ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS ( US GREEN CARD APPLICATION)
- An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
- Other relatives of a U.S. citizen
- Relative of a lawful permanent resident under the family-based preference categories.
- Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or the fiancé(e)’s child.
- Widow(er) of a U.S. citizen.
- VAWA self-petitioner– victim of battery or extreme cruelty.
- Immigrant worker.
- Physician National Interest Waiver.
- Immigrant investor.
- Religious worker.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile.
- Afghanistan or Iraq national.
- International broadcaster.
- An employee of an international organization or family. member or NATO-6 employee or family member.
- Human trafficking victim
- Crime victim
- VAWA self-petitioner– victim of battery or extreme cruelty
- Special Immigrant Juvenile
- An abused (victim of battery
- or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment Act
- An abused victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA)
- Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)
- Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
- Cuban Adjustment Act
- An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment Act
- Dependent status under the HRIFA
- An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under HRIFA
- Lautenberg parolee
- Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act of 2000
- American Indian born in Canada
- Person born in the United States to a foreign diplomat
- Section 13 (diplomat)
- You may be eligible to register for a Green Card if you have resided continuously in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 1972.
US CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION
- Citizenship Application Form N400 is used for obtaining US Citizenship (naturalization). A completed error-free form N400 should be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) along with photos and supporting documents as outlined in the Citizenship Application filing instructions.
- APPLYING FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP
- Becoming a U.S. citizen has many advantages including the right to vote and the ability to sponsor relatives to come to the United States. The Citizenship Application (Form N-400) is completed by Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) over age 18 who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for US citizenship.
- N-400 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- In order to apply for U.S. citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:
- Are you at least 18 years old? (YES/NO)
- Have had a valid Green Card for at least five years? (YES/NO)
- (If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may apply after three years with a valid Green Card. Or, if you have served in the United States armed forces during the war, you may apply for U.S. citizenship without first obtaining a Green Card if you were in the United States upon enlistment into the U.S. military) CONTACT US
- Have you maintained continuous residence in the United States for at least five years? (Or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen) (YES/NO)
- Have you been physically present in the United States for at least two and a half years? (YES/NO) (Or one and half years if you are married to a U.S. citizen)
- Have you lived in the state where Form N-400 is submitted for at least three months? (YES/NO)
- Are you able to read, write and speak English? (YES/NO)
- Do you have a general knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government? (YES/NO)
- Are you a person of good moral character and willing to abide by the principles of the U.S. Constitution? (YES/NO)
OBTAIN A US VISA
- WHAT IS A U.S. VISA?
- A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
- Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
- (Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning to travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. In this situation, when planning to travel abroad, learn about visa requirements by country, see Country Specific Travel Information in the Passport section of this website.)
- HOW CAN I USE A VISA TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES?
- Having a U.S. visa allows you to travel to a port of entry, airport, or land border crossing, and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector to enter the United States. While having a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States, it does indicate a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad has determined you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose. DHS/CBP inspectors, guardians of the nation’s borders, are responsible for admission of travelers to the United States, for a specified status and period of time. DHS also has responsibility for immigration matters while you are present in the United States.
- WHAT TYPES OF VISAS ARE THERE?
- The type of visa you must obtain is defined by U.S. immigration law and relates to the purpose of your travel. There are two main categories of U.S. visas:
- NONIMMIGRANT VISAS – For travel to the United States on a temporary basis.
- IMMIGRANT VISAS – For travel to live permanently in the United States.
OBTAINING ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES
There are 3 ways of obtaining asylum in the United States:
1. The affirmative process.To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States. You may apply for asylum regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.
2. An Asylum Merits Interview after a positive credible fear determination: If you are placed in expedited removal proceedings and indicate an intention to apply for asylum, express a fear of persecution or torture, or express a fear of return to your country, you will be referred to USCIS for a credible fear screening.
3. The defensive process: A defensive application for asylum occurs when you request asylum as a defense against removal from the United States. For asylum processing to be defensive, you must be in removal proceedings in immigration court with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
FREE CASE EVALUATION FOR US ASYLUM
OBTAINING ASYLUM IN CANADA
Who Qualifies for Asylum in Canada?
FREE CASE EVALUATION FOR CANADIAN ASYLUM
SEEKING ASYLUM IN MEXICO
Challenges to Mexican Asylum Seekers.
Who is protected by Mexico’s asylum law?
- 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees Mexican Constitution, Article 11, guarantees the right to seek & receive asylum.
- Cartagena Declaration: voluntary regional protection framework.
- Law of Refugees, Political Asylum, and Complementary Protection (2011) and its implementing Regulation (2012)
- Mexico has acceded to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Optional Protocol, and signed the Cartagena Declaration, a nonbinding regional protection framework.
Who is considered an Asylum Seeker in Mexico?
- Someone who cannot return to that country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, membership in a particular social group (1951 Convention categories), or gender (added by Mexican asylum law).
- A person who has fled their country because their life, safety, or freedom was threatened by generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflict, massive human rights violations, or other circumstances that have gravely disturbed public order (Cartagena Decl.).