How to calculate family size for Form I-864

 


Are you wondering how to fill out your I-864? In this video immigration attorney, Jennifer Walker Gates goes over the details and considerations we should have when counting the family members on our I-864 form.

Remember that when calculating your family size, you must include the following:

  • Yourself
  • Your spouse
  • Unmarried dependant children under 21 years old
  • Any other dependant listed on your most federal income tax return, even if the person is not related to you
  • All persons sponsored on the affidavit of support
  • Any immigrant who is still dependant on you and you included in a previous Form I-864  or Form I-864EZ
  • Additional adult relatives that have the same principal residential address

To get more details on how to fill out your Form I-864, watch our whole video. Make sure you are completely prepared and have all the documents for your Form I-864 watch this video on the Documents Required for the I-864 Affidavit of Support.

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U Visa Work Permits. Bona Fide Determination.

 


After many years of advocacy and struggle on behalf of our U visa clients, we are thrilled to announce that USCIS is FINALLY updating their policies so that U visa applicants do not have to wait years for a work permit and deferred action status.

The new process called a “Bona Fide Determination” will provide work permits to most U visa applicants within just a few weeks of filing, and will be valid for four years. Our attorney Jennifer Walker Gates has created this video to explain how this new policy affects U Visa petitioners and what you need to be able to get a Bona Fide Determination.

What is the “Bona Fide Determination”?

The Bona Fide Determination will give victims of crime in the United States access to employment authorization much more promptly after filing their applications for U visas and providing them with stability and better equipping them to cooperate with and assist law enforcement investigations and prosecutions.

This announcement means that applicants for U Visas and their qualifying dependents will get a work permit and notice of Deferred Action when:

  1. They have filed a complete U visa petition.
    1. With Form I-918 and Form I-918A for dependents, if any, signed by the petitioner/applicant.
    2. With a Form I-918B certification completed and signed by the police, the prosecution, or a judge and filed within six months of the filing date.
  2. The biometrics check is done.
  3. The petition/applicant and qualifying relatives demonstrate that they have no serious criminal record.

Many clients of WGV who have pending U visa petitions will be eligible for this Bona Fide Determination based on the cases that have already been filed. Others will need to complete Forms I-765 for submission to USCIS for the Bona Fide Determination. We will be contacting clients who need to complete additional paperwork to be eligible to participate in this program. For information about your U visa case and whether you need to file different applications for a Bona Fide Determination, please reach out to your case manager or attorney.

We at WGV want to recognize, honor, and thank all of our clients who participated in federal lawsuits to force USCIS to make this change! This is a huge victory for immigrant survivors of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking!

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How to Hire a Good Immigration Attorney?

 


Ever wonder how to hire a Good Immigration Attorney? Are you traumatized by repeated horror stories from others? Here at WGV, we believe every immigrant needs the opportunity to have the best representation ever. And to make sure you get that, our Immigration Attorneys Jennifer Walker Gates and Jacqueline Watson give us key details to know that who you hire is the right fit!

At Walker Gates Vela PLLC we want every immigrant in the United States to have the benefit of competent, effective legal representation. Following the steps outlined in this e-book can help you avoid the headaches and harms that can occur as the result of hiring a dishonest or incompetent immigration attorney. Get it here! 

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PiP y AoS Para Familiares de Militares

 


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Parole in Place (PiP) es un beneficio de inmigración importante que está disponible para familiares de miembros de los veteranos y militares del ejercito de los Estados Unidos.

Muchas personas que califícan para PiP pueden usar este benifcio par ajustar estatus, residencia permanente, sin salir de los Estados Unidos.

En este video, la abogada de inmigración Jennifer Walker Gates explica quien califica para Parole-in-Place y quien puede usar PIP para despues ajustar estatus.

Para calificar a Parole-in-Place se necesita:

  • Debe estar ya en EE. UU.;
  • Debe haber ingresado sin estatus legal;
  • Debe ser el cónyuge, padre, viuda, viudo, hijo o hija de:
    • Un miembro en servicio activo de las Fuerzas Armadas de EE. UU.
    • Un individuo matriculado en las Reservas.
    • Un individuo que anteriormente sirvió honorablemente en las Fuerzas Armadas o Reservas, ya que sea vivo o fallecido

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Reviewing VAWA

 


At WGV VAWA cases are one of our favorite ones, they allow our immigrant survivors to turn something negative and hurtful into a positive situation. Our expert immigration and family law Jennifer Walker Gates goes over general VAWA information, who qualifies, and how to apply.

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