Marriage-based immigration

If you are getting married to a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you may have three different citizenship paths. Whether you're already living in California or another U.S. state will affect the process. Living in the U.S. and married to a citizen If you're...

Can you be deported away from your kids?

If you are not a citizen or otherwise in the United States legally, then having a child does not guarantee that you will receive United States citizenship. When the child is of age, they can sponsor you, which may help you gain your citizenship. However, if you have...

USCIS accepting new DACA and advance parole applications

In December 2020, the federal court system ordered the Department of Homeland Security to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The agency has again begun accepting new DACA applications, DACA renewals, and applications for advance parole for...

Understanding the K-1 visa

Often referred to as the “fiancé visa,” the K-1 visa has become much more well-known thanks to the TLC reality TV show “90 Day Fiancé.” For residents of California who are trying to find a way to get legal U.S. residency for their spouses, there is plenty of...

How to qualify for asylum

Asylum protection is available to foreign nationals living in California who are unable to return to their home countries due to fears of persecution. The motive for this persecution is often race, religion, or other factors that make an alien a target for oppression....

How does a person qualify for a religious visa?

People come to the United States for different reasons. They may want to marry an American. They may wish to find work that they cannot get in their home country. But you might have a different reason to want to reside in the U.S. You may feel you have a religious...

Can you appeal an immigration decision?

As an immigrant in California, what can you do if you want to live permanently in the country? You must go through the application process, whether you aim for a green card, a work visa or citizenship.  If your application for immigration gets denied at first, it can...