Immigration Concerns

I receive many requests for assistance related to immigration issues and concerns.  

Although my office cannot provide you with legal advice, we can make direct inquiries with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to try and resolve any outstanding immigration concerns.  In addition, we can make inquiries with other Government Agencies about the status of your case.

Citizenship, Change of Status, Family Based Immigration
Many constituents contact me about processing of citizenship petitions, change of status applications and/or family based immigrant petitions (Form I-130).  My office can make inquiries with USCIS officials to assist you through the application process and help provide more timely responses from USCIS.

Visitor's Visa
Many constituents also contact me about denied visitor visas.  Most visitor visas are denied because there is a lack of evidence showing strong ties to the home country.  This requirement ensures that the visitor will return home before their visa expires instead of remaining here illegally.  Therefore, to help us expedite your visitor's visa case, please be able to provide the following:

  • Purpose of the visitor's trip (for example: business, holiday, or medical treatment);
  • Specific, limited time period visitor plans to stay; and
  • Visitor's residence outside the U.S., as well as other ties that will ensure his or her return at the end of the visit.

Examples of documents that will meet the above requirements (Although all of the documents below are NOT required, your case will be stronger if you have several pieces of supporting documents, including any additional documents you may have that are not listed below):

  • Copies of paid roundtrip airline tickets.
  • Letter from a U.S. business firm indicating the purpose of the trip, the visitor's intended length of stay and the company's intent to pay travel costs.
  • Letters from relatives or friends in the U.S. whom the visitor plans to visit.
  • Confirmation of participation in a planned tour or an invitation to an event the visitor plans to attend in the U.S.
  • If the purpose of the visit is medical treatment, a statement from a doctor or institution concerning proposed medical treatment.
  • If the person is unable to financially support themselves during the visit, convincing evidence that an interested person will provide support.

Please contact my district office at (408) 271-8700 if you require assistance.

The USCIS website is also a valuable resource for general information and forms.