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October 2013 Archives

Confused by the changes to permanent resident fee-payment rules?

Some changes were recently made to the procedures at the U.S. Department of State for paying the fees required for family-based immigrants seeking lawful permanent residence in the U.S., or "green cards." Depending on your situation, there may be two fees.

Can I sponsor a spouse or family member to immigrate to the US?

If you're a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you've probably wondered how hard it would be to sponsor a family member to immigrate. Perhaps your fiancé or fiancée lives abroad, or you would like your parents to live near their grandchildren. What are the opportunities for family-based immigration to the U.S.?

Activists plan NYC immigration rally larger than Washington march

Immigration reform groups in New York told the New York Daily News recently that they plan to fight even harder for change in upcoming weeks, even after the extraordinary Oct. 8 Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on the National Mall. At that rally more than 200 people, including eight members of Congress, were arrested for refusing to move from outside the closed Capitol building.

US diversity visa lottery not affected by government shutdown

The 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, often called the DV lottery or the "green card lottery," is up and running at the Department of State. The reason the lottery isn't affected by the federal government shutdown is that many immigration activities of the U.S. government are funded through fees from applicants -- although there is no fee for the diversity lottery. So, while some parts of the State Department are subject to furloughs, the diversity lottery, or DV-2015, is moving forward as usual.

Green-card holders are included in the Affordable Care Act

If you're already a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or want to become one, you should know that you're covered by the Affordable Care Act, which provides access to health insurance through public exchanges and, in many cases, offers government subsidies to buy it. Although the federal government shutdown seems to be an effort to stop the ACA (sometimes called "Obamacare"), the fact is that enrollment for insurance offered through the ACA has already begun, and coverage begins Jan. 1.

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