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On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, President Biden announced his executive action permitting the immigration office (USCIS) to issue Parole in Place (PIP) to qualified undocumented immigrants who are married to United States Citizens as of June 17, 2024. PIP is a temporary right to remain in the U.S., protecting someone from deportation, and thereafter allowing someone to apply for a work permit. Once paroled into the U.S. many people, but not all, will be eligible to apply for Lawful Permanent Residency.

End of summer 2024 is when we expect the forms and process to be available.

Who can apply?

The following people are eligible:

  1. Have continuously resided in the United States for the past 10 years continuously - since June 17, 2014;
  2. Were physically present in the United States on June 17, 2024;
  3. Have been legally married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024;
  4. Entered the United States without admission or parole AND do not currently hold any lawful immigrant or nonimmigrant status;
  5. Have not been convicted of any disqualifying criminal offense or are not a threat to national security.
  6. The applicant warrants a favorable exercise of discretion.

Undocumented immigrants who are married to United States citizens as of June 17, 2024, AND who have resided in the United States continuously for 10 years or more. Noncitizen stepchildren of United States citizens living in the United States as of June 17, 2024 also qualify.

Spouses and stepchildren must be present in the United States without admission or parole.

When and how can someone apply?

The application will be filed with the USCIS. More details to follow soon about the date for filing, likely the end of summer 2024.

Is it guaranteed to be approved?

No, it is a discretionary decision based upon many factors, not only that the immigrant is married to a United States Citizen in good faith. Your entire immigration and criminal history are major factors in this decision.

What do I get if I am approved?

If PIP is approved, the USCIS will send an approval notice. That notice will explain the protection from deportation, and how long it is valid for.

When can I apply for a work permit?

Once PIP is approved, you may apply for a work permit.

How long does it take to get PIP approved?

It depends, but usually, it is a few months. Since this is a new process this is just a guess.

How long does it take to get a work permit after I apply?

Usually a few months.

If I have DACA and I am married to a U.S. citizen, can I apply for PIP?

Yes. DACA is not legal status, however, you are not eligible if you were admitted or paroled at any time, including on Advance Parole. If you returned on Advance Parole and are married to a U.S. Citizen, you are likely eligible already for adjustment of status.

Can I apply for my green card after PIP is approved?

Yes for many, no for some. It depends on many factors. In most cases, individuals who entered the U.S. only one time without permission, and who are granted PIP are eligible to apply for their green card in the U.S. Everyone’s case is different.

Can I apply for PIP if I have the permanent bar?

Yes. You may not be able to apply for lawful permanent residency after you are granted PIP, but you can apply for a work permit and social security number, and likely a state driver’s license.

Can I apply for PIP even if I already have a case pending, like I already filed a 601A waiver?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for PIP and then apply for a work permit. You can continue with the 601A waiver even if you have PIP approved, or, rather, you may file for your green card in the U.S. and not leave the U.S.

In 2024, law firms face an ever-evolving landscape marked by rapid technological advancements, increased competition, and shifting regulatory environments. To navigate these complexities, it is essential for legal practices to stay abreast of current trends and proactively address emerging challenges. This blog post delves into the most pressing concerns for law firms in 2024 and offers insights into strategies for sustainable growth and success.

Cybersecurity Threats

As law firms increasingly rely on technology and digital platforms, cybersecurity has become a paramount concern. Due to the sensitive nature of client information and the high value of legal data, the legal industry is particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches. In 2024, law firms must prioritize robust cybersecurity measures to protect their clients and their reputations.

Key strategies include:

Market Competition

The legal industry is experiencing intensified competition, with new entrants, such as legal tech startups and alternative service providers challenging traditional business models. These disruptors offer innovative solutions that streamline legal processes and reduce costs, attracting clients who seek efficiency and affordability.

To remain competitive, law firms should:

Talent Retention and Recruitment

Attracting and retaining top legal talent remains a perennial concern for law firms. The demand for skilled professionals with the right mindset and expertise is high, and the competition to secure such talent is fierce. Additionally, the evolving nature of legal work requires firms to seek individuals who are adaptable and tech-savvy.

To address this challenge, law firms should:

Ethical and Regulatory Compliance

Navigating the complex web of ethical obligations and regulatory requirements is a significant worry for law firms. Adhering to these standards is crucial for maintaining professional integrity and avoiding legal repercussions. In an era of heightened scrutiny and evolving regulations, staying compliant is more challenging than ever.

Law firms can ensure compliance by:

Financial Pressures

Economic uncertainty, fluctuating client demand, and fee pressure continue to exert financial strain on law firms. Effectively managing these pressures is critical for maintaining profitability and sustainability.

Strategies to mitigate financial pressures include:

Adapting to Technological and AI Advancements

Rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and technology are transforming the practice of law. From client acquisition to case management, AI tools offer unprecedented opportunities to enhance efficiency and service quality. However, integrating these technologies requires careful planning and adaptation.

Law firms can leverage technological advancements by:

Geopolitical and Regulatory Changes

Global geopolitical shifts and regulatory reforms can have far-reaching implications for law firms and their clients. Staying informed about these changes and understanding their potential impact is essential for strategic planning and decision-making.

To navigate geopolitical and regulatory changes, law firms should:

Final Thoughts

Addressing the challenges faced by law firms in 2024 requires a proactive and strategic approach. By prioritizing cybersecurity, staying competitive, attracting and retaining talent, ensuring compliance, managing financial pressures, embracing technological advancements, and adapting to geopolitical changes, law firms can position themselves for long-term success.

Moreover, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and agility will enable firms to thrive amidst uncertainty. As the legal industry continues to evolve, those who embrace these principles will be better equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern legal landscape.

Finally, it is essential to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Supporting underrepresented groups, including women, Latinas, and individuals from underserved communities, is not only a matter of social responsibility but also a strategic advantage. A diverse workforce brings a wealth of perspectives and experiences that can drive innovation and enhance service delivery.

At Familia America, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals while navigating the complexities of the modern legal landscape. We invite you to join us on this journey and explore the potential for growth and success in 2024 and beyond.

As we move through 2024, the landscape of the legal industry continues to evolve rapidly. Law firms, whether newly established or long-standing, must stay ahead of these changes to achieve success. Below, I outline six significant trends that are shaping the way law firms operate and thrive. These insights are grounded in the latest industry developments and are designed to offer practical guidance for law firm leaders and professionals.

1. Build Your Buyer Persona and Become Their Best Advisor

Understanding your target audience is foundational to the success of any law firm. It is crucial to establish a detailed buyer persona that profiles your ideal client. This profile should include demographics, behavior patterns, motivations, and preferred communication channels.

For instance, if your target audience predominantly engages on platforms like TikTok, then your marketing efforts should be concentrated there. Investing resources in LinkedIn or Twitter would be inefficient if your potential clients are not active on these platforms. Tailoring your marketing strategy to align with where your audience spends their time online ensures that your message reaches the right people at the right time.

2. Identify Your Goals and the Digital Marketing Tools You'll Need

Defining clear, achievable goals is essential for the growth and sustainability of your law firm. Once you have identified your objectives, it is imperative to leverage appropriate digital marketing tools to support these goals.

Building a robust lead generation funnel is key. This involves creating and managing several digital assets, including social media profiles, landing pages, and email onboarding systems. These tools are integral to attracting potential clients and converting them into loyal customers. Without a steady stream of leads, your business growth will stagnate.

3. Evaluate Your Existing Digital Channels and Assets

In the initial stages of digital marketing, it's important not to overextend yourself. Focus your efforts on one or two platforms where you can build a strong presence and rapport with your community. By concentrating on a few key channels, you can create more meaningful interactions and establish trust with your audience.

Consistency is crucial. Regular engagement and high-quality content will naturally lead to referrals and generate more leads as your audience grows. A strategic, focused approach will yield better results than a scattered, unfocused effort.

4. Combine Quality Content with Strategic Advertising

The digital landscape is highly competitive, and maintaining visibility requires a mix of compelling content and strategic advertising. News feeds are constantly updated, and without consistent, quality contributions, your audience will turn elsewhere.

Short-form video content that addresses your clients' most common questions and is optimized for search engines tends to perform exceptionally well. Bold, thought-provoking content that stands out will capture attention and drive engagement.

5. Focus on Lead-Generating Content

It is not enough to simply produce content; it must be designed to generate leads. This involves a different approach than just sharing information. Lead-generating content provides value to your audience while encouraging them to take the next step toward becoming a client.

Creating content that offers genuine solutions to your audience's problems builds trust and positions your firm as an authority in the field. This approach not only attracts potential clients but also increases the likelihood of turning leads into loyal customers.

6. Monitor and Report

The adage "What gets measured, gets managed" is particularly relevant in digital marketing. Unlike traditional advertising methods, digital and social media marketing allow for precise targeting and detailed performance analysis.

Regularly monitoring your marketing efforts and performance metrics helps you understand what works and what doesn't. This data-driven approach enables continuous improvement and optimization, ensuring that your strategies remain effective and relevant. Monthly evaluations and adjustments based on performance data will help you stay ahead of the curve.

About Gloria Cardenas

As an expert in building multi-million-dollar law firms, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of a strategic mindset, systematic approach, and effective use of social media. My journey has taught me that possessing knowledge and skills is not enough; building trust through consistent, value-driven interactions is what truly sets successful law firms apart.

Remember, the legal landscape is ever-changing, but by staying informed and adaptable, you can turn challenges into opportunities for growth. If you have insights or experiences to share or would like to discuss these trends further, please feel free to reach out. Let's learn and grow together in this dynamic industry.

At Familia America, our commitment to empowering women and fostering equality within the workplace has always been at the core of our mission. We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of Utah's 100 Companies Championing Women for 2024 by the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity and the Utah Women & Leadership Project. This prestigious recognition underscores our dedication to creating a supportive environment where women can thrive professionally and personally.

The Journey Toward Empowerment

Since its inception, Familia America has been steadfast in its belief that the success of our organization is intrinsically linked to the empowerment of our female employees. Founded by Gloria Cardenas, a woman of color and daughter of immigrants, we've championed gender equality and inclusion and have cultivated a culture where diverse perspectives are not only welcomed but celebrated. This accolade serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, especially the women who have played a pivotal role in shaping our organization.

Commitment to Gender Equality

Our journey toward becoming a champion for women's rights began with a clear and unwavering commitment to gender equality. Familia America has implemented comprehensive policies to ensure fairness in hiring, promotions, and compensation. We believe that equal opportunities for advancement should be available to everyone, regardless of gender. By fostering a culture of inclusion, we have created an environment where women feel valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

Advocacy and Community Engagement

Beyond our internal efforts, Familia America actively advocates for women's rights and engages with the broader community to drive positive change. Our commitment extends beyond our workplace, reflecting our belief that a supportive community is essential for the advancement of women.

Celebrating Diversity

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental principles that guide our actions at Familia America. We celebrate each individual's unique contributions and recognize that our strength lies in our differences. By fostering a diverse workforce, we enhance creativity, innovation, and problem-solving capabilities. This inclusive approach has not only enriched our organization but also positioned us as a leader in championing women's rights within the industry.

The Impact of Recognition

Being named one of Utah's 100 Companies Championing Women for 2024 is a significant milestone for Familia America. It is an affirmation of our efforts and a reminder of the work that still lies ahead. This recognition motivates us to continue striving for excellence and reinforces our commitment to empowering women in all aspects of our organization.

Looking Forward

As we celebrate this achievement, we remain focused on the future and the ongoing journey toward gender equality. Familia America is dedicated to continuously improving our policies, programs, and initiatives to support the growth and advancement of women. We believe that by investing in our female employees, we are investing in the success of our organization and the broader community.

Familia America: A Champion of Equality

At Familia America, we are proud of the strides we have made in empowering women and fostering equality. This recognition as one of Utah's 100 Companies Championing Women for 2024 is not just an honor—it is a call to action. We are committed to continuing our efforts, supporting our female employees, and advocating for women's rights within our organization and beyond. Together, we can create a world where every woman has the opportunity to succeed and thrive.

Thank you to the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity and the Utah Women & Leadership Project for this incredible honor. We look forward to building on this achievement and making an even greater impact in the years to come.

So, you have helped your family members and loved ones enter the United States illegally. Now you want to apply for your green card. Wait! You do not want to be denied your green card or your immigrant visa if you are found to have committed “alien smuggling”. I get it, you are not a smuggler or a coyote. You just wanted to be reunited with your family. We understand and have sympathy, but the US government will not and can impose a very harsh penalty if it's discovered that you assisted anyone in this way.

What is Alien Smuggling?

“Alien Smuggling” is the term given to the act of assisting anyone in any way and at any time to enter the United States unlawfully, regardless of whether that person is a family member, or whether it was done for money. If you are found to have committed “Alien Smuggling” by the US government, you may be able to file a waiver for it. I personally hate the phrase “alien smuggling", but hate it more when I hear that someone tried to get their green card at the consulate without using an attorney and they were refused their visa and had NO way to get a waiver. They were now stuck living in their country for 10 years! So sad.

Before you file for your green card or leave the US for your interview, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney, like Gloria Cardenas and her team at Familia America.

Examples of Alien Smuggling

This law is very broad and includes simply sending money to someone to pay a smuggler. The person must know he is helping someone enter illegally. If you are not aware that a person did not have legal status to enter, you don’t have the “knowledge” required to have committed alien smuggling.

Here are some examples of possible alien smuggling:

Maria went to Mexico and physically helped her younger brother, who did not have legal status in the US, cross the border without inspection. 

Catalina arranged for her elderly father to enter the United States illegally. Catalina contacted a coyote to bring him and helped pay for the expenses, although Catalina was not there herself. 

Jose sent money to his son in Peru specifically to pay for a coyote to help his son enter the US illegally and his son used that money for that specific purpose. 

So you see “Alien Smuggling” can include prearranged plans and sending money even if you are not physically bringing the person over or being present at the border when the person attempts to enter with someone else’s documents.

Worried You've Accidentally Committed Alien Smuggling?

Don’t panic!

Mere presence during the actual act of alien smuggling with the knowledge that it is being committed is not enough to constitute alien smuggling in most cases.

Here are some more examples:

Joseph was driving back to the US from a weekend in Rosarito Beach and a few friends piled in the car with him. He did not know that one of the people who was in the car did not have legal status in the US even though the other friends did. Mean friends. But Joseph would not have committed alien smuggling. 

Merely assisting someone by sending them money in their home country without knowledge of what they are using the money for, even if they decide to use the money to pay a coyote, is not alien smuggling either.

Carlos sent his cousins in Honduras some money every month to help with bills. Without his knowing it, they saved the money and used it to cross into the United States unlawfully. Carlos should not be charged with alien smuggling because he did not knowingly fund their trip. 

Alien Smuggling Gray Areas

What if you transport someone when they have already arrived in the US and never helped them enter the US illegally? It depends, but in most situations, that is not alien smuggling. However, it is important to know that many states like Texas and Florida are trying to pass laws that criminalize this behavior, but they have NOT been successful.

Examples of when you have not committed alien smuggling are:

A person was being paid by an “employer” to pick up people in an upstate New York town and transport them elsewhere. 

A person paid for a bus ticket to allow a family member to travel from El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles once the family member was already in the US 

A person went to the border to pick up a friend who had already been released by a coyote in the US and did not participate in any way of bringing that friend into the US from Canada.

Waivers Can Provide Hope

A limited waiver exists for the alien smuggling ground of inadmissibility. If you are both:

  1. The person applying for a green card based on a family-based petition (except the 4th preference category (warning*) AND
  2. You smuggled only her spouse, parent, son, or daughter (and no other individual). 

Warnings 

*If you are seeking your green card or immigration visa by a petition filed by your US Citizen brother or sister and you are charged with alien smuggling, there is NO waiver available. Very sad, but true.

*If you smuggled in your brother, cousin, grandma, uncle, niece, or friend, you are out of luck. You cannot file for a pardon.

Once a person has met these requirements, they then must convince the government to grant the waiver for “humanitarian purposes.” or to assure “Family Unity”.

The list of things includes ties to the US, like lots of family members in the US, the length of time in the US, the hardship that these family members would suffer (emotionally, financially, and physically (like being cared for), and if you are a person deserving. This means you can include just about anything to show that you deserve to be forgiven for this mistake and that you are worthy!

Gloria And Her Team Are Here To Help

The good news is that most well founded waivers are approved. But before we get down this road, it is best to consult with Gloria and her team at Family America to determine if you might have committed alien smuggling and if there is a possibility to avoid the charge. If you have already been found inadmissible for alien smuggling with this, you can consult and hire us to file a waiver.

At Familia America, our experienced immigration attorneys will provide you with the best strategies to protect your rights and achieve your immigration goals. Don't wait, contact us today! Your future in the United States may depend on it.

Congratulations on receiving approval for your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Advance Parole! This is a significant milestone, allowing you the opportunity to travel outside of the United States for humanitarian, educational, or employment reasons, and then re-enter. To ensure that you are fully prepared for this exciting yet critical venture, here is an expanded guide on the essential things you should know, along with a comprehensive checklist of items to bring with you.

Advance Parole Traveling Tips

  1. You are guaranteed to return to the U.S. on your approved Advance Parole as long as your DACA is current, you have a current foreign unexpired passport, and you return before the Advance Parole expires.  Have so much fun on this trip!!  If you let your DACA expire or you think that you can return to the U.S. after the expiration of the Advance Parole document, you will NOT be permitted back to the U.S. on that document.  You can seek Humanitarian parole, but that is hard to get approved.
  2. Even if you have a prior removal order or a criminal record, you will be permitted to return to the U.S. The Customs and Border Patrol officer (CBP) does not have the grounds to refuse you to return to the U.S. based on these things unless they believe that you are a risk to U.S. national security.  That is VERY rare and I am sure that this does not apply to you as you are not a risk to U.S. national security!
  3. You do NOT have to do the thing or visit the person that you based your Advance Parole on.  The CBP does not even ask you that question.  For example, if you were going to visit a family member but did not actually visit the family member, that is still completely fine.  You do not have to stay a long time outside of the U.S.  You can even go for a day!
  4. Bring your foreign passport, your DACA (I-821D approval notice), the Employment Authorization (EAD) or “work permit”, and the original Advance Parole Document with your photo on it. Make a copy of these documents and give them to someone else that you might be traveling with or to a friend at home.  Just on the safe side.
  5. You can return in a car, in a plane or on foot.  Just remember, the most important thing is that you present yourself to a CBP officer with the documents and get your Advance Parole document stamped.
  6. You are entitled to have your stamped Advance Parole returned to you.  You need that to prove your parole into the U.S.
  7. Return on or before the date your Advance Parole is expiring.  Do NOT cut it close.  Emergencies happen, flight delays happen, life happens.
  8. If you are flying, arrive at the airport earlier than when you planned.  Add another hour for any expected delays when you are checking in and the ticket agent has to review your documents and make sure that they have the required documents to give you the boarding pass.
  9. Yes, you can travel to another country even if it is not your mother country while you are out of the U.S. on advance parole as long as you have a right to go to that country or have a visa to that country.  For example, if you are going to Mexico, and you want to travel to Guatemala, you can do that, and then return to the U.S.  Just make sure that you have a right to go to that country also.
  10. Consult with an immigration attorney after you return to determine if you can now apply for your lawful permanent residency (LPR).  This could be your golden opportunity.

Familia America Can Help Answer Any Questions You May Have

Navigating the complexities of DACA Advance Parole can seem daunting, but you're not alone. Familia America is here to guide you every step of the way. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to providing personalized support tailored to your unique situation. Whether you have questions about your upcoming travel, or you're looking to understand the options for lawful permanent residency upon your return, we're here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. Together, we can make your dreams of exploration and legal residency a reality. Start your journey towards a brighter future with Familia America. Contact us today.

Preparing for an immigration interview can be a daunting task, but it's a crucial step in the process of securing your new life in a different country. This interview is not only a formality; it's a significant milestone where officials assess your application's authenticity and your intentions. Given its importance, thorough preparation is key to navigating this process successfully. Our guide offers 17 essential tips to help you approach your immigration interview with confidence, ensuring that you're well-equipped to answer any questions that come your way.

1) Be on Time

Time is precious, and being punctual sets the tone for a positive interview experience. Arriving ‘on time’ means at least 15 minutes beforehand and shows respect for the process and the people involved. Plan your commute well, considering potential traffic or delays.

2) Show Up

It might sound obvious, but your presence matters. If you fail to turn up, you lose all the money, time, and preparation you have invested to get a good result, and you have to start the whole process again from the beginning.

3) K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid

In the words of the wise, simplicity is key. Avoid unnecessary chatter, arguments, or over-explaining. Answer questions directly, providing only the information asked for, and save the elaborate stories for another time.

4) Get a Babysitter

Eliminate distractions by arranging for childcare during the interview. This ensures your undivided attention, allowing you to focus on the questions at hand.

5) Criminal Record Transparency

When it comes to criminal records, less is more. Provide only the official court-certified documents, sparing the details. Remember, the officer is interested in facts, not anecdotes.

6) Original Documents

Make sure your original documents are neatly organized in a binder for easy retrieval. This small gesture shows preparedness and respect for the interviewer's time. Divorce papers, adoption, marriage certificates, criminal records. We want them all as originals.

7) Familiarize Yourself With Typical Questions

Knowledge is power. Take time to understand the types of questions you may be asked. This helps eliminate uncertainties and boosts your confidence on the big day.

8) Practice, Practice, Practice

Simulate the interview experience by practicing with a friend, family member, or immigration attorney. This not only sharpens your responses but also eases nervousness.

9) Speak Clearly and Confidently

Communication is key. Articulate your thoughts logically and concisely. Avoid slang or jargon, and maintain eye contact. Remember, confidence is contagious.

10) Dress Appropriately

First impressions matter but you don’t need to dress formally or in business attire. Dress neat and tidy like a slack and button-down for men or a simple dress or pants and top for a woman. You want to convey your commitment and respect for the interview process.

11) Stay Calm and Composed

Nervousness is natural, but preparation breeds confidence. Take deep breaths, seek clarification when needed, and stay composed throughout the interview.

12) Be Honest and Transparent

Honesty builds trust. Be transparent and truthful in your responses. If unsure, seek clarification rather than providing incorrect information.

13) English Proficiency

Anticipate an English interview. Practice with native speakers to boost your confidence and fluency. However, if your English is not strong you can bring an interpreter to the interview.

14) Bring an Interpreter

The interpreter does not need to be a professional. He/she only needs to speak, read, and write in both languages proficiently. They have to be a US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, and they should bring their ID. It can be a family member but it is often better if it is a disinterested person in the process.

15) Avoid Showing Inappropriate Tattoos

Try to avoid showing your tattoos if they have inappropriate logos or pictures and don’t wear any type of shirt or hat that has inappropriate logos or pictures either. Meaning, no cannabis flower, gang symbols, etc. Everyone has a medical examination prior to an interview and the officer already knows all of the tattoos so be prepared if the officer has any follow-up questions about them.

16) Financial Considerations

Be ready to discuss your financial stability and plans. It’s important to show you won’t be a burden on the American state.

17) Respectful Language

Maintain respectful language throughout the interview, avoiding any offensive or inappropriate remarks.

Familia America Is Here To Help

Navigating through your immigration interview with confidence and preparation is key to a successful outcome. Remember, you don't have to go through this process alone. Familia America specializes in guiding individuals and families through their immigration journeys with expertise and compassion. Our legal team is well-versed in the intricacies of immigration law and is ready to support you every step of the way. We encourage you to reach out to us for personalized guidance and to ensure that your path to a new life is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact Familia America today and take the first step towards securing your future.

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Are you trying to file your immigration application or petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but worried about doing so incorrectly? This process is not as straightforward as it seems and often leaves room for mishaps to occur. That's why Gloria Cardenas and her legal team at Familia America have compiled a list of 10 helpful tips to make sure you're doing everything correctly.

1) Use the correct form for the application or petition.

Changes happen frequently! Visit uscis.gov to download and use the latest form available. Be sure to check the version located at the bottom of the form diligently, as using the incorrect form will result in the rejection of your application, causing unnecessary frustration and wasted time.

2) Complete the form all the way through.

Many spaces must be completed. Leaving them blank could lead to rejection by the immigration office. Alternatively, they may accept the form initially and later request additional evidence, causing delays in the process.

3) Send the application or petition to the correct place.

When filing, it's important to note that the location of submission can be related to or independent of your residency. It may seem odd, but simply send it where they specify without overthinking it.

4) File it with the correct filing fees.

Each form contains specific instructions that must be followed. Be sure to include the correct filing fee to avoid rejection of your application. If the instructions are not adhered to, the filing fees will be returned, necessitating a restart of the process. Verify whether a biometrics fee (fingerprints) is necessary, as many forms mandate it. Use separate money orders, checks, or cashier's checks for each fee instead of combining them.

5) Attach all of the required documents and English translations with the filing.

Always send copies, not originals. Keep in mind that the government requires verbatim translations, not summaries. Even if the document is lengthy, the immigration office insists on an exact translation. Opt for a professional service; it's cost-effective and ensures accuracy.

6) Create a simple index of the documents that you are attaching.

Create a straightforward index for the attached documents, either handwritten or typed, to help the reviewing officer locate them effortlessly. Ensure to simplify the task for the officer during the application review process.

7) Separate the documents with a bright piece of paper.

Separate the documents with a bright piece of paper so the officer can easily locate them. While not mandatory, I always find it helpful. Orange and bright blue are 2 of my favorite options.

8) Use a plastic pocket sheet to put your filing fees and medical examination in.

Put your filing fees and medical examination in a plastic pocket sheet, then place it on top of your application. 

9) Type your application if you can.

If possible, type your application to make it easier for the officer to read. However, handwritten applications are also accepted.

10) Send your application with tracking.

Send your application with tracking, such as using Federal Express or US Postal-certified mail. This allows you to confirm that the application was received. Without tracking, you might find yourself waiting anxiously, unsure if it reached its destination. Receipt notices can take weeks to arrive, adding unnecessary stress. Investing a little extra for tracking is worthwhile to avoid uncertainty and reduce your stress levels.

Familia America Can Help You on Your Journey

Navigating the intricacies of immigration processes can be daunting, but you don't have to face it alone. At Familia America, Gloria Cardenas and her experienced legal team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized guidance and support you need to successfully file with the USCIS. Whether you're applying for the first time or need assistance with a complicated immigration matter, we're here to help every step of the way. Don't leave your immigration status to chance; contact Familia America today and take the first step toward securing your future in the United States.

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You can become a lawful permanent resident (a green card holder) in the United States in 3-6 months!  2024 is your year. Your year to finally get your green card, live without fear, and work and travel freely in the U.S., and finally take that trip to your home country after so many years. Can you imagine seeing your extended family that you have waited years to be reunited with is within your grasp?   

President Biden’s administration has made the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident (“a green card”) in the U.S. based upon a family member petition fast.  The USCIS has implemented a policy to waive an immigration interview in the United States for family-based green card applications that are filed correctly and supported with the proper documentation and immigration medical examination. We know that since 2021, 96% of our clients seeking their green card in the United States have not had an immigration interview.  

Immigration is federal law, and immigration attorneys can represent clients from all 50 states!  That is right, Ms. Cardenas is licensed in California and practices immigration law exclusively in all 50 states.  She has a proven successful track record for the past 31 years and represents clients from California, New York, Utah, Texas, Arizona, and many other states and from numerous countries. Many of her clients live in other countries such as Mexico, the Philippines, France, and Argentina. 

Hire the best, Hire Someone who will take the stress out of the process.  That is Gloria Cardenas and her team at Familia America.

Act Now Before It's Too Late  

Can you imagine NOT having to go to an immigration interview and face questions by an immigration officer?  Can you believe that it is possible to file and one day open your mail and see your green card?  All of your dreams will have come true.  Friends, it is a reality.  Working with Gloria Cardenas and her team at Familia America is the key to getting your green card without an immigration interview. 

Now is the time to act.  If a Republican becomes the President in 2025, these pro-immigrant policies will VANISH.  Not only will interviews be implemented again for everyone even if you have been married for decades with 4 children, but processing times will become very long, like 18-24 months long! 

Did I mention the backlogs that will happen at the U.S. consulate and Embassies abroad in 2025 if we elect a Republican President?

Right now, it takes about a year to get an interview at the consulate for your green card after you submit the documents to the National Visa Center.  The Biden Administration has worked tirelessly since the COVID-19 pandemic to get through the backlog.  

No one can have an attorney present in the U.S. consulates and embassy for their client’s interview.  However, Ms. Cardenas will prepare you and your family members prior to the interview, and prepare the medical examination and biometrics appointments, and provide you with a complete package. You will be ready and prepared! 

Top 10 Tips to Quickly Obtain a Family-Based Green Card

  1. File a complete application and attach all of the required documents so that the immigration office does not send a Request for Evidence. That delays your case.
  2. ALWAYS mail the application to the right office. The USCIS.gov website has all of this information. Some applications can be filed on line! 
  3. Send the application with a table of contents/list of documents/Index of documents and separate the attached documents with a bright-colored piece of paper that makes it easy for the immigration officer to find them.
  4. Send a sealed Medical Examination with the application. DO NOT open it. 
  5. Pictures are fine, but what is more important is your and your family member’s personal statements and commingling of assets, such as joint bank accounts, joint utility bills, joint taxes returns, and statements from family and friends who know you.  
  6. Send the application with a waiver -Form 601, if you need to be forgiven for a criminal conviction, health issue, or for past misrepresentation or fraud made to a U.S. immigration official.  
  7. When you get your biometrics appointment (fingerprints), make sure you make this appointment.  If you don’t it will delay your case. 
  8. File the Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) with a complete copy of the most recent Federal Tax returns.  File a copy of the tax return with all of the supporting documentation like W-2s and 1099.
  9. If you need a Co-Sponsor, file Form I-864 for the Co-Sponsor, include proof of the Co-Sponsor’s U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency, and all supporting documentation. Family or close friends usually help! 
  10. If you have to attend an Immigration interview, arrange your documents ahead of time, be on time, and only answer the questions of the officer.  Remember, they are not your friend.  They only have a job to do and that is to clarify any questions that they have.  So be prepared and ready to answer specific questions about your life and the life of your family member.   

Contact Familia America Today For All The Help You Need

Don't let the uncertainty of the legal process bog you down and put your dreams on hold. With Gloria Cardenas and her dedicated team at Familia America, you're not just a case number, but a valued individual with hopes and dreams deeply rooted in American soil.

Act now, and start your journey towards a worry-free future. Let's seize the opportunity while the policies are still favorable. Contact us today and book an appointment today. Remember, every journey begins with a single step. Make this one yours!

Contact a Salt Lake City Fiancé Visa Attorney at Familia America Today

Attorney Gloria Cardenas brings more than 30 years of experience in immigration law to help protect the rights of clients and their family members. She and her knowledgeable team at Familia America work diligently behind the scenes to help process fiancé visa applications as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact the legal professionals at Familia America in Salt Lake City and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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