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New study shows 1 in 6 U.S. health care workers are immigrants BY PBS NEWS HOUR

Archana Chatterjee left her loved ones behind in India nearly three decades ago to pursue her medical training in the United States. She missed her parents’ final years and her mother’s funeral since she moved to care for communities far from her own. Today, Chatterjee is one of three pediatric infectious disease specialists in the Read the full article…

Complying with Residence Requirement for Naturalization

By Reuben Seguritan   Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen. The immigrant must pay for the fees required and submit the Form N-400 and other necessary documents. There are 3 residency-related requirements: 1. Continuous residence; 2. Physical presence; and 3. Time in district or state. Residence is defined as the “place of Read the full article…

Applying for Asylum

By Reuben Seguritan   A large group of people from Central America are trying to cross the border to the United States. They have been dubbed as the “migrant caravan”. President Trump issued a proclamation on November 9, 2018 stating that anyone who crossed the southern border illegally would not be eligible to apply for Read the full article…

Petitioning A Fiancé(e)

By Reuben Seguritan   A US citizen who wishes to bring his/her fiancé(e) to the US must file an I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) with the USCIS. After processing and approval, the fiancé(e) will be issued a K-1 fiancé(e) visa. This visa is a nonimmigrant visa which will allow the  fiancé(e) to enter the US Read the full article…

Sham Marriages Cannot be Source of Benefits

By Reuben Seguritan   Sham marriages are marriages that are entered into for the purpose of evading the immigration laws. It does not matter if the alleged couple applied for and/or were granted the visa petition. These sham marriages even if they were validly contracted are considered to be fraudulent and cannot be the source Read the full article…

Pointers In Petitioning A Relative

By Reuben Seguritan   Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is filed with the USCIS in order to bring a relative to the US as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). US citizens can file form I-130 for their spouse (including same-sex marriage), unmarried or married child and their parents or brother or sister as long Read the full article…

Rescission of Adjustment of Status

By Reuben S. Seguritan   October 3, 2018     The adjustment of status of a person may be rescinded if he was in fact not eligible for such adjustment.   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can initiate the rescission of the adjustment of status within 5 years from the date on the green Read the full article…

DHS Plans to Penalize Immigrants Using Public Benefits

By Reuben Seguritan   September 19, 2018   Noncitizen immigrants are entitled to certain government public assistance programs. Examples of these are public benefits from the Social Security Insurance (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Other public assistance may come in the form Read the full article…

Filing for US Citizenship while I-751 is Pending

By Reuben S. Seguritan   September 5, 2018   Lawful permanent residents with a conditional green card are those who obtained their lawful status in the US through marriage to US citizens. They can file for removal of the conditions on their green card by jointly filing Form I-751 or Petition to Remove Conditions on Read the full article…

New Rule on Unlawful Presence Puts Students At Risk

By: Reuben Seguritan     August 22, 2018     The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published the final policy memorandum entitled “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants” which became effective on August 9, 2018. This new policy memorandum clearly shows that the USCIS is abandoning the old Read the full article…