Q&As on Immigration

Reluctant Petitioner

June 20, 2013 | Family Petition

Q. My half-sister, a U.S. citizen, petitioned for me in June 2003. In 2010 my mother received a letter from the USCIS requesting additional documents which sent in. Meanwhile, my sister lost her home, job, and car and it took a toll on her mentally. My family members say she has schizophrenia and I know […]

Naturalization for Person Married to U.S. Citizen Member of the Military

May 17, 2013 | Family Petition, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR), Naturalization

Q.  I have a couple of questions to, hopefully, help in my wife’s situation. I am in the U.S. Navy currently serving on an aircraft carrier. I am soon to change duty stations to outside the United States.  My wife is a foreign national and currently holds a ten-year permanent resident card but isn’t able […]

Acquisition and Derivation of U.S Citizenship

April 19, 2013 | Naturalization

Q.  My father is a U.S. citizen born here in the United States. My mother brought my brother and I here when we were age 18. We are now age 21. Are we U.S. citizens because our father is American or must we apply? A. Child sometimes get U.S. citizenship because a parent is a […]

Various Issues Related to Temporary Protected Status

March 15, 2013 | Criminal Convictions, Family Petition, Temporary Protected Status

Q.  I’m Honduran, 26 years old. I have been in the United States since 2005. When I was crossing the border in 2005, immigration arrested me and released me after a few months. I was scheduled to go to immigration court, but I was too scared to attend. I was afraid I would be deported. […]

How a Criminal Conviction or Charge Can Affect Path to Citizenship

February 15, 2013 | Cancellation of Removal, Criminal Convictions, Naturalization

Q.  I am a permanent resident. I was detained and placed in removal proceedings because of two old marijuana convictions. The immigration judge granted me cancellation of removal, giving me the chance to continue with my life here. I have been a permanent resident for 17 years and employed. I have no felony convictions. Can […]

Naturalization and Previous Charge of Knife Possession as a Minor

January 18, 2013 | Criminal Convictions, Naturalization

Q.  I was charged with possessing a knife, but the judge discharged the case. This happened when I was just 17. Will I have a problem becoming a U.S. citizen? A.  If you have been a permanent resident five years from the time of your offense, the incident should not keep you from naturalizing unless […]

Responsibilities and Risks of Filing an Affidavit of Support

December 21, 2012 | Family Petition

Q.  My friend is petitioning for her parents, but she could not file an affidavit of support due to low income. She asked me to help by filing the affidavit of support for her parents. The question is who will be liable for her parents’ financial support. If her parents apply for public assistance, will […]

Lawful Permanent Resident Outside of the United States for More than One Year Without Reentry Permit

November 16, 2012 | Family Petition, Immigrant Visas, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR)

Q.  I was a permanent resident, living in California, married to an American citizen.  We had two kids.  In 2008 I came to Brazil and I stayed there for more than a year.  I tried to get permission to return , so I tried to get re-entry permission, it wasn’t approved and I was told […]

Naturalization After Arrest for Khat Possession

October 19, 2012 | Criminal Convictions, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR)

Q.  I have a question about my husband’s case. He was arrested in 2004 for possession of Khat. He didn’t go to jail but he got probation. Will his conviction keep him from getting his green card? In the past he’s never been in trouble. He works hard. Can you please help him.  -Nagate Salah, […]

Adjustment of Status for Undocumented Immigrants Married to U.S. Citizen in the Military

September 21, 2012 | Legal Permanent Residents (LPR)

Q.  I am unsure of how to even ask the question. I don’t know anything about the immigration laws, but I have heard of other marines being able to get their spouse U.S. citizenship. I am a former U.S. Marine. I got out around 2004 and met my wife in 2005. We have been married […]