|Tuesday, 22 February 2011 17:10|
THIS WEEK’S IMMIGRATION NEWS
The USCIS Begins Issuing New Combined Work & Travel Authorization Card To Green Card Applicants
The USCIS has now combined both employment and travel authorization together on a single card for applicants filing for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residency (Green Card). Eligible applicants who file form I-765 (work authorization) and form I-131 (Application for Travel Document) along with their residency applications form I-485. This new card will serve as both an employment authorization and Advance Parole document. In the past, the travel authorization document called “Advance Parole” was simply a paper document. The new card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but also includes text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole”
However, applicants for Green Cards must be extremely careful about travelling outside the U.S. while their residency case is pending if their I-94 cards were expired at the time of filing the I-485 application to adjust status. Most Green Card applicants who have maintained legal status in the U.S. prior to filing for residency AND who exit the U.S. while their Green Card applications are pending are subject to barred from re-entering the U.S. for between 3 to 10 years. 245(i) adjustment applicants who were required to pay the $1,000 Penalty with their Green Card applications must never travel outside the U.S. until they have received their U.S. Residency. Always seek legal immigration advice before travelling abroad once your I-94 card has expired.
Email Fraud Warning For Visa Lottery Applicants – Beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Scammers are very busy this year, sending out millions of fraudulent emails to immigrants both in the U.S. and world-wide with fake notifications of winning the yearly Diversity Visa Lottery, known as the “Visa Lottery”. One particularly widespread scam comes from a very official looking email address:
U.S. Department of State [email protected] with the caption “Congratulations, you've won !”
The email directs the “winner” to send the fee of $879 for each family member via Western Union to the fake U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:
THIS WEEK’S IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS
Question: Hi my sister is a permanent resident and she filed an I130 for me 2 years ago. The letter got approved, but now they are saying that she can no longer file for me because a sister cannot sponsor a sister. I was wondering if that is true, and if so, I can re appeal? Thank You.
Answer: Unfortunately, Permanent Residents are not eligible to sponsor their brothers or sisters. They have to wait until they are U.S. Citizens in order to do so. Permanent Residents can only sponsor their spouses and unmarried children. I hope this was helpful.
** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:00|