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Frequently asked questions about immigration

Immigration has always been a hot topic in the news. There's no shortage of conversations about the topic, especially in the Houston, Texas, area. With that being said, let's take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about immigration so you know what to expect when faced with various family-based issues.

What documents are required when applying for a visa?

You will be required to provide your birth certificate, three photos, your passport, proof of financial support, a marriage certificate, divorce certificate or a death certificate. You will also be required to pass a medical exam before being issued the visa.

How long can I stay outside the country without losing my status?

If you are planning to be outside of the United States for more than one year, you need to make plans to retain your immigrant status. It's best for you to make these plans prior to leaving the country.

Is there a difference between an immigrant visa and a nonimmigrant visa? A nonimmigrant visa is temporary and typically issued for study, medical reasons, business trips and for vacations. It is a temporary visa. An immigrant visa is for a person who has received permission to remain in the country for as long as he or she wants to stay.

The next time you have questions about immigration, it's best to review this post and look for the topic affecting your situation in Houston, Texas. You should do everything possible to research the issue prior to making any important decisions when it comes to family-based immigration.

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