Family-Based Green Cards

Policy Memo on Handling Certain Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention Requests Pending a Supreme Court Ruling

This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance for properly assigning priority dates in those instances where a petitioner requests that the priority date from a separate, previously filed petition, be applied to a later filed family-based second-preference “B” petition (F2B) or seeks adjustment of status in the F2B category, based upon an originally-filed family-based second-preference “A” petition (F2A) pursuant to Public Law 107-208, the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

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Consular Processing

What is consular processing?

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers an individual two primary paths to permanent resident status (a green card). An individual who is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition and has an immigrant visa number immediately available may apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident.

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Guestbook Entry for Igor, United States

Name: 
Igor
State: 
Virginia
Country: 
United States
Comment: 
Rajiv is indeed an extraordinary lawyer, great strategist and very nice human being. He and his great team helped our family to stay together and live where we belong to. Got ridiculous case: U.S. citizen’s wife’s green card was denied because of technicality. Appeal was denied too but Rajiv and his team managed to convince the Service that this case must be approved. Special thanks go to Rajiv, Mark and Bill who were much more than just lawyers, who put many hours, sometimes even on weekends, to win this case for us. 

Guestbook Entry for Anand Bagavandoss, United States

Name: 
Anand Bagavandoss
State: 
LA
Country: 
United States
Comment: 

We are so pleased with your service and prompt response to all the queries and concerns. Each and every doubt was explanined to us in very professional manner. I will recommend Rajiv S Khanna's law firm to all of my friends.

Process After Getting Immigrant Visa

My mother is currently in the US. She entered based on the Immigration Visa on her passport and gave the sealed packet at the port of entry. We went to to the SSN office but were told that we need to wait for the SSN to come (via mail? - they had no clue). She wants to leave in the next few weeks. Questions: 1. Can she reenter without a physical GC in hand? She was told it takes 6-8 months to come at port of entry. 2. How do we get her SSN? Is it mailed automatically? 3. What else should I be aware of before she leaves the US?

Make an infopass appointment and get her passport stamped for temporary proof of green card. She can travel with that. Normally, the physical GC takes just a few weeks. I am not concerned about SSN. That will arrive eventually. But do review my blog videos about I-131 and maintaining green card, etc.

Unless the context shows otherwise, all answers here were provided by Rajiv and were compiled and reported by our editorial team from comments and blog on immigration.com

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DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application

1. What do I need to complete and submit forms online? 2. Where can I find the DS-260? 3. Can I answer in my native language? 4. Are all fields on the DS-260 mandatory? 5. What happens if I need to step away in the middle of data entry? 6. How do I access a previously saved DS-260? 7. Do I bring my DS-260 application with me to the interview?

1. You must have:
Internet access
Your NVC Case Number (refer to the message you received from NVC)
Your Invoice I.D. number (refer to the message you received from NVC)

Unless the context shows otherwise, all answers here were provided by Rajiv and were compiled and reported by our editorial team from comments and blog on immigration.com

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