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US Green Card: What You Need to Know About Permanent Residency

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Applying for a Green Card or Immigrant visa is the first step in becoming a United States Permanent Resident.  As a Green Card holder, you and your immediate family can live and work in the United States permanently. Most people obtain Green Cards by being sponsored by their employers or their relatives. Others obtain permanent residence through the Green Card lottery, asylum and through various other means. The main ways of applying for a Green Card are through marriage, employment, family, the lottery and through investment.

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Department of State Release the June 2014 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, May 08, 2014 @ 5:11 PM

The State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2014. http://www.immigrationbn.com/Portals/52046/docs/visa bulletin.pdf  The cut-off date for all family-based F-2A categories (for spouses and (unmarried, minor) children of lawful permanent residents retrogressed by more than a year for all countries. Unexpected and dramatic increase in demand in the employment-based third and "other worker" categories also resulted in retrogression in those categories, except for the Philippines. Hardest impacted is the EB-3 China category which retrogressed by 6 years from October 1, 2012 to October 1, 2006.  The "other worker" China category retrogressed from October 1, 2012 to January 1, 2003. A notice regarding the 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery winners is also included.

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United States Citizenship and immigration ("USCIS") Warns of New Scam

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 5:55 PM

In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.  

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What is the Diversity Immigrant Visa program (DV Lottery)?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how the Diversity Immigrant Visa program works.

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Why Should I Become a US Citizen?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains the beneifts associated with US citizenship.

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Is All Hope Lost If I Have Overstayed My Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains the 245i provision which allows you to apply for a green card if you are in the United States legally.

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How to Legally Bring a Family Member to the United States

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to legally bring a family member to the United States.

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How Do I Bring an Employee to Legally Work in the US?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to legally bring a employee to work in the United States.

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What is an EB-1 Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to bring an employee to work in the United States with an EB-1 visa.

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How Do I Qualify for an H-1B or Specialty Occupation Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to legally work in the United States with an H-1B visa. 

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