USCIS changes policy on approval of visa petitions for widow(er)s

A few days ago, USCIS released a new policy memo on the approval of visa petitions for widows/widowers.  The new policy allows a spouse of a deceased petitioner to continue with the immigration process even if the surviving spouse has remarried.  (Under prior interpretation of the law, a surviving spouse could not immigrate if he […]

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How do I bring my brother or sister permanently to the United States?

I am writing the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to bring family relatives to the United States permanently. The first post I wrote provided general information on bringing family relatives to the United States. (See my post, “Can I petition for my relative to immigrate to the United States?“) This post […]

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Can I petition for my relative to immigrate to the United States?

In order to petition for your relative to immigrate to the United States, you must: 1) be in the correct legal status and 2) not have been convicted of certain crimes. I will discuss both requirements in this post. Legal Status If you are a citizen of the United States, you may petition for your […]

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Does USCIS conduct a credit check if I want to sponsor my spouse for a green card?

I recently received the question at my Benicia office as to whether USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) conducts a credit check of a sponsor when they petition for a spouse.  The answer is, “no,” they do not.  However, this does not let you off the hook financially.  A petitioner/sponsor sill must file an […]

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