be ...
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Who May File Form I-765?

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, is the primary application form to request employment authorization in the United States. The form can also be used to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which you’ll need to present to your employer ...
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What’s the Difference Between Forms G-325 and G-325A?

Forms G-325 and G-325A are identical questionnaires that were once used to collect biographic information to supplement Forms I-129F, I-130, and I-485. Form G-325 was used to collect biographic information from US citizens petitioning for immigration benefits on behalf of ...
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CPT Rules for the F1 Visa

International students with an F-1 visa are required to maintain a full-time schedule in order to maintain their visa status. Students are permitted to work part-time during semesters and full-time during breaks, but US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) imposes ...
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How Long Does a VAWA Petition Take?

When the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994, the bill included a provision to allow battered spouses, children, and parents of US citizens or permanent residents to petition for a visa or green card without the abuser’s ...
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