Reuben S. Seguritan

Prior Mother’s Sham Marriage Does Not Bar Stepchild Petition

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When a US citizen petitions his spouse for a green card, he may also file a petition for his spouse’s child if the marriage creating the stepchild-parent relationship took place before the child’s 18th birthday. As immediate relatives of the US citizen, separate petitions must be filed for the spouse and stepchild.

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Visas for Crime Victims Reach Annual Cap for Four Straight Years

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Each year, 10,000 U nonimmigrant visas are available to victims of crime who suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the crime. For the past four years, including fiscal year 2013, the statutory limit was reached.

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Fight for Immigration Reform Gains Momentum

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Tens of thousands of people joined the demonstrations and rallies held in 150 sites nationwide last October 5 to pressure Congress to pass the immigration reform bill. Advocates dubbed the day, the “National Day of Immigrant Dignity and Respect.”

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Adjustment of Status Granted Despite Gap In Lawful Status

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A foreign national with an approved employment-based immigrant petition whose priority date is current may apply for an immigrant visa through consular processing abroad or apply for adjustment of status if applicant is already in the U.S. Adjustment of status is the more preferred route because the applicant is eligible for work authorization and permission to travel while the application is pending.

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Green Card for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

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Foreign nationals of extraordinary ability are eligible to become lawful permanent residents under the employment-based first preference category (EB-1). They do not need a job offer from a U.S. employer, which means that they can self-petition or file the immigrant petition themselves. 

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Criminal Convictions That Can Result in Deportation

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Criminal activity by noncitizens may have immigration consequences.  This is true whether they are undocumented aliens, temporary visitors or lawful permanent residents.

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Obama Urged to Stop Deportations

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Immigration advocates are appealing to President Obama to exercise his executive power and stop the deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the country while Congress is at a standstill on immigration reform.

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Sham Marriages and the Adjustment Interview

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Entering into a sham marriage only for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits is a serious matter that could have many consequences. It could lead to the deportation of the alien spouse and a bar on the approval of future immigrant visa petitions.

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Driver’s License for the Undocumented

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A bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive a driver’s license will soon become a law in California. Both houses of the California legislature recently passed the bill, AB 60, and it is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

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EB-2 Visa without a Master’s Degree

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Professionals can qualify under the employment-based second preference (EB-2) category if they have a master’s degree or higher and if the position requires an advanced degree. This category is appropriate for workers in highly skilled occupations, such as physical therapists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and pharmacists.

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