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Tag: family-based green card

  • USCIS Advises Family-Based I-485 Applicants to Include I-693 at the Time of Filing to Potentially Speed Up Processing Time

    Recently, USCIS announced that it is expanding potential interview waivers for family-based adjustment cases. Given the potential interview waivers, USCIS advises applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to include Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, at the time of filing to potentially speed up processing times. […]
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  • PERM: Can an Employer Sponsor a Family Member’s Green Card?

    Let’s say you run a business in the U.S., and you are interested in bringing your family member to the U.S. by sponsoring an employment-based green card for them. This certainly seems like a clever strategy, but it is very tricky. With that being said, it can be done, but not without extensive preparation. Convincing […]
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  • I-130 Processing Times

    The top question we receive from individuals applying for family-based or marriage-based permanent residence in the U.S. is: How long will it take to get my green card? This answer will vary depending on the method that families and couples pursue to obtain this benefit as well as the category of relationship involved. Watch the […]
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  • Medical Exams & Vaccinations for U.S. Green Card Applicants

    USCIS recently made changes to medical exam and vaccination requirements for marriage-based, family-based, and employment-based U.S. Green Card applicants. In the video below, Berardi Immigration Law Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells you what you need to know. If you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today. We would love to hear from you.
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  • Department of Homeland Security Proposes Changes to the Affidavit of Support Process

    On October 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking outlining suggested changes to the Affidavit of Support process. Petitioning sponsors for most family-based and some employment-based immigrants are required to file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA (or it’s shorter version, I-864EZ , for […]
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  • An In-Depth Look at Direct Consular Filing

    A foreign national living abroad will typically start the family-based or marriage-based green card process by filing a Form I-130 petition with United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition will typically pend for about 6-12 months (subject to change) before an approval is issued. Once this petition is approved by USCIS, the application […]
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