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The Long and Winding Path from Student to Green Card Holder

Interested in immigrating to the U.S.?  If you are an educated person, this is eminently possible, but requires strategy and long-term planning.  This article summarizes the journey a foreign student studying in the United States will typically...

What do I do if my TN petition is denied?

For starters, you go home and write down everything the officer didn’t like about your petition.  Try to remember whether the officer flat out denied your TN petition, or said he/she was unable to process it because something was missing.  If the TN was denied, what...

TN Visa as a Management Consultant for Canadians

As a U.S. lawyer who was based in Toronto, Canada for 10 years, I have prepared the paperwork on many, many TN visa petitions, particularly in the management consultant category.  Canadians seeking to work in the U.S. as management consultants frequently enlist the...

One Family’s Immigration Story

A Canadian man called me asking how he, his wife and their daughter could become U.S. permanent residents. He and his wife were tired of the Canadian long winters and wanted to be closer to his U.S. citizen daughter from a previous marriage living in California with...

Path to Green Card for International Students Studying in the U.S.

Quite often, international students are not interested in returning to their home countries immediately after graduating from an American University.  The U.S. has so much to offer, and studying in the U.S. has just whet their appetites for more.  Now they want a...

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility

On January 2, 2013 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the posting of a final rule that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to...

Naturalization Requirements: Physical Presence

Another key requirement for naturalization in the United States is that the applicant be physically present in the U.S. for thirty months within the five year period before applying, OR, in the case of qualified spouses of U.S. citizens, physically present in the U.S....

Naturalization Requirements: Continuous Residence

Another key requirement for naturalization in the United States is that the applicant be physically present in the U.S. for thirty months within the five year period before applying, OR, in the case of qualified spouses of U.S. citizens, physically present in the U.S....

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