The employment-based immigration program

If you have been following our blog you know that there are three scenarios in which families can apply for a green card to obtain residency in the United States. In addition to family-based entry, foreign-born citizens may enter this country through their means of employment.

Each year, the United States sets aside 140,000 visas for those applicants in the employment-based immigration program. Preferences are made for those with high levels of education and developed skill sets. There are five levels of employment preferences that the government uses to categorize applicants. In addition to certifying education and career background, many immigrants need to have either labor certification or a job offer in the United States.

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Are you and your spouse facing a Stokes interview?

On behalf of Harrington Law Offices, Immigration Lawyers posted in Injuries on Friday, December 9, 2016.

One way to obtain a green card is to marry someone who is already a United States citizen. The vast majority of these unions are legitimate, legal marriages based on mutual love, respect and shared values. However, because some immigrants have entered into sham marriages simply to get the coveted status of legal permanent resident, immigration officials have devised ways to ferret out these fraudulent marriages.

One of these processes is known as a Stokes interview. If you and your spouse are suspected of being in a sham marriage, you will receive notice to appear – together, and with certain documents – for an interview with immigration officials.

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