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Proving Good Moral Character In A VAWA Application
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 3, 2020

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) creates a potential path to citizenship for survivors of domestic violence. Survivors can receive a green card if the abuser was or is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse or parent. A survivor must also meet other criteria, including establishing that they are of good moral character. What Is Good Moral Character? Good moral character has an ambiguous definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are a number of items that will absolutely disqualify someone for a green card, such as criminal activity and engaging in a commercialized vice. These items can be found in INA section 101(f). Officials can make discretionary determination regardless of whether one of the disqualifying items has been met. The inquiry into this requirement generally focuses on the…Read More

Differences Between An O-1 Visa And An EB-1 Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 31, 2020

For foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities, there are a number of different visas that can be used to work in the United States. Choosing the right one can be a complicated matter. Some people might plan to change from an O-1 visa to an EB-1 green card, and it is important to know the differences. What’s An EB-1 Green Card? An EB-1 green card is for individuals who demonstrate expertise or recognized talent in their specialized field. This includes individuals such as scientists, doctors, researchers, business executives, educators, and other professionals with renowned talent. In order to be eligible for an EB-1, the applicant must have three years of relevant work experience in their field. Once an EB-1 green card is granted, the individual will have permanent residency in the…Read More

Visa Applicants Required To Disclose Social Media Presence
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 27, 2020

In the spring of 2019, the U.S. State Department announced a new policy that would require all visa applicants to submit information about their social media presence. This includes foreign nationals who are applying for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Social Media Information Visa applicants must now provide information about every social media platform they have used in the five (5) years prior to their application. They must include the name of the platform and the username or handle that they used on the platform. Applicants are not required to turn over their passwords. Applicants must also provide their email and phone number in addition to any email addresses or phone numbers they have used in the past five years. This social media account information will give consular officials access to an individual’s…Read More

Trump Declares Visa Applicants Must Show Proof Of Healthcare Coverage
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 24, 2020

President Trump announced in October of 2019 that visas will now be denied to immigrants who cannot prove that they have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs. This comes as the latest move by the administration to put further restrictions on legal immigration. Proof Of Healthcare Coverage The administration will now require consular officers to bar immigrants seeking to live in the United States unless they can show proof that they “will be covered by approved health insurance” or that they have “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” It is unclear what constitutes “approved health insurance,” and the parameters of what is considered adequate financial resources have yet to be established. The proclamation has been in the works for several months and is aimed…Read More

Advantages Of An O-1 Visa Over Other Work Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2020

If your company is looking to bring someone with extraordinary ability to the United States to work, you should consider the O-1 visa as an option. The O-1 visa is designed to allow those at the top of their field in areas like the arts, sciences, sports, education, and business to work in the United States. The O-1 visa has some distinct advantages over other types of work visas. Processing Time Approval for O-1 visas generally takes less time than other types of work visas. You should still plan for about three to four months. If you decide to pay for premium processing, this processing time can be cut down to as little as 15 days. No Annual Quota The second major advantage of O-1 visas is that there is…Read More

My L-1 Visa Application Was Denied. What’s Next?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 17, 2020

An L-1 visa is a visa used to enter the United States to work. It is available to employees of an international company with offices in the U.S. and abroad. L-1 visas are reserved for executives and managers and for workers with specialized knowledge. Applying For An L-1 Visa When applying for an L-1 visa, documentation must be submitted to validate the existence of a foreign company and its relationship with the U.S. company. There must also be documentation establishing that the worker is an executive or manager or a worker with specialized knowledge. L-1 Visa Denial An L-1 visa application can be denied for a number of reasons. The most common reason for a denial is that there was a problem with the provided documentation, or the overall situation…Read More

5 Common Reasons Your Visa May Be Denied
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 10, 2020

Individuals seeking visas to enter the United States must undergo an extensive application and review process. It includes submitting paperwork and undergoing an interview with a consular officer who will make the determination regarding your visa. Throughout this process, your visa can be denied for a number of different reasons. Some common reasons why your visa may be denied include: Ineligible For Visa Preference Applying for the wrong type of visa is one of the most common reasons a visa is denied. This usually happens when an individual applies for a nonimmigrant visa that contains certain restrictions. Correcting this ground of ineligibility can usually be done with the submission of additional paperwork or applying for a different type of visa. Not Enough Information Sometimes your visa may be denied because…Read More

What Makes Serving Immigrants, Inc. Different From Other Law Firms
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 6, 2020

There are hundreds of immigration law firms throughout Florida, so how do you know you’re choosing the right one? Serving Immigrants, Inc. rises above the crowd and provides you with the focused and experienced representation you need. Experience At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we’ve been working for over a decade to help immigrants with a variety of issues. We have extensive familiarity with the immigration process and have helped hundreds of clients reach their immigration goals. Knowledge of the process is the key to success when it comes to immigration issues, and we deal with the process every day. Our experience can make the process as seamless and painless as possible. Personal Touch Personalized attention and focus are important to effective representation. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we work very closely with…Read More

Understanding VAWA: Relief For Immigrants Facing Abuse
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 6, 2020

Astounding numbers of people experience abuse — both emotional and physical — every day. Abuse can make anyone feel trapped and afraid, but this is especially true for immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Many immigrants who find themselves in abusive situations feel that they cannot seek help because any authorities they might turn to would realize they don’t have legal status, and they could be deported, often to a country where they expect to endure further abuse, made even worse by conditions of poverty. Since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has provided funds and support to initiatives with the aim of putting an end to domestic violence. It has come to protect all people in the United States, not just women, from any type…Read More

Crime Victim? You May Be Eligible For A U Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 3, 2020

If you were the victim of a crime, you may be eligible for a U visa, which would provide you temporary nonimmigrant status in the United States. The U visa was created among growing public safety concerns and to encourage individuals who have been crime victims to cooperate with law enforcement in prosecuting criminals. If you are approved for a U visa, you will be given legal status in the U.S. with the potential for extensions. Once you have your U visa for three years, you may be able to apply for a green card. To obtain a U visa, it is not enough to simply state that you were the victim of a crime. You must provide a “certificate of helpfulness” from a government agency and show that you…Read More

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