Category Archives: Self-Petitions: Domestic Abuse & Crime Victims

U.S.A. IMMIGRATION OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Coleman Jackson, Attorney & Counselor at Law
July 12, 2017

U.S.A. IMMIGRATION OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

There are three ways immigrants who become victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and some other specific crimes may apply for legal immigration status for themselves and their child(ren).

  1. Self-petition for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  2. Cancellation of removal under VAWA
  3. U-Visa (nonimmigrant crime victim’s visa)

A victim’s application is confidential and no one, including an abuser, crime perpetrator or family member, will be told that you applied.

This law blog is written by the Taxation | Litigation | Immigration Law Firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C. for educational purposes; it does not create an attorney-client relationship between this law firm and its reader.  You should consult with legal counsel in your geographical area with respect to any legal issues impacting you, your family or business.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Taxation, Litigation, Immigration Law Firm | English (214) 599-0431 | Spanish (214) 599-0432

Opciones disponibles para víctimas de violencia domestica para los inmigrantes de los Estados Unidos

Por Coleman Jackson, Abogado, CPA
Junio 30, 2017

Hay tres maneras en la cual inmigrantes que son víctimas de violencia domestica, sexual, y otros crimines específicos pueden aplicar para un estatus de inmigración legal para ellos mismos y sus hijos.

  1. Auto petición para estatus legal bajo Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  2. Cancelación de la remoción bajo VAWA
  3. U-Visa (Visa de victima de crimen no inmigrante)

La aplicación de la víctima es confidencial y nadie, incluyendo el abusador, delincuente, o miembro de la familia, será notificado que usted aplico.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por  La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | Litigación  | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Firma de Abogados de Impuestos, Litigación e Inmigración |Ingles (214) 599-0431 | Español (214) 599-0432

Asilo, vítimas de violência doméstica e audiências de credibilidade

Por: Coleman Jackson, advogado
04 de fevereiro de 2017

Asilo, vítimas de violência doméstica e audiências de credibilidade

Qualquer pessoa estrangeira, fisicamente presente nos Estados Unidos da América ou que chega aqui ou é trazida para aqui, não obstante o seu estatuto legal, pode solicitar asilo observando os requerimentos mencionados no8 U.S.C.A. §1158, §208da Lei dos EUA relativa à imigração e à nacionalidade.

Qualquer pessoa estrangeira que procure asilo tem como responsabilidade provar ser um refugiado, na aceção da lei da imigração dos EUA. Devem ser apresentados dados credíveis que mostram que a pessoa estrangeira é um refugiado na aceção da Lei dos EUA relativa à imigração e à nacionalidade devendo se enquadrar em pelo menos uma das seguintes categorias:

  1. RAÇA;
  2. RELIGIÃO:
  3. NACIONALIDADE:
  4. FILIAÇÃO EM UM DETERMINADO GRUPO SOCIAL; ou
  5. OPINIÃO POLÍTICA

Os solicitantes de asilo devem alegar e demonstrar que pelo menos uma das categorias listadas é a razão principal para a perseguição do passado ou futuro na sua pátria. Uma destas cinco categorias deve ser a principal razão dos solicitantes de asilo perseguidos no passado ou com um medo credível de perseguição ao voltar para casa.

Nesta publicação do blog, limitaremos a nossa discussão de asilo à filiação dos solicitantes de asilo de um determinado grupo social. Atualmente sob a lei de asilo dos EUA, vítimas de violência doméstica obtiveram asilo sob a filiação de uma determinada categoria social. Esta categoria tem sido usada para solicitar asilo com base em perseguições em razão de género, casamento forçado, casamento de crianças, mutilação genital feminina, violação, violência doméstica e crimes sexuais contra vítimas.

Se um estrangeiro entrar nos Estados Unidos e alegar perseguição como membro de um determinado grupo social, o Departamento de Segurança Interna na fronteira deve realizar uma avaliação de credibilidade. O padrão usado na seleção de credibilidade é muito baixo. Nesta avaliação de credibilidade, o examinador não deve fazer determinações de admissibilidade, pesar as provas ou decidir a credibilidade das alegações ou declarações do solicitante de asilo. O examinador deve sim decidir se envia o solicitante de asilo para uma audiência de determinação de credibilidade ou se o deve fazer retornar à sua pátria. Se o examinador achar que a alegação do solicitante de asilo não é credível, deve acelerar o retorno do estrangeiro ao seu país. Se o examinador decidir que a alegação é credível, deve remeter o caso a uma audiência de credibilidade para solicitação de asilo; devendo fornecer o formulário M-444 ao solicitante de asilo e explicar a finalidade da audiência para determinação de credibilidade. O solicitante de asilo pode pedir representação legal na audiência de determinação de credibilidade. Na audiência de determinação de credibilidade, a conduta, sinceridade e capacidade de resposta do solicitante de asilo (e testemunhas, se existirem) serão relevantes. A lógica e plausibilidade fundamental da história do solicitante ou da testemunha são relevantes para a determinação de credibilidade. A consistência dos relatos orais do solicitante e testemunhas é um fator extremamente importante em uma determinação de credibilidade. Os relatórios de avaliação do país do Departamento de Estado também são usados nas audiências de determinação de credibilidade de solicitação de asilo.

Mesmo se o solicitante de asilo tiver um medo credível de perseguição, baseado na filiação a um determinado grupo social, a sua solicitação de asilo pode ser dificultada e negada de acordo com alguns dos fatores listados em INA §208 (2) (A) e INA §208 (2) (B).

No caso de um oficial de asilo conceder a solicitação de asilo baseada na sua filiação a um determinado grupo, o estrangeiro usufruirá dos seguintes benefícios de imigração:

  1. Não pode ser removido ou retornado ao seu país (país de nacionalidade);
  2. Pode ser autorizado a trabalhar ou trabalhar por conta de outrem nos Estados Unidos;
  3. Pode ser autorizado a viajar ao estrangeiro com o consentimento prévio do Procurador-Geral dos EUA; e
  4. Um ano depois da concessão de asilo, o estrangeiro pode solicitar o estatuto de residência permanente (cartão de residência).

O procedimento de pedido de asilo é sério e complexo. O estrangeiro que esteja a contemplar tal pedido aos Estados Unidos deve consultar aconselhamento jurídico antes de o fazer, porque uma solicitação de asilo frívola impedirá que o estrangeiro receba qualquer benefício de imigração de acordo com a Lei de Imigração e Nacionalidade. Isso significa que o estrangeiro ficaria proibido de visitar os EUA, fosse qual fosse a razão. Esta proibição é permanente de acordo com a INA.

Este blog sobre direito é escrito pela  Sociedade de Advogados de Direito Tributário, Contencioso e de Imigraçãode Coleman Jackson, P.C. com fins educativos; não produzindo uma relação advogado-cliente entre esta empresa e o leitor. Você deve consultar um consultor jurídico na sua área geográfica para discutir quaisquer questões legais específicas que impliquem a sua família ou negócio.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Sociedade de Advogados de Direito Tributário, Contencioso e de Imigração | Inglês (214) 599-0431 | Espanhol (214) 599-0432 

Asilo, Víctimas de Violencia Domestica y Audiencias de Credibilidad

Por: Coleman Jackson, Abogado
Diciembre 23, 2016

Asilo, Víctimas de Violencia Domestica y Audiencias de Credibilidad

Cualquier persona extranjera que este físicamente presente en Estados Unidos de América o que llegue aquí  o sea traído aquí sin importar su estatus legal podría solicitar asilo cumpliendo con los requisitos establecidos en 8 U.S.C.A  § 1158, Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad §208.

La persona extranjera que solicita asilo tiene la responsabilidad de establecer que es refugiado, dentro del significado de la Ley de Inmigración de Estados Unidos. Deberá presentarse evidencia creíble que demuestre que la persona extrajera es un refugiado dentro del significado de la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad bajo una o más de las siguientes categorías:

  1. RAZA;
  2. RELIGIÓN;
  3. NACIONALIDAD;
  4. MEMBRECÍA EN UN GRUPO SOCIAL PARTICULAR; U
  5. OPINIÓN POLÍTICA

Los solicitantes de asilo deben alegar y demostrar que al menos una de las categorías mencionadas es la razón central de la persecución pasada, o percibida en un futuro en su patria. Una de estas cinco categorías debe ser central para la persecución pasada de los solicitantes de asilo o el temor creíble de persecución al regresar a casa.

En este blog, vamos a limitar nuestra discusión de asilo a la membrecía en un grupo social particular de los solicitantes de asilo. En tiempos modernos en la ley de asilo de Estados Unidos, víctimas de violencia domestica han tenido éxito en la solicitud de asilo bajo la pertenencia a una categoría particular de un grupo social. Esta categoría se ha utilizado para solicitar asilo basado en la persecución basada en el género, como matrimonios forzados, matrimonios de niños, corte genital femenino, violación, violencia domestica y delitos sexuales contra la víctima.

Si un extranjero entra a Estados Unidos y alega persecución como miembro de un grupo social en particular, los oficiales del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional en Estados Unidos que examinan en la frontera deben llevar a cabo un examen de credibilidad. El estándar utilizado en el examen de credibilidad es muy bajo. En este examen de credibilidad, el examinador no debe tomar decisiones de elegibilidad o evidencia o decidir la credibilidad de las declaraciones del solicitante de asilo. El oficial examinador debe decidir si remitir al solicitante de asilo para una audiencia de determinación de credibilidad o devolverlo a su patria. Si el oficial examinador considera que el solicitante de asilo no es creíble, debe acelerar el regreso del extranjero a su país de origen. Si el oficial examinador decide que es creíble, debe remitir el caso para una audiencia completa de credibilidad de asilo; El oficial que está remitiendo el caso debe darle el formulario M-444 al solicitante de asilo y explicarle el propósito de la audiencia de determinación de credibilidad. El solicitante de asilo puede tener representación legal en la audiencia de determinación de credibilidad. En la audiencia de determinación de credibilidad, el comportamiento, la sinceridad y la capacidad de respuesta del solicitante de asilo (y de los testigos, si los hay) es todo pertinente. La lógica básica y la plausibilidad de la historia del solicitante o testigo son relevantes para hacer la determinación de credibilidad. Consistencia en testimonios orales y por escrito del solicitante y de los testigos son factores extremadamente importantes en la determinación de credibilidad. Informes del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos sobre la condición del país también se usan en las audiencias de determinación de credibilidad de asilo.

Incluso si el solicitante de asilo tiene temor creíble a la persecución basada en la membrecía a un grupo social determinado, su solicitud de asilo puede ser impedida y negada de acuerdo con cualquiera de los factores enumerados en INA §208(2)(A) and INA §208(2)(B).

En el caso de que el oficial de asilo conceda la solicitud de solicitantes de asilo basándose en su membrecía a un grupo particular, el extranjero disfrutara de los siguientes beneficios de inmigración:

  1. No pueden ser expulsados o devueltos a su país de origen (país de nacionalidad);
  2. Podrían ser autorizados para trabajar o participar en algún empleo en Estados Unidos;
  3. Se les podría permitir viajar al extranjero con el consentimiento previo del Fiscal General de Estados Unidos; y
  4. Un año después de la concesión del asilo, el extranjero puede solicitar la Residencia Permanente Legal (Tarjeta Verde).

La presentación de asilo es un asunto serio y complejo. Los extranjeros que están contemplando la solicitud de asilo en Estados Unidos deben consultar a un abogado antes de presentar porque presentar una solicitud de asilo frívola impedirá que el extranjero reciba cualquier beneficio de inmigración bajo la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad. Eso significa que bajo INA al extranjero se le prohibirá permanentemente visitar Estados Unidos por cualquier motivo.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por  La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | Litigación  | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Firma de Abogados de Impuestos, Litigación e Inmigración |Ingles (214) 599-0431 | Español (214) 599-0432

Asylum, Domestic Violence Victims and Credibility Hearings

By:  Coleman Jackson, Attorney
December 15, 2016

Asylum, Domestic Violence Victims and Credibility Hearings

Any foreign person who is physically present in the United States of America or who arrives here or is brought here regardless of their legal status may apply for asylum complying with the requirements set forth in 8 U.S.C.A.  §1158, Immigration and Nationality Act §208.

The foreign person seeking asylum bears the responsibility to establish that they are a refugee, within the meaning of U.S. Immigration Law.  Credible evidence will need to be presented that shows that the foreign person is a refugee within the meaning of the Immigration and Nationality Act under one or more of the following categories:

  1. RACE;
  2. RELIGION;
  3. NATIONALITY;
  4. MEMBERSHIP IN A PARTICULAR SOCIAL GROUP;  or
  5. POLITICAL OPINION

Asylum seekers must allege and demonstrate that at least one of the listed categories is the central reason for the past, or perceived future persecution in their homeland.  One of these five categories must be central to the asylum seekers’ past persecution or credible fear of persecution upon returning home.

In this blog post, we will limit our discussion of asylum to the asylum seekers membership in a particular social group.  In modern times in U.S. asylum law, victims of domestic violence have had success filing for asylum under the membership in a particular social group category.  This category has been used to apply for asylum based on gender-based persecution, such as, forced marriages, child marriages, female genital cutting, rape, domestic violence and sexual crimes against the victim.

If a foreigner enters the United States and claims persecution as a member of a particular social group, U.S. Department of Homeland Security examining officers at the border must conduct a credibility screening.  The standard used at the credibility screening is very low.  At this credibility screening the examining officer is not to make eligibility determinations or weigh the evidence or decide the credibility of the asylum seeker’s claims or statements.  The examining officer must decide whether to refer the asylum seeker for a credibility determination hearing or send them back to their homeland.  If the examining officer finds that the asylum seeker’s claim is not credible, they must expedite the removal of the foreigner’s return to their home country.  If the examining officer decides that the claim is credible, they must refer the case for a full asylum credibility hearing; the referring officer must give the asylum seeker Form M-444 and explain the purpose of the credibility determination hearing.  The asylum seeker may have legal representation at the credibility determination hearing.  In the credibility determination hearing, the demeanor, candor, and responsiveness of the asylum applicant (and witnesses, if any) are all relevant.  The basic logic and plausibility of the applicant’s or witness’s story are relevant to making the credibility determination.  Consistency in the applicant’s, witnesses’ oral and written accounts is extremely important factors in a credibility determination.  U.S. Department of State country condition reports are also used in asylum credibility determination hearings.

Even if the asylum seeker has a credible fear of persecution based on membership in a particular social group, their asylum application can still be impeded and denied pursuant to any of the factors listed in INA  §208(2)(A) and INA §208(2)(B).

In the event the asylum officer grants the asylum seekers application based on their membership in a particular group, the foreigner enjoys the following immigration benefits:

  1. They cannot be removed or returned to their home country (country of nationality);
  2. They may be authorized to work or engage in employment in the United States;
  3. They may be allowed to travel abroad with the prior consent of the U.S. Attorney General; and
  4. One year after the grant of asylum, the foreigner can apply for Lawful Permanent Residence status (Green Card).

Filing asylum is serious business and is complex.  Foreigner’s who are contemplating filing for asylum in the United States should consult legal counsel before they file because filing a frivolous asylum application will prevent the foreigner from receiving any immigration benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  That means the foreigner would be prohibited from even visiting the U.S. for any reason.  This bar is permanent under the INA.

This law blog is written by the Taxation | Litigation | Immigration Law Firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C. for educational purposes; it does not create an attorney-client relationship between this law firm and its reader.  You should consult with legal counsel in your geographical area with respect to any legal issues impacting you, your family or business.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Taxation, Litigation, Immigration Law Firm | English (214) 599-0431 | Spanish (214) 599-0432

Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirements for Abused Adopted Children

Coleman Jackson, Esq.
Immigration Attorney
Oct 02, 2013

Adopted Abused Child

Before the 2005 amendments to Section 101(b)(1)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), to file a self-petition for immigration to the United States of America, adopted alien children were required to demonstrate that they had completed two years of legal custody and residence with the United States citizen or lawful permanent resident adoptive parent. There weren’t any exceptions even if those adoptive parents were abusive to the adopted child. Due to this, abused adopted children were required to remain in the abusive household for at least two years.

Section 805(d) of VAWA 2005 eliminated these two requirements (2 years legal custody and 2 years residence) in amending the definition of an adopted child under INA section 101(b)(1)(E)(i) for a child who has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by the adoptive parent or by household family members of the adoptive parent.

The 2005 VAWA changes allow abused adopted children to leave an abusive household without adversely affecting their eligibility to file a VAWA self-petition. The abused child submits a petition for classification as a lawful permanent resident under INA section 204. The child still must show a valid adoption and that (s)he shared a residence for some period of time with the abusive adoptive parent.

For confidential advice and thorough assistance in specific abusive situations consult an experienced Immigration Attorney.
A self-petition by an abused child must satisfy the following requirements:

Removal of 2 Year Legal Custody and 2 Year Residency Requirement

Removal of 2 Year Legal Custody and 2 Year Residency RequirementGenerally, to obtain immigration benefits by adoption, the petitioner must submit credible evidence to establish eligibility of an adopted child under INA sections 201(b)(2)(A)(i) or 203(a)(2)(A):

  • A legal adoption took place. That is, the adoption is completed before the adopted child’s 16th birthday (or 18th if the child is the birth sibling of another child 16 or under who was adopted by the same adoptive parent at the same time)
  • The adoptive parent(s) had two years of legal custody, and two years of residence with the child.

However, section 805(d) of VAWA 2005 amended INA section 101(b)(1)(E)(i). The 2005 amendments to the Violence Against Women’s Act removed the two year legal custody and the two year residency requirement for adopted children who were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by their adoptive parent(s) or household family members.

Applicability of 101(b)(1)(E)(i)

Applicability of 101(b)(1)(E)(i)The amendment to 101(b)(1)(E) is applicable to a child who is the beneficiary of a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and to the self-petitioning child filing a VAWA-based Form I-360, Petition for American, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant.

If the self-petitioning child demonstrates that he or she was battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by the adoptive parent or by member(s) of the adoptive parent’s household, then in this type of case, the child is not required to establish two years legal custody and two years residency with the adoptive parent.

Eligibility Requirements

Self-Petitioning Child of Abusive USCs and LPRs (Generally)

INA section 204 allows for alien children of abusive U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to self-petition for classification as lawful permanent residents (Green Card). The child self-petitioner is required to provide evidence that (s)he:

  • Is the child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Is eligible to be classified under INA section 201(b)(2)(A)(i) or 203(a)(2)(A)
  • Resides or has resided with the abusive U.S. citizen or abusive lawful permanent resident parent
  • Has been battered by or has been subjected to extreme cruelty perpetrated by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident parent or member of their household
  • Is a person of good moral character

Self-Petitioning Adopted Child of Abusive USCs and LPRs

The VAWA 2005 amendments to the definition of an adopted child (i.e., the removal of the two year custody and two year residency requirements for abused adopted children) do not remove the need for adopted children to establish all other requirements for self-petitioning children under INA section 204. The self-petitioning adopted child is required to provide evidence demonstrating that (s)he:

  • Was legally adopted before attaining age 16, or before attaining age 18 if the child is the birth sibling of another child who was adopted by the same adoptive parent
  • Was legally adopted by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or that his or her adoptive parent is legally married to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Resided for some period with the abusive U.S. citizen or abusive lawful permanent resident
  • Was battered by or subjected to extreme cruelty perpetrated by the U.S. citizen parent or lawful permanent resident parent or a member of the U.S. citizen’s or lawful permanent resident’s family residing in the same household
  • Is a person of good moral character

Filing from Outside the United States

Abused Child Self-petition Filing from Outside the United StatesThere is no statutory requirement that a self-petitioning adopted child be living in the United States at the time the self-petition is filed. The filing requirements found in INA sections 204(a)(1)(A)(v) and 204(a)(1)(B)(iv) relating to a self-petitioning spouse, intended spouse, or child living abroad of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident shall be applicable to self-petitions filed by an abused adopted child.

Late-filing After Age 21

Abused Child Self-petition Late-filing After Age 21The provisions of INA section 204(a)(1)(D)(v) which provide continued eligibility to file as a self-petitioning child after attaining age 21, if the abuse was one central reason for the delay in filing, shall be applicable to self-petitions filed by an abused adopted child.

Evidence

Standard of Proof

Self-petition Proof StandardThe standard of proof applied in the adjudication of a self-petition filed by an abused adopted child is “preponderance of the evidence”. This evidentiary standard is met if the self-petitioning child submits sufficient evidence to establish that the facts of the case are more likely true than not true.

Evidentiary Requirements

Evidentiary Requirements for self-petition by abused childA copy of the legal adoption decree issued by the appropriate civil authority, or other relevant credible evidence of the self-petitioning child’s legal relationship to the abuser should be submitted with the I-360. If a copy of the legal adoption is unavailable, the self-petitioning adopted child should provide any other credible evidence to demonstrate that a legal adoption took place. Additionally, the self-petitioning adopted child must provide credible evidence demonstrating the following:

  • Some period of shared residence with the abusive parent
  • The self-petitioning child’s good moral character, if age 14 and over
  • The battery and/or extreme cruelty perpetrated by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident parent or perpetrated by a member of that parent’s family residing in the same household
  • The abuser’s U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status

Consideration of Evidence

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators will consider all relevant, credible evidence when making a determination regarding claims to all eligibility requirements. The determination of what evidence is credible and the weight to be given that evidence is within the sole discretion of USCIS.

This blog is written by
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Immigration Alert: U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin Category F2A is Current Beginning August 1, 2013

IMMIGRATION ALERT:  GREEN CARD HOLDERS WHO DESIRE TO FILE FOR GREEN CARDS FOR THEIR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN (UNMARRIED CHILDREN AND UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE)

 ACT NOW!

Written By:   Coleman Jackson, Esq. | www.cjacksonlaw.com | (214) 599-0431 or Spanish (214) 599-0432

July 17, 2013

Immigration Alert:  Green Card Holders who desire to get Green Cards for their Spouses and Children (unmarried and under 21 year olds) need to file the appropriate applications and supporting documentation on behalf of their spouses or children beginning August 1, 2013.

These folks are in Visa Bulletin Category F2A.  That typically meant that their spouses and children had to wait years for a visa to become available.  Well in the August 2013 Visa Bulletin Category F2A is “C”, which means that a visa is currently available starting August 1, 2013.  The category could regress (that mean become not current, which means that these folks will have to wait until it becomes current again if they fail to act).

For example,   in November F2A could regress where people have to wait years for a visa to become available.  It could regress anytime after August 2013 without advance notice.  So these folks must act immediately by filing for Green Cards for their spouses and children beginning in August 2013.

The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs August 2013 Visa Bulletin reads as follows:

FAMILY-sponsored:

F2A: This category has become “Current” for August, and is expected to remain so for the next several months. This action has been taken in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the fact that there are large amounts of registered F2A demand, currently there are not enough applicants who are actively pursuing final action on their case to fully utilize all of the available numbers.

If you or your spouse or children are in Category F2A, contact an immigration attorney now.

This is an excerpt from the August 2013 Visa Bulletin, which shows that category F2A, is Current beginning August 1, 2013:

All Charge China India Mexico Philippians
F2A  C C C C C

This means that category F2A is current for all of the listed countries.  That is Green Card Holders from any country can apply for Green Card’s starting August 1, 2013 for their spouses and children.

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