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Avoiding common immigration interview mistakes

You have probably had interviews before. Perhaps a potential employer interviewed you for a job. Such meetings help an employer determine if you have the skills, attitude and personality to fit with the existing staff. If you do well, you may get the job. If you make a mistake, you may have to start all over looking for a new job.

If you have an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the near future, you have even more on the line than a new job. Doing well in your interview could open for you a new world of opportunity. Making a mistake could mean the loss of every step you have made in the immigration process so far.

Update: House passes bill to address green card backlog

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, the latest step toward addressing the backlog of green card applications we have covered in recent weeks. The bill passed with support from both sides of the aisle, with a final vote of 365 in favor and 65 against.

House to vote on changes to country-based immigration caps

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which was fast-tracked in the U.S. House of Representatives and is set for a vote this week, aims to remove country-based limits in the employment immigration system. The bill has drawn support from both Republicans and Democrats and focuses on reducing wait times for highly-skilled workers.

Green card application wait time has doubled since 1991

In 2018, more than 100,000 people who legally immigrated to the U.S. had been waiting a decade or more to apply for a green card. And it seems this trend is tied to changes in green card quotas going back to the 1990s.

What spouses of U.S. citizens should know about naturalization

Marrying a U.S. citizen not only speeds up the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident, but it also makes applying for citizenship a little easier. However, there are still specific requirements for citizenship or naturalization.

Before tackling the N-400 Application for Naturalization, it helps to understand the process. A mistake can be both costly and time-consuming, so it pays to know the basics of naturalization for spouses.

US Military service and naturalization

Many people applaud this country's citizens and permanent residents who decide to serve the United States by joining the Armed Forces. Permanent residents may receive the opportunity to become citizens through their military service.

If you currently serve or formerly served in the U.S. Military and are a permanent resident, you may be eligible for a streamlined naturalization process created for military service members.

How divorce affects legal resident status

Unfortunately, a fair number of marriages just don’t work out. However, for those whose marriage also facilitated their immigration to the United States, divorce can be even more challenging. How divorce impacts someone’s immigration status depends mainly on where they are in the process when they decide to end their marriage.

Three important things to know about consular processing

“Consular processing” refers to the process of applying for a visa while outside the United States, through an embassy or consulate. Some go through this procedure before entering the U.S., while others who have been in the United States for a time must go back to their home country for consular processing.

In any case, the procedures of different embassies vary – and a mistake can lead to significant roadblocks. For those seeking an immigrant visa through consular processing, here are three important things to keep in mind:

Who can apply for Adjustment of Status?

Those who come to the United States seeking permanent legal residency generally have two options:

  1. Leave the country and apply for a Green Card through a U.S. Consulate
  2. Stay in the U.S. and apply for Adjustment of Status

Some may wonder, “Why would anyone uproot their life when they can apply for their Green Card while still in the country?” The reason is quite simple: not everyone qualifies to apply for Adjustment of Status.

Does your spouse have an H-1B visa? Here’s what you need to know

H-1B visas provide exciting opportunities for workers looking to come to the United States. Someone with an H-1B can find work in a specialty occupation, while also working toward becoming an American citizen.

The H-1B also provides opportunities for someone’s spouse. If your spouse holds an H-1B visa, here is what you need to know:

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