Miami Immigration: What’s a Student Visa and How Do You Qualify?

Much of the world looks at the US educational system with admiration - particularly the university system. Many parents dream of sending their children to the United States to get an education. But in addition to the costs involved, there are a number of hurdles that must be cleared in order for the student to legally immigrate. A student visa is almost always required - and in this blog entry, we’re going to break Read More

Immigration Law: Basics of Immigrant Work Visas

The rules and regulations regarding non-US citizens living in the US are complicated, but the laws regarding obtaining an immigrant visa (permanent residence) based on employment are especially complex. In this blog entry, we’re going to break down the basics. Work visas require that the employer first file a petition. Only after the petition has been approved is it possible to apply for the work visa. Approximately Read More

Immigrating to the US: Five Pitfalls to Avoid

The process of legally immigrating to the United States is often long and complex. And there are many pitfalls which can trip you up along the way. In this blog entry, we identify five of these common mistakes to avoid: Don’t depend on the government to keep track of your paperwork. Lost and misfiled paperwork is a common problem during the immigration process, so be sure to keep duplicates of everything. Send Read More

Immigration Basics: What’s a Green Card?

One of the primary objectives of this blog is to help our readers make sense of the complicated U.S. immigration system. Today, we’re going to discuss the green card - what it means, who is eligible, how to acquire one, and more. Let’s dive in... A green card signifies that you have the legal right to live and work in the United States. You have most of the rights of a U.S. citizen: you may study, leave the U.S. and Read More

Immigration and Marriage: Part 2

In Part One of this series, we broke down a number of common situations regarding marriage and immigration. Today, we’re going to cover two more common scenarios, as well as provide important information to keep in mind during this process: If you’re married to a U.S. permanent resident and living overseas, the procedure is begun when your spouse living in the U.S. files a visa petition on your behalf. This is often Read More

Immigration and Marriage: Part 1

Shari Feldman and Inderjit Singh got married seventeen years ago, but they still haven’t convinced federal immigration authorities that their marriage is legitimate. An American woman fought for four years to have her marriage to her Algerian husband recognized, even though the couple had two children. These horror stories are the exception, not the rule—but all marriages between U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens Read More

Facing Deportation? Here’s What You Need to Know

Deportation is a frightening and highly unpleasant process - but it’s a reality that hundreds of thousands of individuals face every year. So what do you do if you or a loved one is facing deportation? First, it is critical that you have a lawyer on your team. In the U.S., criminals are entitled to public defenders if they can’t afford an attorney, but immigrants facing deportation don’t have the same rights. In this Read More

How to Help a Family Member Immigrate to the U.S.

Are you in the U.S. and hoping to bring family members from another country to live here too? A relative of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident will usually find it easier to move to the U.S. than someone with no relatives here. Whether you’re a citizen or a legal permanent resident has an effect on the relatives you’ll be able to petition to bring to the U.S. There are two visa categories, immediate relatives and Read More

What You Need to Know About the Green Card Lottery Program

If you or your family members are considering immigration to the United States, or are in the midst of the process, you’ve probably heard about the green card lottery program. But if you’re like many people, you may be unclear on exactly what the program is - and what it means for you. Today, we’ll try to shed some light on the issue. In 1990 Congress established a new and outside-the-box way for people to immigrate Read More

How Will Changing Popular Opinion Impact Immigration Policy?

Immigration reform has been a hot-button political issue in 2013, and while it does not appear likely that legislation will pass this year, the fact that there has even been widespread debate on the subject represents progress. In the last twenty years, support for pro-immigrant policies has dramatically grown. In 1994, California passed a law that was widely perceived to be the harshest anti-immigrant law in the Read More