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OPT and CPT Employment for F-1 International Students: The Complete Guide

OPT and CPT Employment for F-1 International Students: The Complete Guide Studying in the United States is often the first step in an immigrants path to a green card and, eventually, naturalization. However, too many international students every year jeopardize their career and immigration status by not understanding American immigration and employment rules. Avoid becoming … Read moreOPT and CPT Employment for F-1 International Students: The Complete Guide

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Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support: The Missing Manual

What is an Affidavit of Support? Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support is a contract between the US government and green card application sponsor, also known as the petitioner. It states that the sponsor will financially support the applicant if necessary. It is generally required when applying for a family-based green card. Basically, the US … Read moreForm I-864 – Affidavit of Support: The Missing Manual

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Obtaining Birth Certificates for Green Card Application: The Missing Manual

Who must provide a birth certificate? In order to obtain a green card, or Lawful Permanent Residency, the birth certificates of the applicant, sponsor, and any children must all be provided. Obtaining birth certificates can range from trivial to nearly-impossible, and almost always takes a significant amount of time. Many countries require you to physically … Read moreObtaining Birth Certificates for Green Card Application: The Missing Manual

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Form I-131 – Advance Parole Travel Document: The Missing Manual

What is Advance Parole? If you submitted your I-485 and are awaiting your green card, you can travel abroad in the meantime by obtaining an “Advance Parole Document”, also called a travel document. An Advance Parole Document allows you to re-enter the United States until you receive your green card. Advance Parole Documents are obtained … Read moreForm I-131 – Advance Parole Travel Document: The Missing Manual

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Form I-765 – Employment Authorization Document (EAD): The Missing Manual

What is an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)? Form I-765 is used to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). An EAD is a work permit that allows immigrants waiting for green cards, F-1 students, and certain other types of immigrants to work in the United States for a temporary period of time. For green card applicants, … Read moreForm I-765 – Employment Authorization Document (EAD): The Missing Manual