Be A Proud Immigrant

Should anyone be ashamed of being an immigrant in the United States (or anywhere indeed)? No. Going from one place to another to live (migration) is just a fact of life; has always been from the earliest of ages.

For the United States, the reality is that in this twenty-first century, people who come seeking to live and work here are not much different from the first immigrants who landed on Native American territory and those who followed them. Now as then, people come seeking new economic opportunities, freedom to live their lives and practice their religions, as well as to join family members. Some want to make a permanent home in the United States while others want to work (or conduct business) and then return to their countries.

These days, there is so much ease of mobility in the areas of information, labor and money. Allowing the ease of movement of persons makes perfect sense as it completes the circle. It is a good idea to allow foreign-born persons to live, work and even settle down in the United States; it is also a good idea that the entry of persons into the United States should be regulated in a reasonable manner. The United States (and any country) has a right to know who is in its territory. Unfortunately the debate over immigration has become very much politicized -- with undertones of race, protectionism of labor and who knows what else. Scare tactics are being bandied about.

US immigration laws (tough as they seem) are among the friendliest in the world. This has attracted the brightest and the best to the US. As an immigrant in the United States, you are in very good company -- Dr. Albert Einstein, Hakeem Olajuwon, Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Amsale Aberra (of the beautiful wedding dresses) . . . add your name to this list. There is nothing to be ashamed about and there is all to hopeful about.

Removal of Condition

For persons who obtained their green card through marriage AND whose marriage was less than two years old on the day they received their green card, there is ANOTHER STEP in their journey to permanent residence in the United States.   US immigration law presumes that a marriage which has not crossed the two year mark is suspect, so it it issues green cards for such marriages with a condition.  It is required that the couple file a joint petition to remove condition on permanent residence.   A couple may start out happy, yet the marriage may crash within two years; before it is time to file the petition to remove condition.  That petition still must be filed or the non-US citizen spouse would lose status as a permanent resident.   Our office has assisted a good number of clients in this situation.  We have been able to help such clients by filing the petition to remove condition for the non-US citizen spouse and providing documents that support the good faith of the marriage up till the time when the marriage broke up.   Call us today at (404).250.3295 if it is time to file your I-751petition to remove condition BUT you are no longer in marital harmony with your US citizen spouse.   AKPELE & ASSOCIATES can also help if you are late in filing your I-751 relative petition or simply if it is time to file that petition.   We are waiting to hear from you.