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Frequently asked questions about immigration law
- What are the fees like for immigrant visas?
- I entered the United States conditionally based on marriage. If I leave my marriage, can I be deported?
- What is adjustment of status?
- What is the difference between a work visa and a green card?
What are the fees like for immigrant visas?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services depend upon fees to finance its operation. Fees for nonimmigrant work visas, student visas and immigrant visas vary, depending on the type in question, from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars. Fees have been raised frequently in recent years, and more increases can be expected as the United States continues to experience budget deficits. Immigrants should note that completing the application for a visa entails additional expenses beyond the USCIS fee.
I entered the United States conditionally based on marriage. If I leave my marriage, can I be deported?
You can be deported unless you receive a hardship waiver. Just as immigration law does not punish a foreign-born widow whose American husband dies shortly after her arrival in America, the law does not punish a spouse who married in good faith but divorces when the marriage becomes untenable. In such cases, an ex-spouse might obtain a hardship waiver by demonstrating good faith in the formation of the marriage; reasonable grounds for divorce, such as battery or cruelty; and that a termination of resident status would cause extreme hardship.
What is adjustment of status?
Adjustment of status is a procedure that allows a foreign admitted to the United States in a nonimmigrant category to apply for immigrant status. If the foreign national is determined to be eligible, he or she may become a lawful permanent resident when an immigrant visa becomes available.
What is the difference between a work visa and a green card?
A work visa allows a foreign national to enter the United States for the purpose of working. The worker is at all times a visitor with no expectations of remaining permanently or becoming a citizen. These visas have time limits; for example, the H1B Visa is valid for up to six years. The H2B Visa is also temporary and is used for short-term or seasonal work. Green cards are immigrant visas that bestow permanent resident status. A green card is unlimited in duration and can lead to U.S. citizenship.