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Can a permanent resident be allowed to vote in U.S. elections?
No. Only citizens of the United States are permitted to vote in elections.
What happens if my green card expires?
Up to 6 months prior to the expiration date of your alien registration card, you may apply for arenewal of the card by filing Form I-90 (application to replace permanent resident card).
Can permanent residents sponsor family members to come to the U.S.?
Yes. Permanent residents are eligible to petition for close family members (spouse and unmarried children) to receive permanent residence and join you. However, your family members will be considered “preference relatives,” meaning that only a limited number of immigrant visas are available to people in this category per year, and so they are likely to spend many years on a waiting list before being allowed to enter the United States or get a green card.
Is there any way to expedite processing of my application for naturalization?
Applications for naturalization generally cannot be expedited. There is an application for expedited naturalization specifically for permanent resident spouses of a U.S. citizen when that U.S. citizen spouse will be taking an overseas assignment on behalf of a U.S. employer.
My old passport has already expired. My visa to travel to US is still valid but in my expired
passport. Do I need to apply for a new visa with my new passport?
No. If your visa is still valid you can travel to the United States with your two passports, as long as the visa is valid, not damaged, and is the appropriate type of visa required for your principal purpose of travel. Both passports (the valid and the expired one with the visa) should be from the same country and type. When you arrive at the U.S. port-of-entry (POE, generally an airport or land border) the Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer will check your visa in the old passport and if s/he decides to admit you into the United States they will stamp your new passport with an admission stamp along with the annotation “VIOPP” (visa in other passport). Do not try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do so, your visa will no longer be valid.
My visa will expire while I am in the US. Is there a problem with that?
No. If the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer at the port-of-entry admitted you into the United States for a specific period of time, s/he will note your authorized period of stay on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, called an Arrival/Departure Record. You will be able to remain in the United States during your authorized period of stay, even if your visa expires during the time you are in the United States. Since your admission stamp or paper Form I-94 documents your authorized stay and is the official record of your permission to be in the United States, it is very important to keep inside your passport.
My visa application has been refused. Why can’t I get my money back?
The fee that you paid is an application fee. Everyone who applies for a U.S. visa anywhere in the world must pay this fee, which covers the cost of processing your application. This fee is non-refundable regardless of whether you are issued a visa or not, since your application was processed to conclusion. As one example, if your application was refused under Section 214(b) and you choose to reapply for a visa, whether applying at the same embassy or elsewhere, you will be required to pay the visa application processing fee.
I have a non-immigrant visa that will expire soon and I would like to renew it. Do I need to go
through the whole visa application process again?
Yes, you will have to go through the whole visa application process each time you want to apply for a visa, even if your visa is still valid. There are some situations where a visa applicant may not need to be interviewed when renewing his/her visa.
After I have my visa, I will be able to enter the US, correct?
A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to the U.S. port-of-entry, and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration inspector authorizes or denies admission to the United States.
My passport with my visa was stolen, what should I do?
If your passport with your admission stamp or paper Form I-94 are lost or stolen, you must get them replaced immediately.
My visa was damaged. What should I do?
If your visa has been damaged in any way, you will need to reapply for a new visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
I am in the US and I would like to adjust my status. How do I do that?
When a visa is available for your petition (or if the Department of State believes that one will be available in the next several months), the NVC will send you a letter asking what you plan to do. If you respond that you plan to adjust your status, the NVC will hold your file until a USCIS office requests it. If you do not reply, after 30 days, the NVC will begin processing your petition.
Requests for adjustment of status are processed by USCIS not by the NVC. You should contact the USCIS office nearest you for adjustment of status information.
I am adjusting my status with USCIS, what do I do about the fees requested by NVC?
If you are planning to adjust status with USCIS, do not submit any fee payments to the NVC. Notify the NVC of your intent to adjust status and contact the USCIS for further information.
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