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This Week's Immigration News 
By Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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The American Civil Liberties Union and other Immigrants rights groups are renewing pressure on Gov Rick Scott to allow changes to Florida regulations which will let undocumented Immigrants obtain a Florida Driver’s License.  

In 2013 the Florida Legislature passed a Bill known as the “Dream Act Driver’s License”, but the measure died when it was vetoed by Gov. Scott. Experts estimate that some 950,000 Immigrants in Florida could benefit from a change in the law. Stay tuned…
Activists Call On Governor Scott To Issue 
Florida Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants

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Questions & Answers
Question: Hello, I am a green card holder and wishing to sponsor my girlfriend who is in Canada with a temporary resident visa. Is it possible to sponsor her even if I am just a USA green card holder since 2013? If so, where would we get married and which application should we apply for to start the sponsorship? Most important, how long is the waiting time to get her work authorization (if approved) and eventually her green card? Thank you very much!
Answer: ​Yes, U.S. Residents (Green Card holders) can sponsor a spouse to immigrate to the U.S. as soon as they obtain their Residency, there is no waiting period. The process will take about 1 ½ years. Your wife will not be able to obtain any work permit in the U.S. until she is able to immigrate. You can marry either in the U.S. or Canada and a spousal family petition should be filed. I hope this is helpful. 
Helpful Immigration Hints You Can Use
Immigration How To: 
How Do I Send My  Immigration Application To The USCIS?
Check The USCIS Website For Current Forms, Filing Fees & Mailing Addresses
When filing Immigration applications yourself, without the advice and representation of an Immigration attorney, be sure to pay particular attention to important technical details like Form expiration dates, USCIS Filing Fees & current mailing addresses. 

One of the most common reasons that the USCIS rejects applications - is for failure to complete the current Form, provide the correct filing fees.or send to the proper mailing address.Avoid using forms provided to you by friends and family, since they might not be the current version. 

To be safe, check the USCIS website, since the USCIS periodically updates Immigration forms and publishes the most current version on the USCIS website
You can find out more about issues involved in Family Immigration by visiting our website at: or by calling our office at: 954-382-5378 
USCIS Announces Public Outreach Sessions Scheduled In South Florida 
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: 

Kendale Lakes Branch Library located at 15205 SW 88 St. Miami, Fl- August 20th 4:00 – 8:00 pm 

Homestead Branch Library located at 700 N. Homestead Blvd. Homestead, Fl – August 27th 1:00 – 5:00 pm 
Upcoming Naturalization Ceremonies Scheduled In August For Dade Residents 
The USCIS recently released scheduled dates for Naturalization Oath Ceremonies for U.S. Residents in the Miami area:

Miami Field Office - August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th 
Kendall Field Office - August 8, 15 and 29th
Question: Good morning. I have a question which I hope you can answer. I received a job offer from a U.S.A company offering me a job and visa for $2500 and they will told me that within one month they will give me the visa and in three years give me my green card - is this true?. They demand that I first pay $1000 in advance. So I need your valuable help to find out if this offer is true or not. Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you, have a nice day.
Answer: ​Unfortunately, it is a scam, do not pay the money. This is a very common scam used to lure foreign nationals into sending money with hopes of a job and visa in the U.S.. No real company in the U.S. requests payment for a job or U.S. Visa. Unfortunately, there is likely no way to recover any money from the company if you have already paid the fee. You can email me a copy of the mail you received from these scammers and I will forward to the CBP.
Question: Hi, My Mother is a Green card holder and applied for my brother who is 37 yrs old and single back in 2011. He received a letter in the mail from the National Visa Center that all the process has been completed but he needs to wait for the Visa. I’d like to know the following:
1- If you can help to convert his visa application from my mother to me (a US Citizen)?
2- If you can provide any other help in expediting his visa?
3- What will happen if he gets married as he is been waiting since 2011 and not getting any younger?
Answer: ​The Immigration category your mother applied for your brother in is called the F2B category for adult, single children of U.S. Residents (Green Card holder). The waiting line for a visa in that category is about 8-9 years. If your brother marries before your mother becomes a U.S. Citizen, the I-130 petition she filed for him is automatically cancelled, since there is no immigration category for married children of U.S. Residents. 

Once you mom becomes a U.S. Citizen, your brother can marry, but he will move from the F2B category to the F3 category for adult married children of U.S. Citizens. The waiting line in that category is currently about 11-12 years. 

As a Sibling, you can file a family petition for your brother in the F4 category for brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens, but the waiting line is about 12-14 years. Your petition does not conflict with the one your mom has filed for him. Family Immigrant petitions cannot be converted (transferred) from one family member to another.

Read More about Family Immigration Waiting Lines:

The Sponsoring your family to immigrate to the U.S.-Understand The Immigrant Visa Process
Similarly, confirm the current "direct" mailing address for the form and be sure to attach a Money Order or Cashier's Check payable to the Department of Homeland Security for the correct fee.

Finally, be sure to make a copy of the entire application and all attachments before sending via Express Mail.
Send USCIS Applications and Correspondence by U.S. Express Mail for easy tracking and delivery confirmation
Immigration applications and any follow-up correspondence with the USCIS are such important matters, that you should take the additional step of sending these documents to the USCIS by a safe, quick method, which allows you to verify the date and time of delivery to the USCIS. This is especially critical when you have received a Request For Additional Evidence from the USCIS and must provide the requested documentation by a specified deadline. 

Many applicants do not know that if their response sent to the USCIS is postmarked before the deadline date, but is actually delivered and received by the USCIS after that date, the case is likely to be denied. Not only is this a tragedy for the beneficiary of the immigration application, but in such instances, all the USCIS filing fees are lost, which in some cases can be thousands of dollars. Certified Mail is not delivered quickly and cannot be tracked online and other private courier services like Fed-ex cannot be delivered to the regular USCIS P.O. box address. So, since the USCIS is a government agency, like the U.S. Express Mail (U.S. Postal Service) The safest way to send applications/documents and to safeguard against the unfortunate situation above is to use the U.S. Express Mail next day service. The cost is about $15.00 and well worth it. You will receive a tracking# so you can go online and confirm delivery. Be sure to send any responses requested by the USCIS at least one week or more before the deadline. Also, make a copy of everything you send to the USCIS including the initial application, supporting documents, Money Order and all follow-up responses before sending to the USCIS and never send originals! Good luck!
State Department Computer Glitch 
Delays Visa Issuance At U.S. Embassies Worldwide!
The U.S. State Department just released an advisory about serious technical problems with its computer systems. As a result, U.S. Consulates worldwide are experiencing significant delays in issuing Visas and passports. 

This is likely to negatively affect applicants for Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas who have been approved, but not yet issued a visa. 

You can read more about the delay and get updated status by visiting the U.S. State Department Website:

State Department Advisory