Blog

4 Ways to Show Good Moral Character in Your VAWA Petition
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 1, 2021

When submitting a petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), one of the requirements is that you establish that you are a person of good moral character. Good moral character has an ambiguous definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act [hereinafter, the “INA”], but there are some specific items that officials look for to determine whether a person is a person of good moral character. There are a number of different ways you can prove that you are a person of good moral character, including, but not limited to, the following Police Clearance Records Submitting police clearance records from anywhere that you have lived for at least six (6) months in the past three (3) years can help establish that you are a person of good moral character assuming… Read More

Understanding Fiancé Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 1, 2021

A K-1 visa, also known as a fiancé visa, allows an engaged partner of a United States citizen entry into the United States as long as the couple plans to get married within ninety (90) days of entry to the United States. The newly married spouse can then apply for a green card based on the marriage. K-1 Visa Requirements There are a number of specific requirements for a K-1 visa, including, but not limited to: The sponsoring fiancé must be a U.S. citizen. Green card holders cannot sponsor their fiancé. Both partners must be eligible to marry. This means they can’t already be married to someone else. Prior annulments, divorce decrees, and death certificates should be provided to prove eligibility. K-1 visas are allowed for same-sex couples regardless of… Read More

Requirements for Spousal Immigration
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 1, 2021

If you are married to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, you can apply for a marriage-based visa or green card. There are some important requirements that you should consider before making this application, including, but not limited to: You Must be Legally Married In order to qualify for a marriage-based visa or green card, you must be able to establish that you are legally married. A legal marriage is one that is recognized by the government of the country where you were married. This typically means that a record of your marriage can be found in a government office. Domestic partnerships are not typically recognized as legal marriages. However, if you lived in a country that recognized or recognizes common law marriage, you may… Read More

More FAQs About VAWA
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 1, 2021

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) creates a special provision in the United States immigration law that protects the victims of domestic abuse who are not U.S. citizens. Typically, if you are the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, that person will have to apply for a green card on your behalf. However, under VAWA, you may be able to obtain legal immigration status on your own. Here are some further frequently asked questions about VAWA. What is a “Derivative?” A derivative is an individual who is not a United States citizen who can obtain legal immigration status through another non-citizen who is the principal applicant. For example, an abused person seeking status under VAWA may also seek status for their minor children. What are… Read More

  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 10, 2021

Si usted es uno de los millones de personas que viven en los Estados Unidos sin ciudadanía legal, se está perdiendo una serie de importantes beneficios legales y protecciones. Para aquellos que planean permanecer en los Estados Unidos permanentemente, convertirse en ciudadano tiene mucho sentido. Si bien puede tomar algún tiempo y esfuerzo, valdrá la pena al final. El proceso específico para convertirse en un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos dependerá de una serie de factores, incluyendo su estado legal actual, cuánto tiempo ha estado en el país, y más. Los siguientes pasos, sin embargo, le proporcionarán un buen resumen de lo que tendrá que suceder con el fin de convertirse en un ciudadano. Mirando a su elegibilidad La primera cosa que usted querrá hacer es asegurarse de que usted…Read More

  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 9, 2021

If you are one of the millions of people who are living in the United States without legal citizenship, you are missing out on a number of important legal benefits and protections. For those who plan to remain in the US permanently, becoming a citizen makes a lot of sense. While it can take some time and effort, it will be worth it in the end. The specific process for becoming a US citizen will depend on a number of factors, including your current legal status, how long you have been in the country, and more. The following steps, however, will provide you with a good outline of what will need to happen in order to become a citizen. Looking at Your Eligibility The first thing you will want to…Read More

COVID 19 Leads to Increase in Domestic Violence: VAWA Can Help
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2021

There has been a substantial increase in domestic violence cases as a result of COVID-19. The inequalities and issues related to domestic violence have always been there, but the pandemic has brought them to light. Comprehensive data is not available because many cases go unreported. However, now that family members are stuck at home with their attackers, the numbers are on the rise. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reported a 9% increase in calls between March and May of 2020. Cities across the country are experiencing an increase. The New York City Police Department reported a 10% increase in domestic violence reports. Police in San Antonio reported an 18% increase in family violence cases. VAWA Can Help If you are an immigrant who has suffered from domestic violence, then the… Read More

Differences Between a U Visa and VAWA
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2021

U visas and VAWA petitions are different in many ways. If you have been the victim of a crime, determining which avenue is best for you can be complicated. You may want to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine which immigration path is right for you. No Limit on VAWA Petitions U visas have an annual 10,000 visa cap. VAWA petitions have no cap. This means that a U visa applicant may have to wait until the following year if the cap has been met. Faster Path to a Green Card With a VAWA Petition After your U visa application is approved, you may be placed on a waitlist for several years before the visa is actually available. This is due to the 10,000 visa cap. After receiving… Read More

Differences Between a T Visa and a U Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2021

Both the T and the U visas were created by Congress to encourage the victims of certain serious crimes to cooperate with law enforcement in exchange for legal status in the United States. There are important differences between the two visas, and different types of evidence are necessary to establish eligibility. You should consult with an immigration attorney to determine which is the right visa for you. T Visa Holders Must Have Been “Trafficked” Into the United States The T visa is only available for the victims of human trafficking. An individual must be present in the United States as a result of the trafficking, which may include someone who was in the United States for a vacation or another purpose and then became the victim of trafficking. To be… Read More

3 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your DACA Petition
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2021

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an agreement by the U.S. government not to deport certain individuals. It is not a guarantee of a green card or citizenship. Having an attorney for your DACA petition is not required. However, if you would like to eventually achieve legal status in the United States, having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can be helpful for you and your family. Here are some reasons you should consider hiring an attorney for your DACA petition: Experience With the System You likely have little experience dealing with United States immigration law and may not know all the necessary processes. An experienced immigration attorney knows the hurdles that lie ahead and how to approach each step. An attorney deals with these laws every day… Read More

Page 4 of 15:«1... 23456... 15»
Translate »