Who Is Eligible for a Family-Based Green Card?

Whether you are already in America and hoping to bring your loved ones here too or you’re hoping to take advantage of a family-based green card to immigrate, it’s critical to understand the rules surrounding these tools. Family-based green cards are designed to help reunite families and provide a pathway for close relatives to live together in the United States. Here is what you should know about who is eligible for a family-based green card.


3 Reasons You Should Call an Attorney After a Car Accident

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A car accident can disrupt your life entirely and leave you struggling to recover, work your job, and live a normal daily life. When you are focused on other things, like your health, it can be easy to let other things fall by the wayside, like potentially pursuing the damages that you need to assist with recovery. Even if you don’t have permanent, life-altering injuries, there are still reasons to consider calling an attorney after a car accident.


5 Signs of a Good Immigration Lawyer

Navigating the complex world of immigration law can be a daunting task. Whether you’re looking to obtain a visa, apply for citizenship, or resolve another type of immigration issue, having an experienced and trustworthy immigration lawyer by your side can make a world of difference. How can you choose the right immigration lawyer for your situation?


Understanding How Child Support is Calculated in Maryland

Maryland is one of many states that has set guidelines for how child support is awarded. The Child Support Guidelines are designed to help ensure equity and fairness and make sure that children have the financial support that they need to thrive. When you are potentially going to be paying or awarded child support, it’s important that you understand how the payment is calculated.


Student Visa Reinstatement

As a F1 student on a student visa in the US, the student must always have a valid student visa during the duration of study.

The student can apply for reinstatement if she/he meet certain requirements such as:

  • Failed to maintain the terms of his or her immigration status; therefore, a DSO terminated the record as a result.
  • Will resume full-time study.
  • Can prove eligibility for reinstatement according to F-1 or M-1 regulations.

Reinstatement Eligibility, Regulations and Policy Guidance

In general, to be eligible for reinstatement, the student must:

  • Not be out of status for more than five months at the time of filing or show the exceptional circumstance that prevented filing in that time frame.
  • Not have a record of repeated or willful violations of regulations.
  • Not have worked without authorization.
  • Be pursuing or intend to pursue a full course of study in the immediate future at your school.
  • Not be deportable for any reason other than failing to maintain F-1 or M-1 status.
  • Be able to show that:
    • Circumstances beyond the student’s control caused the status violation.
    • Student fell below a full course load for a reason the DSO could have used to authorize a reduced course load, and the student would experience extreme hardship, if the student fails to get reinstatement.
  • Regulations for Reinstatement can be found on F-1 reinstatement: 8 CFR 214.2(f)(16).

If you need reinstatement, please contact the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence, LLC. on 410.986.0088, 443.352.3201 or email us at infor@elawrencelaw.com for legal help.

What Happens During Your Green Card Interviews?

Many people have the goal of obtaining a green card and remaining a resident of the United States. However, the process of getting one can be stressful and confusing. One of the most anxiety-provoking parts of the process is often the green card interviews. What can you expect to happen during your face-to-face meetings with immigration officials? How can you prepare? Read on to learn more!


What Is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Maryland?

In Maryland, as in many other states, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a serious offense that can lead to significant legal consequences. Understanding what constitutes drug paraphernalia and the penalties for being caught with it is crucial for anyone facing these serious charges. Here’s what you need to understand about drug paraphernalia in Maryland.


I-601A Provisional Waiver Update

Beginning March 4, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) instituted a new application procedure, the 1-601A Provisional Waiver, for certain individuals who would be subject to the three- or ten-year bars for having accrued unlawful presence when they depart the U.S. These applicants are able to file a provisional waiver of inadmissibility prior to leaving the U.S. for their consular interviews. The option to apply for the waiver before traveling abroad for a consular interview provides tremendous benefits to applicants. This process allows applicants with legal avenues to immigration status to avoid the risk of long-term family separation and uncertainty. 

The benefit of USCIS adjudicating the waiver in advance through this process, applicants avoid having to wait for adjudication of a waiver while abroad, and it allows them to avoid the risk of getting stuck outside the US if the waiver is denied. The provisional waiver is only a change in the administrative process, not a change in the law. This practice advisory will walk you through steps to determine if your client is eligible for the I-601A provisional waiver.

UPDATE: In August 2016, USCIS updated the I-601A Provisional Waiver process. Now, anyone who is statutorily eligible for a waiver of unlawful presence can use the I-601A process to waive the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility found at INA §212(a)(9)(B). The biggest change to the I-601A Provisional Waiver is the expansion to include applications from beneficiaries of all visa categories (not just those with U.S. citizen immediate relatives) who can show hardship 10 an LPR spouse or parent, in addition to U.S. citizen spouse or parent qualifying relatives. The applicant is still required to have an approved immigrant visa petition.

If you have questions regarding a I-601A waiver, please contact the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence, LLC. on 443.352.3201. 

Felony or Misdemeanor: What Is the Difference?

Many people understand the severity of having a felony or misdemeanor conviction on their record, but they don’t necessarily understand the difference between the two. Both felonies and misdemeanors can result in serious legal and professional consequences, but they are not the same. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in the state of Maryland?


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