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3 visa authorizations extended through December 9

By Reuben S. Seguritan October 19, 2016 Three visa programs that expired last September 30 were recently extended through Dec. 9, 2016. The visa programs are the Conrad State 30 Program, the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program (SR visa), and the EB-5 Regional Center Immigrant Investor program. The Conrad 30 program allows state health Read the full article…

Filing for adjustment even if visa not immediately available

By Reuben S. Seguritan October 12, 2016 This October which is the start of fiscal year 2017, adjustment of status applications may be filed even if a visa number is not immediately available for the priority date of the applicant. The date of filing the application rather than the date when a visa number is Read the full article…

Disappointing ruling on DAPA and DACA+

By Reuben S. Seguritan October 05, 2016 Without any explanation, the US Supreme Court gave Pres. Barack Obama’s immigration initiatives another blow as it denied last Oct. 3 a petition to rehear United States v. Texas, also known as the DAPA and DACA+ case. Back on June 23, the High Court came to an even Read the full article…

Automatic acquisition of citizenship after birth

By Reuben S. Seguritan September 28, 2016 Children born outside the US are automatically US citizens provided they meet all the requirements under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA). The statutory requirements are: (1) at least one parent is a U.S. citizen either by birth or by naturalization; (2) the child is under 18 Read the full article…

Renewing green card while naturalization is pending

By Reuben S. Seguritan September 21, 2016 A lawful permanent resident (LPR) who wishes to apply for naturalization should submit his N-400 application while his green card still has at least six (6) months of validity. This is to avoid having to pay the filing fee and biometric fee amounting to $450 for his green Read the full article…

Parole for U visa and family members residing abroad

By Reuben S. Seguritan September 14, 2016 Good news to U visa petitioners and their relatives who are residing abroad.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has agreed to allow them to apply for a parole to facilitate their entry to the United States while waiting for their visa to become available. This Read the full article…

Petitioning physical therapists for green card

By Reuben S. Seguritan September 07, 2016 Physical therapists continue to be very much in demand in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand is projected to grow by 34% from 2014 to 2024. This demand stems from aging baby boomers who are now in their 60s and 70s. According Read the full article…

Immigration fraud and the U visa

By Reuben S. Seguritan August 31, 2016 The U visa is a temporary visa granted to victims of certain criminal activities which occurred in the United States, US territory or US military installation. It is granted to victims who suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the criminal activity and who, as Read the full article…

Obtaining an individual tax identification number (ITIN)

By Reuben S. Seguritan August 24, 2016 Undocumented immigrants may need to prove, sometime in the future, how long they have been in the US and a good way to provide that proof is to obtain a Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and pay their taxes. The first thing one should understand is that ITINs are Read the full article…