Artículos (En Inglés)


Why Was My U.S. Visitor Visa Renewal Denied? Common Causes for B1 and B2 Denials

“Renewing a U.S. visitor/business (B-1 or B-2) visa is usually a relatively straightforward process. People who meet certain criteria might not even need an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their country. Still, there’s no guarantee that your visa will be renewed. Many applicants are shocked to discover that what they thought would be a routine visa renewal turns to a denial…” 


Steps to Take Following a B1 or B2 Visa Denial

“Visa denials can be frustrating and confusing. You might be wondering why your application for a U.S. visitor visa was refused and whether there’s some way to present more evidence to change the consular officer’s mind. While current practices at U.S. consulates and embassies do not allow an application to be reconsidered, there are steps you can take to better understand why the consular officer denied your visa and decide when the time is right for you to apply again…”


Will a Foreign Criminal Conviction Mean My U.S. Visa Will be Denied?

“U.S. immigration laws are quite strict, especially when it comes to granting benefits to people with crimes on record. This is true no matter what country that crime was committed in. Sometimes even a minor foreign criminal conviction leads to a denial of one’s visa application, whether it was for a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa such as B-2 visitorF-1 student, or H-1B worker; or an immigrant visa, leading to a green card…”


How to Obtain a U.S. Visa or Green Card When You Have a Criminal Record

“The process to obtain a visa for visiting or living in the United States is difficult for everyone, but can be even more confusing if you have a criminal record in another country. Still, a criminal record might not prevent you from receiving a U.S. visa or green card…”


Can I Travel to the U.S. While Pregnant?

“For medical reasons, many airlines have policies that restrict women’s travel in the later stages of pregnancy, whether they’re going to the U.S. or someplace else. These policies vary greatly among different carriers and can also be different for international versus domestic flights…” 


Why an Airline Might Deny Boarding to a U.S. Visa Holder

“There are times when airlines deny boarding to U.S.-bound passengers for immigration-related reasons. This can happen despite the passenger having a valid U.S. visa. The airlines tend to err on the side of caution, knowing that if you are denied entry upon reaching the U.S., the airline must arrange your return travel and can potentially be fined thousands of dollars for boarding someone who lacks proper documents…”


Entering the U.S. With an Immigrant Visa

“If you have been granted an immigrant visa by a U.S. embassy or consulate, you are almost a permanent resident of the United States (green card holder)—but not quite. The last step in your process is to travel to the U.S. and pass inspection at the airport, docking point, or land border. You must enter the U.S. before the expiration date on your visa. If you are immigrating in a family group, the principal applicant must enter the U.S before or at the same time as the rest of the family….”


Getting a U.S. Visitor Visa With a Criminal Record

“The process to obtain a B visa can be difficult for anyone, but especially challenging for a foreign national with a criminal record. The reason is that U.S. immigration law (I.N.A. § 212) states that foreign nationals with various types of criminal convictions are “inadmissible” to the U.S., meaning that they are not allowed to enter the U.S.on any sort of visa….”


Applying for a Green Card After Abandonment of Residence

“Permanent residence is not always as permanent as the name implies. For example, after a foreign national becomes a lawful permanent resident  of the U.S. (a green card holder) the person might decide that he or she no longer wishes to live in the U.S., and abandon (give up) the green card and other immigration benefits…” 


Green Card Application Process After Winning the Diversity Visa Lottery

“If you haven’t yet registered, see this page on applying for the green card lottery. The registration period usually occurs at least a year prior to each year’s lottery. For example, people who register in 2019 are eligible for selection in the 2020-2021 DV lottery. The DOS usually begins posting selectee numbers in May for visas that will be available the following October…”


Getting a K-1 Visa for a Fiancé With a Criminal Record

“If you want to bring a fiancé(e) into the U.S. on a K-1 visato get married and to apply for a green card, and your fiance has a criminal record, that fact is likely to trigger inadmissibility. In other words, your fiance would be ineligible for the visa or to enter the United States. This can even hold true for crimes that have been expunged (wiped off) someone’s police record…”


Act Quickly on U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Win or Lose Out on the Chance for a Green Card

“In the annual diversity visa (DV) lottery, the U.S. government actually selects more winners than the number of available visas. That’s because it assumes some of these winners will either not qualify or will decide not to immigrate after all. In 2018, for example, over 14 million people registered for the lottery, of which 115,000 people were selected as supposed winners, despite the fact that only 50,000 green cards were available…”