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 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.
An administrative stay of removal will allow a person to temporarily remain in the U.S. despite the existence of an outstanding or deportation.
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.
Obtaining permanent resident status based on marriage may only result in being granted conditional permanent resident status for a two-year period.
Consular Processing is the process of applying for an Immigrant Visa at a U.S. Embassy outside the U.S.
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 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 allows a person to enter the U.S. for “humanitarian reasons,” often due to medical emergencies or some other compelling circumstance.
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.
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 permits are vitally important for permanent resident who may be taking an extended trip outside of the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
A widower petition allows a widow(er) to file a self-petition following the death of their spouse.
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.