What are the wait times for different family-based visa categories?
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by gturnercontentcustoms
5M ago
Families often find themselves separated by borders in today’s dynamic and interconnected world. To bridge these gaps, the United States offers a range of family-based visa categories that allow eligible individuals to reunite with their loved ones. Familiarizing yourself with the waiting times for different family-based visa categories can help you plan for various visa application processes. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens Naturally, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are granted the highest priority for family-based visas. This category includes: Spouses of U.S. citizens Unmarried ch ..read more
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What is an immediate relative for family immigration purposes?
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by carmen.reyes-wolfe@thomsonreuters.com
9M ago
U.S. immigration law is strict about who can and cannot live and work in the United States lawfully, so it is critical to understand how the process works and what it entails. Family member priority The U.S. government prioritizes immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and allows an unlimited number of green cards for immediate family members. Green cards are immigrant visas designed to enable qualified individuals to live and work in the United States and, in some cases, provide them a path to U.S. citizenship. For a foreign national to qualify for immigration as an immediate family member of a ..read more
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Understanding the PERM process
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by jerricraventextbroker
1y ago
Employers in Maryland who wish to hire a worker from abroad must first complete the PERM process. The Program Electronic Review Management system allows employers to file an application for an immigrant to receive an employment based green card. Once filed, the application goes directly to the U.S. Department of Labor. What are the benefits of PERM? The PERM process has been a major breakthrough in the realm of employment immigration. Since everything is done electronically, the DOL won’t need to collect as much paperwork. Once filed, the document can be quickly reviewed which will enable you ..read more
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How to bring your fiancée to the United States
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by jerricraventextbroker
1y ago
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in Maryland and you have fallen in love with someone from another country, you may be considering bringing your fiancée to the United States. The process of sponsoring a foreign national for a fiancée visa, commonly known as a K-1 visa, can be complex and time-consuming, but with the right preparation and understanding of the requirements, it can be a smooth and successful experience. Determine eligibility To be eligible for a K-1 visa, you must be a U.S. citizen, and your fiancée must be a foreign national. You must also have met each other in p ..read more
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Family-based immigration and stepchildren
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by jonathan.brandis@thomsonreuters.com
1y ago
Whether you are your children’s biological parent or not, you love them and want them to join you in the United States. Blood relations do not affect your parent-child relationship. But whether they are your natural-born kids or stepchildren matters as far as U.S. immigration is concerned. Fortunately, it is possible for a U.S. citizen or person with permanent resident status (green card) to sponsor a stepchild for immigration. The process is only a little more complicated. You can sponsor your stepson or -daughter as long as you got married to their biological parent before the child turned 1 ..read more
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Getting a temporary work visa in Maryland
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by jerricraventextbroker
1y ago
Any foreign national who wishes to work in Maryland must obtain a visa. This could either be an immigrant visa for permanent residence or a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay. If you are planning to only be here for a while, the latter will suffice. Temporary work visa explained If there is a seasonal job you are coming to do in Maryland, it’s often advisable to get a temporary visa because it’s easier to obtain than an immigrant visa. It only takes about two to three months for the immigration department to process, whereas an immigrant visa can take up to a year. You will, however, need ..read more
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What to know about family-based Green Cards
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by jerricraventextbroker
2y ago
In certain cases in Maryland, green cards are available to noncitizens with relatives who are citizens in the United States when the individual is a lawful permanent resident. This process of becoming a lawful permanent resident under immigration law in the United States is based on the particular type of familial relation, such as spouse, parent, or child who is still a minor. When the application for permanent resident status is based on these family preference categories, it is known as “adjustment of status.” Family preference categories Family members falling under the first preference ca ..read more
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The basics of the PERM process for employers
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by geoff.rhiel@thomsonreuters.com
2y ago
If you are seeking to sponsor a specific employee for a temporary work visa or employment-based green card, or if you are seeking to generally recruit workers from abroad, you most likely will need to go through the Program Electronic Review Management process in order to obtain a permanent labor certificate. The following is a brief overview of the PERM process and how it can help you. Why do you need a permanent labor certificate? A permanent labor certificate permits employers to hire workers from abroad to work permanently in the U.S. In general, before a U.S. employer can submit an immigr ..read more
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Helping your fiancé immigrate to the US
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by josh.collins@thomsonreuters.com
2y ago
US citizens can bring a foreign fiancé into the country by filing Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé. This initial form is the precursor to helping your fiancé obtain a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, also called a fiancé visa. After successfully obtaining a fiancé visa and entering the country, your fiancé can then apply for permanent US residency after the marriage. Basic requirements for a fiancé visa You must be a US citizen in order to assist your fiancé in immigrating to the US through marriage. In addition to that requirement, you and your fiancé also must be legally permitted to marry each ..read more
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USCIS to conduct interviews for certain green card applicants
Yeager & Etkind | Washington DC Immigration Law Blog
by josh.collins@thomsonreuters.com
2y ago
Individuals who are seeking green cards based on employment will have to appear for interviews due to a new enforcement stance by the Trump administration. Immigrants in Maryland and around the country have typically been vetted already as part of the initial visa process, but United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing to add 200,000 interviews to its workload to further vet individuals who apply for adjustment of status green cards. Technically, the interview process has always been required, but USCIS has historically waived it for green cards based on employment. Accord ..read more
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