General Immigration

Green Card: Maintenance Of Status

What happens to my green card if I have to be overseas for long stretches of time? This is a question that often arises in our office. Our first advice is to remind clients that each time they return to the U.S. they are essentially knocking at the door and requesting permission to enter. Each… Read more »

2013 Green Card Lottery – Diversity Visa

No lawyer needed for Diversity Visa! Each year the Department of State makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to qualified applicants from certain countries by way of a lottery through online registration. Visas are allocated to nationals of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Nationals of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants… Read more »

Diversity Visa Program Scams

Beware – Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters! The U.S. Department of State has reported an uptick in the number of fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program applicants. The scammers are posing as representatives of the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants…. Read more »

Another Request for Evidence – Oh No!

Are Requests for Evidence Inevitable? I am afraid so. We and all of our colleagues, despite submitting enormous filings containing evidence on every conceivable point, are seeing Requests for Evidence (RFE) in nearly all of our cases. These days a case that goes through without an RFE is the exception and not the rule. We… Read more »

Consular processing overeas or filing in U.S?.

Where should I apply for the Green Card? Most clients who come into our office do not realize that there is a choice as to where to apply for the green card, also known as the immigrant visa, – either here or abroad. However, there are significant differences, the most important of which is that… Read more »

New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation becomes effective September 14, 2007 On August 15, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final ICE “No-Match” regulation, “Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter.” This final rule will become effective on September 14, 2007. The basic rule regarding employment of… Read more »