Family-Based Immigration

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ABANDONMENT OF PERMANENT RESIDENCY

ABANDONMENT OF PERMANENT RESIDENCY

There are limits on the amount of time that permanent residents may spend outside of the U.S.  Exceeding these limits may lead to a finding of “abandonment of permanent residency.”

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

Adjustment of status is the process of applying for permanent resident status within the U.S.  This is often preferable to having to depart the U.S., but unfortunately not everyone is eligible for adjustment of status.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAY OF REMOVAL

ADMINISTRATIVE STAY OF REMOVAL

An administrative stay of removal will allow a person to temporarily remain in the U.S. despite the existence of an outstanding or deportation.

ADOPTION

ADOPTION

Many U.S. citizen parents have adopted foreign-born children and they want nothing more than for their family to be reunited in the U.S.

CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT (CSPA)

CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT (CSPA)

The Child Status Protection Act may allow a person to immigrate to the U.S. even though they appear to be ineligible because of their age.  They key is properly determining if you are protected by the CSPA.

CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCE (FORM I-751)

CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCE (FORM I-751)

Obtaining permanent resident status based on marriage may only result in being granted conditional permanent resident status for a two-year period.

CONSULAR PROCESSING

CONSULAR PROCESSING

Consular Processing is the process of applying for an Immigrant Visa at a U.S. Embassy outside the U.S.

DEFERRED ACTION CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

DEFERRED ACTION CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is designed to provide benefits for individuals who were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age.

FIANCÉ(E) VISAS (K VISAS)

FIANCÉ(E) VISAS (K VISAS)

Fiancé(e) visas allow a U.S. citizen to bring the fiancé(e) to the U.S. for the purpose of getting married in the U.S. as opposed to a foreign country.

HUMANITARIAN PAROLE

HUMANITARIAN PAROLE

Humanitarian parole allows a person to enter the U.S. for “humanitarian reasons,” often due to medical emergencies or some other compelling circumstance.

HUMANITARIAN REINSTATEMENT

HUMANITARIAN REINSTATEMENT

An Immigrant Visa Petition is revoked upon the death of the petitioner.  The process of “Humanitarian Reinstatement” allows the beneficiary to request the petition be reinstated for humanitarian reasons.

IMMIGRANT VISA PETITIONS (FORM I-130)

IMMIGRANT VISA PETITIONS (FORM I-130)

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents may file Immigrant Visa Petitions so that their family members may join them in the U.S.

PROVISIONAL UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVERS

PROVISIONAL UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WAIVERS

A “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver” allows a person to obtain a waiver of their “Unlawful Presence” ground of inadmissibility before they ever leave the U.S.

RE-ENTRY PERMIT

RE-ENTRY PERMIT

Re-entry permits are vitally important for permanent resident who may be taking an extended trip outside of the U.S.

RETURNING RESIDENT VISA

RETURNING RESIDENT VISA

A “Returning Resident Visa” is a special type of visa issued by U.S. Embassies abroad to people who have been outside of the U.S. for an extended period of time.

U VISA

U VISA

A ‘U’ visa may allow a victim of certain criminal offenses to apply for permanent resident status in the U.S.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT (VAWA)

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT (VAWA)

The “Violence Against Women’s Act” applies to both men and women and allows individuals to file for permanent resident status if they have been the victim of abuse by their spouse, parent or child.

WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILITY

WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILITY

Certain people are ineligible for admission to the U.S. because of prior conduct.  These people are deemed “inadmissible,” and they must obtain a waiver of their inadmissibility before they will be granted permanent resident status.

WIDOW(ER) PETITION (FORM I-360)

WIDOW(ER) PETITION (FORM I-360)

A widower petition allows a widow(er) to file a self-petition following the death of their spouse.

WORK PERMIT

WORK PERMIT

An “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD), more commonly referred to a “work permit” allows a person to lawfully work in the U.S.  It can also lead to a social security number, driver’s license, etc.

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