Immigration Options: Green Card Lottery – Part 2

During a 60-day period each fall, the State Department accepts applications for the DV lottery. “Winners” in this lottery will be eligible to receive green cards for themselves and their immediate family members during the State Department’s next fiscal year….

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Immigration Options: Green Card Lottery – Part 1

Each year, the vast majority of green cards are issued to employees and relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, there are other avenues to obtaining a green card. One of these avenues is the annual Diversity Visa lottery…

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Refugee Status: Family Members and Employment

If you are a refugee in the United States and want your family members who are abroad to join you, you may file Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, for your spouse and unmarried children under 21. You must file within…

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Refugee Status for Foreign Physicians

Every year, the federal government sets a ceiling on the number of persons it will allow resettlement to the U.S. as refugees. For the fiscal year 2011, the ceiling was set at 80,000. This number is allocated among six global…

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Defensive Asylum for Foreign Born Physicians

In defensive asylum proceedings, the applicant makes an asylum request in response to being removed from the United States. These cases are heard by Immigration Judges with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. As discussed in our previous article, one…

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Affirmative Asylum for Foreign Born Physicians – Part 3

In the case of the unsuccessful applicant who is legally residing in the U.S., he will receive a Notice of Intent to Deny. This letter will state the reason(s) the applicant was found ineligible for asylum. The applicant will have…

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Affirmative Asylum For Foreign Born Physicians – Part 2

To qualify as an asylee, the applicant must establish that he has a “well-founded fear” of future persecution in his home country. Furthermore, this persecution must be based on the applicant’s political opinion, religion, race, nationality, or membership in a…

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Affirmative Asylum for Foreign Born Physicians – Part 1

In the affirmative asylum process, the foreign national “affirmatively” files an Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, Form I-589, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). This application must be filed within one year of entrance into the U.S.,…

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Immigration Options: Asylum and Refugee Status

The United States has long been a haven for those seeking to avoid persecution, war, famine and domestic strife in their homelands. Current immigration law provides protection for immigrants who have a well-founded fear that they will suffer persecution in…

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Family-based Green Cards (Part 5): Marriage Eligibility

Please note that this “express lane” to obtaining a green card is only available for foreign nationals who marry for love (or at least, not solely for immigration purposes). If USCIS determines that the marriage is a sham, then it…

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