President Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would make many persons eligible for lawful status. As of today’s post (January 30, 2021), Congress has not yet passed this bill into law so the specifics of any new immigration options are currently unknown, but the Law Office of Karen Winston is closely monitoring the […]Read More
Great News for K-1 Fiancé Visa Applicants!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many Consulates and Embassies throughout the world have been shut down for months, with little to no interviews being scheduled. These Consulates and Embassies are now beginning to resume regular processing of U.S. visas where country conditions have improved regarding the pandemic. On August 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of […]Read More
Major USCIS Application Fee Increase Coming Soon
USCIS Announces Fee Increases Starting October 2, 2020 Beginning October 2, 2020, application fees for many USCIS applications will substantially increase including for Form I-130, Form I-192, Form I-212, Form I-290B, Form I-539, Form I-601, Form I-601A, Form I-751, Form I-765, Form I-929, Form N-336 and many others. Some of the most notable fee increases […]Read More
What is a T-visa, and What is Labor Trafficking?
The T-visa is a very special visa for victims of labor trafficking. Labor trafficking often affects agricultural workers/farm-workers, including people who come to the U.S. with visas. Victims of labor trafficking are often threatened with harm or deportation if they stop working, leave, or report the trafficking. Labor trafficking includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. […]Read More
NOTARIOS ARE NOT LAWYERS
What is the Difference Between an Immigration Attorney and a Notario/Notary Public? A notario (notario publico) translates to “notary public” in English. In the U.S., a notary public is a person who is authorized to witness the signing of documents. They may not give legal advice or provide immigration legal services. Florida law requires notaries […]Read More
Obtaining Permanent Residence through Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may be able to apply for permanent residency based on that marriage. The pathway to becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S. can be achieved in two ways, depending on how the foreign national entered the U.S. If the foreign national was lawfully admitted to […]Read More
Bringing Your Fiancé to the U.S.
With the ever increasing popularity of social media and on-line dating sites, more people are meeting that special someone via the internet. If your perfect partner happens to live abroad, there may be immigration options available for you to be together in the U.S. The fiancé visa, a K-1 visa, allows a foreign national to […]Read More
Applying for U.S. Citizenship
A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can apply to become a U.S. citizen though a process called naturalization. While many permanent residents must maintain their resident status for at least five years before applying for citizenship, persons who are married to U.S. citizens, including certain applicants who obtained their residence following approval of a self-petition under […]Read More