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Supporting Documentation Required for the I-485 Immigration Form

Supporting Documentation Required for the I-485 Immigration FormWhen you are ready to file Form I-485, you must be sure to provide all the necessary supporting documentation along with the $930 fee. If you fail to do so, your application will be delayed and it could be denied. The I-485 is filed for the Adjustment of Status of non-immigrants, or the registration of Permanent Residence. But for the purposes of this article, we will look at the supporting documentation required if you acquired your status as a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa applicant and you married your US citizen spouse within 90 days of arrival in the United States.

  1.  Vaccination Record

Unlike some other applicants who must submit their full medical examination report to USCIS, immigrants who arrived on a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa will not need to submit the entire report, as they will have already received a full medical examination prior to their arrival in the country. Just send in a copy of the vaccination record and make sure that all of your vaccinations are up to date.

  1.  Birth Certificate

Do not send in your original birth certificate. Just send in a photocopy or evidence of birth if you were adopted or are unable to provide a copy of your original birth certificate.

  1.  Passport Page Containing Visa

When filing Form I-485, you must provide a clear photocopy of your passport page that contains your visa. The visa must be clearly visible with the date of issue and other relevant biometric information visible.

  1.  Recent Photographs

Unlike previous photo requirements, current policy states that the two colour photographs that were taken within the last 30 days must show a full frontal view of the face and have a white or off white background. Headdresses may be worn if they are for religious or cultural reasons. Otherwise, hats, scarves and other headdresses should not be worn. On the back of one of the photos, lightly write down your name and Alien File Receipt Number.

  1.  Biometrics

As part of the I-485 application, immigrants who are 14-79 must submit to fingerprints after they have submitted this form. USCIS will inform immigrants of where to go to be fingerprinted. However, in some exceptional circumstances, such as when an immigrant is living outside the country, they may be allowed to be fingerprinted in a local service centre and to then post the fingerprints to a USCIS service centre in America.

It is very important for immigrants getting ready to file Form I-485 to read through all 9 pages of information relating to this form and to re-read it if they need to clarify any points. But if there is still some lingering confusion, call the USCIS National Customer Service Centre at 1-800-375-5283 or go to www.uscis.gov for further instructions.

Enforce Our Immigration Laws – What Immigrants Should Have to Do to Join Our Country

Enforce Our Immigration Laws - What Immigrants Should Have to Do to Join Our CountryFor many, many years now people have been coming to the USA to gain freedom and start a life. There have been laws set in place stating how to go about becoming a member of this society. Yet people choose not to follow them. Yes there are many people that go threw the ropes and follows the rules and earn their way into America and still there are many that feel they should get to do it how ever they want. Hey forget the rules right? I mean who are we to tell them what they can and can’t do in our country. Key word there is OUR country. Yes we have no problem welcoming immigrants into our country if they do it the right way. We shouldn’t have to just lie down and let them do what ever it is that they want to to. This isn’t their country until they earn their keep. But for some reason we are letting them get away with doing what ever they please. There shouldn’t even be a fight going on about giving the ILLEGAL immigrants money and American rights. I mean lets be honest, they didn’t even have to decency or respect for our country in the first place to get here by the rules. They just disrespected and broke our rules and now think we should give them money, benefits and rights. This isn’t right. Ya! OK! Lets reward them for breaking our laws and punish our own, who where born here, that do the same. Something is wrong here with this whole picture. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to reward something bad that has been done. Maybe that is just me but I highly doubt that it is. If the government is going to give all the illegal immigrants all of these things then they should make sure that THEIR people, of THEIR country, that were born and raised here, have everything that they need. I don’t see why I should have to give up my ability to have social security that I have paid for when I am older so that some one who is here ILLEGALLY gets to have my benefits that they didn’t pay for.

I am a 22 years old woman who was born and raised here in America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. But I can see now that even though we are free we are not very brave. If we were brave we would be sending every last one of the illegal immigrants back to their home lands. If they wanted to come back they should have to do it the right way. Not going to happen though because we a not brave enough to make it happen. I mean who is going to clean our houses and tend to our farms for so little money? Who is going to do all the little tasks they we don’t want to do for ourselves? Heaven forbid we do them ourselves or hire some one who is here legally because they may charge a little bit more. If we did send them home it wouldn’t be so hard for them to come back on a work permit. They would be legal then. I think that if we made them do that they would if they really wanted to be an American citizen. I think that they should have to learn English if they want to be part of our country because that is the language that we speak. We shouldn’t have to change ours for people coming to our country. That doesn’t seem right. If you want to live in America then learn our language. All immigrants should have to learn to write and speak our language. They should have to follow all the same rules as we do in order to live here. I don’t think we should have to change who we are and how we do things because they want to come here. Just as I would think that if we wanted to move to their countries we would have to do the same. Why do we even have laws if anyone can break them?

I am not a racist, far from it. I think that everyone should have a chance to be an American but only if they do it the right way, not cheat the government. I think that if you so desperately want to be part of something then you should become part of it fully and not half way. What are we telling our children? That it is OK to do things half hearted and not finish what you started. It is OK to not follow the rules and laws that we live by because you can just get away with them later. If we let the immigrants do it then hey, why not our kids. Why don’t we just say screw it all and that in America laws mean nothing unless you were born here. Come one, come all and we don’t care if you care about our laws, do as you please, we will let you. We are setting our country up for failure if we cant even enforce our laws. They came here knowing they were breaking the laws and that they could very well be deported back home. DO IT THEN! Thats what you said you were going to do in the first place and your are our government. If you aren’t going to do it then you damn well better cut the people who are here LEGALLY some slack once in a while or your going to have to deal with hell in the future. This is our country you know and we are not going to just sit here and not have our thoughts taken into consideration. Our ancestors built this country and we work hard every day to make sure it stays the place that it is. With out us legal Americans paying taxes you wouldn’t have a paycheck. With out us you wouldn’t have your military. Without us you wouldn’t have a country to run. Do your jobs and let people know that America is not a push over country and that we do stand by our words. Show the world that we are in charge of our country and that we do follow and live by our rules they we set. Show the world that we are united and that we wont get walked on. Go ahead. Be Brave.

How to Avoid Unnecessary US Immigration Form Fees

How to Avoid Unnecessary US Immigration Form FeesUS Immigration form fees have increased dramatically in recent years, in some cases tripling in price from what they were just a short time ago. Avoid unnecessary US immigration form fees by correctly filing the right forms.

Avoid Delays and Denials

New immigrants in America will be expected to file the correct immigration forms with their petition to become Permanent Residents along with the correct fees. Failure to file according to USCIS directives will delay petitions and can even result in the denial of benefits. Knowledge of the ever changing US immigration laws is important and can save you a lot of money, time and effort if you keep up to date with the law and how it affects you personally as a legal immigrant.

Helpful Resources

Fortunately, new immigrants are not left to fend for themselves through the maze that is US immigration. The first port of call should be the official USCIS website, which can be found by clicking here For your own records, you should also take note of the USCIS National Customer Service Centre number. Call toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 during usual office hours to speak with a qualified immigration official who will be on hand to answer any of your questions before you download or request an immigration form that is not relevant to your particular situation. Immigration laws can change very quickly, so make sure before you file a form, that you check to see if there is an updated form with a revised (usually higher) fee.

Is that Form Really Necessary?

For example, if you plan on spending more than 12 months living outside America after being granted Permanent Resident status, how will that affect your right to return to America? In many cases, moving abroad will mean relinquishing your right of abode in America unless you first obtain a travel document that allows you to live abroad. But before you apply for a travel document, research the USCIS website or call the USCIS National Customer Service Centre to speak with a live representative to find out if you are required to file for one. Not all immigrants planning on moving abroad for more than 12 months require a travel document, such as those who are moving abroad due to official military or civilian contractor orders. But unless you find out for sure, you could end up spending money on an unnecessary travel document. Once you have done so, USCIS will not refund the money you spent unnecessarily.

Immigrants can do a great deal to help themselves to avoid paying unnecessary form fees, delays and the denial of benefits if they take the time to find out exactly what is required of them and if a particular form is actually necessary. The USCIS website and the USCIS National Customer Service Centre are the two best resources available for immigrants with the most up to date information.

U.S. Government Loses File and Deports a Legal Immigrant

U.S. Government Loses File and Deports a Legal ImmigrantIn July of 2007 I was sentenced to period of six months active incarceration in Virginia’s Pamunkey Regional Jail. Due to the fact that I was convicted of multiple felonies, I was housed in a medium high security wing of the jail. I spent my time with convicted drug dealers, thieves, rapist, murderers, and due to intense overcrowding illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.

Before my incarceration, my views on immigration were blunt, unyielding, and harsh. Most easily defined as “round them up, and ship them back”. In the past few months however I have learned to believe in exceptions. Only in extreme circumstances mind you, but exceptions nonetheless.

Louis Puentes Fernandez is just such an example. A mild mannered, small man, in his mid-forties. Mr. Fernandez is living a nightmare due to government bureaucracy. Known by the jailhouse nickname of ‘Chili’, Louis Fernandez immigrated to south western Virginia when he was a year old with his family. Granted permanent resident status, Chili, has spent his entire life in the United States. Upon graduating high school, he registered for selective service, and applied for United Stated citizenship. Traveling to Washington D.C, Louis Fernandez completed the citizenship exam and interview process. Passing both and being told that the government would send him a swearing in date, Mr. Fernandez returned home to wait. As weeks turned into months, Chili questioned the government on several occasions as to his legal status. Each time he was informed to simply wait. To be patient. That sometimes these matters can take some time. A date and time will be mailed to your home.

These are all facts so far that the government makes no effort to dispute. They admit that they made a mistake and lost Mr. Fernandez’s file. And yet for the past twenty one months they have tried repeatedly to deport him. The following is the reason why: Nearly six years after applying for citizenship, Louis Fernandez was convicted of a felony. In the United States, the government can initiate deportation proceedings against anyone who is a resident alien and commits a criminal act. Mr. Fernandez’s crime, although not violent or malicious in nature was still admittedly an illegal act. While working full time, Mr. Fernandez fell off of a telephone pole and injured his back. He subsequently became addicted to prescription medications. In April of 2000, he was arrested for buying prescription medications from an undercover police investigator.

Pleading guilty to drug charges, Chili fell under investigation by the immigration and naturalization service (INS). Because of his unorthodox circumstances, Mr. Fernandez fought his deportation based on two key factors. First, since the government failed in their responsibility to fulfill his application procedure, Mr. Fernandez should have already been a full United States citizen by the time he committed his crime and therefore immune from deportation proceedings. In this defense, Chili sought to have his citizenship backdated to six months after he had completed the application and interview process.

His second defense was based on the hardship that deportation would cause. Having lived his entire life in the United States, Mr. Fernandez speaks very limited Spanish, and has children and a grandchild in Virginia. With very limited knowledge of Chili, and with no known relatives outside of this country, Mr. Fernandez would be forced into a life of poverty and despair if deported.

At his first deportation hearing, the courts ruled in favor of Mr. Fernandez. The United States immediately appealed the ruling and on appeal, Chili, was ordered to be deported. The courts ruled that although Chili was not allowed to become a citizen as he should have that if he had not committed a crime he would never have been in such a situation. In January of 2007, Mr. Fernandez took his fight to the United States fourth circuit court of appeals. Realistically this was Mr. Fernandez’s last opportunity to remain in the country. Unfortunately very few people can win against the government. The simple fact is that in order for Chili to stand a chance the government had to take responsibility for making a mistake and correct themselves. That rarely happens.

On October 6, 2007 the United States fourth circuit court of appeals, ruled once again in favor of the government. On November 1, 2007 Louis (Chili) Fernandez was deported. Now all alone in a country he does not know, he tries to make a new life having been abandoned by the country he once felt apart of. All because the government is unwilling to correct a mistake they admittedly made.

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