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How DHS's New Public Charge Rule Could Affect You

February 20, 2023
Immigration laws in the US began in the 1880s as people were welcomed into the country for various reasons. Within those laws is the term “public charge,” referring to someone in the care of the public. However, in 1999, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (the agency before the Department of Homeland Security) defined this term more thoroughly. In the 1999 Interim Field Guidance release, the definition of “public charge” was adapted to refer to anyone primarily dependent on public cash assistance or long-term care at the expense of the government. This standard has remained until recent rulings, and the DHS’s new “public charge” rule could affect visa and green card holders.

Preparing for Your Green Card Interview

November 30, 2022
Obtaining your green card is crucial when you want to stay in the US permanently. In addition to complex paperwork, you’ll also need to pass an interview at a USCIS field office, US consulate, or embassy nearby. Preparing for this interview will help you feel more comfortable when you’re talking to the officer. This guide walks through what you need to know before you head to your interview.

Green Card Interviews and Adjustments: Where to go from here

March 29, 2021
Taking a closer look at green card interviews, looking at possible options for technological advancement and efficiency, and getting rid of redundant forms.

Biden Administration Stops Public Charge Rule

March 12, 2021
The move to get rid of the I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency comes at a time when the USCIS is changing some of its policies regarding the burden of evidence needed to judge an immigrant applicant as a public charge. The removal of this form and the re-instatement of a 1999 ruling shows how the agency is taking steps to create more efficiencies with the U.S. immigration system.

K-1 Visa to Adjustment of Status: Documents and Fees

March 1, 2021
This blog covers the required documentation needed for K-1 visa holders who will be residing in the United States and plan on filing for an adjustment of status.

Marriage Green Card Guide: Living in the U.S. and Married to a Green Card Holder (LPR)

February 19, 2021
In this case, the process is ultimately much longer than other types of processing due to having to wait for the I-130 to be processed separately from the I-485 application and other supporting documents.

How to Complete the DS-5540

January 11, 2021
DS-5540 is used to determine if the applicant in question is likely to become a public charge when they immigrate to the United States, based on their financial situation, but also based on other categories such as educational/skills status and household size.

Marriage Green Card Guide: Living in the U.S. and Married to a U.S. Citizen

December 31, 2020
This guide is meant to address all of the procedural elements and technical details for green card applicant spouses who are currently living in the U.S. and married to a U.S. citizen.

What is the Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency?

December 21, 2020
The I-944 is an extensive form that needs to be attached to the overall green card application for nearly every applicant who filed an adjustment of status application after February 24th, 2020. The details of the form and its requirements are outlined below.
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