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Immigrant Visa Interview & Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: February 18, 2013

One of the requirements of eligibility for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver is the approval of an Immediate Relative Petition (Form I-130 or I-360) and the payment of the Immigrant Visa and Affidavit of Support fee to the Department of State (DOS). Non US Citizens who were already scheduled for their Immigrant Visa interviews before January 3rd 2013 (the date of the publication of the final rule for provisional unlawful presence waiver) are disqualified from the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver process. The date of scheduling by DOS, and not the date and time the applicant must appear for the interview,… Read More

US Senators Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation
  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: February 12, 2013

Eight Senators; Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake recently came together to propose an Immigration reform legislation which they announced on January 28th 2013. The immigration reform legislation proposed by the senators have four parts which are summarized below: I. Creating a Path to Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants Already Here that is Contingent Upon Securing the Border and Combating Visa Overstays. According to the senators, the proposed legislation will provide a tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon the success of securing the US… Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: February 4, 2013

In the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver process, the waiver, by itself, does not convey a legal status. It is a secondary benefit to a primary application that would give a non-US Citizen legal immigrant status. The primary application is the Immigrant Visa, over which the Department of State (DOS)  has jurisdiction. The Provisional waiver only addresses grounds of inadmissibility (unlawful presence) that may prevent DOS from issuing the Immigrant Visa at the time of the applicant’s interview abroad. If USCIS approves the provisional waiver and DOS approves the Immigrant Visa, the applicant will be admitted to the United States as…Read More

USCIS Final Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: January 21, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this year will be the year of the much-anticipated Immigration Reform.   This year started off right with the publication of the final rule of the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule on the provisional unlawful presence waiver on April 2, 2012, to allow certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are seventeen years old and physically present in the United States but ineligible for lawful permanent resident status (green card) within the US, due to their unlawful presence in the US, to request provisional unlawful presence waivers before… Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: November 12, 2012

Recently, a comment was posted on my immigration blog - The Reality of USCIS Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. Stating: I have been listening to some rumors that suggests that the Provisional Waiver would be put, in effect, on December 4th. I was told that any individual that has paid their Visa fees, would not be able to qualify for the Provisional waiver, even though they do not have an appointment in their country of origin. This blog post will attempt to respond and clarify certain issues relating to the proposed provisional unlawful presence waiver Effective Date of USCIS Proposed Provisional…Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: October 16, 2012

Based on the Secretary of Homeland Security’s June 15th, 2012 announcement, applicants for deferred action for childhood arrivals must show among other requirements that they are either: 1.currently in school, 2.have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, 3.have obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or 4.are  honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.  What it means to be “In School” For Deferred Action purpose. What exactly United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) considers being “in school” isn’t as straightforward as it seems. It is not just the definition…Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 14, 2012

Unlawful presence occurs when a non-U.S. citizen remains in the United States beyond the period of time authorized by the U.S Immigration Agencies. The term also refers to persons present in the United States without being properly admitted or paroled. Penalty For Unlawful Presence- The Three & Ten Years Bar Any non-U.S. citizen who was or is unlawfully present in the United States for a period of more than 180 days but less than one year, and voluntarily departs from the United States, before the commencement of removal or deportation proceedings, is barred from admission into the U.S for three…Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 7, 2012

Beginning August 15th, 2012, USCIS will start accepting deferred action application from applicants. The application for deferred action can be concurrently filed with an application for work authorization document. The Immigration application fee will be $465.00. USCIS Background Check for Deferred Action Application Applicants will be required to undergo biographic and biometric background checks. Applicants convicted of any felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, three or more misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, will not…Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 6, 2012

Deferred Action is a discretionary determination to defer removal or deportation action of an individual from the United States. Individuals granted Deferred Action status are eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of Deferred Action (which is two years subject to renewal) provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.” Applicants must demonstrate eligibility for Deferred Action status through verifiable documentation. Guidelines of Requirements for Applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals In order to be considered for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; applicants must submit evidence, including supporting documents, showing that they: Were under the age…Read More

  • By: Osas Iyamu
  • Published: July 30, 2012

The U.S law makes it an immigration and criminal violation for non-U.S citizens to vote in Federal, State or local election, which requires United States citizenship in order to be eligible to vote in such elections. A non-citizen, who does vote, is in violation of Federal, State, or local law and is inadmissible and deportable from the U.S. Exception For Lawful Permanent Residents. (Green Card holders) There is an exemption from deportation and criminal prosecution. This is reserved for certain non-U.S citizens who vote or register to vote in the United States on the mistaken belief that they are U.S.…Read More

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