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  POSTING DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
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By Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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Question: I am a US citizen and I submitted an application for my parents who live in the Caribbean. They are married and I have a little brother who is 10 that lives with them. Since he is not a derivative and it takes long for a sister to file for sibling, I have seen you mention a student visa option for him to come with my parents. How exactly do you apply to change his B1/B2 visitor visa to student? Since he is high school level, where and how do we go about getting this process started?Also, does it make sense for my parents to wait 5 years for their citizenship then file for him or can they apply for a green card for him as soon as they come here (next year if their residency is approved)? How long would it take under both options.
Answer:  Once your parents obtain their green cards (approx 8-12 months), they can file for your little brother and the process takes about 1 ½ years. They don’t need to wait until they become U.S. citizens. Your little brother may qualify for a student visa, but he would need to be accepted into a private school that accepts international students. He can make an application to change from his B visa to F-1 student visa once he has been in the U.S. for at least 60 days. Since he is 10, you don’t need to worry about his high school or college, he will have his Green Card long before that time. I hope this is helpful to you.
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Marco Rubio Calls For End To DREAMer Deferred Action and Threatens Possible Government Shutdown If Obama Takes Immigration Reform Actions
Once an enthusiastic proponent of Immigration Reform, Florida’s Sen Marco Rubio has now changed his position and sided with conservative Republicans against the cause. Rubio recently told reporters that any unilateral action by President Obama to reform the system and help Immigrants will result in consequences which could include a government shutdown and withholding of government funding for Obama’s new reform program. 

To make his reversal on immigration reform complete, Rubio also told Breitbart News that Obama should wind down and eventually stop the DREAMer program implemented by the President beginning in 2012. The Obama program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, helps innocent young Immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, by allowing them to live and work in the U.S. while waiting for Congress to pass a permanent Reform Law.Many see Rubio’s reversal on Immigration Reform a result of his plans to run for President in 2016, calculating that a sympathetic position on Immigrants would not make him as politically viable to Tea Party and conservatives who are adamantly opposed to any form of immigration reform, even for DREAMers.
 This flip-flop on such a major issue affecting not only Hispanics, but our nation as a whole, may well backfire against him in the future. For now, his staunch opposition to Obama’s planned Administrative Immigration Reforms plays well with his Tea Party supporters, but may prove to be his undoing as a Presidential candidate in 2016, if Hispanics show up at the Polls this November and in 2016 and state their position on Immigration Reform loud and clear by their vote against Republicans.
Read more about Rubio's opposition to Obama's Immigration Reform:

Breitbart News
New York Times
Huffington Post
USCIS Issues Some Duplicate Biometrics Notices In Error             
The USCIS recently announced that a computer glitch in the system caused duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices to be sent to Immigrants who had recently completed their Biometrics. The USCIS is advising that Immigrants who completed their Biometrics and had their notice stamped to verify completion of biometrics recently, do not need to attend the second appointment. 

However, I would advise sending the USCIS a note (to the address on the appointment notice) stating that the Biometrics had already been taken recently, and include a copy of the duplicate notice, as well as a copy of the stamped Biometrics notice for the completed biometrics.
USCIS Announces Public Outreach Sessions Scheduled In South Florida For September         
The USCIS has scheduled several outreach sessions in South Florida which are free to the public in order to provide immigration related information on various immigration issues through its USCIS Information Desk: 

West Dade Regional Library 9445 Coral Way Miami, Fl:9/10 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Kendale Lakes Branch Library 15205 SW 88 St. Miami, Fl: 9/17 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm 

Homestead Branch Library 700 N. Homestead Blvd. Homestead, Fl: 9/24 from 1:00–5:00 pm
Southwest Regional Library 6835 Sheridan St. Pembroke Pines, Fl- Naturalization Information: 9/20 from 10:30 am – 12 noon

USCIS Upcoming Naturalization Ceremonies Scheduled In September For Broward & Dade        
The USCIS recently released scheduled dates for Naturalization Oath Ceremonies for U.S. Residents in the some locations in South Florida:

Miami Field Office - September 5, 10, 12, 19 and 26

Kendall Field Office - September 12, 17, 19 and 26

Hialeah Field Office - September 5 and 19

Oakland Park Field Office – September 17, 19, and   26                                                        

Always Respond to USCIS Requests For Evidence BEFORE The Deadline - To Avoid Denials
During processing of Immigration petitions, the USCIS frequently issues request letters which request additional information or documentation in order for the case to be approved.

Each request gives a deadline, usually 87 days to respond. If the response is not received by the deadline, the case will be denied, no matter how minor the document being requested seems. 
Therefore, always respond as early as possible, and for best results, no later than 2 weeks before the deadline. Be sure to make copies of everything you submit and send your response by U.S. Express Mail next day service with a tracking number and delivery confirmation. Then be sure to check the USCIS website a week or so after sending to make sure the USCIS online status shows that your response was received. If not, get delivery confirmation from the Postal Service and call the USCIS 800 number with your delivery confirmation information..
Immigration How To:
How Do I Apply For A New U.S. Passport Or Change The Name on My Existing U.S. Passport