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  • Coming to America: Insider Tips To Improve Your Immigration Journey By Joshua Teets, JD and Vincent Stevenson, CEO of Precision Enterprises, LLC
  • This Slideshow is an excerpt taken from the Immigration Navigator: From Foreign Immigrant to American Citizen Visit comingtoamerica.org to purchase this simplified roadmap towards American Citizenship. Get Social With US!
  • U.S. Immigration System is… BROKEN!
  • U.S. Immigration System Administrative Agencies Enforcement Agencies Grant Benefits Carry Out Actions • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) • U.S. Department of State (DOS) • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Immigration System Two Primary Components Nonimmigrant Visas These are your options to visit & stay in the U.S. temporarily Immigrant Green Cards These are pathways to Permanent Residence, the green card that eventually leads to citizenship
  • How Do You Go From “Foreign National” to “U.S. Citizen”?
  • The First Step: Coming to America 1. Sponsor Name: Location: Degree: Visa Needed: Kavitha K. Mumbai Biochemistry H-1B TIP: Generally, you must have a purpose for coming to the U.S., such as tourism, education, or work. Nonimmigrant Visas B Tourists H-1B Professional Employment L Business Executives & Managers J-1 Exchange Students & Medical Professionals
  • The First Step: Coming to America Stage 2 1. Sponsor 2. Visa Interview
  • The First Step: Coming to America Stage 2 1. Sponsor 2. Visa Interview 3. Travel & Inspection H-1B
  • Maintaining Status Stage 2 1. Sponsor 2. Visa Interview 3. Travel & Inspection 4. Maintenance & Status She should do everything that her visa permits: • Work for the university that sponsors her • Travel • Study She cannot: • Work for another employer • Stay beyond the time noted on her visa; • Stay if she leaves her research program for any reason
  • Stage 5 Getting to Citizenship Stage 2 1. Sponsor 2. Visa Interview 3. Travel & Inspection 4. Maintenance & Status Sponsor for Permanent Residence • Employer • Marriage to U.S. Citizen • Not yet a Citizen • Process of Naturalization 5. Green Card
  • Stage 6 Stage 5 Getting to Citizenship Stage 2 1. Sponsor 2. Visa Interview 3. Travel & Inspection 4.Maintenance & Status 5. Green Card 6. Naturalization & Citizenship • Interview • 5 Year Wait • U.S. Citizen Test • Oath
  • Should You Hire an Immigration Attorney? • Can be a very unfriendly and difficult experience • How complex is your case?
  • Essential That You Consult an Immigration Attorney if You Have: 1. Criminal convictions and/or criminal arrests 2. Serious physical or psychological issues, including past drug abuse 3. Received any government public assistance 4. Any encounter with any immigration agencies 5. Denied a visa in the past 6. Violated any immigration laws; overstayed your visa
  • Essential That You Consult an Immigration Attorney if You Have: 1. Criminal convictions and/or criminal arrests 2. Serious physical or psychological issues, including past drug abuse 3. Received any government public assistance 4. Any encounter with any immigration agencies 5. Denied a visa in the past 6. Violated any immigration laws; overstayed your visa
  • Advantage of Not Hiring an Immigration Attorney COST: $1,490.00 Petition $3,500.00 Attorney Fees
  • Insider Tips When Applying for an Immigration Benefit 1 If you have a past criminal conviction, even a felony, it does not necessarily mean you can never immigrate to the United States - consult with an immigration attorney
  • Insider Tips When Applying for an Immigration Benefit 2 If you are facing a deadline to apply for an immigration benefit, but do not have all the supporting documents, go ahead and still file what you have to meet the deadline
  • Insider Tips When Applying for an Immigration Benefit 3 What guidelines the immigration adjudicating officers rely on to determine whether to grant or deny your immigration application? -USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.f6da51a234 2135be7e9d7a10e0dc91a0/?vgnextoid=fa7e539dc4bed010Vgn VCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=fa7e539dc4bed010 VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&CH=afm
  • Important Tips When Filing for an Immigration Application 1 Make sure that you are using the correct and current immigration form. 2 Read the instructions and follow them exactly. 3 Answer all the questions in the form and do not leave any sections blank. State “N/A” (Not Applicable).
  • Important Tips When Filing for an Immigration Application 4 If you do not know the information requested in the form, do not invent an answer. 5 Submit with the application all the required supporting documents. The instructions will state what is required. 6 Make sure to provide translations of the supporting documents where necessary.
  • Important Tips When Filing for an Immigration Application 7 Questions? Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 375-5283 8 Make sure to submit the correct filing fee and form of payment. Check with the Instructions of the Form. 9 Make sure to send the application packet to the correct location. Check with the Instructions of the Form.
  • Important Tips When Filing for an Immigration Application Make a copy of the application and the supporting documents for your own files. Send the application packet either via certified mail or a courtier service where you have a signed copy that someone at USCIS accepted the packet. 10 11
  • Immigration Process 1.Providing inaccurate or incomplete answers in the immigration forms 2.Lying or Withholding the Truth 3.Submitting Incomplete Application Packets 4.Not Consulting an Immigration Attorney when there are Issues that May Affect your Case 5.Accepting the Word of Immigration or Consular Officers as Infallible
  • Immigration Paperwork 1. Consult an attorney if you have any past criminal convictions, past criminal arrests, have serious health issues, have received any government public assistance, have had any encounter with any government agencies, have been denied a visa in the past, and/or have violated any immigration laws including if you have overstayed your visa. DOs & DON’Ts DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 2. Make sure you are using the right and current Form/s for the immigration benefit you are applying for. 3. Read the instructions for the Form before starting. 4. When reading the instructions for the Form, take notes of the supporting documents required to submit with the form, the fees to attach, the accepted forms of payment, and where to send the forms and documents. DOs & DON’Ts DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 5. Make sure to provide translations of the supporting documents where necessary. The translations will have to be done by a qualified translator. 6. If you are completing the forms in written form, make sure you print your answers so it is clear and legible. DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 7. Answer all the questions in a complete, accurate, and truthful manner. If you are not sure of the answer, research the information first or if you are unable to get the information, state “unknown” or “unknown at this time” or “will provide the information during the interview” (if in fact there will be an interview). DOs Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 8. If a question doesn’t apply to you, write in “N/A” (Not applicable). 9. Make sure you sign and date the application. The forms will be rejected and sent back to you without your signature. DOs & DON’Ts DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 10. If your application packet has many documents enclosed, either use a large paper clip or rubber band so that there is no possibility of losing any of the documents once the immigration agency receives it. 11. Make copies of all the forms and supporting documents sent for your own file. This includes a copy of the form of payment you send for the fees. DOs & DON’Ts DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 12. Send the application packet either by certified mail or overnight courier so there is evidence that the immigration agency has received the packet. 13. Make a special file for your immigration paperwork especially the notices you will be receiving about your case. DOs & DON’Ts DO’s Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 1. DO NOT send any immigration forms if you have any of the stated red flag issues stated above under Dos, #1 2. Never lie in any of the immigration forms submitted. These are legal forms which you will have to swear to under the penalty of perjury 3. Never give incomplete answers 4. Never leave an answer blank DOs & DON’Ts DON’Ts Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 5. Do not send your forms without supporting documents. This will delay your application process or at worst you may receive a denial. 6. Don’t forget to send the correct filing fee using the accepted forms of payment. NEVER send cash. 7. Do not send documents that are not translated into English by a qualified translator. DON’Ts Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 8. Do not send original supporting documents like birth certificates, death certificates, divorce certificates, and passports, unless the instructions clearly request them. 9. Do not send any forms and supporting documents to the immigration agency without making copies for your own personal file. This includes a copy of the form of payment you used for the filing fees. DOs & DON’Ts DON’Ts Do’s & Don’ts
  • Immigration Paperwork 10. Never send the application packet using regular U.S. Postal regular mail. Evidence that the immigration agency received and signed for the document is proof that you sent them and that they received it. This is very important especially if there are deadlines for filing. DOs & DON’Ts DON’Ts Do’s & Don’ts
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies The National Immigration Forum http://www.immigrationforum.org/
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies The National Immigration Forum http://www.immigrationforum.org/ This Forum was founded in 1982 to advocate for immigrants and highlight the important contributions immigration has had to the United States. They promote sound Federal immigration policies that address the economic and national security needs of the nation which creates solutions needed for all residents in the nation to prosper. The Forum identifies four priority concerns in their work: Immigration Reform and Workforce Needs, Integration and Citizenship, Borders and Interior Enforcement, State and Local Immigration Developments
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies ILW.COM http://www.ilw.com/
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies ILW.COM http://www.ilw.com/ ILW.COM is one of the leading immigration websites with over 50,000 pages of free information on immigration law. ILW.COM’s publication, Immigration Daily, is the only free daily newspaper on immigration law in the world. Although this site is often used by immigration law professionals, including immigration lawyers, many people whether immigrants or non-immigrants find this site very useful to keep up to date on immigration law and policies. In addition, this site has various blogs, articles, news items, and active discussion boards available. ILW.COM states that they are a “pro-American website that holds that immigration is a vital national interest of the United States.”
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies ILRC (Immigration Legal Resource Center) http://www.ilrc.org/
  • Practical Immigration Links For Updates on Laws and Policies ILRC (Immigration Legal Resource Center) http://www.ilrc.org/ ILRC was founded in 1979 in San Francisco, California. It is a national non-profit resource center providing legal trainings, educational materials, and advocates for immigrant rights. The mission of ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.” ILRC has staff attorneys that conduct seminars and webinars on topics that affect the immigrant community. Outside of services they provide to the immigration legal professionals, ILRC provides services such as seminars to the immigrant community in the areas of leadership training and knowing one’s rights. The ILRC website is a good link for any updates on current immigration law and policies and understanding how they affect the immigrant community.
  • This Slideshow is an excerpt taken from the Immigration Navigator: From Foreign Immigrant to American Citizen Visit comingtoamerica.org For the purchase of this comprehensive immigration e-book and multiple free bonuses! Get Social With US!