AILA Immigration Conference
Agnes Jury is attending the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Waiver Conference in Chicago today! Unlawful presence, health-related issues, or bad behavior can cause big problems for a client when he or she applies for naturalization, a green card, or enters the United States on a temporary basis. This conference focuses exclusively on waivers and will emphasize practical pointers, recent substantive developments, and useful strategies that attorneys can utilize
What is the Legal Effect of Signing an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864)?
The Form I-864 Affidavit of Support is a legally enforceable contract between you and the U.S. Government with the intending immigrant as a third-party beneficiary. That means that when a sponsor signs Form I-864, and the intending immigrant becomes a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., either the government or the sponsored immigrant can take the sponsor to court to enforce the Affidavit of Support. When the government sues the sponsor, it can ask to be reimbursed for the
Does a U.S. citizen need to notify immigration of address change?
Many U.S. citizens do not realize that if they have “sponsored” a non-citizen to become a permanent resident of the United States (i.e. submitted a Form I-864 Affidavit of Support), then the U.S. citizen must notify USCIS of their new address each time they move. If the adjustment of status case is still pending, the U.S. citizen can make a change of address on pending cases via the USCIS Online Change of Address page or by calling 1-800-375-5283. https://egov.uscis.gov/coa/
Does an expired green card mean I lost my legal status in the U.S.?
A conditional permanent resident receives a green card valid for two years. In order to remain a permanent resident, a conditional permanent resident must file a petition to remove the condition during the 90 days before the card expires. The conditions must be removed or you will lose your permanent resident status. https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/conditional-permanent-residence However, if you have already removed the condition and have a card that
Undocumented Immigrants Registering for Selective Service
With very few exceptions, all males between ages 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System (SSS) within 30 days of arriving in the United States. This includes undocumented immigrants. For many undocumented immigrants, submitting their personal information to a government agency brings on fears of being reported to immigration authorities which may lead to deportation. However, the Selective Service System states that it has not now, or ever in the past, colle