Articles: Immigration

The new USCIS public charge changes for green card applications are in effect

On December 23, 2022, significant changes to Form I-485 (Application for Adjustment of Status) of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) went into effect in New Jersey and the rest of the country, including a less vague public charge portion and several additional questions. Changes to public charge definition The new public charge portion now clearly defines a public charge as someone dependent on the government for "subsistence." The definition also includes those requiring...

What can you expect when taking the naturalization test?

If you are an immigrant living in New Jersey who has always wished to become a United States citizen, you can prepare for the naturalization test. Once you have your interview and pass, you can look forward to a whole new future. This is what to expect with the naturalization test. Understanding the naturalization interview The naturalization interview is the first step. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer will ask you a series of questions about your application to learn about...

A Guide to Hiring an Immigration Lawyer in Newark, NJ

A Guide to Hiring an Immigration Lawyer in Newark, NJ

Are you aware that approximately 1.6 million people get stuck in an ever-expanding U.S. backlog immigration court? From stringent immigration laws to inadmissibility, immigration can be a complex and overwhelming process. Hiring an attorney can be an invaluable resource to help you navigate the system and achieve your immigration goals. But how do you know if an immigration lawyer is right for you, and how do you go about finding the one? In this guide, we have narrowed down essential tips of...

How to extend your status for CW-1 visa in New Jersey

If you are a foreign worker in New Jersey on a CW-1 visa and your status is about to expire, you can file a petition seeking an extension of your status. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services now considers this limited accommodation to facilitate the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designation for non-immigrant workers in the state. HOW THE EXTENSION WORKS To apply, an employer must file a Form I-129CW petition with supporting documentation on behalf of the foreign worker. The...

Pregnant Immigrants face inequities to prenatal care

Many immigrants settle in New Jersey and have families. Prenatal care is an essential part of health for pregnant people and their babies. A recent study revealed that pregnant immigrants face inequities in prenatal care. IMMIGRANTS MOST IMPACTED The study, conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University at Albany, SUNY, examined the level of prenatal care provided to pregnant immigrants between 2011 and 2019. Over 6 million pregnant individuals...

Basics of perm labor certification

The Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor runs the permanent labor certification program, also referred to as PERM. The purpose of the PERM program is to ensure that U.S. citizens are not passed over in favor of foreign nationals when it comes to employment opportunities. For New Jersey employers who want to hire a foreign citizen to work in the country, a knowledge of the PERM program can help to avoid unnecessary problems and make the immigration process go...

How does the adjustment of status process work?

Applying to be a permanent resident in the United States is more commonly referred to as getting your green card. If you’re applying for a green card in New Jersey and have never heard of adjustment of status, it may be helpful to have a basic understanding of what to expect from the process before getting too deep into it. HURRY UP AND WAIT This process will likely feel slow and drawn out for the most part, so patience is important. You should expect the adjustment of status to take a few...

The basics of the IR-2 visa

There are several different types of visas with which people who are not U.S. citizens can enter New Jersey. The IR-2 visa is designed for the children of U.S. citizens who do not live in the country. The requirements of the visa are that the person who will enter the U.S. is the child of a citizen, less than 21 years old and not married. The probable processing time for an IR-2 visa is between 17 and 24 months. Some relevant factors are the cost, interview and eligibility. IR-2 VISA TYPICAL...

What’s the average wait time for green card in New Jersey

Most immigrants staying in New Jersey have probably heard how lengthy the process of getting a green card is. The time can vary depending on many factors, including your location and delays in your application. WHAT’S THE MAIN FACTOR IN WAIT TIME? Usually, there’s a required waiting period between filing the family relationship form and applying for a green card. Filing the family relationship usually comes first with the I-130 form, and an actual green card application has to be filed after...

What to do if you are facing deportation

The threat of deportation is a very real concern for any foreign national living in the United States. Deportation is the physical removal of a non-U.S. citizen from the United States for violating an immigration law. The United States deports persons who are in the country illegally, commit a crime, violate the terms of their visa or pose a threat to public safety. WHAT DOES THE PROCESS INVOLVE? The deportation process varies, depending on the individual’s status and reason for removal....