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Immigrant Intent Explained

If you are requesting a visa to visit the United States for short-term purposes, you need to understand that the U.S. government will always assume that you have an immigrant intent. If you want them to approve the visa, you’ll generally need to demonstrate that you do not have immigrant intent. Continue reading →

What is Form I-551?

Form I-551 is the form number for a green card. It is proof of a foreign national’s immigration status to live and work permanently in the United States.
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What is an I-94 arrival/departure record?

The I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, also known as Form I-94, confirms that a foreign visitor has been lawfully admitted (or paroled) into the United States. It also includes information about the visitor’s visa status and permitted duration of stay. Continue reading →

What is a Request for Evidence (RFE)?

USCIS may issue a Request For Evidence when an application or petition lacks necessary documentation or evidence to make a decision on the immigration benefit requested. It will become a denial if not responded to in a timely and accurate manner. Continue reading →

What is Form AR-11?

Foreign nationals residing in the United States use Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address, to report a change of address with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Continue reading →

What is Form G-1145?

Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, is an optional form that is used to request an electronic notification (text and/or email) when USCIS accepts your immigration application. Continue reading →

Guidelines for Signing USCIS Forms

Generally, all USCIS applications and petitions require an original “wet ink” signature. Use black ink and sign as you would sign with the name you would use for any legal document. Here are some guidelines for signing USCIS forms. Continue reading →

What is the DREAM Act?

The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that aims to provide a long-term solution for undocumented minors who were brought to the United States unlawfully by their parents. Continue reading →

Your Green Card Number Explained

Your green card number is a unique 13-number that refers to your immigration case. It’s different than your alien registration number (A-Number) or USCIS number. You can find it on your green card. Continue reading →

What is a U visa?

The U visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is reserved for victims of crime who assist law enforcement. The must be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. Continue reading →

Border Crossing Card Explained

A border crossing card (BCC) is an immigration identification card for Mexican citizens to temporarily visit the United States. It is basically a B-1/B-2 visa with certain privileges and restrictions. Continue reading →