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ADVANCE PAROLE

Is a document that allows certain immigrants to re-enter the United States without an immigrant visa or non-immigrant visa after traveling abroad. Such immigrants must be granted Advance Parole before leaving the United States. If they have not obtained Advance Parole prior to traveling abroad, they may not be permitted to re-enter the United States upon their return without obtaining some kind of visa.

There are two main functions of an Advance Parole: 1) It enables an immigrant to come back to the U.S. after traveling abroad without having to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., 2) It preserves the pending Adjustment of Status or other application for protected status that the immigrant has filed.

Keep in mind that admission into the United States is not guaranteed even if the appropriate documents are obtained.  In all cases, you are still subject to immigration inspection or examination at a port of entry to determine whether you are admissible into the country and whether you are eligible for the immigration status sought.

 

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

Application (I-485 application) is normally the final step for an immigrant who is physically in the United States to obtain a Green Card. Superficially, it seems like an easy procedure for one who is qualified to adjust.  However in reality, there are several tricky issues to consider, such as the age-out problem, financial support requirements, and the relationship between the applicant’s non-immigrant status and his/her pending I-485 status. Therefore, we recommend you seek the help of an experienced attorney when filing your I-485 application.

Frasier & Griffin, PLLC will assess your case and identify legal issues and provide legal solutions.

CONSULAR PROCESSING

Is the process by which beneficiaries of an immigration petition (family based, employment based, or other category based) who are typically outside of the U.S., or choose consular processing for other reasons, apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate overseas. Consular processing will commence only when the underlying immigration petition is approved by the USCIS and visa numbers for the prospective immigrants are available. The process is complex and involves multiple government entities. Thus, we recommend that you seek an immigration attorney when petitioning.

NATURALIZATION

Is process in which a person holding permanent residency (also known as a green card), for a specified number of years, may petition to become a U.S. citizen. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and meet certain citizenship eligibility requirements such as length of permanent residence, length of time physically present in the U.S., good moral character, basic knowledge of the English language and basic knowledge of US civics.

The naturalization process can be long and complicated. We recommend that you seek the advice of an immigration attorney to advise you of the process and to address any legal issues that may arise. For instance, an issue may arise if you owe back taxes or have failed to file tax returns, have difficulty demonstrating good moral character due to a criminal conviction, and compliance with child support of minor children.

Immigration law changes frequently. It’s important to know where you stand. If you have questions about your eligibility for U.S. citizenship, contact us at (919) 680-4039 or visit one of our offices in Raleigh and Durham.

H-1B

Is a non-immigrant visa. It is designed to allow U.S. employers recruit & employ foreign professionals in specialty occupations within the U.S. for a specified period of time. Under the H-1B program, the spouse and children (under the age of 21) are entitled to accompany them and legally live in the U.S. There is an annual cap of H1-B visas that are issued each year.

The sponsoring employer and potential employee must meet specific requirements in order to qualify for an H1-B visa. Frasier & Griffin, PLLC is available to ensure that you comply with complex H-1B process requirements, adhering to USCIS regulations and Department of Labor requirements associated with obtaining a Labor Condition Application (LCA).

 

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Thanking my lawyer, Ralph Frasier, for beating these charges I had against me. It’s finally over. Yes, Lord!

MR. STEELE May 13, 2015