Friday, December 17, 2010

Filling Out The Form I-751

If you obtained your conditional green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will be required to use the form I 751 to apply to the USCIS to request removal of the conditions attached to your green card and receive a 10 year green card without any conditions attached to it.

The following steps takes you through the 7 sections contained in the form I 751 that you would be required to complete and file to effectively remove the conditions attached with your permanent resident card.

1. Information about you. Provide the name in full, legal name, mailing address and personal information.

2. Basis for the petition: If the application is filed for removing the conditions jointly with your spouse, check option “a”. If you as a child are filing an indepent petition, check option “b”. If you are not filing a joint petition and requesting a waiver, check any one of the remaining options.

3. Additional information about you (applicant). If you have ever been known by any other names, list them. Also list out the date and place of your marriage, spouse's date of death (if applicable). If none applies write N/A and check yes or no for the remaining questions.

4. Information about the spouse or parent. Provide the details about your spouse (or parent, if you are the child filing independently) through whom you gained your conditional residence.

5. Information about your children. Provide for the full name, birth date, alien registration number (if any) and current status for each of your children in this part of your form I 751.

6. Signature. Affix your signature and print your name and date of the form I 751. If you are filing jointly, your spouse should also sign the form I 751.

7. Signature of person preparing form I 751 : If its a third party, which could be a lawyer, that had prepared the form for you, he or she should sign in this section. If you completed the form by yourself, you may write “N/A” on the line provided for affixing the signature.


1. Type or print legibly which should be done using a blank ink. The form I 751 can be filled out online using an Adobe reader, or you may also fill out the form I 751 manually.

2. If necessary, attach additional sheets. If an extra space is required to complete a question, attach an addendum with your name, ARN (Alien Registration Number), and date at the top of the page. Make sure to indicate the question number and sign and date the page.

3. Make it a point to answer all the questions. If a particular question is not applicable to your current situation write N/A. If the answer to the question is none write as “None”

4. If you are married to your US citizen spouse, and are still living together, you will be eligible for naturalization if you have established the 3 year residency requirement. Even if the form I-751 is still pending, USCIS will not approve your citizenship application until the form I-751 is approved. You may file form N-400, but there may be some delay.

Friday, December 10, 2010

B1 And B2 Visas for US

Family VisasIt is an elusive dream for many people to travel to the US. Every year, a huge number of people visit the US on various visas that are available. The US is said to be the land of dreams as there are many places of visit and enjoy. But traveling to the US is not as easy as going over to Asia or Europe. Just a visit to the US would become possible only with the visitor visa.

B1 Visa and B2 Visa:

The B1 and B2 visas are generally issued simultaneously . B1 visa is used by the travelers for the purpose of business and B2 visa is used by the travelers for the purpose of tourism or pleasure. In cases where you are already holding a B1 visa and there after you wish to travel around the US to visit places, then it is not necessary to go for a fresh visa, the old one will hold good.

The B1 visa is a non immigrant visa and as mentioned, is generally for business related issues .It can be any business related to academics, technical, professional or commerce-related conventions and definite-dated conferences. Further, if a person intends to attend any issues related to property and estates in the US, visitor visa is the right choice. Any bargaining on business deals or consultations in the US can be done with the help of B1 visa .This visa is favorable for any event related to sports or tournaments.

The B2 visa is generally for tourism purposes, is also called the Medical Treatment Visitor Visa or the Vacation Visa, and is another non immigrant visa and is filed if you wish to enter the US for anything related to pleasure or health. Further, it is used by people who would like to visit their family, ones who wish to participate in the social and community activities which are held in the US and also applicable for the dependents of the US armed forces who are assigned duty in the US on a temporary basis and amateur group of entertainers or athletes.

Before the B1 visa and B2 visa are granted, the individual who is applying for visas should be able to prove that he/she has a permanent status in the home country and his visit to the US is only temporary. The following are the general requirements while applying for visitor visas - proof of:

*The purpose of the trip
*Permanent residence in the home country
*To show that you have binding ties like property in the home country
*That you are not engaged in any business activity
*Financial resources so that you have enough funds to meet the expenses during your stay in US.

On entry into the US with a B1 visa or B2 visa, the individual is granted up to 6 months to remain in the US (the maximum allowable is 6 months). As long as the visitor maintains his status, there is a possibility of extending his status up to six months. Generally visitor visas should be applied from the country in which he/she is a resident of by showing the sufficient evidence of social, family or economic ties to his/her country of residence .

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Student Visas- An In Depth Look

All of us have the equal advantage and opportunity to excel in the field of education. But earning a degree in an American university, there are opportunities galore not only in this country but also all around the world. This being the reason, there are many who strive hard to obtain education in the US. Every year there is a significant number of students who opt for colleges and universities in the US, as many of them in the US are well recognized by the entire world.

Types of student visas:

The US student visas are generally applied for at the US consulate or Embassy for the students who wish to study in the US. The application for visa can be filed after receiving the form I 20. This form I 20 is issued by the university confirming that the applicant is a student of the university which basically admits the student into the US. There are 3 types of student visas.

F-1 visa
: This is the most common type of student visas. This is only meant for students who use to enroll themselves in an university or college for educational purpose and also to study the English language

M-1 visa: This is used by the students for the vocational or non academic study in the US university.

J-1 visa: This is generally for cultural exchange and educational programs and is commonly known as the exchange visitor visa.

US Student visas can be applied for 90 days before the date of registration of the I 20 form which was issued by the university. In case of not arriving at the institution at the mentioned date an extension from can be obtained. Generally the student visas are issued in few weeks or even hours after the submission of the application. The issuance of the visa depends on the various factors like the US consulate and time. There may be cases where the visa can be denied in which case the applicant has to follow-up with the US consulate.

The general requirements to apply for student visas include the Form I 20 which is the confirmation from the university and should be submitted along with the student visa application. It is always mandatory to know the English language and a proof has to be submitted. It can be a TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) report. Apart from this the most important aspect is the proof of the financial capacity to meet the educational expenses . The funds of the sponsor can also be shown as a proof of the financial expenses. The US embassy generally gives importance to all the proof submitted in the affidavit. In case the financial support was from the financial institution in the form of a scholarship, it should be mentioned in the I 20 form and if it from the home country, the bank statements should be provided as proof. Finally, proof that you have come only for the purpose of the education should be submitted to the US consulate. On confirming all these the the passport will be stamped by the consulate .

US is the ideal place for students who have the urge to study in one of the recognized universities and settle there. Though the journey towards this seems to be exciting and easy, a lot of patience is required during the whole process.