If you were to board any international flight to the United States, chances are very good that the majority of the passengers wouldn't be students continuing their studies at one of our nation's many universities or tourists embarking on a whirlwind tour of the Eastern Seaboard, but international business travelers.
As we've discussed extensively on our blog, last year saw an unprecedented number of migrants from Central America -- nearly 52,000 families and 52,000 unaccompanied minors -- seek sanctuary here in the U.S. from violence and threats of persecution in their home countries.
Previously, we started discussing how those people granted refugee or asylee status here in the U.S. may be able to help their loved ones secure this same relief from persecution or other dangerous conditions in their home countries.
In prior posts, our blog started examining how citizens can help their relatives residing in a foreign nation secure status as a lawful permanent resident here in the U.S. via the Petition for Alien Relative or, more simply, the Form I-130.
In 2011, a young Moldovan woman came to the U.S. on a student visa to attend college. Last year, she decided to seek an adjustment to her immigration status and stay here long term. A competitive ballroom dancer since age 11, she had won a world championship in 2005 at age 15. She competed across Eastern Europe with a world-class ranking and had begun to teach. She wanted to continue her dance career in the U.S., so she petitioned to be considered an "alien of extraordinary ability."
The Obama Administration has just implemented an amazing new immigration policy. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that all unauthorized-immigrant spouses, children and parents of current and former members of the U.S. military can now obtain legal status -- without leaving the country first -- as long as they have no other bar to residency.
If you're a Filipino national living lawfully in the U.S. or naturalized citizen of Filipino origin, you may have been personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan, called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. If you have lost loved ones, please accept our sincere condolences.
Through a partnership with the New York Daily News, people with questions about U.S. immigration law can write in to Allan Wernick, director of the University of New York's Citizenship Now! project. While no legal advice is provided, many of the questions are similar to those immigration lawyers hear every day from our clients.
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.
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.?