Travel Documents, Application to Preserve Residency, Abandonment of residency and the Continuance of Residence

If a Permanent Resident is out of U.S. continuously for more than one year, DHS takes the position that residency has been abandoned. The criteria in determining whether a LPR abandons his residency include purpose of departure, existence of fixed termination date for visit abroad, and objective intention to return to U.S. as place of … Read more

USCIS Case Status Inquiries

USCIS has issued instructions on making inquires with four Service Center. The step-by-step instructions are as follows: Step 1: contact the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. Step 2: if more than 30 days have passed since your contacted the NCSC, you can email the proper USCIS Service Center to check the status of your … Read more

Distinction Between “Unlawful Status” and “Unlawful Presence”

Aliens who are unlawfully present and voluntarily departed the United States may face the three-year, ten- year and permanent bar when seeking readmission. However, being in an unlawful immigration status does not necessarily accrue unlawful presence. There are situations in which an alien who is present in an unlawful status nevertheless does not accrue unlawful … Read more

Change Address Online

All non-U.S. citizens (Aliens) who are required to be registered are also required to keep USCIS informed of their current address. You can change your address online: HERE.

Immigration Consequence of Criminal Activity for Permanent Resident

Permanent residents of the United States have to realize the serious immigration consequence of criminal activity. Criminal activity often is defined as violation of federal, state or foreign criminal law. Among them, crimes involving moral turpitude, aggravated felonies and certain criminal conduct precludes a finding of good moral character would most likely affect a permanent … Read more

2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines

The 2008 Federal Poverty Guidelines are used in calculating levels of income and assets that immigrant visa petitioners and joint sponsors must demonstrate in the I-864 Affidavits of Support. (for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia) Size of Family Unit/ Poverty Guidelines /125 Percent1 /$10,400 /$13,0002 /$14,000 /$17,5003 /$17,600 /$22,0004 /$22,200 /$26,5005 … Read more