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Are you fully prepared to attend an immigration interview?

Taking steps to obtain U.S. government permission to live and work in Texas or elsewhere across the country can be an exciting, yet stressful experience. Perhaps, you have family members who have already successfully navigated the process. Then again, maybe you are the "pioneer" in your family, the first to emigrate from another country of origin. One of the most important things you may have to do is attend an immigration interview.

During such interviews, U.S. immigration law officials ask many questions. The things you say, what you do and even your personal appearance that day may affect your ability to stay in the United States. It's a good idea to stay closely connected to a strong support network, so you can rely on people who are skilled and experienced, especially if a legal problem arises.

6 ways an attorney can help an immigrant detained by ICE

If you’re loved one is abruptly taken by the U.S. immigration authorities, it can be a terrifying and uncertain time for everyone in the family. You may be concerned about your loved one’s whereabouts, their treatment in detention and their future.

You may feel helpless and confused. But there are important ways in which an immigration attorney can help to protect your loved one – and stand up for their best interests.

How do I locate a friend or loved one who’s been taken by ICE?

It has become an increasingly uncertain time for immigrants living in the United States. Undocumented immigrants – and even legal green card or visa holders – are at increased risk of sudden and unexpected removal from the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As a loved one of someone who is picked up by ICE, you may wonder what power you have to help. In this post, we examine the first step in supporting an immigrant who’s been detained: finding them.

Can I become a naturalized citizen for serving in the military?

Green card holders can serve in the United States military. There is a common misconception that serving in the military automatically grants green card holders – i.e., permanent residents – U.S. citizenship. We debunked this myth in a previous post.

However, serving our country through the military can give permanent residents a simplified path to naturalization. It can also help their family members become citizens. The prerequisites to become a citizen depend on the timeframe of your service: whether it was during war or peacetime.

If the US government thinks your marriage is a fraud

When you arrived in Texas, you might have been one of thousands of immigrants who emigrated from other countries in order to marry the loves of their lives. Whether yours was a whirlwind relationship and you decided to start life afresh in the United States after only a few months of dating, or you and your partner have been together for years, you were likely excited and a bit nervous when you finally began bringing your marriage plan to fruition.

Now that you're ready to apply for a marriage-based green card, there are definitely several important issues to keep in mind as you navigate the interview process. Immigration officials may act at their own discretion in determining whether they believe your marriage is legitimate. This is why it is critical that you arrive at your interview prepared with necessary documents and ready to answer some very personal questions.

How does the diversity lottery visa work?

Immigrants have come under fire under the current administration. The White House has sought to pass laws and change policies that directly hurt both documented and undocumented immigrants in our country – as well as asylees seeking refuge here.

There has also been considerable misrepresentation of the immigration process in recent years. In a previous post, we discussed some of the misconceptions surrounding legal immigration. The White House has made gross falsifications surrounding one path to legal immigration in particular: the diversity lottery visa.

What is legal immigration? The nationwide misunderstanding

Immigration has been a heated topic of debate among political parties in recent years. Conservative groups pushing for stricter immigration restrictions all seem to tout the same basic principles: legal immigration is good; illegal immigration is bad.

While this is a concept that many Americans can get behind, the problem lies in the pervasive misinformation on what actually constitutes legal immigration. There is also a growing misconception that the vast majority of immigrants currently residing in the U.S. are here illegally. Such false information has led to misguided beliefs on the subject of immigration at large.

Can I marry my foreign friend so they can stay in the country?

You may have a close friend who’s a foreign national living in the U.S. temporarily. Their visa may be expiring soon, and they’re worried about finding a way to remain in the U.S. You may wonder about marrying them as an easy way to resolve their immigration issue.

Should you consider doing this? The answer, in a nutshell, is no. Here’s why:

Disadvantages same-sex couples may have getting green cards

Obtaining a green card for a spouse who is not a U.S. citizen can be a challenging endeavor. But it can become even more complicated if you are part of a same-sex couple. While laws for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples regarding marriage are the same across the nation, there are still certain factors that can make the process harder for same-sex couples.

If you recently got married and want to obtain a green card for your foreign partner, then it is important to prepare for the immigration process that you will go through together.

What you need to know about same-sex marriage and immigration

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affords same-sex couples the same rights granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as opposite-sex couples. So, the same privileges and challenges apply to the immigration process, from applications to fees to interviews.

If your partner is not a citizen, a marriage-based visa is a one of the most common ways to bring them to the U.S.

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