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|Friday, 18 November 2011 12:16|
USCIS releases new immigration medical exam form (I-693)
On November 1, 2011, the USCIS introduced a new Immigration Medical Exam Form which must be used by physicans performing the required immigration medical examination for residency applications.
The current form (version 7/20/10) can be used through December 31, 2011. However, beginning January 1, 2012, the new version, dated 10/11/11 must be used.
Residency applications filed using the old 7/20/10 version will be delayed if submitted after the deadline. In such cases, the USCIS will send the applicant a request to have the physician complete the new medical exam form. To avoid any possibility of submitting an incomplete or outdated medical form, I always advise persons to request a copy of the medical form from the physician performing the exam, so that it can be reviewed to confirm that the correct version was used and that the form was fully completed and signed by the physician.
Since the new version of the form will be required as of January 1, 2012, I would also recommend that residency applicants take the new form with them to their medical exams, in case the physician's office is unaware that the form has changed.
To find out the version of the form check in the lower right hand corner of the document. The expiration date of the form is located in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the form. To download the new Medical Exam form go online to our website and click on the Weekly Immigration Newsletter.
Employment Authorization Cards and Citizenship Certificates have a new design
The USCIS recently redesigned both the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) to enhance security and deter fraud. The new EAD features laser-engraved photo and fingerprint and holographic image. The Citizenship Certificate includes watermark paper, digitized signature and state-of-the-art multicolor ink processing. To see the new features of the redesigned EAD and Certificate of Citizenship go online to our website and click on the Weekly Immigration Newsletter.
New TPS extension issued for Honduras and Nicaragua
The Department of Homeland Security recently extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning January 6, 2012, and ending July 5, 2013. Honduran and Nicaraguan citizens must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from November 4, 2011, through January 5, 2012 to extend their TPS status.
Question: I just got my green card through my U.S. citizen husband. We have a new baby now and I want my mom to come to the U.S. and stay with us to help me. Since my husband is a U.S. citizen, can he sponsor my mom for her green card so she can immigrate to the U.S.? Thanks.
Answer: Immigration regulations allow U.S. citizen children who are at least 21 to sponsor their parents for U.S. residency. For Immigration purposes, a parent can either be a "biological" parent, or a qualifying "step-parent", as long as the marriage between the U.S. citizen child's biological parent and step-parent took place before the child's 18th birthday. In your case, your mom is not the biological or step-parent of your U.S. citizen husband, therefore he cannot sponsor her for her green card.
However, once you become a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor her immediately. As the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you can apply for early naturalization in two years and nine months from the date you obtained your green card.
Another alternative is to have your mom apply for a Tourist Visa (B1/B2) at the U.S. Consulate and both you and your husband can assist by writing a letter for her to take with her, explaining that you just had a baby and want your mother to be with you, and that you will pay for her expenses while she is visiting you in the U.S. Also include a copy of your baby's birth certificate. There is never any guarantee when dealing with the Consulate, however, there is a good chance she may get a visa.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:25|