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07/08/2017

Replacing G325A?

As of April 28, 2017, U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who sponsor (petition) a spouse for U.S. lawful permanent residence (a green card) must include Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse and Beneficiary, with the initial visa petition packet. This new form does not replace the main visa petition form, Form I-130, but is in addition to it.
The idea behind the supplementary form is to gather extra biographical information about the would-be immigrant, thus replacing the previously required Form G-325A. (Formerly, both the sponsor and the foreign spouse were expected to fill out a Form G-325A out and submit it.)
In theory, Form I-130A is to be prepared and signed by the immigrating spouse (called the “beneficiary”). However, getting help with form preparation or having it filled out by a lawyer is fine (that person will just need to fill out a separate portion of the form). And if the immigrant is outside the U.S., he or she doesn’t need to actually sign the form.
The form is available for free download on the I-130 page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
Note: However, that the USCIS instructions to Form I-485, which is used by applicants able to adjust status while living in the U.S., have not changed with respect to Form G-325A. A non-citizen in the United States who plans to adjust status (rather than applying for the green card through an overseas U.S. consulate), must, therefore (until further notice) fill out and submit Form G-325A as part of the packet of adjustment forms and documents. (If you haven't already filed the Form I-130, you may be allowed to mail it and the I-485 and all the other adjustment of status forms and documents to USCIS at one time.)

02/23/2016

Attention Attention !
U.S. Refugee Resettlement Processing for Iraqi and Syrian Beneficiaries of an Approved I-130 Petition

Q1. What is the Priority-2 (P-2) Direct Access Program (DAP) for Iraqi and Syrian beneficiaries of an approved Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative?A1. The P-2 Direct Access Program for Iraqi and Syrian beneficiaries of Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is an avenue for Iraqis and Syrians to apply for refugee resettlement in the United States through the U.S Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). It is available to approved I-130 beneficiaries of Iraqi or Syrian nationality and their derivatives. Derivatives are spouses and unmarried children who were less than 21 years of age on the date the beneficiary’s I-130 petition was approved. The I-130 petition must be filed by an American citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and must then be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before a beneficiary has access to the USRAP. This program promotes family reunification and may allow Iraqi and Syrian beneficiaries whose immigrant visas are not current and who have a refugee claim an opportunity to arrive in the United States more quickly.
Q2. How does someone qualify for refugee admissions under this program?A2. In order to qualify for resettlement as a refugee, the beneficiary and any derivatives included on the beneficiary’s case will need to be interviewed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The I-130 beneficiary, who becomes the “principal applicant” on the refugee case, must demonstrate that he/she meets the U.S. refugee definition, namely that he/she is unable or unwilling to return to country of citizenship because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion; is not firmly resettled in a foreign country; and is otherwise admissible to the United States. All derivatives included on the case must also be admissible to the United States. All applicants must also clear all required security checks. It is important to emphasize that there is no guarantee that applicants will be approved for admission to the United States as refugees under this program. DHS makes all final eligibility determinations for applications for refugee status. Finally, those who are approved for refugee resettlement may benefit from public assistance related to their travel, reception and initial stay in the United States, which is not available to individuals who immigrate to the United States pursuant to an I-130 immigrant visa.

Q36. When did this program begin?A36. This program began for Iraqi beneficiaries in 2008 and for Syrian beneficiaries in 2016.Q37. Does the program have an end date?A37. Currently, there is no end date under consideration.
Q38. How do I contact my Resettlement Support Center?A38. If your case is being processed in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates. Please contact RSC MENA at [email protected]. If your case is being processed in Lebanon, please contact RSC TuME at [email protected]. You may contact either RSC in English or Arabic.
Q40: How much does this program cost?A40: The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is free of charge to applicants.

11/02/2015

Attention ! Attention ! The Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) submission for the year 2017 will end tomorrow Tuesday, November 3, 1015 @ 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am Pacific time). If you did not yet submitted, do so until tomorrow.

10/03/2015

Hello everyone,
It is October and it is time for "Green Card" Lottery.
Let me explain to you what that is, because many of you are misled.
Diversity Lottery Visa Program
The congressionally mandated Diversity Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

General Information

The State Department Web site for the 2017 Diversity Visa program is now open. The entry submission period for DV-2017 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 1, 2015 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 3, 2015. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service. People who wish to participate in the Diversity Visa Program must submit entries electronically during the registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV). Paper entries are not accepted. There is no fee to enter the Diversity Visa lottery; if a website requests you pay a fee in order to enter the program the website is not the official website and is likely a scam. (Please note that while there is no fee to enter the lottery, winning applicants will need to pay the visa application fee when they interview. This fee will be paid at the U.S. Interests Section on the day of the interview.

11/22/2014

You can file USCIS forms yourself, but many people choose to have help. You may need help writing in the answers to questions on USCIS forms or translating documents into English. You can get this type of limited help from anyone. This person should only charge you a small fee and not claim to have special knowledge of immigration law and procedure.

Not sure what immigration benefit to apply for or which USCIS forms you need to file? Then you may need immigration legal advice.

Only attorneys or accredited representatives can:
•Give you legal advice about which forms to submit
•Explain immigration options you may have
•Communicate with USCIS about your case

WARNING: “Notarios,” notary publics, immigration consultants and businesses cannot give you immigration legal advice. In many other countries, the word “notario” means that the individual is an attorney, but that is not true in the United States. If you need help with immigration issues, be very careful before paying money to anyone who is neither an attorney nor a BIA-accredited representative of a recognized organization.

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the ...
11/22/2014
Executive Actions on Immigration | USCIS

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.



To learn more, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/ImmigrationAction (English) or http://www.uscis.gov/AccionMigratoria (Spanish).

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the…

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