January 31, 2024
VAWA Processing Time
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) immigration petitions take two years and two months to process on average. Sometimes, it takes up to two years and six months to process. If you file a green card application at the same time as the VAWA petition, the […]
January 30, 2024
Immigration and Nationality Act Section 245(i)
You might be surprised to know there is a way for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States to gain legal status without leaving here. Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that if a person has a labor certification application or […]
January 30, 2024
I-130 Processing Time for a Spouse
The term I-130 refers to a family-based immigration visa petition. The government does not limit the number of immediate relatives, like spouses, that can enter the United States. However, that does not mean that your husband or wife’s visa application will be processed overnight. […]
January 22, 2024
Who Can Be a Petitioner for Family-Based Immigration?
If you are an immigrant permanently living with proper documentation in the United States, you have the right to bring over your immediate family members. In this article, our Austin immigration lawyers explore the nuts and bolts of family-based immigration, family-based petitions, and, specifically, who […]
December 7, 2023
Proving an Understanding and Knowledge of U.S. History for Citizenship
To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must first apply. Your application is submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The application must be accompanied by evidence to show that you are eligible for citizenship. As part of the naturalization process, you must […]
December 1, 2023
Can You Become a U.S. Citizen with a Domestic Violence Conviction?
Many lawful permanent residents (green holders) dream of becoming U.S. citizens one day. This is possible if one has been living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for the required period. However, becoming a U.S. citizen is not automatic simply because you have been […]
November 27, 2023
What does it mean to file a petition with USCIS?
The process of immigration usually starts with the filing of a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A petition is a document that contains information about a noncitizen who wishes to immigrate to the U.S. The petition is usually filed by […]
November 17, 2023
What is aggravated child abuse? (VAWA)
U.S. immigration law allows a foreign child of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is abused by that parent to apply for immigration protections under the Violence Against Women’s Act, or VAWA. This is a law that generally protects women from domestic violence, but […]
November 10, 2023
Can an Illegal Immigrant Work in the US?
Estimates indicate that about 11.4 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States. Many people need to earn a living and support families, even if they have unauthorized status. It is common to wonder under what circumstances illegal immigrants can work in the U.S. […]
October 31, 2023
How to dress for a US citizenship interview
After you submit your application for citizenship and have had your biometrics taken, the next step in the naturalization process to become a citizen is being interviewed by an immigration officer. A common question we get asked at J Sparks Law about the citizenship interview […]