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3 immigration scams to watch out for

Wanting to live in the United States may have been a dream of yours for some time. Maybe you were a small child when you first had the thought of moving to a new country, or maybe you had a negative experience that made you want to seek better opportunities elsewhere. Whatever, the reason, you started your immigration journey.

If you hope to obtain your green card, you likely know that you need to take certain steps, such as filing the correct paperwork, taking tests and attending interviews. This process can understandably seem overwhelming, and fortunately, you do not have to complete the proceedings alone. However, not everyone will have your best interests in mind along the way, so watching out for scams is important.

7 immigration application mistakes you want to avoid

Dealing with any aspect of immigration can be difficult. You may find yourself wondering about the various forms you need to fill out and meetings you may need to have with immigration officials. While you certainly want to make sure that your affairs are in order, you may not know where to find the best information that relates to your case.

Having the right immigration facts can make a considerable difference in your situation. Therefore, you may want to refrain from simply trying to go through the process alone and guessing at whether you may be providing the right information or taking the right steps. If you do, you may end up making one or more of several possible mistakes that could greatly hinder your process.

When immigration and marriage intersect

Like countless others in Texas and throughout the world, you may have spent your young adult life dreaming of finding a special someone with whom you'd want to spend the rest of your life. When you finally met a person that made your hopes and dreams seem quite plausible, you took the plunge and offered a marriage proposal. The rest was a whirlwind of emotion, and you are now happily married. 

The fact that your spouse is not a U.S. citizen and, in fact, still resides in another country of origin need not necessarily impede your plans. A key factor to smooth sailing may lie in how well you understand U.S. immigration law, especially regarding spouse immigration. It's true that various types of legal issues may arise that can substantially delay or halt your plans to bring the love of your life to the United States. In such cases, it's critical to know where to seek support.  

Are you ready to bring your family to the US?

If you are a U.S. citizen or a green card holder, you probably wish your family members could join you in Texas. However, if they are still living in their homeland, you may feel intimidated by the process of bringing them to the U.S. You know how complex the immigration system is, and you are not sure you will know how to navigate the complicated application process.

Fortunately, U.S. immigration laws give preference to family members because they do not want families to be unnecessarily separated. Depending on which relatives you want to sponsor, you should have a much easier time obtaining green cards for them.

What happens if agents suspect my marriage is a fraud?

When marrying a U.S. citizen or green card holder, you will receive a provisional green card of your own. This gives you conditional status as a resident of the U.S. and requires you to apply to have those conditions removed after two years if you plan to remain in the country.

As you approach the two-year anniversary of receiving your provisional green card, you are likely making plans to follow through with this requirement by gathering the appropriate documentation and completing your application. However, you may wonder what will happen if your application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services does not satisfy authorities that your marriage is genuine and is not a ploy to obtain immigration benefits.

Exemptions and accommodations for the naturalization tests

No matter how long ago you obtained your green card status in the United States, you probably still remember the anxiety and frustration of the process. Perhaps you had to remain behind while other family members waited for you in the U.S. Once you received your visa, you may have felt relieved and excited to begin your new life.

If you are preparing to become a naturalized citizen, you can expect similar challenges, and you may fear you will not be able to meet them. However, you may be relieved to know that the government will make certain accommodations for qualified applicants.

Social media may misrepresent immigration information

When looking for information, it is not unusual for individuals to go to the internet first. Because the web can offer numerous resources and provide thousands of search results in just a few taps of the keyboard, looking online is a convenient and often-used form of research. If used correctly, it can even help you find answers to complex issues.

Of course, practically anyone can add information to the internet. As a result, if you are looking for information on immigration laws, actions to take toward gaining visas or citizenship, or other related topics, you may want to ensure that the websites you use are legitimate. Too often people see a title that appears to indicate that the article relates to the topic they are interested in, but while the contents of the article may appear well written, the information may not always be correct.

Is your conditional status about to expire?

Coming to the United States under a conditional green card may not have been in your plans, but when you met and fell in love with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, those plans may have changed quickly. However, one thing that does not happen quickly is the immigration process, especially for someone entering the country to get married.

As you can expect, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services places many limits and restrictions on those wishing to take up residency. This is to prevent the opportunity for fraud and to protect the safety of U.S. citizens. Because of this, when you came to Texas to get married, your residency status carried conditions. You may be interested in the process of having those conditions removed.

How long does the immigration process take?

When you and your family discussed the best way to improve the condition of your life, the conversation came around to immigration to the United States. Perhaps you already have family in Texas who have been urging you to join them, and your circumstances now may be perfect for making the big move.

However, it's not as simple as packing a suitcase and buying a plane ticket. You understand the challenges ahead of you and the many steps you must take to gain legal entry to the country. If time is of the essence for your family, you may have many questions about the process and the amount of time you can expect to wait before gaining permission to immigrate.

Did you finalize the international adoption of your child?

Chances are, when you brought home your internationally adopted child in the early 2000s, you had been involved in the process for quite some time, perhaps even years. During that time, it is possible that the adoption laws underwent a series of changes that left you back peddling or scrambling for additional documentation. One certainty is that, once you and your child were united, you wanted to make sure everything in his or her new life was perfect.

Right about now, your child is making plans to get a driver's license, request financial aid or apply to colleges. Maybe your child needs a passport because the high school band or Spanish club is planning an international trip or you have decided the time is right to take your child back to the place where he or she was born. Now may be an awkward time to ask, but, did you finalize your child's adoption?

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