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Leena Ravindra Kamat
- Immigration Law
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- Univ of California Berkeley
- Undergraduate Degree
- UC Davis School of Law King Hall
- Law Degree
- California State Bar  # 248538
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I answer brief and general questions via email free of charge. Consultation fee for 30 minutes is $150 and is applied toward total legal fee if you retain my office for related services.
- Immigration Law
- Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
- Q. Filed N-400 in June, 2016, had interview on 2/16, passed exams. Officer said he had to review file. How much longer?
- A: Hello! USCIS officers can be mysterious for various reasons - they may be new, they may need supervisor approval, or they may genuinely need more time to review the file if they weren't able to do so in detail beforehand. Whatever the case, if they haven't asked you for anything specific and there were no concerns raised during the interview, then more likely than not, the file review is a formality and your case will soon be approved. You should probably except to receive an oath appointment letter in 30-45 days. Good luck!
- Q. i was previously married & file joint tax returns. i'm now filing an i 864 for my current spouse. need to show 3 yrs
- A: Hello! Firstly, I want to make sure you're using the most recent version of the I-864 - please make sure you download from uscis.gov. I believe the questions you are referring to are part 6, question 19a-c. You should put your total income from the returns in these boxes, even though they may have included your ex-spouse's income. USCIS will understand from your W-2 and/or 1099 forms what your individual income was last year. As long as your latest year's individual income and current income exceeds the poverty guidelines for your household size, you should be fine. No need to get anything from your ex-spouse.
- Q. I m on F1 visa. I got i140 approval recently. Can drop from school and stay legal until i get my work permit?
- A: Hello! Your I-140 approval doesn't actually confer any lawful status on you. Unless/until you file your I-485 application, which will put you in a period of authorized stay, you still need to maintain some type of nonimmigrant status (such as F-1) in order to stay legally in the US. You won't be maintaining F-1 status if you drop out of your program.
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