The I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence can be a much more problematic petition than it first may seem, particularly for young couples without children.  We are seeing higher rates of incidence of interview requests for pending I-751 petitions under the Trump Administration.  Ostensibly the interview requests are for lack of a good set of documentary evidence that demonstrate the marriage remains bona fide and the couple living together at the time the I-751 petition is filed with USCIS.

The following is a checklist of recommended supporting documents to include with an I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.  Going in strong with an initial set of documents attached to the petition is the best method to increase likelihood of I-751 approval without an interview.

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TO MY PAST AND EXISTING DACA CLIENTS

Posted September 5, 2017

You face no immediate risk of removal.  Loss of employment benefits will depend upon the expiration date of your card.

Call me, we will figure this out together.  No legal fees until we identify a workable solution to your case.  Russ has your back.

 

Clients applying for U.S. citizenship often ask with great concern, how will I pass the civics examination?  For many recent immigrants with less exposure to American society and media, the concern is valid.

The solution, however, can be easy.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that processes applications for naturalization and administers the interview and examination, provides a study guide online, found here, that contains the set of all questions that might be asked during the interview, and the answers to those questions.  Download the study materials and see for yourself.

At the naturalization interview, the civics examination comes in the latter half of the interview and is comprised of ten questions.  In order to pass the examination, the applicant must answer six of those ten questions correctly.  A mere 60% correct is a passing score. 

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The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari (‘cert’) to the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Court cases addressing President Trump’s proposed 90 travel ban for Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This means that the Supreme Court will hear arguments and issue what is expected to be a major ruling on the president’s executive powers as they apply to controlling U.S. immigration.

The hearings and decision will be made in the Court’s next term, commencing October 1, 2017.

The Supreme Court’s order granting cert ruled in part that the government’s request to ‘stay’ (a legal term meaning ‘suspend until further ruling’) the lower circuit court injunctions is upheld to the extent the travel ban applies to individuals from the six countries who have no bona fide connection to the United States.

“We grant the Government’s applications to stay the injunctions” blocking the implementation of the travel ban “to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement of Section 2(c)” – referring to the Executive Order provision suspending entry from six countries – “with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

“Denying entry to such a foreign national does not burden any American party by reason of that party’s relationship with the foreign national. . . So whatever burdens may result from enforcement of Section 2(c) against a foreign national who lacks any connection to this country, they are, at a minimum, a good deal less concrete than the hardships identified by the courts below.”