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What does the government shutdown mean for immigration services?

We are now more than three weeks into the partial government shutdown. Whether you're applying for your green card or looking to renew your passport for your upcoming vacation abroad, you might be wondering how this shutdown is impacting immigration services.

In today's post, we outline what is, isn't and could be impacted.

Two means of obtaining asylum in the U.S.

Asylum has been a hot-button political issue in our nation as of late. It is important for people in Georgia and elsewhere to understand what a person must do to obtain asylum in the United States. With this information, those seeking asylum can make informed decisions on the topic.

There are two means of obtaining asylum in the U.S. One way is through affirmative asylum processing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The other way is through defensive asylum processing with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Proposed changes to H-1B visas may increase difficulty

One thing is clear about immigration laws in the United States. They change often, and this may make it difficult for those seeking entrance into the country. In fact, it is not uncommon for those who have been on waiting lists for several years to learn that the requirements or quotas have changed with a new presidential administration.

Among the latest changes in immigration policies are the new restrictions for those seeking H-1B visas. These visas welcome employees with special skills, such as technology, engineering, medicine or others that require a bachelor's degree or higher. It is likely the already tight quotas for these highly sought visas will change in the near future.

Did you receive notice to appear at a Stokes interview?

When you made plans to marry the love of your life in the U.S., you may have had mixed feelings about your future. While moving to Georgia, obtaining a green card and building a new life with your special someone may have felt like a dream come true, you may also worry about legal issues that could delay your application or halt your plans.  

 If U.S. immigration officials have called you to a Stokes interview, it means that the federal government suspects that your marriage is not legitimate -- that you may have married simply to gain legal permanent residency in the United States. The outcome of your Stokes interview will determine whether you get a green card; in fact, it may also affect your ability to stay in the U.S.   

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